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Gilbou 03-12-10 03:23 PM

Just sailed out.
Came back on 8th patrol with type IIA U-22
on April, 9th 1940

Ordered in December, 15h 1937, the U-99
was laid down March, 31th 1939. After
tests, she was commissioned April, 18th 1940

Took command of the U-99 type VIIB on
April, 10th 1940, moved with crew to
Willemshaven on 11th and took control of
U-99 on 22th 1940 at 06:00

Sailed with U-99 to Kiel, got her fitted with
type II torpedoes.

Departed for 9th patrol and U-99 first patrol,
brand new ship, April 23th 1940 at 06:45

U-22 was transfered to another command
and left for her patrol a week ago. Bdu
sent us a message on April, 25th 1940 at
08:02 to inform us U-22 failed to report
and came back from patrol. I left U-22
for U-99, U-22 went to sea for her first
patrol without me and she will never come
back...

frau kaleun 03-12-10 03:26 PM

:wah: Ouch man that's gotta hurt.

RIP, U-22.

Gilbou 03-12-10 03:32 PM

The radio message was a slap in the face.

Spent two years with the U-22, from 1st august 1939 (one month before the war even started !) to April, 9th 1940

Done 8 patrols with her, sending to the bottom of sea 30283 tons.

I took the U-99, sailed outside of the Kiel kanal and the message announcing the loss of U-22 reached me.

:wah:

Gilbou 03-13-10 01:27 AM

Almost got killed on my 9th patrol, first time with my U-99, brand new type VIIB

May, 19th 1940

03:00 En route to Kiel. Spotted warship medium
range in grid AM64. Started shooting at us,
ordered crash dive. Depth charged. Dived to 80,
then 100, then 120 meters. Warship circles and
depth charges us.

03:44 : Warship has given up and his heading south.
Setting depth to 80 meters, running silent running
for one hour. Then periscope check and surface if
possible.

06:06 : Spotted ship while on surface. Ordered
crash dive. Will remain below water until night.

23:00 : Spotted warship. This place is crawling
with patrol boats and destroyers. They know we
are travelling the passage and want us sinked.

23:30 : Took a depth charge directly on side of
Bow Torpedo. All four torpedo tubes are destroyed,
and pressure doors destroyed. Could not block
flooding from tubes : ordered evacuation of Bow
torpedo quarters, and pressure door is now closed.
Bow torpedo quarters are fully flooded, but ballast
tanks are still working, helping level the ship.
We have no wounded.

23:42 : We have bottomed the ocean floor. Engines
are stopped. Destroyers are circling around and
throwing depth charges. Ordered full stop and
silence.

--

May, 20th 1940

00:10 : Another depth charge close to us.
Flooding in bow quarters. Bow torpedo flooding
is increasing. We hear their sirens on top of us.

00:14 : Flooding in bow torpedo tubes under control.
Damage team working on bow quarters. Raising depth
to 30 meters and moving away.

00:17 : Stern is moving up but bow remains on
ocean floor. Depth remains at 39 meters. Trying
to move the sub up.

00:22 : Warship still running around. No ping,
no depth charges. We are waiting. Will have to
blow ballast to surface.

01:07 : Blowing ballasts.

01:11 : We are on surface. Ordering full ahead
speed. We have three dead : Bootsman Gert Eppen,
Matrosengefreiter Henning Hansen and Harald
Clausen. Two heavily wounded : Eberhard Hauber
and Wilhelm Schulz.

01:39 : Water has been pumped out of Bow Quarters.
But we cannot dive again or we will bottom the ship.
The Bow torpedo is full of water reducing our speed.
Chief engineer is taking care of wounded and then
will try to path the Bow Torpedo if possible to
increase level of bow.

--

May, 21th 1940

08:50 : Chief engineer has finished working on
the bow compartement. We have a huge hole on the
right, the depth charge must have exploded very
close. We have welded metal plates to try to avoid
too much water pouring in and slowing us down,
but the compartement is flooded. We have moded all
recipients we could find, filled with air, to
that compartement to level it higher than sea
line. Boat is almost level and we are running at
12 knots to Kiel. If any aircraft catches us on
surface, we might not make it.

--

May, 22th 1940

19:34 : Aircraft attacking us from stern. Ordered
flak gun to fire. Speed to flank ahead.

--

May, 23th 1940

06:00 We buried at sea our three dead.

11:01 - BdU orders to stop any use of the
magnetic pistols henceforth.

--

May, 26th 1940

00:52 : We are below 10 % fuel
We are 50 Km from Kiel.

03:24 : We have reached Kiel. End of patrol.

Sunk 1 tanker
4 cargo ships
1 warship
Total tonnage : 26165 tons
3 dead

Been awarded Iron Cross, First Class

Damage to Uboat has been very high. Hull integrity
loss is estimated to 85 %

Snestorm 03-14-10 02:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gilbou (Post 1310444)
Playing with all realism options set except map contacts (I like to draw interception things and etc. but I have to have to keep drawing where the ship is once spotted.) and I also have manual targetting off (tried once, ended in 1944 still with my type-II and almost 95 % of patrols without ever sinking anything).

type IIA
March 1940
Done 7 patrols, 8th underway
Started with 500 renown, actually got 1000
Trying to reach 2500 for a type VIIB

Writing my patrols logs in the blog in my signature.

If you can't afford the VIIB before the base change to France, I would strongly suggest you shell out 500 Renown for a IID. You'll need the range.

IIDs can, and realy have, done North Atlantic patrols.
(And it's a nice boat).

Snestorm 03-14-10 02:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Paul Riley (Post 1310575)
Strait of Gibraltar (more so inside and on towards the Med) was/still is a hive of activity,it was once a major trade hub for the British Empire and I reckon some very juicy targets could be found there,if one is brave and skillful enough to cope with the increased patrol craft in that area.
I wonder how GWX3 simulated this area?,only time will tell :arrgh!: *NO SPOILERS PLEASE*

It's a great place to take a IXB or IXC after finishing a patrol along the african coast, and coming up empty handed.

Snestorm 03-14-10 03:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by frau kaleun (Post 1311335)
Patrol 5

U-35, 2 U-Boat Flotilla Saltzwedel
ObltzS Peter Schmidt, Commander

February 8, 1840, 11:48
Returned: Wilhelmshaven
Crew losses: 0
Ships sunk: 11
Aircraft destroyed: 0
Merchant tonnage: 33959 tons
Warship tonnage: 3038 tons
Patrol tonnage: 36997 tons
Career Tonnage: 120484

And, yeah, I think I better turn up the realism a notch, since I'd like to be promoted to Kptl before my luck runs out. :O:

Cool!
Just look at that tonnage!
You sink more ships than I even get to see.

(You can get your realism up into the 80s, without making anything harder on yourself).

Gilbou 03-14-10 03:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Snestorm (Post 1314364)
If you can't afford the VIIB before the base change to France, I would strongly suggest you shell out 500 Renown for a IID. You'll need the range.

IIDs can, and realy have, done North Atlantic patrols.
(And it's a nice boat).

I have added the missing renown for returning to port.
I was at 8 patrols, so I added 200 x 8 to my renown
(since this should have been in the game if there wasn't a bug)

I took the VIIB. I removed the deck gun.
I like its underswater speed and sleak look. It's a huge and
luxurious boat. I have spent 8 patrols in the type IIA. The biggest
problem was not the fuel, I always made sure I could come back
to port. The problem was only 5 torpedoes. I very often came
back to port after two weeks full of fuel because I had fired all
my torpedoes...

I really like the VIIB. Probably will keep it until the war's end.

type IIA -> type VIIB

I will then start a carreer with a type VIIB or C and move to a
type IX for long-range patrols.

Does the change to France port occurs automatically ?
I'm in September 1940 and my port is still Kiel.

kabex 03-14-10 04:45 AM

Quick question, I am reviewing my patrol logs and I do not get cargo information or crew men lost on the ship like frau kaulen, any ideas?

Also, when is the IID available? I am using the IIA on the 2nd flotilla in oct39, the only one available is the VIIB.

Snestorm 03-14-10 05:57 AM

U37 IX(A). 2. Flotilla. Patrol 7.
 
This is cool. My IX(A) managed to get assigned a VII grid.
Thought briefly about "doing my 24" and slipping off to my favorite grid, BC43 (Canada), but reconsidered. U37 must be the the southern most boat of a patrol line (Wolf Pack) covering the western side of Rockall. Can't leave a hole.

D. 6.dec.40.
02.37. Depart Lorient enrout to Patrol Grid AM43.
08.47. BF61. Alarm! Crash Dive for Aircraft.

Wasn't that nice of the RAF to see us off, and drop off some "presents". Just 35 miles out of port. No damage luckily, but a real wake up call.

D. 11.dec.40. BF14.
04.45. Ship Spotted.
T3 Tanker, making 12 Knots, and flying The Stars And Stripes.

D. 12.dec.40. AM87.
03.01. Ship Spotted.
Destroyer at 4500 Meters, and heading our way.
Full moon, calm & clear.
Turn bow on while diving to 100 meters. Undetected.

D. 12.dec.40. AM76.
08.56. Sound Contact. Merchant. Closing. Moving Slow.
09.08. Surface. Full Ahead. Variouse Courses and Speeds.
09.21. Target spotted by me on a reciprical course. Periscope Depth.
09.44. Coastal Merchant (2.047 GRT) Sunk.
Course 177. Speed 7 Knots. G7E Torpedo x 1.

D. 14.dec.40. AM43.
01.00. On Station.

D. 15.dec.43. AM43.
14.06. Radio Report. Convoy. AM19. East. 7 Knots. (Full Ahead for AM01).

D. 15.dec.40. AM01.
21.00. Ship Spotted. Destroyer! And Convoy!
Coming straight at us. Periscope Depth.
Don't like inside attacks. Turning 90 degrees for the stern tubes.

21.30. T2 Tanker (10.872 GRT) Sunk.
Convoy's Course 098. 7 Knots. (Thanks for the speed, BDU).
G7A Torpedo x 2. Full Moon. Calm & Clear.

22.58. Surface. Full Ahead.
The chase is on.

D. 16.dec.40. AM01.
00.01. Regained contact with Convoy.
00.03. Corvette Spotted!
This guy was good. It was a long way around him. Hard to see little thing!

01.47. Coastal Merchant (2.050 GRT) Sunk. G7A Torpedo x 1.
01.47. C2 Cargo (6.250 GRT) Sunk. G7E Torpedo x 3.
Night Submerged Attack. Full Moon. Calm & Clear.
Convoy's Course 098. Speed 7 Knots.
3 known escorts. Destroyer Front. Corvette Port. Destroyer Rear.
Second Corvette suspected on Starboard.

04.10. Surface. Full Ahead.
06.03. Regained contact with convoy.

08.05. T3 Tanker (11.654 GRT) Sunk. G7A Torpedo x 1.
08.06. Little Merchant (2.343 GRT) Sunk. G7E Torpedo x 1.
08.08. Little Tanker (4.276 GRT) Sunk. G7E Torpedo x 1.
No result on C2 Cargo fired on. G7E Torpedo x 1.
Presunrise Submerged Attack. Light. Clear & Calm.

My last Torpedo, a G7A is loaded into Tube 3.
The next 10+ hours are devoted to this single torpedo.

09.40. Surface. Full Ahead.
10.41. Contact regained with convoy. (Visibility Limit 7.000 Meters).
11.05. "We've been spotted!". Corvette is at 6.900 Meters. Escaping on surface.
11.13. "Ship Spotted!". DESTROYER! Dive! 100 Meters.
11.17. Report nearest warship. "No Warship Contact.".
11.28. Sound Contact. Warship. 156R. Moving Away. Moving Fast. Long Range.
11.29. Sound Contact. Warship. 158R. Moving Away. Medium Speed. Long Range.

12.20. Surface. Full Ahead.
13.43. Regained contact with convoy.
13.47. "We've been spotted! We've been spotted!". Dive! 100 Meters.
13.48. Sound. 2 Warships. Medium & Very Fast (35+ Knots!)

D. 16.dec.40. AM29.
16.00. Surface. Full Ahead.
17.05. Regained contact with convoy.

D. 16.dec.40. AM51.
18.40. Torpedo Impact. C2 Cargo hit. No Sinkings. No stragglers.

All Torpedoes (12) Expended. Status Report Sent. Returning to Lorient.

D. 17.dec.40. AM46.
08.00. Sound Contact. Convoy. Surface. Full Ahead. Standard Propulsion.
08.34. Destroyer & Convoy Sighted. Dive, Follow & Shadow.
09.40. Contact Report Sent.
Convoy's Course 051. Speed 11 Knots. Transports, Cargoes, and a Tanker.

D. 20.dec.40. BF12. (Shortcut across England's front lawn).
04.39. Corvette Spotted. 000R. Dive. 100 (of 134) Meters. Undetected.

D. 24.dec.40. Docked at Lorient.

Patrol Results: 7 Ships Sunk for 39.692 GRT.

U37's History To Date:
7 Patrols.
24 Ships Sunk. (Frau Kaleun does that in one patrol).
135.325 GRT.

Snestorm 03-14-10 06:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kabex (Post 1314510)
Quick question, I am reviewing my patrol logs and I do not get cargo information or crew men lost on the ship like frau kaulen, any ideas?

Also, when is the IID available? I am using the IIA on the 2nd flotilla in oct39, the only one available is the VIIB.

I believe Frau Kaleun uses SH3 commander to get all that ekstra log information.
I don't get that either.

How'd you get a IIA in the 2. Flotilla?
The 2. Flotilla usualy (if unaltered) starts you in a VIIB, and later progresses to IXs.
Neither the IIA nor IID have enough range to do 2. Flotilla Grids (African Coast and the like)

1. Flotilla starts with a IIA, and offers the IID in oktober 1939 for 500 Renown.
I don't think you can get either of these boats outside the 1. Flotilla.

kabex 03-14-10 06:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Snestorm (Post 1314616)
I believe Frau Kaleun uses SH3 commander to get all that ekstra log information.
I don't get that either.

How'd you get a IIA in the 2. Flotilla?
The 2. Flotilla usualy (if unaltered) starts you in a VIIB, and later progresses to IXs.
Neither the IIA nor IID have enough range to do 2. Flotilla Grids (African Coast and the like)

1. Flotilla starts with a IIA, and offers the IID in oktober 1939 for 500 Renown.
I don't think you can get either of these boats outside the 1. Flotilla.

I am also using SH3 Commander and I don't see that information, forgot to include it.

Also, I am in 1st Flotilla, pardon me... another omission.

Thanks for the data, do I spend my 500 on the IID or save up for IXB & transfer to 2nd Flotilla?

I really want to get my hands on that 105mm deck gun.

Gilbou 03-14-10 06:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kabex (Post 1314510)
Quick question, I am reviewing my patrol logs and I do not get cargo information or crew men lost on the ship like frau kaulen, any ideas?

Also, when is the IID available? I am using the IIA on the 2nd flotilla in oct39, the only one available is the VIIB.

You need to use SH3 Commander. It is very good.
You can use it with stock game or with GWX 3 Gold
Not only it adds names ships, but it also keeps a log of ships
you sunk so you cannot sink the same ship twice in your logs.

Snestorm 03-14-10 06:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gilbou (Post 1314425)
I have added the missing renown for returning to port.
I was at 8 patrols, so I added 200 x 8 to my renown
(since this should have been in the game if there wasn't a bug)

I took the VIIB. I removed the deck gun.
I like its underswater speed and sleak look. It's a huge and
luxurious boat. I have spent 8 patrols in the type IIA. The biggest
problem was not the fuel, I always made sure I could come back
to port. The problem was only 5 torpedoes. I very often came
back to port after two weeks full of fuel because I had fired all
my torpedoes...

I really like the VIIB. Probably will keep it until the war's end.

type IIA -> type VIIB

I will then start a carreer with a type VIIB or C and move to a
type IX for long-range patrols.

Does the change to France port occurs automatically ?
I'm in September 1940 and my port is still Kiel.

The change to France should either have happened already, or will happen on your next patrol. One generaly gets a radio message saying "The base was changed to Brest/St. Nazaire". If it doesn't happen on your next patrol consult The All Knowing Jimbuna.
If your Radioman tells you that you have a message, press "M", then click on "Message".

The missing renown for returning to port should actualy be 100 per patrol, but that's OK.
I've done worse things than that.

Not sure why you would want to remove the deck gun. It can come in handy for Trawlers, Fishing Boats, Tugs, and finishing off ships you've managed to cripple with torpedoes.

The IIA & Fuel. No problem . . . until the move to France.
From that point on, the patrols get much longer. Just getting to France in a IIA can be exceptionaly challenging.

Enjoy your VIIB. It's a nice step up from either of the IIs, for sure.

Snestorm 03-14-10 06:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kabex (Post 1314641)
I am also using SH3 Commander and I don't see that information, forgot to include it.

Also, I am in 1st Flotilla, pardon me... another omission.

Thanks for the data, do I spend my 500 on the IID or save up for IXB & transfer to 2nd Flotilla?

I really want to get my hands on that 105mm deck gun.

Looks like you got the logs thing straight, which is good, cause I don't have that mod.

IIA til IID til IXB:
I've gone that route. It's not easy, but it is rewarding.
WARNING: Should you decide to do it this way, you may have to do at least one patrol out of France in the IID.

If you use a VIIB as a stepping stone to the IXB, there's an ekstra 2.000 Renown to make up.

Personal Recommendations.
From the 1. Flotilla: IIA, IID, IXB. (The hard way).
From the 7. Flotilla: VIIB, IXB. (Easy). (You get the VIIB, FREE.)

kabex 03-14-10 07:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Snestorm (Post 1314689)
Personal Recommendations.
From the 1. Flotilla: IIA, IID, IXB. (The hard way).
From the 7. Flotilla: VIIB, IXB. (Easy). (You get the VIIB, FREE.)

I don't see the IXB on the 1st Flotilla, when does it become available?

I'll probably go for IID then save up for the IXB, I see it available in december 39 on the 2nd Flotilla.

Snestorm 03-14-10 07:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kabex (Post 1314695)
I don't see the IXB on the 1st Flotilla, when does it become available?

I'll probably go for IID then save up for the IXB, I see it available in december 39 on the 2nd Flotilla.

You have to wait until the 2. Flotilla opens to get your IXB.
It'll happen shortly after the move to France.

Gilbou 03-14-10 08:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Snestorm (Post 1314663)
The change to France should either have happened already, or will happen on your next patrol. One generaly gets a radio message saying "The base was changed to Brest/St. Nazaire". If it doesn't happen on your next patrol consult The All Knowing Jimbuna.
If your Radioman tells you that you have a message, press "M", then click on "Message".

The missing renown for returning to port should actualy be 100 per patrol, but that's OK.
I've done worse things than that.

Not sure why you would want to remove the deck gun. It can come in handy for Trawlers, Fishing Boats, Tugs, and finishing off ships you've managed to cripple with torpedoes.

The IIA & Fuel. No problem . . . until the move to France.
From that point on, the patrols get much longer. Just getting to France in a IIA can be exceptionaly challenging.

Enjoy your VIIB. It's a nice step up from either of the IIs, for sure.

Right now I am doing my 11th patrol, second patrol with the VIIB.
Love that ship :)

It's November, 12th 1940. My base is still kiel and I received no message
until now about it.

I was told renown for returning was 200 per patrol :/
I need to remove renown now then. 8 x 200 - 8 x 100 that's
800 to remove. I was at 500 so I should have missed about 1200
renown to get the VIIB :damn:

Pappy55 03-14-10 09:45 AM

I decided to start again with a German name and not a picture and name from Battlestar Galactica :yeah:

I'm going to try and give updates as diary entries

.......................................

26th August 1939

I was given command of U-52 looks like all that brown noseing at the academy paid off. After a shakedown cruise and some leave for my men, last night we were put to sea. We have been sent to a classified location somwhere near France and Britain. The men are anxious. I have a feeling too.. we have our reserve bays loaded with torpedos too.. Bdu have never done that before.. I have a feeling war is imminant..


27th August 1939

We have passed Dutch and British in grids AN95 and AN83. Weather is good and no word from Bdu. We are setting course to the English Channel.
I can smell food. I think the galley is cooking up somthice nice..

(more to come as it happens)

Paul Riley 03-14-10 10:58 AM

2nd patrol of U-16
 
Kpt Franz Weber
U-16 , Type IIA
2nd war patrol , assigned to grid AM87
Left Wilhemshaven on 26th Sept 1939 at 0654

19:32
Passed along the Frisian/Dutch coast and recieved radio report of large enemy task force in AN41 heading ESE at 25kts
Decided against any sort of action against it due to our relative position and they could change course at any given point making interception unlikely,and due to their speed of 25kts would easily catch us if spotted.Proceeded back to original course

26 Sept
Day 1 at sea
04:52
Patrol Craft spotted in AN83 heading 266 at 5kts.Went to periscope depth until vessel disappeared
15:28
Second Patrol Craft spotted in AN85 possibly heading to the nearest Dutch port at 9-10 kts.Again dived to periscope depth until craft had gone
15:43
Passing through AN85 along the Dutch coast about 7km from land,a day and a half away until we enter the Dover Strait.May luck be on our side passing through this perilous area,and then onward as we break out into the Irish Sea.Our priority is to intercept any inbound traffic heading for the Bristol Channel.Recieved reports from fellow captain's that this is a lively spot...lets hope so.This time we can afford no more errors in identifying ship nationalities,we must be certain,even if it means us making prior interceptions in daylight just to verify their ID

End of log.


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