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sublynx 07-17-11 12:16 AM

U-10 (IIB, "die Elster"), patrol 8, report 2
 
Ob.Lt.z.s. Harry Wiebus
1. Flottille, Kiel
Orders: Patrol AN24

Statusbericht 22.5.1940

Back in Kiel. No enemy sightings after our last report. The battle for Norway seems to be ending.

Wiebus

sublynx 07-17-11 02:34 PM

U-10 (IIB, "die Elster"), patrol 9, report 1
 
Ob.Lt.z.s. Harry Wiebus
1. Flottille, Kiel
Orders: Patrol AN41

15.6.
1301 AN44 An airplane sighted 266 degrees, long range, in very cloudy weather. Crash dived.

16.6.
1320 AN41 A Küstenmotorschiff sighted, long range. An airplane sighted while preparing for an intercept. Crash dived. While at A-20 explosions heard on the hydrophone. Apparently the airplane was one of ours and sank the enemy ship, which after the explosions was followed sinking on the hydrophone.

17.6.
1102 AN41 An airplane sighted 276 degrees, long range. A twinengined airplane followed approaching on the observation periscope. Depth charges dropped, crash dived. Warship screws heard on the hydrophone. While at A-10, an airplane heard in the central room, then explosions, but no damage. We are now surfaced again, heading south, course 183, speed AK, trying to get closer to the warships. Light clouds, visibility 9 km, wind 7 m/s from 235 degrees. Five G7e's left.

Wiebus

Paul Riley 07-17-11 06:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sublynx (Post 1706847)
Ob.Lt.z.s. Harry Wiebus
1. Flottille, Kiel
Orders: Patrol AN41

15.6.
1301 AN44 An airplane sighted 266 degrees, long range, in very cloudy weather. Crash dived.

16.6.
1320 AN41 A Küstenmotorschiff sighted, long range. An airplane sighted while preparing for an intercept. Crash dived. While at A-20 explosions heard on the hydrophone. Apparently the airplane was one of ours and sank the enemy ship, which after the explosions was followed sinking on the hydrophone.

17.6.
1102 AN41 An airplane sighted 276 degrees, long range. A twinengined airplane followed approaching on the observation periscope. Depth charges dropped, crash dived. Warship screws heard on the hydrophone. While at A-10, an airplane heard in the central room, then explosions, but no damage. We are now surfaced again, heading south, course 183, speed AK, trying to get closer to the warships. Light clouds, visibility 9 km, wind 7 m/s from 235 degrees. Five G7e's left.

Wiebus

Good hunting.

VONHARRIS 07-18-11 01:53 AM

U-161 IXC Patrol 16
 
26 March 1942
U-161 was ready to sail for Grid ED99
U-10 had radioed in that she was safe having avoided one aircraft attack but the Luftwaffe had stolen one ship from her.
The Kaleun of U-23 had misubderstood his patrol grid and he had to abort the mission.

No news of U-56 nor U-65 so far. Let's hope they are OK.

No time to write a full report , so images are posted

http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/7948/patrolmap.jpg


http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/6373/patrolmap1.jpg

53 days at sea
8 ships sunk
84738 tons
2 aircraft shot down
no casualties or damages


Snestorm 07-18-11 02:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Paul Riley (Post 1706568)
UPDATE - our assigned grid is AF87 and not AN87.I only found this out after reaching AN87 (its quite easy to misread some grids) and had to abandon the patrol and restart.
Why BDU has sent us to the Norwegian sector is beyond me,they are currently neutral.We will probably be returning to the Shetland/Orkney gap (AN 14-16) after the usual 24hr patrol in AF87.
ALWAYS double verify your assigned patrol grids captains,you dont want to get recalled mid patrol,its a long way to come back empty handed :nope:

Abandon the patrol and restart?!?!
What's this, a new magic trick?

Snestorm 07-18-11 02:43 AM

U56 IIC. Patrol 8.
 
18.aug.40
AO77
0615: Underway from Kiel.
Orders: Patrol grid BF15.
All torpedoes preset 3 meters depth, AZ (impact only) pistols.

23.aug.40
AN79 (Straights of Dover)
2241: Light Fog. 7 M/S. Depth Under Kiel 31 meters.
Time to surface sprint.

24.aug.40
AN79 (still)
0241: "Enemy is engaging us ,sir!" New depth 20 meters!
0243: 3, seem to be, Trawlers closing. 1 heavier unit at long range.
0249: Multiple warships converging on the area, but not us.
0430: Surface!
0434: "Oxygen 100%, sir." New depth 20 meters.

Our oxygen was unable to last throughout daylight hours.
Every day required a brief daylight surfacing for oxygen.
A convoy passed N of us, but well out of reach.
One slow merchant, in the vicinity of many ASW vessels, had to be passed.

29.aug.40
BF28
0620: "Aircraft spotted! 168! Medium range!" A L A R M ! Crash dive!
Total Depth 84 meters. U56 turns out to be an extremely fast diver!!!
0631: "Sound contact! Warship. Medium speed. Long range. Closing."
No DC from Aircraft. No detection by Warship.
1000: Exiting Der Kanal. Whew.

31.aug.40
BF15
0200: On station.
1516: "Sound contact! . . ." Convoy!
1607: Convoy's estimated course 240, making 6 knots.
1614: Lead escort = Corvette.
1616: Revised estimation 242 at 6 knots.
1617: TDC preset: AOB 90 port, 6 knots.
1624: Corvettes at 000 R, and 121 R. Convoy at 038 R to 072 R.
1638: Open tubes 1, 2, 3, for T3 Tanker. (Long shot).
1645/1646: Fire 1! Fire 3! Fire 2! New depth 99 meters. (Total depth 120 meters).
1648: Impact: 2.000 tonner was romping. Sunk.
1649: Unknown! Miss!
1650: Pinging. 135 R, moving toward our stern. (passing 40 meters).
1652: 5 degrees Right Rudder.
1654: Pinging. (passing 60 meters). U N D E C T E D !
1830: Updated estimation: 257, making 6 knots.
1850: Surface and persue.
2230: Sound check. Preset TDC AOB 90 stb, 6 knots.

1.sep.40
BF15 (Same grid. Same convoy.)
0115: Revised estimation: 254, making 6 knots.
0141: Open tubes 1 & 3 for night surface attack on C3 Cargo.
0145: Range about 800 meters. Fire 1! Fire 3! New depth 100 meters!
0146: Impact! Impact! Torpedo run time 47 seconds.

Target uneffected. U56 undetected.

0736: Dive for merchant contact.
1354: Dive for warship contact.

2.sep.40
BF46
1257: A L A R M ! Crash dive for aircraft.

5.sep.40 (Full Moon).
BF61
0540: Docked at Lorient, beside the heavily damaged U111.
She had taken heavy damage after sinking an enemy Aircraft Carrier.
Quite a mess to cross over, in getting to the dock, but Kaleun VONHARRIS and crew generiousely shared their Becks with us.

Patrol results:
Crew & Hull Integrity 100%.
5 of 5 (TII G7E) torpedoes expended.
1 ship sunk for 2.047 GRT.

U56's history to date:
8 war patrols completed.
4 ships sunk, for 20.445 GRT.

Paul Riley 07-18-11 03:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Snestorm (Post 1707147)
Abandon the patrol and restart?!?!
What's this, a new magic trick?

Just me being careless mate :nope:

Snestorm 07-18-11 03:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Paul Riley (Post 1707164)
Just me being careless mate :nope:

How was BDU with it?

Paul Riley 07-18-11 03:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Snestorm (Post 1707169)
How was BDU with it?

A bit surprised actually,they told me I should have carried on with the mission and found another hunting ground,I told them I was just trying to stick to their letter,which they can wipe their arse with hahaha.
I must check the renown value in the .cfg file and make sure there is no penalty for not reaching assigned grids,I dont think there is.

Snestorm 07-18-11 03:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Paul Riley (Post 1707176)
A bit surprised actually,they told me I should have carried on with the mission and found another hunting ground,I told them I was just trying to stick to their letter,which they can wipe their arse with hahaha.
I must check the renown value in the .cfg file and make sure there is no penalty for not reaching assigned grids,I dont think there is.

You play GWX, right?
If so, there is no penalty or reward for doing the assigned grid.
You could have played it through at no loss.

Paul Riley 07-18-11 03:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Snestorm (Post 1707193)
You play GWX, right?
If so, there is no penalty or reward for doing the assigned grid.
You could have played it through at no loss.

Of course I play GWX3.
At least I know now,thanks for that.

sublynx 07-18-11 03:26 PM

U-10 (IIB, "die Elster"), patrol 9, report 2
 
Ob.Lt.z.s. Harry Wiebus
1. Flottille, Kiel
Orders: Patrol AN41

Statusbericht 19.6.1940

Lost the warship contact we were trying to intercept in our last report. Patrol results so far - one 100 BRT trawler sunk in 1000 meter visibility, heavy rain and 9 m/s winds with 3 three G7e torpedoes of which one hit, two missed. The trawler was a hard target to hit because of it's small size and shallow keel. If the Flak gun of the boat would be in the conning tower we could have sunk the ship with it. Now the wind was too hard for the Flak gun on the deck to be used. I decided to shoot the torpedoes, since the supplies are getting low and we have to be getting back in a day or two and I wanted to know if we can hit a trawler with a torpedo - as armed trawlers have been reported frequently. Two G7e's left. Light clouds, visibility 9 km, wind 7 m/s from 235 degrees. No other enemy sightings. Continuing patrol.

Wiebus

VONHARRIS 07-18-11 11:45 PM

U-161 IXC Patrol 17
 
Patrol No 17
17 June 1942
16:24 hours U-161 rushed out of Lorient to grid CA73.

U-56 in a daring and bold action had crossed the Canal and broke into the Atlantic where she sank a 2000 tons freighter in a convoy battle. This is something U-161 will never ever do! A salute :salute: for U-56 and her crew.

U-10 is on patrol having sunk a 1oo ton trawler with torpedoes , a strange desicion for Kaleun Wiebus.

13 July 1942
Grid CA73
17:54 hours ALARM Aircraft seen - engaged - depth under keel 23m
17:57 hours Diving to PD as aircraft flew away with one of its engines burning
21:41 hours Sound contact - warship closing
23:13 hours Nothing seen or heard - surfaced

17 July 1942
Grid DB68
14:01 hours Ship seen
14:03 hours Positive ID: US passenger/cargo + medium cargo both armed.
14:24 hours 4 TI(bow) fired
14:25 hours 2 impacts - medium cargo hit and set on fire
14:30 hours 2 TI(stern) fired - impacts - passenger/cargo sunk
14:52 hours Hunting submerged the medium cargo - merchant kept shooting at U-161's scope - abandoning chase and moving to the opposite direction
15:16 hours Range to target is some 5000m - surfaced turned around and engaged with the deck gun.
15:18 hours A lucky shot took out his stern mounted gun - moving closer to finish him off.
15:47 hours Ship sunk - 32 105mm rounds used

22 July 1942
Grid DN91
05:36 hours Shells started falling on and around U-161 - fast dive to PD
05:40 hours Extensive damages and flooding to almost all compartements - Positive ID: 2 x Somers class DDs
05:42 hours 2 TI(stern) fired at close range - impact - SOmers class DD sunk
05:43 hours 4 TI(bow) fired at the other DD
05:44 hours 2 impacts - ship sunk
05:50 hours Surfaced - Damages to hull beyond repair - we must return to Lorient avoiding any contact - safe to dive only to PD. The sonar operators on these DDs were not good enough , but the gunners did their job. It was a strange thing how did they locate us in the darkness.

11 August 1942
04:31 hours Docked at Lorient
In the morning , when we saw the damages it was clear that Lady Luck was on our side this time.

56 days at sea
4 ships sunk
11034 tons
no casualties
Hull integrity : 12%
Radar warning equipment on first priority to install.






sublynx 07-19-11 12:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VONHARRIS (Post 1707733)
Patrol No 17
17 June 1942
U-10 is on patrol having sunk a 1oo ton trawler with torpedoes , a strange desicion for Kaleun Wiebus.

Maybe a case of "BE LESS AGGRESSIVE" would have been more appropriate that time :DL

Congratulations on escaping (and sinking) from the Somers DD's :salute:

VONHARRIS 07-19-11 12:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sublynx (Post 1707746)
Maybe a case of "BE LESS AGGRESSIVE" would have been more appropriate that time :DL

Congratulations on escaping (and sinking) from the Somers DD's :salute:

Thank you.
It was a tough situation and I was lucky.

I meant that I wouldn't have fired torpedoes against a such small target. The torpedo itself is more expensive than the target it sunk.
I am not firing against such targets even in a IXC - even more in a IIC - I keep them for a juicer target.


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