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KL-alfman 01-31-10 02:55 PM

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Originally Posted by timwatson (Post 1253846)
May 1942, 11th mission

Attempting to refuel U129 from U461 in force 6 weather. So far have no success transfering fuel. Need advice. Help!

Hope to make it to Galveston Via New York, and then on to Curaco.

Over 10,000 tons sunk south of Ireland May 15th:

Sunk one inbound lightly armed lone coastal frieghter around midday - expended four (4) rounds of 105mm HE in 0 force weather

Sunk one inbound troop transport moving at 18 knots! (the game data indicates max. speed for this vessel to be 15 knots) later same afternoon.
Lead the target's bow by 150 meters using solo TII magnetic set 0.6 meter beneath its forward keel. Target came to stop within less than 15 minutes, then sunk by the bow

total tonnage to date: 10,000 plus

20 eels and 106 rounds of HE remain


hm, never re-fueled so far.
but IIRC you just have to hit Esc in the near of the "milchkuh" and "dock" at it. it does even end your patrol and you start again with no assigned grid.
but, Jimbuna knows best.
don't rely on my diminishing brain-cells.

Leandros 01-31-10 02:59 PM

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Originally Posted by KL-alfman (Post 1253967)
hm, never re-fueled so far.
but IIRC you just have to hit Esc in the near of the "milchkuh" and "dock" at it. it does even end your patrol and you start again with no assigned grid.
but, Jimbuna knows best.
don't rely on my diminishing brain-cells.

That is correct - also: No possibility to select your own torpedo upload. That's what I don't like about it. T1's are a necessity for self-defense. Just my opinion.

Jimbuna 01-31-10 03:29 PM

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Originally Posted by KL-alfman (Post 1253967)
hm, never re-fueled so far.
but IIRC you just have to hit Esc in the near of the "milchkuh" and "dock" at it. it does even end your patrol and you start again with no assigned grid.
but, Jimbuna knows best.
don't rely on my diminishing brain-cells.

You are quite correct....simply hit the Esc key when your within rendering range of the milch cow (approx 35km) and you will be given the choice to dock or continue with patrol.

KL-alfman 01-31-10 03:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Leandros (Post 1253971)
That is correct - also: No possibility to select your own torpedo upload. That's what I don't like about it. T1's are a necessity for self-defense. Just my opinion.


always thought TII are the better weapon concerning DDs, cause the wake will reveal your position??!!
that's why I only shot the electric eel at DDs .......

BillCar 01-31-10 06:57 PM

Leutnant z. S. Anton Jansen has commissioned his first boat, U-332, a Type VIIC operating from Brest with the 1st Flotilla.

Patrol 1: Departed Brest on the 4th of September, 1941. Bound for patrol grid BF13. Six hours out, came under air attack and sustained light damage. No casualties.

Received report of a large convoy, but did not engage, as the engagement would have necessitated a daylight attack in calm seas.

Once in BF 13, dove several times to avoid aircraft. Torpedoed one passenger cargo, which sank for 2268 tons.

Followed a hydrophone contact which turned out to be a large cargo. Observed guns on fore and aft decks and torpedoed her before American flag visible. Sailed out of area at high speed. Fate of vessel unknown, damaged for 8000+ tons.

Foolishly attacked an A&W class destroyer at close range on the surface and received accurate gunfire in return. Severe damage to tower and damage to several sections of the boat. All repaired. Evaded depth charges and sustained no damage while submerged.

Continued patrolling and gradually working way home. Encountered a small merchant and sank with one torpedo amidships. Encountered a second small merchant, and sank it with one torpedo to the bow and another to the stern.

Docked at Brest for repairs after 5 days on patrol and a meagre bag of ca. 6800GRT sunk and 8000 damaged.

Patrol 2:

Departed Brest on October 1st, 1941. Assigned patrol grid AM89. Avoided a pair of destroyers at entrance to English Channel and continued on. Constant aircraft sightings.

On reaching AM89, performed hydrophone check. On surfacing, was immediately attacked by two Hurricanes which had been missed by observation scope. Sustained one hit, leaving a divot in the aft deck. All other damage successfully repaired after resurfacing from crash dive.

Came across one tanker, the Nipiwan Park. Fired one magnetic torpedo, a miss, which detonated behind her. Before she could react, fired a second on impact which was a direct hit. Miss attributed to slightly inaccurate initial speed reading from poor timekeeping using fixed wire method.

At the close of the 24 hour patrol of AM89, spotted one freighter. Overhauled at roughly 4000m to her port, decks awash. Watch officer called out an incoming destroyer. U-332 passed smoothly between the two, on a parallel course with each, and roughly equidistant. Turned in a dog leg to get ahead of the freighter. Fixed wire showed her to be making 8 knots. She began a turn. Owing to the angle, switched to magnetic pistol and fired. Torpedo exploded underneath her, but on the far side. She developed a severe list to starboard.

Destroyer raced to scene with spotlights, but did not at any point detect U-332. Eventually left, after which point U-332 surfaced. Freighter sunk with deck gun for 4071 GRT.

After finishing patrol of AM89, headed south to BF13. Received a contact report of a merchant vessel heading east, and plotted a rough intercept course. Arrived to find only a schooner, which was sunk. Following this engagement, two American tankers appeared to the east, and a British whale factory ship appeared to the west.

Submerged and found the whale factory ship to be AOB zero at our current static position, so ordered back slow for 1000 metres. Waited.

Estimated speed to be roughly 9knots owing to bow wake and smoke. As ship crossed the bow of U-332, three torpedoes were fired. The first, roughly 20 metres in from the bow; the second, amidships. The third was aimed directly under the stack. All three torpedoes impacted directly at their respective points of aim, and she sank bow-first for 11000+ GRT.

Four Type II torpedoes left in the bow tubes, 3 Type I torpedoes left for the stern. Continuing patrol, despite harassment from enemy aircraft.

Leandros 02-01-10 10:03 AM

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Originally Posted by KL-alfman (Post 1254012)
always thought TII are the better weapon concerning DDs, cause the wake will reveal your position??!!
that's why I only shot the electric eel at DDs .......

That is certainly correct when you can fire from a disguised position towards a DD on a steady course. I do that, too. However, when you are discovered, the TII is often worthless because your opponent is zigzagging. Most often the slow TII shall then miss. The TI, however, when fired at minimum range, is too fast for the DD to avoid, even if it discovers it. Magnetic fuze is a necessity on those occasions. That can be a problem early in the war, particularly with the TII.

KL-alfman 02-01-10 10:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Leandros (Post 1254526)
That is certainly correct when you can fire from a disguised position towards a DD on a steady course. I do that, too. However, when you are discovered, the TII is often worthless because your opponent is zigzagging. Most often the slow TII shall then miss. The TI, however, when fired at minimum range, is too fast for the DD to avoid, even if it discovers it. Magnetic fuze is a necessity on those occasions. That can be a problem early in the war, particularly with the TII.


thx, great explanation!
haven't considered this so far :up:

Leandros 02-01-10 10:29 AM

Patrol 36 Kaleu Eckhardt - U-68 - Sept 14th 1944 06:46 GMT

Left Lorient morning Sept. 12th. The 5 latest patrols have all been aborted due to technical problems on engines, schnorkel, AA and torpedo load-outs. Last patrol, when going out of Biscaya we were attacked by a Catalina. Had decided to take on any airborne comers with our uprated AA - twin fast-firing 37 mm's and two twin fast 20 mm's. However, when the first magazines were emptied all guns were stuck. Luckily, he didn't hit us and we were eventually able to dive. In the meantime I found that the deck gun followed my instructions to fire at the plane. That was a new one! Just assigned the target with the binoculars and the DG fired happily. From the outset I had directed the DG towards the oncoming aircraft.

All these technical problems must partly be due to sabotage. We are not going back to Lorient as that base is now given up. Our new base is Trondheim/Norway.

Dissaray 02-01-10 11:13 AM

My current patrol has been some what of a cruse, save for the ocasional bombing. It is early in '44 and the Tommies seem to have evacuated the whole of the Atlantic. BDU has seen fit to sit me down right in the middle of the shiping lains in the north west of Biscay, generaly a place full of silly little merchant ships not paying attention even after the eels bite but not so just the now.

The colsest thing to an enemy contact that wasn't a bomber was a task force that I couldn't intercept due to its unfaverable course and speed. I don't know what is wrong with the bombers realy, my "evasive manuvers" consisted of diving to parascope depth and continuing on my course. I havn't been hit once, not even close, they did manage to straif me twice though that didn't seem to do any damage. Not that I am complaining you see, just an intresting observation.

BillCar 02-01-10 01:55 PM

U-332, Patrol 2 Continued:

Continued patrolling grid BF13 and happened across yet another whale factory ship. Fixed wire method gave her speed as 8 knots. Closed to 1000metres submerged, as seas were calm and sky was sunny. Fired final four bow torpedoes, all of which impacted their points of aim. Manual targeting skills are certainly improving.

Ducked two aircraft attacks on the way towards Brest, then had change of heart and headed to Vigo to replenish at Bessel.

Refueled, rearmed, and did light repairs on the boat. Left and headed south towards grid CG85. Intercepted one Greek small merchant. Sank with two rounds from deck gun.

Attacked by aircraft following day, sustained one hit. Lack of significant shipping traffic in area, combined with damage, encouraged return trip to Brest.

Total tonnage sunk on second patrol: 34,148 GRT.

Torpedo loadout which gives the best results seems to be TII torpedoes in the bow tubes (exclusively; no other torpedo types in reserve) and TI torpedoes in stern tubes (for fast shots on rapidly closing escorts).

Snestorm 02-01-10 02:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Leandros (Post 1254550)
Patrol 36 Kaleu Eckhardt - U-68 - Sept 14th 1944 06:46 GMT

We are not going back to Lorient as that base is now given up. Our new base is Trondheim/Norway.

Trondheim? Not Bergen? 2. Flotilla?

That's cool!
How did you do that?

Falkirion 02-01-10 06:07 PM

U-207 patrol 1. Patrol 9 for crew.

Having transferred to a new boat the crew and I have made our first contact and sinking. It was early in the morning 3 days out of port when we came across a lone Grainville merchant making his way south towards neutral Spain. Assuming he was headed to Gibraltar we got his course and speed and headed off ahead.

Attack results. 1 TII torpedo expended and around 10 rounds of HE shells from our deck gun for 1 Grainville. Not too bad. Currently stalking a Southwest bound convoy approxmiately 3 grid spaces from sunk merchant. Weathers pretty rough up top and escorts look relatively green. And smack in the middle is 3 tankers. I have to get this one.

KL-alfman 02-01-10 06:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Falkirion (Post 1255141)
And smack in the middle is 3 tankers. I have to get this one.


be more aggressive!
(might Jimbuna say, not me) :up:

Leandros 02-01-10 07:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Snestorm (Post 1254750)
Trondheim? Not Bergen? 2. Flotilla?

That's cool!
How did you do that?

None of our doing - just received the orders when leaving Lorient.....the port is now besieged, not possible to get replenishments there any more.

utops 02-01-10 10:19 PM

Doing crashdive after sunk some convoy bricks ... one southampton class included :arrgh!:
35BRT only just because of 7 eels on board when convoy show up
1939...happy times...

Blacknite3d 02-01-10 10:48 PM

First two patrols -
0 Sinking, war hasnt started yet, why am I out at sea a month prior to the start of the war?

Third Patrol -
Went in to Dunkirk thinking about the whole Dunkirk scenario, but after sinking a Troop Transport, I just remembered Dunkirk happened in May 1940, not September 1939...

Fourth Patrol -
Tried to sneak into Scapa Flow, I failed miserably...

Snestorm 02-01-10 10:54 PM

Training.

Testing my newest SH3 install.

Surprisingly, it is a-bit different than my last.

1: The harbor docks now show on my nav chart. Great!

2: No Watch Officer Assist means just that. Not even to identify a target. Great!

3: We encountered many ships while leaving port. Great!

4: A german merchant showed up on my nav chart, with Contacts turned OFF. Bad!
He was the only one that showed up, so I'm hoping it was a fluke, or perhaps he was a special case.
Does anyone have any information on this?

5: Beery's Flotilla Mod works, and I can now start in the 2. Flotilla. Outstanding!

SH3 wouldn't allow me to do the first patrol under my own carreer name, so I had to do my first (experimental) patrol under the "Player" name.
Is this normal?
Can I do my next (real) patrol under my own carreer name?

Any information here would be much appreciated.

Falkirion 02-01-10 11:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Blacknite3d (Post 1255385)
First two patrols -
0 Sinking, war hasnt started yet, why am I out at sea a month prior to the start of the war?

Third Patrol -
Went in to Dunkirk thinking about the whole Dunkirk scenario, but after sinking a Troop Transport, I just remembered Dunkirk happened in May 1940, not September 1939...

Fourth Patrol -
Tried to sneak into Scapa Flow, I failed miserably...

You're playing Stock arent you? Stock puts you back to sea the day after you arrive in port. SH3 commander fixes that issue right up by allowing you to choose how many days in port you spend.

Blacknite3d 02-02-10 12:37 PM

Nope, I was playing the Grey Wolves Mod.

Obltn Strand 02-02-10 02:18 PM

Shortest patrol ever.

November 1st 1940

U-44 left at St.Nazaire towards grid BE 59.

November 3rd

Spotted Granville type freighter just after midnight. Sinked with one torpedo.

November 3rd

20.00 Wo spots warship. Closer examination reveals merchant ship silhouettes at horizon. A convoy heading northeast at 4kts.

21.30 surfaced attack run to favorable position is started.
Double shot to Large merchant, two single shots at two Medium cargoes.
Also fired aft tube at Small Merchant.
First four hits are observed. Aft torpedo missed.
Navigator repots Large Merchant and one Medium Cargo sunked.

Avoided escorts about 2 hours. Depth charged, no damage.

November 4th

Convoy on sight around midnight. Maneuvering to attack at 2500m.
01.30 Fired doubleshot at Large Merchant, single shot at Granville type and previously damaged Medium cargo. One hit observed at Large Merchant, other three missed. Large Merchant sinks after 45 minutes.

Avoided escorts about 2hours. Depth charged, no damage.

06.00 calculations have suceeded, boat is positioned right in front of the convoy. Attacked submerged around 07.00. Fired bow tube at previously damaged Medium cargo which was still on fire. A hit and she goes down rapidly. Also fired aft torpedo at Small Merchant. A hit observed but no sinking.

Avoided escorts about 2hours. Depth charged, no damage.

Found Small Merchant stationary at surface, heeling heavily to port. Sinked with gunfire.

With only external torpedoes left and waves are growing stronger, decided to return port.

7 days at patrol
6 ships sunk
+ 30 000 tons


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