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Kapitän 01-26-21 02:40 PM

U 112 Type IXB 1941/2021 - 4th War Patrol - On station
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2724590)
Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

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KTB - U 112

Saturday, 25 January 1941 - West of Rockall Bank -
- First week at sea completed. -

0210 - Qu.1855AL -

0455 - Qu.1688AL - K.F., 205RPM.

0500 -Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
Reached ordered patrol grid. 10 internal eels. 121cbm. SE7/6, rain, poor visibility, <1000mb. - RST -

0512 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Message received. Continue according Op.-Order.

0606 - Dived for submerged cruise at T=50. At 0700h, 65RPM and silent running.

0809 - O = 20%.

0955 - Sunrise.

1200 - Qu.1682AL - Days Run: 194.2sm - 184.3sm (18h 06') - 9.9sm (5h 54')
120.1cbm (7.7cbm/24h). 9300Ah. 7 Eto and 3 Ato internal.

1208 - At reception depth.

1220 - Back to T=50.

1300 - 65RPM, silent running.

1309 - O = 19%.

1609 - Surfaced after 10 hours and 17sm. Battery 9000Ah.

1620 - Compressed air supply filled. Boat ventilated.

1623 - Charging batteries at 9000Ah: Stbd.-Diesel 500RPM - Charging; Port-Diesel 405RPM - Propulsion, 8kn.

1650 - Qu.1655AL

1703 - Sundown.

1718 - Batteries charged: 55' for 1000Ah.

1725 - Dived for submerged cruise at T=50.

1830 - 65RPM, silent running.

1939 - O = 20%.

Standing up and down in ordered patrol grid.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

++++

KTB - U 112

Sunday, 26 January 1941 - South of Iceland

0109 - O = 19%.

0500 - Patrolled ordered patrol grid for 24h.

0639 - O = 18%.

0810 - Surfaced after 14h 45' and 21.6sm. Battery 8900Ah.

0819 - Boat ventilated.

0955 - Sunrise.

1200 - Qu.1691AL - Days Run: 60.5sm - 31.6sm (5h 06') - 28.9sm (18h 54')
118.8cbm (1.3cbm/24h). 8900Ah. 7 Eto and 3 Ato internal.
SE7/6, overcast, fog, poor visibility, <1000mb.

1707 - Sundown.

2100 - Diving for submerged cruise at T=50, due to heavy swell continuously washing over the bridge and poor visibility due to fog. 65RPM, silent running.

2339 - O = 20%.

Standing up and down in ordered patrol grid.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

duce_de_zoop 01-26-21 02:43 PM

Tried a drumbeat campaign this week. Started with an VIIB campaign from April 1940 - January 1941, nine patrols with a lot of successes and a LOT of time spent around Freetown, then got retired. I decided to unretire myself, as if Donitz himself pleaded for me to lead Drumbeat, due to my long-range experience of course! :yep:

So, I set SH3 commander to some 300~ days in port to simulate having been on training duties, and away we went!

Returned Oct. 41, conducted one practice patrol in the mid-atlantic in my brand new IXB which went ok. I didn't want to get damaged so after sinking three ships for 20k tons, I returned in time to leave for America on Dec. 13th. A couple days early for my historically-minded Kaleuns, but close enough!

I spent most of my first patrol outside NYC harbor bullying ships, arriving around January 9th and succeeding in my first kill January 10th. Nine more would follow.

Very little escort activity, even close to shore in shallow water. Though I did almost have an early end to my adventure when two Clemsons jumped me while I was deck-gunning a small freighter. I didn't even notice them till the shells started landing around me!

Thankfully they were not experienced crews and I was able to sneak away undetected. When I dived, they chased in the complete wrong direction. With 30m of water to play in, a ping would have meant certain death.

In another incident, an armed tugboat searched for me after I torpedoed a merchant. I snuck behind him, then blew ballast. Soon as I broke the surface my crew were on the deck gun. Poor tugboat only managed to fire off a couple of shots (one terrifyingly close to my bow) before my crew finished him off. Very satisfying, but not something I'd do again. :arrgh!:

I missed a British ocean liner's entry into NYC harbor, which was frustrating. First one I'd ever seen in the wild, and he slipped right by me in the dead of night.

Then I lucked out: the dude left harbor the following night, this time fully stocked with goodies for the British Empire. Managed to intercept within 3km, he was REAL close to the Jersey coast during daytime, so I wasn't willing to ride on the surface.

Popped four eels at him; one lost depth and hit the sandbar, one exploded prematurely, but the two impacts struck the same cargo bay, and within minutes he was on fire and sinking. 14,000 GRT, a new record! :D

However our crew's jubilation did not last long. Just a few days later, I (stupidly) attempted to engage a torpedo boat at night, since I was finishing up a freighter already. Wound up losing half my highly-decorated and skilled deck gun crew, along with some 70% hull integrity. Those little zoombois pack a hell of a punch.

Nevertheless, I made it home without further incident. Ten ships sunk, including one warship, for a total of 46k GRT sunk.

My second patrol to America was an in late May, and it was an attempt to harass the Halifax convoy routes. Quite frankly this didn't go well, a lot of Allied escorts with radar popping up. This was my first time with a radar warning system which is an absolute lifesaver.

Still managed to sink 5 ships, but I was not a fan of Halifax waters. Close to shore there's a million escorts and a million planes, out in deep water I couldn't seem to find any convoys. Perhaps thats my fault for being obsessed with coastal raiding instead of experience in safer deep water action. Five ships sunk for 24k GRT.

At any rate, following the expenditure of most of my bow torpedos, I decided to not attempt to load the externals and simply rearmed at one of the Milkchuks. After I headed south in search of more active waters.

So began my foray into the Caribbean! This friends was an absolute hoot. Nailed two unescorted tankers just south of Puerto Rico. Attempted Wolfpack's attack on Bridgetown but ran into the same problem he did: there's nothing to attack!

Traveled to Curaquo to try out another deepwater port attack. I managed to sink one large tanker without much difficulty, but all the other targets were too deep in port to bother attacking.

The real fun began when I came across a fast convoy from Panama jam packed with tankers. The only escort was a single Clemson in the rear.

I positioned myself in front, and took out the lead large tanker with two stern eels. Then I swing around and scored two magnetic hits; one got the bow of a modern tanker, the other took out the engine room.

Mr. Clemson foiled my attempt to put another into the bow tanker, so unfortunately I wasn't able to follow up on the modern tanker that got hit in the bow (his speed was not affected). I did sink the guy who got hit in the engine room when he straggled behind though.

After this I started the return to home, with five torpedos left I hoped to encounter one more convoy.

And encounter I did! I ran into two ships, a cargo, and...another, in a medium-speed, unescorted convoy.

That other ship was an American ocean liner.

Why it was traveling slow in an unescorted convoy idk, kind of silly to me. That's the genius of Admiral King for you. Made it a deliciously easy target. Pumped two torpedos into the SS Hector's cargo bay. which also went down without incident.

His medium cargo friend didn't last too much longer either.

Completely dry of all but one bow torpedo that I was saving for a rainy day, I managed to pick off one more (stationary, interestingly) small tanker with the deck gun before making the long journey home to France. Eight ships sunk for 68k GRT.

All in all, it was a hell of a time. I'd never even seen an ocean liner before, so to sink two in three patrols was a pleasant surprise. It's now approaching 1943, so I'm hoping Sh3 commander retires my Kaleun soon, as I'd rather he not die. I don't intend on returning to America with him, but I might do one more Caribbean run, since I never got to explore the Gulf of Mexico.

I'm curious; I've been to Freetown, briefly in the Med (so many escorts!), the Black Sea, all around Britain, outside NYC and Halifax, and in the Caribbean.

Where should I hit next? Considering an Indian Ocean run. Is the SE seaboard (NC to Florida) very active? I might go there too.

Kapitän 01-26-21 02:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by duce_de_zoop (Post 2724934)
Tried a drumbeat campaign this week. Started with an VIIB campaign from April 1940 - January 1941, nine patrols with a lot of successes and a LOT of time spent around Freetown, then got retired. I decided to unretire myself, as if Donitz himself pleaded for me to lead Drumbeat, due to my long-range experience of course! :yep:

So, I set SH3 commander to some 300~ days in port to simulate having been on training duties, and away we went!

Returned Oct. 41, conducted one practice patrol in the mid-atlantic in my brand new IXB which went ok. I didn't want to get damaged so after sinking three ships for 20k tons, I returned in time to leave for America on Dec. 13th. A couple days early for my historically-minded Kaleuns, but close enough!

I spent most of my first patrol outside NYC harbor bullying ships, arriving around January 9th and succeeding in my first kill January 10th. Nine more would follow.

Very little escort activity, even close to shore in shallow water. Though I did almost have an early end to my adventure when two Clemsons jumped me while I was deck-gunning a small freighter. I didn't even notice them till the shells started landing around me!

Thankfully they were not experienced crews and I was able to sneak away undetected. When I dived, they chased in the complete wrong direction. With 30m of water to play in, a ping would have meant certain death.

In another incident, an armed tugboat searched for me after I torpedoed a merchant. I snuck behind him, then blew ballast. Soon as I broke the surface my crew were on the deck gun. Poor tugboat only managed to fire off a couple of shots (one terrifyingly close to my bow) before my crew finished him off. Very satisfying, but not something I'd do again. :arrgh!:

I missed a British ocean liner's entry into NYC harbor, which was frustrating. First one I'd ever seen in the wild, and he slipped right by me in the dead of night.

Then I lucked out: the dude left harbor the following night, this time fully stocked with goodies for the British Empire. Managed to intercept within 3km, he was REAL close to the Jersey coast during daytime, so I wasn't willing to ride on the surface.

Popped four eels at him; one lost depth and hit the sandbar, one exploded prematurely, but the two impacts struck the same cargo bay, and within minutes he was on fire and sinking. 14,000 GRT, a new record! :D

However our crew's jubilation did not last long. Just a few days later, I (stupidly) attempted to engage a torpedo boat at night, since I was finishing up a freighter already. Wound up losing half my highly-decorated and skilled deck gun crew, along with some 70% hull integrity. Those little zoombois pack a hell of a punch.

Nevertheless, I made it home without further incident. Ten ships sunk, including one warship, for a total of 46k GRT sunk.

My second patrol to America was an in late May, and it was an attempt to harass the Halifax convoy routes. Quite frankly this didn't go well, a lot of Allied escorts with radar popping up. This was my first time with a radar warning system which is an absolute lifesaver.

Still managed to sink 5 ships, but I was not a fan of Halifax waters. Close to shore there's a million escorts and a million planes, out in deep water I couldn't seem to find any convoys. Perhaps thats my fault for being obsessed with coastal raiding instead of experience in safer deep water action. Five ships sunk for 24k GRT.

At any rate, following the expenditure of most of my bow torpedos, I decided to not attempt to load the externals and simply rearmed at one of the Milkchuks. After I headed south in search of more active waters.

So began my foray into the Caribbean! This friends was an absolute hoot. Nailed two unescorted tankers just south of Puerto Rico. Attempted Wolfpack's attack on Bridgetown but ran into the same problem he did: there's nothing to attack!

Traveled to Curaquo to try out another deepwater port attack. I managed to sink one large tanker without much difficulty, but all the other targets were too deep in port to bother attacking.

The real fun began when I came across a fast convoy from Panama jam packed with tankers. The only escort was a single Clemson in the rear.

I positioned myself in front, and took out the lead large tanker with two stern eels. Then I swing around and scored two magnetic hits; one got the bow of a modern tanker, the other took out the engine room.

Mr. Clemson foiled my attempt to put another into the bow tanker, so unfortunately I wasn't able to follow up on the modern tanker that got hit in the bow (his speed was not affected). I did sink the guy who got hit in the engine room when he straggled behind though.

After this I started the return to home, with five torpedos left I hoped to encounter one more convoy.

And encounter I did! I ran into two ships, a cargo, and...another, in a medium-speed, unescorted convoy.

That other ship was an American ocean liner.

Why it was traveling slow in an unescorted convoy idk, kind of silly to me. That's the genius of Admiral King for you. Made it a deliciously easy target. Pumped two torpedos into the SS Hector's cargo bay. which also went down without incident.

His medium cargo friend didn't last too much longer either.

Completely dry of all but one bow torpedo that I was saving for a rainy day, I managed to pick off one more (stationary, interestingly) small tanker with the deck gun before making the long journey home to France. Eight ships sunk for 68k GRT.

All in all, it was a hell of a time. I'd never even seen an ocean liner before, so to sink two in three patrols was a pleasant surprise. It's now approaching 1943, so I'm hoping Sh3 commander retires my Kaleun soon, as I'd rather he not die. I don't intend on returning to America with him, but I might do one more Caribbean run, since I never got to explore the Gulf of Mexico.

I'm curious; I've been to Freetown, briefly in the Med (so many escorts!), the Black Sea, all around Britain, outside NYC and Halifax, and in the Caribbean.

Where should I hit next? Considering an Indian Ocean run. Is the SE seaboard (NC to Florida) very active? I might go there too.


Great read! Great job! If you're still in late summer/fall 1942, you might want to try the Murmansk convoy's. If already in 1943 and depending on which Mod you run, Mid/South Atlantic or Indian Ocean ...

Kapitän 01-28-21 06:30 AM

U 112 Type IXB 1941/2021 - 4th War Patrol - On station
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2724932)
Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

++++

KTB - U 112

Sunday, 26 January 1941 - South of Iceland

0109 - O = 19%.

0500 - Patrolled ordered patrol grid for 24h.

0639 - O = 18%.

0810 - Surfaced after 14h 45' and 21.6sm. Battery 8900Ah.

0819 - Boat ventilated.

0955 - Sunrise.

1200 - Qu.1691AL - Days Run: 60.5sm - 31.6sm (5h 06') - 28.9sm (18h 54')
118.8cbm (1.3cbm/24h). 8900Ah. 7 Eto and 3 Ato internal.
SE7/6, overcast, fog, poor visibility, <1000mb.

1707 - Sundown.

2100 - Diving for submerged cruise at T=50, due to heavy swell continuously washing over the bridge and poor visibility due to fog. 65RPM, silent running.

2339 - O = 20%.

Standing up and down in ordered patrol grid.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

++++

KTB - U 112

Monday, 27 January 1941 - South of Iceland

0509 - O = 19%.

0705 - Torpedo maintenance of the bow tubes until 1005h.

0919 - O = 18%.

0950 - Sunrise.

1015 - Surfaced after 13h 15' and 19.4sm. Battery 7800Ah. Weather unchanged.

1020 - Boat ventilated. Charging batteries at 7800Ah: Stbd.-Diesel 500RPM - Charging;
Port-Diesel 285RPM - Propulsion, 6kn.

1200 - Qu.1831AL - Days Run: 78.3sm - 58.9sm (10h 45') - 19.4sm (13h 15')
117.5cbm (1.3cbm/24h). 9900Ah. 7 Eto and 3 Ato internal. Weather unchanged in 24h.

1215 - Batteries charged: 1h 55' for 2200Ah. K.F., 205RPM.

1230 - Diving for torpedo maintenance of the stern tubes and trial dive to 2A-Meter.

1419 - O = 20%.

1520 - Stern tubes serviced. Start of trial dive until 1533h. All is safe and secure at 2A-Meter.

1545 - Surfaced after 3h 15' and 5.7sm. Battery 9300Ah.

1551 - Boat ventilated and compressed air supply filled.

1707 - Sundown. Turned the boat windward to prevent the heavy swell to continuously wash over the bridge but to no avail.

1730 - Diving for submerged cruise at T=50.

1830 - 65RPM, silent running.

1949 - O = 20%.

Standing up and down in ordered patrol grid.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

Kapitän 01-28-21 03:56 PM

U 112 Type IXB 1941/2021 - 4th War Patrol - Convoys reported by B.d.U.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2725318)
Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

++++

KTB - U 112

Monday, 27 January 1941 - South of Iceland

0509 - O = 19%.

0705 - Torpedo maintenance of the bow tubes until 1005h.

0919 - O = 18%.

0950 - Sunrise.

1015 - Surfaced after 13h 15' and 19.4sm. Battery 7800Ah. Weather unchanged.

1020 - Boat ventilated. Charging batteries at 7800Ah: Stbd.-Diesel 500RPM - Charging;
Port-Diesel 285RPM - Propulsion, 6kn.

1200 - Qu.1831AL - Days Run: 78.3sm - 58.9sm (10h 45') - 19.4sm (13h 15')
117.5cbm (1.3cbm/24h). 9900Ah. 7 Eto and 3 Ato internal. Weather unchanged in 24h.

1215 - Batteries charged: 1h 55' for 2200Ah. K.F., 205RPM.

1230 - Diving for torpedo maintenance of the stern tubes and trial dive to 2A-Meter.

1419 - O = 20%.

1520 - Stern tubes serviced. Start of trial dive until 1533h. All is safe and secure at 2A-Meter.

1545 - Surfaced after 3h 15' and 5.7sm. Battery 9300Ah.

1551 - Boat ventilated and compressed air supply filled.

1707 - Sundown. Turned the boat windward to prevent the heavy swell to continuously wash over the bridge but to no avail.

1730 - Diving for submerged cruise at T=50.

1830 - 65RPM, silent running.

1949 - O = 20%.

Standing up and down in ordered patrol grid.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

++++

KTB - U 112

Tuesday, 28 January 1941 - South of Iceland

0129 - O = 19%.

0649 - O = 18%.

0830 - Surfaced after 15h and 20.6sm. Battery 8100Ah. Weather unchanged.

0908 - Boat ventilated. Compressed air supply filled.

0952 - Sunrise.

1100 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
B-Dienst reporting a outbound convoy in Marqu.5150AM, course 270°. All boats are ordered to operate on this convoy.

Boat is operating on convoy 1100/28.

1200 - Qu.1891AL - Days Run: 55.1sm - 28.8sm (5h 45') - 26.3sm (18h 15')
116.8cbm (0.7cbm/24h). 8100Ah. 7 Eto and 3 Ato internal. Weather unchanged in 48h.

1250 - Altering course to 180°, due to heavy swell washing over the bridge.

1658 - Incoming F.T.1650/28: From B.d.U.:
B-Dienst reporting an inbound convoy in Marqu.2912AL, course 90°, speed 7kn.

Boat now operating on convoy 1650/28.

Cmdr.: "Under normal weather and sea conditions, it would be possible to intercept this inbound convoy, even at slow speed. Under the current weather and sea conditions, this seems to be almost impossible. Still, we need to attempt to do it."

1701 - 1./KG40 reporting to the B.d.U., that on this day, 5 of its Fw200 Condor, sunk 2 and damaged another 2 ships.

1705 - Sundown.

Boat operating on convoy 1650/28.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

Kapitän 01-29-21 10:48 AM

U 112 Type IXB 1941/2021 - 4th War Patrol - Operating on inbound convoy
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2725475)
Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

++++

KTB - U 112

Tuesday, 28 January 1941 - South of Iceland

0129 - O = 19%.

0649 - O = 18%.

0830 - Surfaced after 15h and 20.6sm. Battery 8100Ah. Weather unchanged.

0908 - Boat ventilated. Compressed air supply filled.

0952 - Sunrise.

1100 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
B-Dienst reporting a outbound convoy in Marqu.5150AM, course 270°. All boats are ordered to operate on this convoy.

Boat is operating on convoy 1100/28.

1200 - Qu.1891AL - Days Run: 55.1sm - 28.8sm (5h 45') - 26.3sm (18h 15')
116.8cbm (0.7cbm/24h). 8100Ah. 7 Eto and 3 Ato internal. Weather unchanged in 48h.

1250 - Altering course to 180°, due to heavy swell washing over the bridge.

1658 - Incoming F.T.1650/28: From B.d.U.:
B-Dienst reporting an inbound convoy in Marqu.2912AL, course 90°, speed 7kn.

Boat now operating on convoy 1650/28.

Cmdr.: "Under normal weather and sea conditions, it would be possible to intercept this inbound convoy, even at slow speed. Under the current weather and sea conditions, this seems to be almost impossible. Still, we need to attempt to do it."

1701 - 1./KG40 reporting to the B.d.U., that on this day, 5 of its Fw200 Condor, sunk 2 and damaged another 2 ships.

1705 - Sundown.

Boat operating on convoy 1650/28.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

++++

KTB - U 112

Wednesday, 29 January 1941 - South of Iceland

0245 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
U 93 (Korth) has contact with an inbound convoy in Qu.4124AM. All boats to operate on Convoy-"Korth".

0550 - Charging batteries at 8100Ah: Stbd.-Diesel 500RPM - Charging; Port-Diesel 285RPM - Propulsion, 4-5kn.

0730 - Incoming F.T.: From U 93:
U-Korth loosing contact with convoy in Qu.4134AM.

0745 - Morning Dawn. Battery charged: 1h 55' for 2200Ah.

0750 - Diving for submerged cruise due to high swell continuously washing over the bridge. T=20.

0944 - Sunrise.

0949 - O = 20%.

1030 - Incoming F.T.: U 93/B.d.U.:
U-Korth reporting the sinking of 2 merchants and 1 tanker for 20000ts from convoy SC-19. No more contact with convoy. All boats are ordered to continue to operate on SC-19 until dark.

1200 - Qu.2725AL - Days Run: 108.5sm - 96.3sm (19h 50') - 12.2sm (4h 10')
114.9cbm (1.9cbm/24h). 9000Ah. 7 Eto and 3 Ato internal. Weather unchanged in 72h. T=20.

1348 - Incoming F.T.: From U 106:
U-Oesten reporting sinkings from convoy SC-19.

1449 - O = 19%.

1704 - Sundown.

1830 - Surfaced after 10h 40' and 31sm. Battery: 7400Ah.
Weather has improved: S3/2, partly cloudy, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

1839 - Boat ventilated.

2300 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Boats reporting no more contact with convoy SC-19. New patrol lines are:
U 48 (Schultze) - AM15+16
U 106 (Oesten) - AL38, AM17+18
U 94 (Kuppisch) - AL03, AM19+01
U 107 (Hessler) - AL28, 37, 02, 39
U 103 (Schütze) - AL61 to 63
U 52 (Salman) - AL64 to 66
U 93 (Korth) - AM41, 42, 44, 45
U 101 (Mengersen) - AL68+69, AM47

Boat operating on convoy 1650/28.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

stork100 01-30-21 08:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2725640)
Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

Gloriously interesting and authentic KTB you've been writing Kapitän. Best wishes towards the success and continued enjoyment of the project.

Kapitän 01-30-21 09:08 AM

THANK YOU!!!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by stork100 (Post 2725817)
Gloriously interesting and authentic KTB you've been writing Kapitän. Best wishes towards the success and continued enjoyment of the project.

Much appreciated! Glad you enjoy it!

Yes, reading the original Uboat and B.d.U. War Diary's and adding that aspect to a war patrol, gives one much more of a sense of what actually transpired during those days. Coupled with staying within the historical time frames, adds a lot of realism to the life of a Uboat commander during a war time campaign.

More to come ... :salute:

Kapitän 01-30-21 09:12 AM

U 112 Type IXB 1941/2021 - 4th War Patrol - Operating on inbound convoy
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2725640)
Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

++++

KTB - U 112

Wednesday, 29 January 1941 - South of Iceland

0245 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
U 93 (Korth) has contact with an inbound convoy in Qu.4124AM. All boats to operate on Convoy-"Korth".

0550 - Charging batteries at 8100Ah: Stbd.-Diesel 500RPM - Charging; Port-Diesel 285RPM - Propulsion, 4-5kn.

0730 - Incoming F.T.: From U 93:
U-Korth loosing contact with convoy in Qu.4134AM.

0745 - Morning Dawn. Battery charged: 1h 55' for 2200Ah.

0750 - Diving for submerged cruise due to high swell continuously washing over the bridge. T=20.

0944 - Sunrise.

0949 - O = 20%.

1030 - Incoming F.T.: U 93/B.d.U.:
U-Korth reporting the sinking of 2 merchants and 1 tanker for 20000ts from convoy SC-19. No more contact with convoy. All boats are ordered to continue to operate on SC-19 until dark.

1200 - Qu.2725AL - Days Run: 108.5sm - 96.3sm (19h 50') - 12.2sm (4h 10')
114.9cbm (1.9cbm/24h). 9000Ah. 7 Eto and 3 Ato internal. Weather unchanged in 72h. T=20.

1348 - Incoming F.T.: From U 106:
U-Oesten reporting sinkings from convoy SC-19.

1449 - O = 19%.

1704 - Sundown.

1830 - Surfaced after 10h 40' and 31sm. Battery: 7400Ah.
Weather has improved: S3/2, partly cloudy, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

1839 - Boat ventilated.

2300 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Boats reporting no more contact with convoy SC-19. New patrol lines are:
U 48 (Schultze) - AM15+16
U 106 (Oesten) - AL38, AM17+18
U 94 (Kuppisch) - AL03, AM19+01
U 107 (Hessler) - AL28, 37, 02, 39
U 103 (Schütze) - AL61 to 63
U 52 (Salman) - AL64 to 66
U 93 (Korth) - AM41, 42, 44, 45
U 101 (Mengersen) - AL68+69, AM47

Boat operating on convoy 1650/28.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

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KTB - U 112

Thursday, 30 January 1941 - West of Rockall Bank

0130 - Qu.2855AL

0702 - Incoming F.T.: From Toreli:
4 ships for 17489ts sunk. - Langobardo -

0745 - Morning Dawn.

0920 - Sunrise.

1200 - Qu.3922AL - Days Run: 263.0sm - 244.2sm (17h 30') - 18.8sm (6h 30')
104.6cbm (10.3cbm/24h). 7400Ah. 7 Eto and 3 Ato internal. Weather unchanged in 72h.

Diving for listening check, about 1h from estimated interception point with convoy 1650/28. Nothing heard.

1245 - Surfaced. Weather has improved: NW2/2, partly cloudy, light haze, medium visibility, >1000mb.

1255 - "All engines stop!". M.G.-2cm-C/30 manned. Commenced external torpedo reloading.

1300 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Air reconnaissance reports an inbound convoy in Qu.6369AL. All boats to operate on this convoy.

Cmdr.: "I suspect, that this is convoy 1650/28, traveling at a higher speed than first thought and at changing courses."

1600 - 4 Ato taken under deck. Charging batteries at 7400Ah: Stbd.-Diesel 500RPM - Charging;
Port-Diesel 285RPM - Propulsion, 7kn.

1653 - Sundown.

1659 - Incoming F.T.1650/30: From B.d.U.:
B-Dienst reporting inbound convoy in Marqu.3879AL, course east, speed 7kn.

Cmdr.: "This must be convoy 1650/28, that somehow managed to circle around our position."

1706 - Stopped charging batteries at 9000Ah and chasing after convoy 1650/28/30 on course 88°, Full Speed Ahead.

Cmdr.: "The convoy is running right in between the two patrol positions of U-Oesten (U 106) to the north and U-Kuppisch (U 94) to the south.

Boat operating on convoy 1650/28/30.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

ivanov.ruslan 01-30-21 01:39 PM

May 12 1942,ntercepted convoy in grid AD87,general course nord-nordost
https://i.postimg.cc/vTZtWJj4/sh3-20...0-27-25-99.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/SsrGYSZ0/sh3-20...0-27-42-91.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/fTkvkhmF/sh3-20...0-27-56-49.jpg

GWR 2021

ivanov.ruslan 01-30-21 01:56 PM

https://i.postimg.cc/C114Dy9z/sh3-20...0-54-16-95.jpg

GWR 2021

ivanov.ruslan 01-30-21 02:03 PM

https://i.postimg.cc/MKkFkTh5/sh3-20...1-00-38-63.jpg

GWR 2021

Anvar1061 01-30-21 02:09 PM

https://sun9-67.userapi.com/impg/ZEL...e91&type=album

ivanov.ruslan 01-30-21 02:38 PM

https://i.postimg.cc/gj4s6z2X/sh3-20...1-33-28-55.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/1RKJdHrm/sh3-20...1-33-42-52.jpg

GWR 2021

ivanov.ruslan 01-30-21 02:44 PM

https://i.postimg.cc/hPjb5qGs/sh3-20...1-42-46-04.jpg
GWR 2021

ivanov.ruslan 01-30-21 02:52 PM

https://i.postimg.cc/L4yjf0V1/sh3-20...1-50-39-01.jpg

GWR 2021

Jimbuna 01-31-21 07:45 AM

Gentlemen, please be kind enough to post your screenshots in the SH3 Screenshots thread.

What has recently been posted doesn't even include a textual explanation.

Thanks in advance.

Kapitän 01-31-21 08:20 AM

U 112 Type IXB 1941/2021 - 4th War Patrol - Convoy battle
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2725820)
Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

++++

KTB - U 112

Thursday, 30 January 1941 - West of Rockall Bank

0130 - Qu.2855AL

0702 - Incoming F.T.: From Toreli:
4 ships for 17489ts sunk. - Langobardo -

0745 - Morning Dawn.

0920 - Sunrise.

1200 - Qu.3922AL - Days Run: 263.0sm - 244.2sm (17h 30') - 18.8sm (6h 30')
104.6cbm (10.3cbm/24h). 7400Ah. 7 Eto and 3 Ato internal. Weather unchanged in 72h.

Diving for listening check, about 1h from estimated interception point with convoy 1650/28. Nothing heard.

1245 - Surfaced. Weather has improved: NW2/2, partly cloudy, light haze, medium visibility, >1000mb.

1255 - "All engines stop!". M.G.-2cm-C/30 manned. Commenced external torpedo reloading.

1300 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Air reconnaissance reports an inbound convoy in Qu.6369AL. All boats to operate on this convoy.

Cmdr.: "I suspect, that this is convoy 1650/28, traveling at a higher speed than first thought and at changing courses."

1600 - 4 Ato taken under deck. Charging batteries at 7400Ah: Stbd.-Diesel 500RPM - Charging;
Port-Diesel 285RPM - Propulsion, 7kn.

1653 - Sundown.

1659 - Incoming F.T.1650/30: From B.d.U.:
B-Dienst reporting inbound convoy in Marqu.3879AL, course east, speed 7kn.

Cmdr.: "This must be convoy 1650/28, that somehow managed to circle around our position."

1706 - Stopped charging batteries at 9000Ah and chasing after convoy 1650/28/30 on course 88°, Full Speed Ahead.

Cmdr.: "The convoy is running right in between the two patrol positions of U-Oesten (U 106) to the north and U-Kuppisch (U 94) to the south.

Boat operating on convoy 1650/28/30.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

++++

KTB - U 112

Friday, 31 January 1941 - West of Rockall Bank

0034 - Incoming F.T. 0030/31: From B.d.U.:
Convoy 1650/30 now in Qu.3894AL bottom left, on course 88°, speed 7kn.

0130 - "Smoke plume ahead, bearing 0°!" It is convoy 1650/28/30. Commencing overtaking maneuver.

0227 - Evading the port escort on a search pattern until 0235h, E=4000. Either a Tribal or V&W Destroyer.

Convoy consisting of about 20 ships, 1 Cruiser, 1 Aircraft Carrier and 3-4 escorts.

0235 - Contact report sent:
"Gustav Gelb!". Convoy 1650/30 in 3895AL bottom left. Course 88°. Speed 7kn. 20 ships, 1 Cruiser, 1 Aircraft Carrier, 3 escorts. - RST -

The cruiser is HMS Norfolk, the Aircraft Carrier is HMS Glorious.

0235 - Second contact report sent:
Convoy 1650/30 now in 3895AL bottom right. Course 88°. Speed 7kn. 20 ships, HMS Glorious and HMS Norfolk, forward sweeper and 1 escort to either side. NW2/2, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 8000, >1000mb. - RST -

0349 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Free to attack!

Cmdr.: "Even though, U-Kuppisch and U-Oesten must be close by, I receive the free-to-attack order."

0400 - The half moon is in the south. Decks awash. "Battle Stations!".

Surface attack with bow tubes. Own course 177°; Own speed 1.6kn. Shooter: Ob.Ltnt.z.S. & I.W.O. Emmo MARBACH.

0424 - Shot with Tubes I+II, G7e, K-b/G7H (contact fuse); Running depth 8m; Vt30kn.
Target ship: HMS Glorious.
Target course 89°; Target distance 5000m; Target angle red76°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle 0°.

0425 - Shot with Tube III, G7e, K-b/G7H (contact fuse) and with Tube IV, G7a, K-a/G7H (contact fuse); Both running depth 4m and Vt30kn.
Target ship: HMS Norfolk.
Target course 89°; Target distance 2600m; Target angle red77°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle 0°.

All 4 torpedoes are hits! HMS Norfolk capsizes to her port side.

Cmdr.: "I'm turning hard to port, to bring the stern torpedoes to bear. However, as the convoy is zig-zagging and the forward sweeper is running to our shooting position, I blow the tanks and run off on a northerly heading."

0444 - "Dismissed from Battle Stations!". Commenced torpedo loading.

- to be continued -

duce_de_zoop 01-31-21 12:09 PM

Well Kapitan, I tried out some Murmansk convoy raiding in December 1942. My ace kaleun got sent back to training duties, so I continued the career with a new one.

This definitely is a new playstyle for me. Spent a LOT of time hunting and dodging aircraft, very little ever seeing anything. The radar detector has to be the best tool ever cause I would surely be dead without it.

I managed to hit two freighters in a convoy heading to Reyjavik, Iceland, but failed to find any other merchant contacts. A small 2DD task force swung by a few days later and since they were right in my path, I managed to torp one. The other missed, but he didn't turn around.

Trip home was more exciting; ran into a Hunter Killer Group of five DDs, one escort carrier Bogue Class. Heading directly at me (possibly picked up my radio signal)

I couldn't resist the danger.. Four torps into the escort carrer at 950m. Sank in about three minutes. First one I've ever killed, 15k GRT. And I survived five ships trying to depth charge me!

And judging by your post, I'm not the only one who's been torping aircraft carriers :03:

Kapitän 01-31-21 05:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by duce_de_zoop (Post 2726119)
Well Kapitan, I tried out some Murmansk convoy raiding in December 1942. My ace kaleun got sent back to training duties, so I continued the career with a new one.

This definitely is a new playstyle for me. Spent a LOT of time hunting and dodging aircraft, very little ever seeing anything. The radar detector has to be the best tool ever cause I would surely be dead without it.

I managed to hit two freighters in a convoy heading to Reyjavik, Iceland, but failed to find any other merchant contacts. A small 2DD task force swung by a few days later and since they were right in my path, I managed to torp one. The other missed, but he didn't turn around.

Trip home was more exciting; ran into a Hunter Killer Group of five DDs, one escort carrier Bogue Class. Heading directly at me (possibly picked up my radio signal)

I couldn't resist the danger.. Four torps into the escort carrer at 950m. Sank in about three minutes. First one I've ever killed, 15k GRT. And I survived five ships trying to depth charge me!

And judging by your post, I'm not the only one who's been torping aircraft carriers :03:


Yes, Murmansk convoy routes can be slim pickings at times. Congrats on the aricraft carrier! Yes, for me it's still Jan.41, so, still "Happy Days", I presume ... need to get my renown up and my promotions and awards, so, I can take it more easy as time goes on and if possoble, survive the war ...


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