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DaveU186 07-06-09 09:45 AM

01:15 December 21st 1940
Having gained access to Halifax harbour, U-2548 launches three torpedoes at a British troop transport, and turns to quickly leave. Caught by the searchlights of several moored destroyers, she sustains significant damage as he attempts to evade, and is eventually forced under, where her crew work magnificently to repair the damage.

With just 1m of clearance, she moves to silent running and slowly creeps away, as a British destroyer begins depth-charging the path of water she has just frequented.

As her crew prepare for a nervous few hours ahead, they are at least pleased to hear the troop transport begin to go under.

Leg 07-06-09 09:58 AM

Just back to Lorient after a rich Drumbeat patrol!:woot: 158.000tons:woot:

Bosje 07-06-09 10:07 AM

having done 7 patrols early war in a nice type IXB, I just got promoted to Kapitanleutnant proper, something which never happened before as I usually waste a lot of renown on goodies or new boats.

anyway, it is now January 9th, 1942 and I just commissioned a shiny new IXC, the U-161. No time for a test drive, we are heading straight for the Americas (another new experience for me)

After having spent almost all my SH3/GWX time on the Atlantic, riding type VIIs, I am all giddy and nervous at the prospect of this new command. I might keep an online journal of this next patrol

Bosje, out:salute:

DaveU186 07-06-09 01:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DaveU186 (Post 1129609)
01:15 December 21st 1940
Having gained access to Halifax harbour, U-2548 launches three torpedoes at a British troop transport, and turns to quickly leave. Caught by the searchlights of several moored destroyers, she sustains significant damage as he attempts to evade, and is eventually forced under, where her crew work magnificently to repair the damage.

With just 1m of clearance, she moves to silent running and slowly creeps away, as a British destroyer begins depth-charging the path of water she has just frequented.

As her crew prepare for a nervous few hours ahead, they are at least pleased to hear the troop transport begin to go under.

The destroyer didn't manage to get a fix on U-2548, and infact posed more of a threat to local sea-life than the u-boat, as is expended its full arsenal of depth charges on an empty area of the harbour.

U-2548 is heading East with just 16% of her hull integrity remaining, although all major systems have been restored. All naval traffic including convoys will have to be avoided on the trip home.

ddiplock 07-06-09 03:12 PM

Wolfgang Stamka and all hands of U559 have been lost after their 3rd Patrol, January 1942.

Encountered a task force in the pitch dark of night near Malta, but in shallow waters. Wasn't spotted, but dove down and rigged for silent running to evade. Must've been detected by enemy destroyers, heavy depth charging ensued. Eventually suffered damage and came to the conclusion I can't lose them in these shallow waters.

Only plan left, blow ballast and make a run on the surface. Came up onto the surface and began running east with diesals frantically running flank. Thinking i'd got away with it as there was no immidiate incoming fire, U559 was however detected, and while engaging a destroyer with her rear facing flak gun, was sunk in action.

:(

Jimbuna 07-06-09 05:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Leg (Post 1129618)
Just back to Lorient after a rich Drumbeat patrol!:woot: 158.000tons:woot:

That is some impressive patrol http://www.psionguild.org/forums/ima...s/thumbsup.gif

Leg 07-06-09 06:07 PM

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Originally Posted by jimbuna (Post 1129896)

Indeed my best patrol ever. That's one of the reasons to have a type IX :DL.
Eastern US coast in the '42 is really a place to visit.
I found two convoys escorted by just one DD, they were plenty of tankers; after I sunk the escorts, they were doomed. Even if an airplane with its two bombs remembered us we are not immortals.

I posted some pics in the screenshot post.

Next patrol will be to the Caribbean :arrgh!:

DaveU186 07-07-09 01:48 PM

Spent three months in dock having the boat repaired. Decided to make the long trip to St. Helena. :arrgh!:

After a long journey we plan our arrival for just before midnight on 9th April 1941, and sneak into within 2.5km of the port. A quick raise of the scope pleases me greatly, as we're greeted with a lovely open dock area, containing several merchants, one tanker...and rather nicely, a Southampton class and a Fiji class.

Currently sneaking away in the lovely deep water back northwards, with the Fiji, the Southampton, three tramp steamers and a small tanker lying on the bottom.

:cool:

TigerShark808 07-08-09 01:22 AM

Jan 3 1940-Patrol 3
Well finally caught up with the HOOD, east of Scapa Flow after searching for her for a few days.But missed her with a salvo :wah: , forgot to open the tube doors and didn't calculate her speed correctly. DOH!

After feeling like I had missed my "White Whale" and feeling pretty discouraged, a thought crept over me as I watched her and her escorts disappear into the East. " Why don't I go AHEAD FLANK and see if I can catch her up North, maybe she is patrolling in a circular pattern and if so she will be heading North very soon".So I turn my boat in a Nor-East direction and hit the gas.

Well my guess payed off and sure enough a couple of days later the HOOD came into view (out of the south-east) with her escorts leading the way.I was pleasantly surprised to say the least. And after slipping inside her escorts, I released a salvo on her that slowed her down to 6 knots and caused her to lisp to her port and take on water. Her escorts soon left her after a futile attempt at trying to hunt me down.She took on a zig-zag route towards the south but it was to no avail.I soon managed to position myself on her 260 and to hurry her death along I sank another eel in her and claimed my prize.

Grid AF 75Ship sunk! HMS Hood (HMS Hood), 48360 tons. Crew: 1403. Crew lost: 1290

Patrol 4 coming up :arrgh!:

Leandros 07-08-09 11:54 AM

Kaleu Georg Eckhardt - U-122 Aug 19th. 1940 00:38 - patrol 9

Left Lorient after replenishing at Aug. 17th 12:00 for home base Wilhelmshafen. Proceeding West of Ireland. No contacts so far, weather is nice.

Leandros 07-08-09 02:32 PM

Kaleu Georg Eckhardt - U-122 - Aug 21st. 1940 10:16 - patrol 9

Grid AM02 - large convoy approaching from North-west inbound Western approaches. A Flower class is leading them - presently at approx. 900 meters distance - closing....




10:33: Aha.....what is that in the middle of the convoy.....?



cj95 07-08-09 04:27 PM

Let it be known that this 12th day of june, 1940 Oberleutenant zs Waldemar Gerking has turned over command of the Type ii U-8 to his second in command.

Gerking is hereby given command of the final Type VIIB to come out of the yards, the U-102.

Welcome to the big boats Waldemar! (well medium sized anyways):up:

Leandros 07-09-09 06:01 AM

Kaleu Georg Eckhardt - U-122 - Aug 25th. 1940 21:20 - patrol 9

Position: Just west of the the Western entrance to Scapa Flow. The large convoy with HMS Nelson in the middle got away. That is, Nelson was hit by one or two torps - at least one in the extreme rear - difficult to verify as we were set upon by 3 Flower class corvettes. We were detected before firing 4 torps at Nelson as we had to shorten the distance due to its weaving.

Had to go down to throw off the pursuers. Some hours later we continued Northwards after extensive D/C'ing by the escorts. Bumped into a couple of merchants on the way. One was sunk by DG - one Empire with two torps. It was escorted by a MTB....



Kaleu Georg Eckhardt - U-122 - Aug 26th. 1940 02:58 - patrol 9

The temptation got too strong! After a crew discussion we decided to go in! Followed the Elco guard vessel in through the Southern sound. Weather is excellent - that is, heavy rain, dark. Then, suddenly in the dark......an anchored A&B on starboard bow - distance approx. 500 meters! We slid under at minimum speed (picture has been lighted).



Present position:






We shall await the day and see what more pops up.....




Melonfish 07-09-09 06:38 AM

well i've just picked SHIII back up after a long stint away playing twitch games and already i'm hooked.
i'm about to leave wil on my 3rd patrol in U-1 my plucky little Type II/A
1st patrol didn't go so well, managed to sing a coastal merchant with my 2nd Eel after the first missed (cursed myself for the loss of such precious resources)
then managed to sneak into hartlepool and sink 3 torps into a C2 and a t1
unfortunatly neither were confirmed as kills :damn:
so i had to settle for the knowledge that at least they were heavily damaged.

2nd patrol faired a little better, sent to an16 but by the time we got there the fog had rolled in and the rain was pelting, visibility down to perhaps 300 meters! after patroling hopelessly and not hearing a thing on my hydro checks i decided to make for scapa and see what i could see.
apparently all i could see was rain and fog...:damn:
i actually had a black swan pass my starboard side 400m off whilst i was surfaced in scapa and they didn't see me such was the silhouette of my diminuative craft!

i thought prudence was in order so dived to p depth and ambled about. i decided to follow the handy lighthouses into scapa dock and sink something when all of a sudden there she was...:ping: 28000 GMT of Royal Oak!
i almost ran into her to be fair! i backed off to get a good angle and lined up my first salvo, all three tubes 4degree spread slow and 6m deep.
they spotted them as they were within the last few meters and actually tried to make steam, but their fate was sealed!
i sat covered by the storm reloading my final 2 whilst Royal Oak took on a heavy list but stubbarnly remained afloat.
used my final 2 for a salvo shot set at 8m and that was all she needed. she now stands as a permanent reminder that the Kriegsmarine will control the atlantic!:rock:
Bit dicey getting out of scapa now that every single DD was under steam and looking for some payback, especially seeing as i had nothing to throw at them except Bernards socks!
fortunatly we all made it home for promotions and medals all round ;) oh the party we had.
of course then we learned that that upstart gunther prien had claimed he slipped his U-47 into scapa and sunk Royal Oak himself! oh the cheek!:rotfl:
my chief engineer Ernst has said however "thats been taken care of" whatever that means?:arrgh!:

Pete

Leandros 07-09-09 08:37 AM

Kaleu Georg Eckhardt - U-122 - Aug 26th. 1940 05:11 - patrol 9

Eventually we gave the A&B a TI on magnetic. After that proceeded southwards and what did we find.....?......a nice 33000 tons floating dock..! It went down with one TII on impact fuze. Slipped out into central Scapa. On two occasions we have had damage inflicted on the boat, either from hitting ground, an obstacle or mining. Game doesn't say. Repairs have been carried out but HI is now down to 54%.

Getting light now and far out on the other side of the sound.....what do we see....?



Should we sneak over there during the day or take a quick surfaced dash after dark. What do you guys think....?


02:00:

We waited till dark. On the inner harbour was also a troop transport and a Fiji class light cruiser. On the surface we positioned us so that we could fire from the fwd tubes towards the Fiji and the troop transport - aft tubes on Hood.

All hits - and all hell broke loose. Went down as fast as possible - sustained some damage but was quickly repaired. On the way out gave Hood two more torps. Here is the third one:






Now we need to get out of here.....!




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