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Falkirion 01-12-10 08:14 PM

Haha Panser I ran into that Task force a couple of days ago. I didn't engage due to the 3 DD escort though, tempting a target as she was.

Found the Nelson on my first patrol. Sunk her with 5 torps. 3 across her to bring her to a stop in the water. Cat and mouse with a DD for a bit then slunk underneath her to reload. Snuck away to 2km and fired off another pair that had her down by the stern. Under she went. Good times.

Panser 01-13-10 12:40 PM

I've made a video from the screenshots and video clips I took yesterday:

Note to self: disable the event camera!

Terragon 01-14-10 08:35 PM

Sunk in September. Sunk a medium Brit ship, shortly thereafter, an ASW Trawler approached. No torpedoes or deck gun. The area I was in was only 22 meters deep. I hugged the bottom of the sea as close as I could, silent ran until the destroyer lined up for a run. Went to full speed ahead and made a radical turn to the left as they DC'd us.

One charge crippled the electric motors. Damage control said it would be ten minutes. Figured being on the surface would not work at all, so I refrained from blowing ballast tanks, and hoping he wouldn't hear me.

Lined up again, two charges it the boat, damaging the torpedo room and diesel room. Flooding fast. Blew the ballast tanks, but to no avail. Ship floodded out and U-1 is no more.

Quite literally a shallow grave.

If only we were in a 150 meter zone. I would've mopped the floor with that dufus. :D

msalama 01-16-10 05:07 PM

U-11, in port at Kiel, 25th November 1939

The boat is laid up for repairs for at least two more weeks. The dockyard says they've found a bad seam in the pressure hull which they'll now cut open, sandblast and re-weld. Explains the funny tapping noises sometimes heard while submerged!

We've visited AN21 two times in a row now, and have some 15000 GRT under our collective belt already. Easy patrols both with no ASW activity to speak of, but our next assignment to AN84 is making me a tad queasy regardless. Well, at least I've the opportunity to see whether there's any truth to the rumours of the Englishmen laying vast minefields there if nothing else...

Terragon 01-17-10 06:14 PM

New Career: U-45/Type VII Boat, Commander - Karl Wilhelm-Popp, Age 28.

August 8th, 1939.

"Dive! Damn it! Dive!"

U-1 blasted to full speed ahead, as the alarm bell rang."

"Dive to thirty meters! Hug the bottom as close as you can Chief!"

"Aye, Sir. Bow down ten, stern up ten."

The Old Man quickly made his way to his hydrophone operator.

"Boat is rapidly closing, bearing 270, increasing speed."

"How close are we to the bottom?"

"Instant return, sir."

The Old Man nodded. "Keep track of the trawler."

"Ahead 1/3rd. Left full rudder. Passing 320."

They could now hear the ship approaching, it's propellers churning holes in the water.

"Depth charges in the water!"

"All ahead full! Right full rudder!"

Explosions began to sound on the starboard side. It was shaking the boat up pretty good, until a stray one exploded just a little too near the electric engines. Subsequent damaged caused the engines to fail. At the same time, the sea floor rose sharply, and the boat bottomed out to a screeching halt.

"Blow ballast tanks!"

But to no avail.

"Severe flooding in the engines room, we can't control it sir. Boat is not rising even with our ballast removed."

"Prepare to abandon ship. We-"

"Sir, depth charges in the water!"

"Nowhere to run."

The Old Man nodded.

"Too bad really."

The charges exploded around the boat, and U-1 was no more.

At that moment, I woke up.

A bad omen to be sure. I didn't know anybody on U-1, and as far as I knew, U-1 was decommissioned as a training boat a long time ago. But the dream seemed so real, far away.

"What things you dream of, Karl. Here you sleep in your boat, and the things you dream of are submarines being destroyed on the sea floor. You have a good boat, you have a bunch of young guys, but a good crew nonetheless. Why are you jinxing yourself? Get up!"

So I did.

I looked at my pocket watch. I slept for two hours. Time to go to work.

BillCar 01-17-10 10:20 PM

July 1940: After a wholly uneventful 8th patrol, Oberleutnant Scheier was retired from active duty, thus ending U-83's campaign with that commander.

August 1940: U-88, a Type VIIC, leaves Kiel for AM17 (Rockall Bank). Few contacts along the way, though managed to sink one small merchant and one schooner for a combined total of 2000 some-odd tons (of which 17 can be attributed to the schooner).

On arrival at Rockall Bank, a contact report came in: large convoy, AM16, heading west. I eyeballed it and set myself up where I felt they might be. Arrived at about 20h00 and waited. By 20h30 I could see a Black Swan and a Flower Class corvette. Went to periscope depth, rigged for silent running, and peeked at them once in a while. Stuck myself right in the midst of the projected convoy path, running 90 degrees-ish to it. Hydrophone operator started reporting merchant contacts everywhere from 40 to 120 degrees off my bow. As the first merchant vessels passed, I raised my periscope and spotted a whale factory vessel. Used my Range and AOB finder, figured its speed for 9 knots. She was 1400 metres away. Three torpedo spread, magnetic pistol. Fired and dove to 130.

Two detonated, and she was instantly going down.


That was it one lone ping, and some depth charges dropped way, way off on my port side they thought I was in front of them on the other side, apparently. Waited a bit, then went to periscope depth to watch them blasting starshells into the sky several kilometres away.

"Why stop now?"

They hadn't changed course, and were still running more-or-less 270. I surfaced the boat, angled off, and then ran a parallel course at flank speed. Comping up behind the convoy on its port side, I was lucky in that there was near-total darkness thanks to the thunderclouds overhead. I passed 800 metres off the stern of the Flower as she watched the port side. Off on my starboard side, I could make out a destroyer. In front of me, angled 135 degrees away and doing 9 knots, was a large merchant. I reminded the crew that we were not slowing down for anything. All ahead flank.

Two torpedo spread selected, magnetic pistol. 135 AOB port, 9 knots, 1100 metres. Fired, dropped to 130 like a rock, and turned, travelling on a track to the convoy's 180.


*ping* *ping* *ping*

They must have been upset. They spent 3 hours trying to drop buckets of TNT on my head. In fairness, it was a pretty nice looking large merchant. Unfortunately for them, my deft maneuvering meant that the worst I ever endured was some slight turbulence, no damage. Fifteen minutes after the last contact was lost, I was at periscope depth. Nothing.

Surfaced, and headed towards the Irish Coast, loosely following that convoy. Decided to enter the Irish Sea for kicks, but it was a very bad idea. Spent one hour dodging depth charges. No damage, but still, probably a good thing that I turned around and made my way north.

At present, U-88 is northeast of the Hebrides, with about 23,000 GRT sunk.

unterseemann 01-18-10 04:18 AM

Oberleutnant z.s Konrad Tietz
2nd flotilla Lorient

18 feb 41: End of patrol 5 in mid and north atlantic ocean ( AK-AL grids)
8 ships sunk for 37951 tons. 29 days at sea.
1st WO Georg Mayer is promoted and will soon commission is own boat.

Total tonnage: 189356 tons-31 ships 113 days at sea
09/06/40 sunk RN auxiliary cruiser HMS Dunottar Castle 13850 tons
10/29/40 sunk RN large troop ship SS Windsor Castle 25910 tons

KL-alfman 01-23-10 04:51 AM

longest patrol (72days) so far but not very thrilling.
sailed down the west-coast of Africa to my assigned grid (EK74) and met just single merchants or small (one column) convoys.
wheather I thought must be much better than in northern Atlantic but I was wrong. many foggy days and pretty much wind.
although I first had in mind to resupply at "Python" and visit Cape Town I then sailed straight home because the very dense air-traffic in the near of Freetown surprised me and my watch-crew (and got my pressure-hull down to 78%).
all in all I sank 10freighters and 1tanker (74.200tons).
thx to WB's fuel-optimizing mod I arrived in Lorient still with exactly 50% of diesel.

Leandros 01-23-10 12:21 PM

Going for long-range Type IX/40
After having concluded patrol no. 21 with U-122 I have decided it's time to transfer to a longer-range boat - the IX/40. The two latest patrols went to the US east coast with constant worries about fuel and finding refuelling points in the Atlantic.

My loyal crew is coming with me over to U-68 and we are now ready to leave Lorient - Oct. 10th 1942 17:40. Mission area: DN25 - The Caribbean. Hopefully we shall get some sun on our pale, scrawny bodies. Also for the first time checking out the FAT torp.

Leandros 01-24-10 04:48 PM

Patrol 2 U-68 Kaleu Eckhard (24th patrol) enroute to kvadrant CB13 - presently in BC77 Feb. 7th 1943 22:00.
We left Lorient on Jan 23rd 14:00 1943. U-68 is a long-range IX/40 and it seems we shall arrive in our mission area with at least 60% diesel left. If we get there...

Had a few encounters on the way over, unescorted single merchants. Are now lying still waiting for a very fat convoy approaching from west - probably running us over. 3 escorts detected so far. We have 16 torps left. Very heavy seas, which is good, but only approx. 70 meters water below us. Which is not good.

Obltn Strand 01-24-10 06:02 PM

Oberleutnant z.s Simon Strand
U Flotilla Weddigen
U-16 IIa(b:know:)

Just finished 4th patrol.
Returned to Kiel december 4th.

One 3000 ton steamer sunk with one torpedo. Fired two torpedoes towards fast moving 2000 ton passenger/cargo from 3000 meters. No hits. Because of bad weather and attacking position and cover of darkness fading, decided to cease hunt.

Long rest and refit ahead and rumours about assault on Norway next spring.

Falkirion 01-24-10 06:19 PM

U-47 patrol 6. Started from supply ship Bessel in Spain. Currently stalking a fat convoy near Ireland in the AN's. Made contact during the middle of the day. Stupid decision by me to approach on the surface, calm water, clear skies. Had to dive quickly to evade some DD's that saw me and kept me down for 2 hours at 160m. A couple of runs over my last known which I was clear of before the 2 Black Swans arrived there.

Now approaching the same convoy well ahead, in complete darkness. I'm headed back in tonight.

BillCar 01-25-10 12:17 AM

Oblt.z.S. Scheier has commissioned a new boat, giving up his Type VIIB for a Type VIIC.
Patrol 1:
U-84 is an unlucky boat. On attacking a convoy, before the first torpedo could be fired, a merchant spotted U-84 on the surface, causing the entire convoy to light up. Two destroyers kept her down for over 7 hours, presumably exhausting their supply of depth charges. All were dropped too high, as U-84 was at 215m depth. No damage sustained by depth charges. However, U-84 surfaced and rushed to flank the convoy, only to encounter one of the destroyers at close range in horrible weather. This mistake would prove costly: a young seaman, Richard Brandt, was killed by the destroyer's guns, and the flak gun was severely damaged. U-84 submerged, but the destroyer did not pursue, as it had no depth charges left.

U-84 was heading home to St. Nazaire when she crossed paths with (and sank) one large merchant and one small merchant. Both were sunk at a distance of roughly 3800m, two torpedos for the large merchant, one for the small. A passenger cargo was attacked, but the torpedo missed. Surfacing, U-84 engaged in a battle of naval artillery with the stern gunner, eventually sinking the passenger cargo vessel. Unfortunately, with its dying breath, it managed to strike the deck gun, seriously injuring one gunner (though not fatally). This happened the same instant as the crew were celebrating the ship's imminent sinking. Docked at St. Nazaire for lengthy refit and repairs.

Leandros 01-25-10 03:55 AM

Patrol 24 Kaleu Eckhard - U-68 - south-east Halifax Feb. 12th 1943 06:68 GMT

Seemingly we are not going to make our patrol area as we now only have 2 (aft) torps left after having encountered two large convoys on our way in. Sunk 4 large merchants in the Atlantic, so far 6 from the convoys have gone down. Waiting for a couple more - given some time.

Presently 3-4 angry dogs are hunting us on the topside. We are at 94 meters with only 4 meters under the keel, going at slow speed towards south. It seems we have been able to creep out of their circle......If we get out of this we shall turn tail and head for home.

Patrol 24 Kaleu Eckhard - U-68 - east-south-east Halifax Feb. 12th 1943 21:41 GMT

On our way back home. Received report from BdU - enemy task force on easterly course approaching from west-south-west. Engage!

With only 2 (aft) torps left we set intercepting course and waited for radar detection signals. Got them at 21:00 - approaching directly from west. Went below. Sonar signals now say one large and several smaller naval vessels.

Falkirion 01-25-10 04:45 AM

And I am very lucky Kaulen that I lived to tell the tale of Rodney's revenge.

After making contact with the convoy aforementioned, I managed to get off a spread of four eels for one sinking. Dismal. We stayed down below 170m to rearm and slunk back up to the surface after the convoy had vacated the area.

Heading north to the AM's we got a report of a convoy headed south east, at medium speed. We got roughly into position to attack and mercifully were able chart the convoy course fairly accurately. Smack dab in the middle was the Rodney. But I ignored him for the moment and focused on what was accompanying him. A line of large tankers that were nice, and a single lone coastal merchant. I hurried into firing position while I could and the escorts all 5 of them missed me in the heavy seas.

Rodney, one large tanker and a coastal merchant comprised my target list. I fired 2 eels at Rodney, 2 at a tanker, and my single rear tube at the coastal merch. All 5 hit, tanker went down fast, her back broken strangely because the second eel was aimed at her engine room at the stern. The coastal merchant caught one in the bow and Rodney two amidships disabling her. I dove after firing but not fast enough as my flak gun scraped a passing Grainville overhead of us. Down to 170 and I reloaded my fore and aft tubes with the supplies on board. We avoided contact with the escorts completely and circled back around to take down Rodney with a coup de grace spread.

Now here's where I screwed up. I surfaced thinking that she wasn't going to be an issue disabled in the water.
Fired off three and turned to vacate the area. As soon as the first hit Rodney was alive again. Her guns trained on me in an instant and since I lack a crash dive option my hands flew across the keyboard to get my boat under and safe. But the fun didn't stop there. I sunk like a stone. 3 blows later I was stable at periscope depth. My damage control team working wonders to keep the boat stable. After a couple more accidental surfaces we managed to get all the damage under control and evacuated the area at flank, with 3 Flower corvettes scouring our last known. To be safe from aircraft we took a far northly route before swinging back around south to head back to Wilhelmshaven.
Rodney slips into her watery grave.
The aftermath enroute Wilhelm.

Total for the trip, around 50k of shipping, another Nelson under my belt, 22% hull integrity remaining, and no crew lost miracurously.

Leandros 01-25-10 05:04 AM

Patrol 24 Kaleu Eckhard - U-68 - south-east Halifax Feb. 12th 1943 22:32 GMT

A nice little escort carrier! We have her lined up for our 2 aft torpedoes, salvo! Then we shall go for the deep, hopefully surviving the attack of her 4 escorts.....

Patrol 24 Kaleu Eckhard - U-68 - south-east Halifax Feb. 12th 1943 22:34 GMT

Patrol 24 Kaleu Eckhard - U-68 - south-east Halifax Feb. 12th 1943 22:44 GMT

Still at periscope depth! The escorts obviously didn't understand how close we were to the target when torps were fired and are searching 1500 m. farther south. Untill further we shall just be lying dead still here and see how it develops. The carrier is now developing a heavy list towards starboard - speed is going down.

Leandros 01-25-10 05:50 AM

Patrol 24 Kaleu Eckhardt - U-68 - south-east Halifax Feb. 12th 1943 23:20 GMT

She went down at 23:05. Her escorts are now leaving the area at an easterly course. We are still sitting at the spot from where we fired our aft torps. Now we can go home!

krashkart 01-25-10 12:49 PM

Currently docked at Wilhelmshaven after our third patrol. It was our first through the English Channel. We got beat up pretty badly .. I um, well, tried sinking an armed trawler south of Dover, but my torpedo aim is pretty shoddy at best. :hmmm:

So, out of a great sense of duty to our people and of course the Reich we surfaced and engaged them with every slug-throwing weapon available. Managed to sink them after a long ten-minute engagement, and we suffered damage. No immediate crew losses, although the radio operator is likely to get his ticket home, back to Memmingen and his wife Elsa. The medic had to revive him a couple of times on the way back to port.

Our sonar operator is having some "survivor" issues... he only suffered contusions and a puncture wound to the hindquarters. He managed to carry Otto (radio operator) out of the electronics compartment as everything caught fire. It's got him twisted up inside, understandably. However, as Kaleun I hope he doesn't become a liability to the boat. He is very capable in his duties, and would be a beneficial asset to any crew in the Kriegsmarine.

The deck crew is the most admirable bunch I have ever worked with. One young man took to the guns with no protection... the watch chief had to chase him down and hand him the proper gear! Another, the loader, is in traction with a broken leg. Loyal to his crew. He refused any treatment, beyond bandaging, from our medic. He insisted that his share of medical care be given to Otto until our return to port. Then he went about his usual routine in the engine room. Spectacular lad!

As for myself, I was reprimanded by my superiors. My actions as Kaleun, although glorious during their inception and execution, were "unbecoming of an officer of the Kriegsmarine". And I must admit to my own foolishness. I nearly lost the lives of over fifty men that night, for the destruction of one light warship. Life is a very demanding headmaster.

We are planning a going-home party for Otto. Lucky sonofabitch. He gets to go back home to his woman. Many on my crew live it up as much as they can. Myself, to be perfectly honest.... I wish this were all over. I just cannot get past those milky eyes I saw on the seas that day.

Snestorm 01-25-10 11:31 PM

U338 VIIC 7. Flotilla Bergen
Left bergen on 16.dec.44.

Present position is Grid AL34 (South of Island/Iceland).
Patrol directives complete. U338 is enroute back to Bergen.
No contact with any enemy vessels thus far.
Regularly crash diving to avoid aircraft.
Will make a short detour towards Island/Iceland in hopes of finding targets.

We found, and sunk, a fishing boat on 6.jan.45.
Daylight submerged attack with a FAT torpedo (Impact trigger. Depth 1 meter).
I still can't believe it hit! Damn, was I proud of myself.
82 tons may be a joke in the early years, but in 1945, it's a big deal to sink anything.
Prior to this, a tug boat was the littlest target I've ever even attempted with a torpedo.

Falkirion 01-26-10 06:09 AM

U-47 patrol 8. Flotilla changed from 2nd to 7th.
U-47 is back at sea and has just had another escape from prowling surface forces this time a duo of Black Swans and a Flower. I made contact with a convoy sliding into the AMs off Ireland, got their course as 357 at 6 knots, jetted off ahead to attack. Made it into position and slunk into the innards of the convoy. Fired off a pair of eels at a mid cargo, they hit and detonated. Just after they did I fired off a pair of eels at an Ore Carrier that appeared to be carrying something other than Ore (Aircraft bound for Britain, its August 1940) before firing off my final eel from tube 5 at a fast moving Black Swan coming in from my rear. Down scope and dive to 180m. The mid cargo sunk like a stone, her back broken. The Ore carrier was nailed by both eels, she took on a list to starboard that she never pulled out of, a load of Spits for the RAF gone. The Black Swan dodged my incoming torpedo (which I expected) and bore down on me. He put a load of DCs over my head. But at 180 which was below his hydro and adsic range I didn't get hit at all.

After an hour of continued DC runs from another DD and a Flower they finally vacated the area. I came back up to periscope depth and after a quick check of the area surfaced and headed off at full to have another crack at the convoy a few hours later at night, when they turn for the British coast.

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