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Missing Name 12-04-10 11:48 PM

My most successful non-harbor raid patrol ever. And also one of my most disappointing at the same time.

I had already picked off some small freighters and an ore carrier, when I saw a large convoy very near by. I got into position, waited and struck. 1 torp hit an ammo ship, sending her to the bottom instantly. The second hit a large merchant, but she didn't sink. 3 more torps failed, but the last one sank the Southampton cruiser escort.

I evaded the escorts, reloaded the tubes and set myself into position again. 4 more torps: 1 Empire and 2 large cargoes went down; the 4th missed an ore carrier. The escorts didn't even bother trying to find me again.

At this point, I realized that the large merchant I had hit earlier wasn't there. So I went back and there it was, not too far from where I had hit it. 2 more fish made sure she went down.

Total tonnage from this patrol: 71,899.

What makes this disappointing? I also ran into a task force composed of the Hood, a couple cruisers and a bunch of destroyers. All of my torpedoes exploded far short of their targets, and I couldn't match the 20 knots the force was going.

Axeman3d 12-05-10 06:41 AM

Faulty torpedo nonsense just caused me severe issues as well. I regained position on the convoy I've been attacking and fired off two torps each at the large collier and a tanker. Or rather as I was firing the third, the first and then second shots blew up in the flat calm seas, bringing down the nearest 2 escorts, one of whom I think was already suspicious. After the customary depth charge attack and evasion, I waited until they moved off out of sight and surfaced.

I wanted to run at full speed to get ahead once again, but a straggling escort spotted me and started shelling and gave chase. I figured I was faster, he was probably damaged and at extreme range, so I manned the deck gun and went to flank to put some distance between us and draw him well away from the convoy. My gun crew actually blew the funnel right off him, but he eventually got lucky and one of his last shells killed my entire gun crew. Damn!

Sailor Steve 12-05-10 03:54 PM

October 12, 1939. Oberleutnant zur See Karl Blauert set out in U-34, a Type VIIa armed with 11 torpedoes, on August 19, has just returned to Kiel and filed the following report:

Gargamel 12-05-10 04:15 PM

Were those post game edits to the Log file, or can you do that ingame?

Sailor Steve 12-05-10 04:27 PM

SH3 Commander, post-game. It then automatically retrofits it into the games patrol log.

Gargamel 12-06-10 05:06 AM

So, I was expecting to hit my patrol area, not see anything as per normal, and then go to new York to say hi before the war was over and mess up them yanks harbor some.

On previous patrols I've been mixing my torps, 6-8 steam advanced eels, small handful of acoustics, and the rest advanced electrics. This time I went all acoustics. I will try to stack that each time if I have the renown. 1k a pop per eel is not cheap.

19.1.45. 1631
Patrol 5
U-2502, 11th Flotilla
Left at: January 19, 1945, 16:31
From: Bergen
Mission Orders: Patrol grid AN11

1526 Grid AM 1 Ship sunk! USS Richard S. Bull (JC Butler class), 1350 tons. Crew: 209. Crew lost: 14
Grid AM 1 Ship sunk! USS Duffy (Evarts class), 1192 tons. Crew: 190. Crew lost: 68
Grid AM 1 Ship sunk! USS Munda (Casablanca class), 10400 tons. Crew: 888. Crew lost: 586
Grid AM 1 Ship sunk! SS Ability (Coastal Freighter), 1870 tons. Cargo: Coal. Crew: 21. Crew lost: 9
Grid AM 1 Ship sunk! SS Frey (Coastal Freighter), 1869 tons. Cargo: Coal. Crew: 29. Crew lost: 25
Grid AM 1 Ship sunk! SS Empire Citizen (Granville-type Freighter), 4707 tons. Cargo: Coal. Crew: 73. Crew lost: 48


Grid AM 27 Ship sunk! SS Zaandam (Troop Transport), 8640 tons. Cargo: Passengers. Crew: 403. Crew lost: 145
Grid AM 29 Ship sunk! HMS Zanzibar (Colony class), 1430 tons. Crew: 116. Crew lost: 87
1133 Grid AM 27 Ship sunk! MV Languedoc (Large Tanker), 12490 tons. Cargo: Aviation Fuel. Crew: 50. Crew lost: 6
Grid AM 27 Ship sunk! SS Rangitane (Large Troop Ship), 16816 tons. Cargo: Troops. Crew: 604. Crew lost: 271
Grid AM 27 Ship sunk! USS Rizzi (JC Butler class), 1350 tons. Crew: 194. Crew lost: 98
Grid AM 29 Ship sunk! SS John Martin Miller (Liberty Cargo), 7335 tons. Cargo: Sugar. Crew: 49. Crew lost: 47


Patrol results
Crew losses: 0
Ships sunk: 12
Aircraft destroyed: 0
Patrol tonnage: 69449 tons

AS you can see, the patrol went in spurts. Hit my patrol area right off the bat, nada, plotted a course for New York. On my way, hit some warships, found this Carrier in the middle. Instead of sneaking in, I said screw it and blasted my way in. Thumped the carrier, damaged, but didnt sink a couple more DD's (which I found odd), Went to flank, popped a decoy, knuckled, and dove hard, going silent. Easy peasy slip away.

My escape path allowed me to blunder upon this 3 ship mini covoy, took three eels, three boats, boom boom hoohie woochie.

At this point, I had fired about 1/3 of my torps, And I felt it wouldnt be worth my time to head over to New York without having enough ammo to sink the island. So I plotted a patrol path around the western approaches, and soon got reports of a large convoy.

Snuck in at peri depth, popped up in the middle and started blasting away. Took out the heart of the convoy first, after a couple acoustics pulled a "SQUIRREL!" and went after an already sinking freighter. Weather was real bad, all the grey marks (and a couple of reds) are weather kills. They didnt need a uboat to kill this convoy, Poseidon was doing a good enough job as is. To escape, I picked a destroyer, ran at it fairly fast, shot my lost eel at it, decoyed, knuckled, dove silent, and slipped through the gap the now dead Destroyer left in the screen.

So now I'm totally out of ammo, so I sprint home to hopefully get in as many patrols as I can before this war ends. The weather is so bad that I take 20% hull damage just trying to get down the Fjords near Bergen. IT was so bad that I had to turn around and head back out to deeper (like more than 10m) water so that I could safely make it into Bergen. A couple of the patrol craft had been bashed to bits already. Not me!.

Overall good patrol, and I really like the idea of having acoustics for DD work, just gotta be very careful in how you aim, it may completely veer off course and hit another target, or even me it seemed one shot.

Missing Name 12-06-10 09:40 AM


Originally Posted by Gargamel (Post 1547780)
On my way, hit some warships, found this Carrier in the middle. Instead of sneaking in, I said screw it and blasted my way in. Thumped the carrier, damaged, but didnt sink a couple more DD's (which I found odd), Went to flank, popped a decoy, knuckled, and dove hard, going silent. Easy peasy slip away.

Did you use the deck gun in part of your blasting away?

Gargamel 12-06-10 02:51 PM


Originally Posted by Missing Name (Post 1547867)
Did you use the deck gun in part of your blasting away?

No deck gun, XXI, early '45. The merchants would have chewed me up. I rarely ever surface if only to send status reports every few days.

Gargamel 12-06-10 04:29 PM

U-2025, XXI
KptLt Hartmut Kriener
30 March, 1945, 2345

When I opened the sealed orders as we cruised out of the Bergen fjord, I saw that BDU has assigned us AN76 as our patrol grid. Checking my map, as I had never heard of operations occurring there before, I saw it lies right in the mouth of the channel. Not only that, but half the grid is on English soil.

Breaking protocol, I consulted with my other officers, all of whom I trust explicitly. We agreed the war is too close to a finish to go on a suicide patrol with no reward. We decided that since we were going to attempt to raid New York on our last patrol, only to be interrupted by wondrous targets, that we would go there again.

We avoided engaging multiple small and medium merchants as we threaded the UK-Iceland gap. We were forced to sink a destroyer as it's patrol path took it right on top of us.

We've been doing the math, and It'll be close on time. My 1WO, LtzS Tiederman, figures the war may be over by June, and our best fuel efficient speed gets us there by late April, early May. The RAF even make running at night schnorkeling a risky venture.

Maybe we can make one last big splash in the history books before we are retired, willingly or not. I would like to see Kiel again before I die.

VONHARRIS 12-07-10 02:53 AM

U-106 reporting back to base
This is our 11th patrol since the beginning of the war.
This time we were ordered to take our IXB to grid AE83 in the North frozen waters.
Date and Time
Occurrences Patrol 11
U-106, 2nd Flotilla
Left at: December 1, 1940, 01:33
From: Lorient
Mission Orders: Patrol grid AE87 Grid 14Ship sunk! SS Prosper (Tramp Steamer), 1964 tons. Cargo: Scrap Metal. Crew: 25. Crew lost: 24 (sunk by deck gun fire) AM 75Ship sunk! SS Sea Fiddler (Large Cargo), 8576 tons. Cargo: Sugar. Crew: 35. Crew lost: 33 (lone ship 3 torpedoes) AE 47Ship sunk! Big 3Funnel Liner , 42511 tons (in convoy 2 torpedoes) AE 48Ship sunk! HMS Dunvegan Castle (Auxiliary Cruiser), 13850 tons. Crew: 242. Crew lost: 43 (lone ship 2 torpedoes)
0158Grid AE 48Ship sunk! SS Bonifacio (Small Merchant), 2390 tons. Cargo: Grain. Crew: 37. Crew lost: 1 (lone ship 1 torpedo)
0218Grid AE 48Ship sunk! HMS Birmingham (Southampton class), 10725 tons. Crew: 975. Crew lost: 614 (in convoy 2 stern torpedoes) Patrol results
Crew losses: 0
Ships sunk: 6
Aircraft destroyed: 0
Patrol tonnage: 80016 tons
22 torpedoes fired
10 torpedoes hit and sunk the targets (45%)
3 torpedoes hit the targets but they didn't sink (13,6 %) Targets: Medium tanker + ore carrier
9 torpedoes missed (41,4%)
30 105mm rounds used
No AA fire

unterseemann 12-07-10 06:59 AM

U-151 type IID ( kptlt Rudolf Eickmeyer)
3re/11th flotilla La Rochelle.

Patrol 3: 26/02/44- 08/03/44

01/03/44: Grid BE65
6h30 am: Two ships convoy, american medium merchant and granville type ,unescorted, spotted by crew. Unable to attack but course and speed eyeballed (25-28, 7.5-8kn). Plotted interception course
10h30 am: Good position. Fired one torpedo to each ship. Explosions heard after 1'10 min and 1'38 min. Both ship disabled.
10h47 Medium merchant sank bow first. 5176 tons
11h01 Granville type MV Vinemoor sank. 4707 tons

02/03/44: Grid BE38
7h00 pm: Fired a gnat and a TIII to a danish medium tanker. 1 impact amidships followed by massive explosion.
SS Jedmoor sank. 8792 tons

04/03/44: Grid BE39
01h32 pm: Fast intermediate tanker spotted, good attack position. Fired last torpedo. Solid impact but tanker stay afloat. Uboot then attacked at periscop depth by airplane. Severe flooding and damages, uncontroled dive to 106m, attack periscop destroyed. Eventually situation under control
09h10 pm: Tanker still afloat nearly sinking. Submerged approach then surfaced uboot in front of tanker meters from it. Shelled deck with AA guns then submerged
09h16 pm: Tanker sinking. MV Athene. 3490 tons

08/03/44 Back to La Rochelle

4 ships for 22.165 tons

Total carreer: 6 ships sunk for 37.671 tons

VONHARRIS 12-07-10 07:29 AM

U-106 12th patrol
U-106 12th patrol ended at the SS Belchen supply ship. Rearm and refuel to attack the convoys in the iced northen waters.
Patrol No 12 was not very good.
Date and Time
Occurrences 12
U-106, 2nd Flotilla
Left at: January 31, 1941, 11:31
From: Lorient
Mission Orders: Patrol grid AD88 AL 25Ship sunk! SS Adroity (Coastal Freighter), 1872 tons. Cargo: Sugar. Crew: 32. Crew lost: 29 (in convoy 2 torpedoes)
2338Grid AL 25Ship sunk! Old Passenger Ship, 2072 tons (in convoy 1 torpedo) AD 88Ship sunk! SS Aconcagua (Troop Transport), 8279 tons. Cargo: Passengers. Crew: 293. Crew lost: 43 (in convoy 3 torpedoes) AE 47Ship sunk! SS Margarita (Small Freighter), 2230 tons. Cargo: Coal. Crew: 22. Crew lost: 5 (lone ship 1 torpedo) AE 47Ship sunk! HMS Meynell (Hunt I class), 1000 tons. Crew: 150. Crew lost: 75 (lone ASW patrol 1 torpedo)
0728Grid AE 48Ship sunk! HMS Montclare (Auxiliary Cruiser), 13850 tons. Crew: 104. Crew lost: 80 (in convoy 2 torpedoes)
0751Grid AE 48Ship sunk! HMS Newcastle (Southampton class), 10725 tons. Crew: 885. Crew lost: 97 (in convoy 2 torpedoes)
Patrol results
Crew losses: 0
Ships sunk: 7
Aircraft destroyed: 0
Patrol tonnage: 40028 tons

22 torpedoes fired
12 torpedoes hit and sunk their targets (54%)
3 torpedoes hit their target but they didn't sink (13,6%)
7 torpedoes missed (32,4%)
No deck gun or flak guns used
Weather too cold
Met icebergs on the way
Hoping to get some fresh food from the SS Belchen

Missing Name 12-07-10 04:15 PM

Patrol 14.

April 4, 1941. Time: 1810.
To: BdU.
From: U-127, Type IXB. Captain Ohne einen Namen.

Have struck mine in St. Helena Harbor. Heavy flooding, boat going down bow first. Attempting to blow. No casualties at this point.

Time: 1932.

Have managed to reach periscope depth while avoiding the enemy. Small scattered leaks. Main batteries severely damaged. Forward torpedo tubes non-functional. Periscope controls sluggish. No injuries except minor cuts and bruises.

Time: 1954.

Main batteries cannot be repaired with our current equipment. Cannot risk surfacing to correct periscopes. Torpedo tubes 1, 3, 4 have been restored.

Time: 2023.

Escorts are searching elsewhere. Have fired four torpedoes at two cruisers while retreating. Heading to rendezvous with KM Python.

Time: 2027.

3 definite torpedo impacts. Hull breaking noises on one cruiser.

April 5, 1941. Time: 2107.

Confused British radio chatter, unencrypted. One cruiser has sunk, one has heavy flooding.

April 7, 1941. Time: 0200.

External damage to boat appears lighter than expected.

April 7, 1941. Time: 1200.

Will meet KM Python shortly.

April 7, 1941. Time: 1530.

Am alongside supply ship, repairs have started. Requesting confirmation of two cruisers sunk, 21000 tons.

Gargamel 12-07-10 11:10 PM

Ok, dont go into New York unless you have a deck gun for defense against the fast moving boats.

I sank myself.

Yes that's right.

I sank myself.

With not one, but 2 acoustic torpedoes.

The stupid PT boat was dragging them both as he ran by me, and the eels thought I looked tastier.

VONHARRIS 12-08-10 02:54 AM

U-106 13th patrol
As the number indicates the patrol was a total disaster.
We have encountered many ASW enemy units mostly MTB and ASW trawlers.
We have attacked three enemy convoys , but the the second attack was fruitless. All 6 torps that were fired either missed or failed to explode or did not sikn their target. No ships sunk there!

Date and Time
Occurrences 13
U-106, 2nd Flotilla
Left at: February 18, 1941, 04:59
From: Belchen Supply Ship AE 47Ship sunk! SS Rothesay Castle (Empire-type Freighter), 6958 tons. Cargo: Grain. Crew: 68. Crew lost: 66 (in convoy 1 torpedo)
1443Grid AE 47Ship sunk! SS Banderas (Small Freighter), 2231 tons. Cargo: Trucks. Crew: 24. Crew lost: 8 (in convoy 1 torpedo)
1855Grid AE 47Ship sunk! MV British Energy (Modern Tanker), 10762 tons. Cargo: Crude Oil. Crew: 70. Crew lost: 7 (in convoy 2 torpedoes) AE 47Ship sunk! MV Tandora (Small Tanker), 2051 tons. Cargo: Crude Oil. Crew: 22. Crew lost: 7 (lone ship 2 torpedoes) AD 59Ship sunk! MV Dodata (Intermediate Tanker), 3490 tons. Cargo: Crude Oil. Crew: 16. Crew lost: 10 (in convoy 1 torpedo)
1755Grid AD 59Ship sunk! SS Rhexenor (Large Merchant), 10616 tons. Cargo: Textiles. Crew: 83. Crew lost: 11 (in convoy 2 torpedoes)
Patrol results
Crew losses: 0
Ships sunk: 6
Aircraft destroyed: 0
Patrol tonnage: 36108 tons

22 torpedoes fired
9 torpedoes sunk their targets (41%)
6 torpedoes hit their targets but they didn't sink (28%) Targets : Large merchant - Ammunition ship - Modern tanker
7 torpedoes missed (31%)
We have returned to SS Belchen to rearm and refuel.
Our next patrol will be to the same area. The British seem to have learned their lesson. They are more cautious now and their convoys are heavily escorted , 7 - 8 escorts every time.

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