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Jimbuna 07-14-2010 07:48 AM

BE MORE AGGRESSIVE!! http://www.psionguild.org/forums/ima...ies/pirate.gif

RegioSommergibile 07-14-2010 03:43 PM

This 10th patrol in February 1940 was extremely fruitful. I arrived at Thalia resupply ship near Cadice, and since it was relatively early in the war I decided to have a look in Gribaltar, to see if there were anything juicy enough to send to Davy Jones' Locker.

So my crew and I took our U-51 toward the STrait and on our way in we encountered a Tribal-class DD (afterwards we discovered it to be HMS Afridi). It did not detect our presence and we could position ourselves, favoured by the darkness, in a 90° firing position. For good measure we shot two torpedos at it. We let the aals go and were rewarded with a stern hit that left it burning and then it sank almost perperndicularly. No survivors: on 227 sailors, all were claimed by the sea.

We made our way to Gribaltar, but my sonarman detected a small convoy of what we discovered to be French ships, two of them escorted by an Armed trawler. The escort leading them steamed on oblivious to our presence, and so I could put a couple of magnetic-set torpedoes in a Grosses Frachtschiff. After the explosions it started to list heavily to port, but we could not wait and follow it, we had to continue to the British base (on account of being surprised by dawn in the vicinity). Before leaving my Weapon Officer suggested to send a torpedo to the other ship following, and so we did. But it was likely a dud, or poorly aimed, as nothing happened. Anyhow my sonarman heard crushing hull noises, that indicated that that ship went to say hello to Neptune.

Upon our arrival in Gribaltar, after evading the weak surveillance of an Elco and an Armed Trawler, we arrived in the richest target environment that I have seen in my patrols so far. I thought the juiciest target would be HMS Southampton slightly north of the commercial piers, but imagine my surprise and that of my men when peeking through the periscope I saw something very similar to a battleship. No, not similar, it WAS a battleship, anchored opposite to the port. Better still: it was HMS NELSON!!!!!!!!!!!

My WO and I quickly prepared a firing solution and as soon as everything was ready three magnetic a-type eels were on their way. 3 minutes 40 seconds went by, slow ever so slow, and then through the periscope...

KabooM!!!!!!!

Kaboom!!!!!!

Kaboom!!!!!!

We hit the battleship under the keel at an AoB of 20° if I remember correctly.

The Tommies on board that giant shot at once an illuminating shell (oh, they DO illuminate, if you ask me), but we were on our way out, submerged and quiet. After a while I got the message "Enemy unit destroyed". I let my men cheer and whoop for a while before recalling them to order.
On our way back, given that everything was silent as if nothing had happened (after all, there were no explosions aboard Nelson, it simply sat on the seabed), we used our stern tube to sink another Tribal-class nearby, namely HMS Huron. This one exploded and sank with "great balls of fire" all around and above it but nothing happened in the port once again (weird brits, must be deaf, was the comment that could be heard in the conning tower).

We managed to return to Thalia without incidents, apart that an unfortunate Coastal Freighter happened to cross our path and was promptly sank using our last stern torpedo with a clean hit just below the main deck.

Total: 48155 Tons!!!:arrgh!: And quite some medals, specializations, and promotions to distribute among my men. ANd a Ritterkreuz for Oberleutnant z.S. Heinz Lehmann. :rock:

Snestorm 07-14-2010 07:27 PM

U64 IXB. 2. Flotilla
 
Patrol 2
19.JUN.40 to 5.JUL.40

We never reached our patrol grid (EJ26), or even saw an enemy ship.

U64 got jumped by aircraft north of The Shetlands, and was forced to make for home with 51% Hull Integrity.

The score card reads:
2 patrols completed.
4 merchants sunk for 20.172 GRT.

Flaxpants 07-14-2010 09:48 PM

Out on my first ever patrol with the 1st Flotilla out of Kiel, March 1941. Ordered to proceed to N.Atlantic, had two contacts on route, the first a lone merchant north of Lerwick but the weather was so bad I decided to abort the pursuit (he was going east and it would have been a long chase), and the second a merchant with a destroyer escort just off the south west coast of Ireland which I also decided to avoid (not confident yet of taking on a destroyer). Reached my grid, did my patrol and am heading home. To sum up- 13 days, no kills. The last 4 days I have seen nor heard anything. The next thing I see I will shoot. Regardless...

Snestorm 07-17-2010 06:01 PM

U64 IXB. 2. Flotilla.
 
Patrol #3. 23.AUG.40 to 23.SEP.40

U64 has completed her 3. war patrol, and found her way into her new homeport of Lorient, France.

We dogged a convoy from AM18 to AM29, making multiple attacks.
5 merchants were sunk for 33.372 GRT, bringing our total to 9 merchants for 53.544 GRT.
Patrol 3 prooved more productive than 1 and 2 combined.

On 4.SEP.40, in grid AM24, U64 was forced to crash dive for aircraft.
That was the last plane we encountered, until learning about "The Bay" in BF54, on 21.SEP.40. Thankfuly, neither encounter produced any damage.

Crécy 07-17-2010 09:09 PM

U-53 Patrol #2
From 24.AUG.39 to 16.SEP.39

Encountered few ships in heavy storm in the early days of war. Unable to attack due to weather. Tracked a cargo east from England, two torpedos missed.

Finally in 15.Sep, after 13 days without a luck, sunk a merchant, with the deckgun, worth of 4704 tons. Then we headed home, Wilhelmshaven, as the diesel was about to run out.

Deck and flak gun slightly damaged due to an aircraft.

Overall, crew spirits are down as well as myself. Two and a half week at sea and one ship sunk. Can't be happy about that.

Crécy 07-18-2010 05:02 AM

U-53 Patrol #3. 8.OCT.39. Day 2 at the sea.

Ran into four British destroyer in grid AN61. Running silent.

STEED 07-18-2010 07:12 AM

Lost my last two careers, damn CTD.

Any how I back sailing around and a spot of fishing here and there. Looks like the political situation will soon boil over.

Aug 15th 1939

Snestorm 07-18-2010 09:29 PM

U64 IXB. Patrol 4.
 
Left Lorient on 21.OKT.40.

Encountered, and sank 1 merchant enroute to our patrol grid.

1.NOV.40
Presently patroling Grid DH32 (North of The Cannarrie Islands).

1 merchant sunk for 6446 GRT.
3 torpedoes expended (2 stern, 1 bow).
11 torpedoes remaining.

Perfect 1000 meter night surface attack.
Both stern torpedoes hit, and eventualy stopped the target.
The bow shot was eventualy used as a coup de grace.

TabbyHunter 07-19-2010 02:09 AM

Im on shore leave for the rest of the summer. Once i get my laptop back, im hitting the High Seas of SH3 again.

Snestorm 07-19-2010 02:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Snestorm (Post 1447853)
Left Lorient on 21.OKT.40.

Encountered, and sank 1 merchant enroute to our patrol grid.

1.NOV.40
Presently patroling Grid DH32 (North of The Cannarrie Islands).

1 merchant sunk for 6446 GRT.
3 torpedoes expended (2 stern, 1 bow).
11 torpedoes remaining.

Perfect 1000 meter night surface attack.
Both stern torpedoes hit, and eventualy stopped the target.
The bow shot was eventualy used as a coup de grace.

3.NOV.40
Still patroling DH32.
3 merchants sunk for 15.236 GRT.
6 of 14 torpedoes remaining.

Brag 07-21-2010 03:49 PM

Dec 30 1939
Balz departed Willi om his 3rd. war patrol. Has left an order with BDU for a type IX on his victorious return :D

drakkhen20 07-21-2010 05:32 PM

i've started my campaign over like 8 times with computer upgrades and mods. but i\m doing normal patrols in the AM sector. upgraded to a Type VIIC in 1940 and its Feb of 41 right now. i can't even tell ya how many tons i've sunk so far but it was enough to add up to the upgrade to the new sub.:salute:

Snestorm 07-21-2010 11:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Brag (Post 1450066)
Dec 30 1939
Balz departed Willi om his 3rd. war patrol. Has left an order with BDU for a type IX on his victorious return :D

From: BDU
To: Balz

We have a Type IX(A) awaiting your return.

The first IXB will not be ready for front line status prior to april.
Come talk to us in march.

Sailor Steve 07-23-2010 10:32 PM

Finally got my mods sorted exactly the way I want them, and the career seems stable.

Sooo...

U-28, Type VIIA, Oblt. z.S. Josef Burchhardt commanding.
Departed Wilhelmshaven 19 August 1939.
Transited North Sea and English Channel, arrived on station BF18 24 August.
Currently awaiting further orders.


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