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John Pancoast 10-20-19 08:14 PM

Successful convoy strike with wolfpack help
 
Have a couple campaigns going. This one is from an 8k env. modded vanilla that includes random mods as well as parts of GWX and NYGM.


After shadowing all afternoon in September, 1940, BdU finally gives the go ahead shortly after sunset.
Clear skies, half moon, heavy seas. Not ideal conditions.



https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...924/mNYZL9.png


Had a member of the wolfpack just east of me who hit this ship while I was closing in for an attack myself.
The ship sunk about ten minutes later.



https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...922/12uglU.png


I saw no escorts the entire attack, but the pack member above had company engaging him.


https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...921/YGTdq8.png


Results of the attack. The far right and left sinkings are mine. Others are the pack.


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JuanLiquid 10-21-19 09:47 AM

February 1944, things are really interesting.



I was reloading an external torpedo during day because I was chasing a convoy by radio and need to stay fully loaded. Unfortunately a group of naval bombers got me. 10 min of pure stress trying to cancel the torpedo load, all my hopes on the antiair-crew. Fortunately I had 4 man with the antiair trait, one of them RIP in this attack, but he saved us.


Aborted the convoy attack due to severe damage to the uboat.



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John Pancoast 10-22-19 04:03 PM

GWX + Campaign
 
February, 1943, off to the west of the Iberian Peninsula.


Small convoy, five escorts. After probing their radar defenses throughout the night, ran ahead of them for a submerged early morning attack from their port beam. Tried a surface approach, but radar, calm seas, clear skies allowed the escorts to drive me off.
Haven't been able to radio a contact report due to their radar keeping me off the convoy.




The results. Two torpedoes each. Minor search and depth charging by one escort. Have reloaded, surfaced and back in pursuit. They should be approx. 30 kms, true bearing 185.



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John Pancoast 10-22-19 10:27 PM

No luck on the pursuit. Tried getting in front of the convoy again, in the dark, but an escort located me via radar and called two others over.
Convoy also now had air cover.

Tried escaping on the surface but forced to dive. Took heavy damage and flooding to all systems via depth charges but the crew saved the boat at 180 meters, made repairs, and 15 game hours later was able to surface the boat.

Hull amazingly suffered no damage, so back on patrol. To bad there wasn't a pack again; they would have had a field day with 3 of 5 escorts busy with me.

John Pancoast 10-23-19 01:17 PM

Few game days later, been shadowing this convoy all day. Night comes and I get this.
So, to tough for them but I'm expected to give it a go !?! Thanks for nuthin' BdU. Wimps. Was really hoping for some help, as there are at least six escorts.
This attack could be interesting......


https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...923/dpCTAc.png

Randomizer 10-23-19 03:59 PM

Let's see, a single boat verses convoy battle in February 1943. "Interesting" is probably not the adjective that I would use to describe the coming attack...

Just wondering, is this a new 1943 career or a survivor from an earlier start?

Good Hunting anyway.

-C

JuanLiquid 10-23-19 04:07 PM

Mine (Feb 44) is a survivor from Sep 39. I almost die twice. I'm taking extreme precautions, except in some weird cases like the one I posted, returning to base without reaching my quadrant if needed.


Until 43 everything is quite boring for me. Fortunately I could bypass these years quicky adjusting SH Commander to 60 days of resting between patrols. 44 is pure action and pushing your uboat to the limit, but I think I will not survive until 45... or XXI!

John Pancoast 10-23-19 05:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Randomizer (Post 2633796)
Let's see, a single boat verses convoy battle in February 1943. "Interesting" is probably not the adjective that I would use to describe the coming attack...

Just wondering, is this a new 1943 career or a survivor from an earlier start?

Good Hunting anyway.

-C

Kind of/sort of a continuation. I started the career in 9/40. After seven patrols, the captain of that career was assigned a desk job on 4/42 via SH3 Commander "Realistic Career Length" option.

But I always "continue" my careers by then taking the crew from the previous career and using it in the next with the new career Captain, with a start date of the next month after the previous career ended.
Again, via SH3 Commander.

I.e, this one started 5/42, on it's third patrol now. I'm not going to press this attack to much obviously, though the escorts don't appear to have radar.
Another clear skies, calm seas to boot. No moon though. Yet.

Randomizer 10-24-19 03:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JuanLiquid (Post 2633799)
Mine (Feb 44) is a survivor from Sep 39. I almost die twice. I'm taking extreme precautions, except in some weird cases like the one I posted, returning to base without reaching my quadrant if needed.


Until 43 everything is quite boring for me. Fortunately I could bypass these years quicky adjusting SH Commander to 60 days of resting between patrols. 44 is pure action and pushing your uboat to the limit, but I think I will not survive until 45... or XXI!

I don't find early-war careers boring so much as void of any challenge. Two kills per patrol from 39-41 are ridiculously easy in the game although the reality was that most boats seldom saw such success. Sinking any two ships from June 1944 on and getting back to base alive is an accomplishment particularly in a Type VII patrolling the Western Approaches or a Type IX operating off North America.

So well done to you!

-C

John Pancoast 10-24-19 06:03 PM

Success
 
Was trying to figure out what to do when the watch spotted an aircraft. Crash dive. Was ahead of the convoy so I didn't want to lose it if possible.
But I would lose this position while I was submerging waiting out the aircraft, so upon submerging I immediately turned the boat into a submerged attack position as long as the convoy stayed on course, and I didn't have to stay down to long.

There was just enough daylight left when I dived so after 30 minutes I went to periscope depth and found myself in position to strike the rear of it.
The weather had picked up, so the little bit of chop would help hide the scope and deafen the escorts a bit.


Fired four, two hit including one at a target I didn't aim at (coastal freighter). Dove to 100 meters, turned the boat opposite course of the convoy.


Had one escort faintly ping at a distance, no attack.


Sneaked away, reloaded, and surfaced a couple game hours or so later. Tried to recontact the convoy but no luck. After a few more days was low on fuel, so headed back to port.


Slight damage from another air attack on the way, couple hours to fix, along with lots of other crash dives due to aircraft.


So ends the third patrol of this career.



Not a bad 1943 patrol result I don't think.



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David I 10-31-19 11:16 AM

Surface Battle
 
For all my years playing SH3/GWX I never saw a surface ship battle, until....

1942 running my patrol North of Tunis and I get a radar warning and submerge to periscope depth. As the boat goes under I hear gun fire but see no splashes near me. I checked my external view and saw three British Destroyers moving fast and firing their bow guns. There were splashes near them from where they were taking fire. I then got hydro readings on another group of ships. Since I had their bearing I went to camera mode and flew along over the water until I found the Brit Destroyers.

From there I followed their course and there were the Italian Ships. The battle shaped up to be the three Brit destroyers vs two Italian destroyers and two Small Merchants. The Italians were heading from the North to the South. The Brits were heading in column from the East directly at them, thus allowing their T to be crossed. Many shells were exchanged and you could see the clumps of splashes from salvos coming down.

At first it looked like the Brits were going to wipe out the small convoy, but the lead destroyer slowed, listed and began to sink. The combined Italian ships shifted their targeting to the second Brit destroyer. The small Merchantmen were firing away and as the ranged closed got some hits. Finally the 2nd Brit destroyer slows and it's bow begins to go under. It and it's predecessor had also hammered one of the Italian Destroyers which began to slow.

Finally the third Brit Destroyer was on it's own and put some damage to one of the Merchants before it too went down, almost simultaneously one the battered Italian destroyers sank.

The Italian Convoy continued on it's course, with one Merchant falling behind.

End score 3 Brit Destroyers sunk, 1 Italian Destroyer sunk, one Merchant Crippled and the other ships slightly damaged.

Pretty exciting stuff.

David I

John Pancoast 11-01-19 02:52 PM

A Break
 
After two frustrating patrols where I saw nothing the entire 55 day first patrol, followed by a 30+ day patrol where I was constantly chased off a convoy finally resulting in serious depth charge damage and a limp home, on the this next patrol, I've managed to intercept a convoy where one of the escorts is on fire.

It sunk half hour after I contacted the convoy, so now I'm not going to wait any longer for BdU orders; I have the entire port beam of the convoy unprotected, an opportunity that can't be passed up.

Clear night/calm seas. Again.

Just got orders from BdU to shadow. Ha ! Not passing this fox/hen house chance up. Be Aggressive !

Kapitšn 11-16-19 05:53 AM

U 11 Type IIB 1939/2019
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitšn (Post 2630005)
Started new career in August 2019 to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

After trials in the Baltic during the month of August, left W'haven on 24 August 1939 for First Patrol in Qu.AN13 (West of Orkney's).

Many enemy airplanes in the area of operation as of Sept.1 but almost no surface patrol craft. Good weather and calm seas while in area of operation, heavy storms and sea during return voyage in middle North Sea.

Returned to W'haven on Sept. 12, having sunk 4 merchants for 12560 BRT and 1 Vickers Vildebeest shut down - fished the pilot out of the water and took him prisoner.
Torpedo hits: 5
Crash dives: 2

Transfered from the 2nd U.-Flotilla to the 1st U.-Flotilla. My Diesel Warrant Machinist and one Nautical Seaman 1cl. were transfered to other boats - had to replace them with a Electric Fireman 1cl., two Diesel Fire Men 3cl. and a Seaman 2cl.

Received orders for Second War Patrol:
- Patrol area Qu.AO41 (Skagerrak)
- Departure scheduled for Oct. 10 ...

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

Left W'haven on 10 October 1939 for Second War Patrol in Qu.AO41 (Skagerrak).
Harbour was under enemy air attack while leaving port - all enemy planes were shot down by the Naval Flak batteries protecting W'haven.

Enemy air patrols reaching all the way to the west entry of the Skagerrak. Mixed weather and seas while in area of operation, good weather and seas in the Kattegat.

Returned to W'haven on Oct. 29 via the K.W.K, having sunk 8 merchants for 12032 BRT, 5 of which were fishing vessels being sunk with the M.G.-2cm-C/30 and all of them being polish blockade runners heading for England.

Torpedo hits: 3
Torpedo failures: 2 Eto detonated prematurely.


My Chief Machinist was killed in a freak accident while on leave and had to be replaced.

During the overhaul, a new battery AFA 44 MAL 570 will be installed.

Received orders for Third War Patrol:
- Patrol area Qu. AN 26 (East of Fair Isle Passage)
- Departure scheduled for Nov. 26 ...

FeatsOfStrength 11-17-19 05:24 AM

I sunk the HMS Hood!

I wish i'd taken some screenshots as I was doing it, I had no idea which ship it was though, I made contact slightly after 2am on 8th of November 1940. A huge allied task force comprised of Battle ships with a side guard of Destroyers and Cruisers happened to be coming directly towards my allocated patrol sector of BF 15 SW of the Scilly isles. I went into silent running and sat there at periscope depth where I calculated the task force would pass.

However I ended up being much closer to the central line of battleships than I had planned, I let the 1st battleship go past as I crawled backwards then upped periscope and let loose a salvo of 4 torpedos from U-93 at 5 second intervals. All 4 hitting the same spot on the starboard rear of HMS hood. I crash dived immediately and took U-93 down to 120 metres, 4 destroyers were circling the sinking Hood pinging me and dropping depth charges.

The only place I had to hide was directly beneath the heavily listing but stationary hood at 120m depth where I waited for 4 hours, oxygen running very low, constantly looking out for the worrying message of "She's going down!" which would mean I would either lose my cover or get crushed or both. The last destroyer finally stopped circling and went to re-join the task force.

It didn't look to be sinking any further so I returned to surface and gave HMS Hood the coup de gr‚ce with the Stern torpedo. At which point she sunk to the depths..

This is my first proper campaign run with Oxygen, batteries, fuel, Compressed air and realistic damage enabled (I'm not quite up to manual targeting or navigation yet) and I never managed anything like that even on Easy mode, I usually would act like a true noob and let off torpedo's at about 3000m distance and leg it whenever I saw a convoy or task force, or go crashing into a submarine net/mine even on easy mode. I feel like I have now truly experienced the fun of this game for the first time, when a situation seems completely dire and all odds are against you yet you prevail.

https://i.imgur.com/IM5z9hI.jpg

Schnee 12-01-19 12:41 PM

Fought my way thru to a Campaign, was able to obtain a Type XXI and made it to the Caribbean. Liked to hunt there due to the tanker traffic.


Anyways, down to my last 4 torps, ALL Type V accoustic's, found a nice fat T-3 tanker and hit him will ALL FOUR. Then watched him creep away at 1 knot -- why I always liked having a deck gun. Bummer.


End of campaign as by time I got back to base message announced war was over!



Started a new one, from Wilhelmshaven in a Type II (fun) but now into 1/41 in a type VII I renamed U-96 -- probably the boat I will hang onto until 6/44 when I can get another XXI. One patrol amassing 40K+ tonnes and have gotten the Knights Cross with swords/gold leaves/diamonds.


Looking forward to Drumbeat!


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