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ijnfleetadmiral 01-21-12 01:44 PM

27 May 194o:
Goeben departed Wilhelmshaven on another raiding mission. Weather was excellent throughout patrol.

Results:
Returned to port on 29 May 1940, having sunk 11 warships for 13,606 tons in an attack on Dunkirk. Also shot down a single Hurricane...my boys' first fighter kill! The only reason we returned to port was to replenish our ammunition; the ammo for the port secondary guns had been completely expended.

1 Hawker Hurricane Fighter

1 Tribal-class DD
1 Bourrasque-class DD (our first French DD!)
2 C/D-class DDs
6 V/W-class DDs
1 Armed Trawler

diluvian 01-21-12 05:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wildfire (Post 1825081)
After a long break got back to playing SH3, was busy with SH5 but can't seem to really get into it even with mods added.

The only thing i want from sh5 is translucent water , but i dont think its possible in sh3:wah:

Sailor Steve 01-21-12 05:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by diluvian (Post 1825460)
The only thing i want from sh5 is translucent water , but i dont think its possible in sh3:wah:

Which is why SH4 is better. It's basically SH3 with transparent water. :sunny:

Kongo Otto 01-21-12 08:20 PM

http://www.abload.de/img/rr1ybale.jpg

k2r 01-22-12 04:20 AM

Second patrol of Fritz Lemp and the U-110 (grid AM78) :

5 December 1940
20:18 / TO BDU / SITREP / OPENING COMMUNICATIONS CHANNEL / LEAVING LORIENT AND FOLLOWING ESCORT / HEADING FOR PATROL ZONE / RADIO SILENCE UNTIL PZ UNLESS SITUATION DEMANDS IT / U110

7 December 1940
23:47 / TO BDU / SITREP / ENGAGED AND SUNK BRITISH CARGO SS MIRONYCH IN BF41 X 1869 GRT / FIRED ONE TORPEDO / HEADING FOR PATROL ZONE / U110

9 December 1940
12:51 / TO BDU / SITREP / PATROL ZONE REACHED / GOOD WEATHER CONDITIONS / U110

11 December 1940
10:12 / TO BDU / SITREP / NO TRAFFIC IN PATROL ZONE / GOOD WEATHER / U110

13 December 1940
01:15 / TO BDU / SITREP / NO TRAFFIC IN PATROL ZONE / GOOD WEATHER / REQUESTING NEW ORDERD / U110

14 December 1940
12:23 / TO BDU / GRID AM19 REACHED / BAD WEATHER / U110

16 December 1940
06:06 / TO BDU / SITREP / NO TRAFFIC IN AM19 / BAD WEATHER/ HEADING N TO INTERCEPT CONVOY / U110

17 December 1940
16:47 / TO BDU / SITREP / ENGAGED LARGE CONVOY IN AM29 X SANK BRITISH WARSHIP HMS BUTTERCUP X 950 GRT / FIRED THREE TORPEDOES / EVADING WITHOUT DAMAGES U110

18 December 1940
15:46 / TO BDU / SITREP / BRITISH PLANE SPOTTED IN AM53 / CRASH DIVE / FOLLOWING CONVOY / U110

19 December 1940
08:20 / TO BDU / SITREP / ENGAGED LARGE CONVYO IN AM35 X SANK BRITISH CARGO SS TALTHYBIUS X 8084 GRT X BRITISH WARSHIP HMS KELT X 1100 GRT / FIRED FOUR TORPEDOES / DEPHTCHARGED DURING 1H X BATTERY AND HULL DAMAGED / U110
09:58 / TO BDU / SITREP / ENGAGED AND SUNK BRITISH MERCHANT SS BORGFRED IN AM35 X 2229 GRT / ENGAGED WITH DECKGUN / BATTERY REPAIRED / U110
12:25 / TO BDU / CONTACT / BRITISH WARSHIP IN AM35 / CRASH DIVE / U110

20 December 1940
01:01 / TO BDU / CONTACT / HOSPITAL SHIP SPOTTED IN AM52 X HEADING W / U110

22 December 1940
15:37 / TO BDU / SITREP/ GRID BE63 REACHED / GOOD WEATHER / U110

23 December 1940
08:47 / TO BDU / SITREP / ENGAGED AND SUNK BRITISH CARGO SS RATTLER IN BE63 X 5081 GRT / FIRED TWO TORPEDOES X COUP DE GRACE WITH DECKGUN / U110

25 December 1940
04:53 / TO BDU / SITREP / NO TRAFFIC IN BE63 / GOOD WEATHER / MERRY XMAS / U110

27 December 1940
15:44 / TO BDU / SITREP / TROUBLES WITH BATTERY X UNABLE TO RUN SUBMERGED / REQUEST PERMISSION TO RETURN TO BASE / U110
16:01 / TO BDU / SITREP / RETURNING TO BASE AS FAST AS WE CAN X ESTIMED TIME 34H / U110

28 December 1940
15:51 / TO BDU / SITREP / ENTERING LORIENT X REQUESTING ESCORT IN / U110


Patrol GRT : 19319
Patrol days at sea : 23


Career GRT : 29855
Total days at sea : 69

Leandros 01-22-12 07:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Leandros (Post 1824950)
U47 - Lt.z.S. Willi Hartmann - 4th patrol - Dec. 1939 061902 - approaching the Orkney/Shetland gap homebound

Another disappointing patrol with much small frey. Finally bumped into a large convoy in the North-West Approaches but the largest ship was a medium cargo. Wasted two torps on it, the third did it. In the meantime the 2 Black Swan escorts made themselves felt. Both were sunk with fast G7's on magnetic fuze. Very short distance. The magnetic fuzes have a nasty habit of going off on long distances. Particularly in heavy seas.

The weather has been quite bad the last few days. Too bad since I planned to use up some deck gun ammo in the gap. We shall see how it turns out. I am not gong to sit here for very long to wait for better weather. Only have two aft torps left. Need to keep them for self-defense.

U47 - Lt.z.S. Willi Hartmann - 4th patrol - Dec. 1939 121600 - in Wilhelmshafen

Back in Wilhelmshafen after an exhausting and hectic patrol. Only the day after the first report here the weather turned to calm seas with sunny sky and we got the opportunity to use the deck gun plenty. After some sinkings in the Orkney gap we proceeded south along the British East Coast. Experienced for the first time some enemy air patrols - none came near us. Used one of the last torps to bag a Large Merchant after having gunned it first.

In the Thames Estuary we had the boat's first real unfortunate incident. Another Large Merchant approached us on an eastbound course out of London. I decided to use the last torpedo on it. Let it come quite close and sent a magnetic-fuzed torpedo under it on very short range. It worked excellently but the ship proceeded towards North-East with little loss of speed. We followed it for a while. A couple of MTB's turned up and hung around. As it seemed they were gone we surfaced and gave the victim the last gun shell and started to perforate its bows with the 20 mm FLAK gun. Suddenly one of the MTB's turned up and before we could dive it had killed one of the observer crews in the tower. The Merchant pressed on. After that I decided to pull out and proceed home, so we never saw the Large Merchant sink.
Page 1 Patrol Report 4
http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o...7/a2a0973f.jpg
Page 2 Patrol Report 4
http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o...7/e4462cbe.jpg

VONHARRIS 01-23-12 12:32 AM

U-538 IXC/40
 
Patrol 18

Page 1 of 2

http://img809.imageshack.us/img809/2...18page1of2.jpg

Page 2 of 2

http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/311...18page2of2.jpg

I didn't enter in the patrol log all these dives after Metox warnings because it would take for ages to do so.

k2r 01-23-12 03:37 AM

Third patrol of Fritz Lemp and the U-110 :

2 February 1941
21:12 / TO BDU / SITREP / OPENING COMMUNICATIONS CHANNEL / LEAVING LORIENT AND FOLLOWING ESCORT / HEADING FOR PATROL ZONE / RADIO SILENCE UNTIL PZ UNLESS SITUATION DEMANDS IT / U110

5 February 1941
13:13 / TO BDU / SITREP / ENGAGED AND SUNK BRITISH CARGO SS GOLDEN FLEECE IN BF71 X 5081 GRT / FIRED THREE TORPEDOES 7 HEADING FOR PATROL ZONE / U110

16 February 1941
05:30 / TO BDU / SITREP / PATROL ZONE REACHED / BAD WEATHER CONDITIONS / U110

18 February 1941
07:02 / TO BDU / SITREP / NO TRAFFIC IN PATROL ZONE / BAD WEATHER / U110

20 February 1941
00:34 / TO BDU / SITREP / NO TRAFFIC IN PATROL ZONE / BAD WEATHER / REQUEST NEW ORDERS / U110

21 February 1941
10:46 / TO BDU / CONTACT / BRITISH WARSHIP SPOTTED IN EK46 / CRASH DIVE / U110

26 February 1941
05:11 / TO BDU / ENGAGED AND SUNK BRITISH CARGO SS MONA IN DH98 X 1869 GRT / FIRED ONE TORPEDO X COUP DE GRACE WITH DECKGUN / U110

5 March 1941
06:13 / TO BDU / SITREP / GRID BF41 REACHED / BAD WEATHER X NO VISIBILITY X HEAVY RAIN / U110

8 March 1941
10:05 / TO BDU / SITREP / NO TRAFFIC IN BF41 / GOOD WEATHER / 40% FUEL / U110

14 Marxh 1941
00:29 / TO BDU / SITREP / NO TRAFFIC OR CONVOY SINCE LAST REPORT / BAD WEATHER / RETURNING TO BASE X ESTIMATED TIME 62H / U110

16 March 1941
08:33 / TO BDU / SITREP / ENTERING LORIENT X REQUESTING ESCORT IN / U110
29 FEB


GRT :6950

Days at sea : 43


Career GRT : 36805
Total days at sea: 112

Leandros 01-23-12 07:48 PM

U47 - Lt.z.S. Willi Hartmann - 5th patrol - Feb. 1940 011600 - in Wilhelmshafen

Back in Wilhelmshafen again after a very quick patrol, left on the evening of Jan 28th. No transfer to larger boat type as Onkel Karl was not happy with the surface skirmishes on the previous patrol where a crew member was killed.

The assigned area this time was AM11, just South of Iceland. However, only half way across the North Sea we ran into a large convoy from Norway to England, more than 30 ships. They went without lights and escorted by naval vessels so they should be valid targets. When we returned we got very little credit for, as I see it, a rather good performance inside little more than an hour. Some of the targets were neutrals.

We approached the convoy from its forward port side. There were two destroyers, one on each side. They did not discover us before I fired a salvo at a Large Merchant and an Ore Carrier, 3 torps in all. All were duds! Before we could do anything else we had to defend ourselves against the approaching destroyers, going down to periscope depth. They were J&K's. Both were hit with G7's on magnetic fuze on minimum distance as they approached from the fore, they went down rather quick.

I then considered it safe to surface but then a third J&K popped up from the rear of the convoy. Down again, but only after we had received some damage. All the foward tubes were now empty so had to lure him on from the fore to sidestep and take him with an aft torp as he turned around behind us. Never fails!

After that it was totally Texas. We went up again and alternated between using the deck gun and torpedoes, sometimes both. In the end we were out of everything. As dawn approached we had followed two burning Ore Carriers for several hours but they refused to go down. I turned tail and proceeded back to Wilhelmshafen.

Two days later:

When analyzing the patrol, based on B-dienst intelligence, one or more of the 3 first torps must have had some effect. No hits were observed or heard but a fire was observed on the first Large Merchant.

Patrol 5 - page 1:

http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o...7/b0f0d30a.jpg

Patrol 5 - page 2:

http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o...7/54e3ce8f.jpg



CaliEs 01-24-12 10:16 AM

My first 100 min as a u-boat commander - the navigation exam


Logbook:
http://img.xrmb2.net/images/763819.jpeg

Passing Äro-Sund:
http://img.xrmb2.net/images/122617.jpeg

Calcultions of the navigator:
http://img.xrmb2.net/images/744194.png

17:43, Ship at 327.6R/147.6T, identified as type 34 class, friendly
http://img.xrmb2.net/images/397801.jpeg


Code:

        Kurs      Distanz  Koordinate
Start                      N55°15.692' - E9°43.305'
1.    165.71°    0.83nm    N55°14.885' - E9°43.666'
2.    164.82°    1.30nm    N55°13.635' - E9°44.261'
3.    180.00°    1.07nm    N55°12.562' - E9°44.261'
End                        N55°12.562' - E9°44.261'
================================================
Distanz          3.20nm


CaliEs 01-24-12 10:29 AM

duplicate post

andwii 01-24-12 11:08 AM

I dont think this thread is ever gonna die, why isnt it stickied lol

diluvian 01-24-12 11:30 AM

An alright first patrol, still on the low end compared to the other uboats in my current flotilla

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t...blic/SH032.jpg

andwii 01-24-12 11:49 AM

Dont worry m8 its the begining of the war, not much for ships to sink, suprised you found an S class to be honest.

Leandros 01-24-12 01:44 PM

U47 - Lt.z.S. Willi Hartmann - 7th patrol - Apr. 1940 080203 - Outside Narvik

We left Wilhelmshafen on the evening of Mar 31st. Patrol 6 was aborted due to technical problems. After having spent 24 hours in the mission area (AN36) we received new orders to proceed north along the Norwegian coast. Operation Hartmuth is on - part of Unternehmen Weserübung - the invasion of Denmark and Norway! The North Sea and Skagerak is crawling with German naval and transport units. Our mission: To secure the German naval assault on Narvik. The British are bound to react violently!

There are at least three other German U-boats in the area. On our way in the Vestfjord we bumped into a Norwegian guard ship but quickly threw him off in the bad weather.
Norwegian Armed Trawler:
http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o...7/5d8d1a61.jpg
Present position:
http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o...7/11a941e5.jpg

Leandros 01-24-12 02:57 PM

U47 - Lt.z.S. Willi Hartmann - 7th patrol - Apr. 1940 100122 - Outside Narvik

Yesterday morning several Kriegsmarine transports passed us on their way in to Narvik. The occupation force was already in place. We have been warned of an approaching enemy task force, obviously on their way to Narvik, too. We just recently picked up echos of five enemy ships proceeding at high speed in our direction and the first one can already be seen in the periscope - a J&K.

Yesterday German transports passed us on their way to Narvik:

http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o...7/245e77f5.jpg


Five solid sonar echos - the first one can be seen:




http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o...7/75f73c7a.jpg




http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o...7/58562325.jpg


A few minutes later - this does not look good. One destroyer was hit but the others avoided their torpedoes when they all turned in our direction. I should have known on that range.

No torps in the forward tubes - the crew work as fast as they can. I might get one with my aft torp, then I have to go down to reload. Problem is they will hear us working.

http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o...7/acce3c56.jpg

Leandros 01-24-12 03:57 PM

U47 - Lt.z.S. Willi Hartmann - 7th patrol - Apr. 1940 100245 - Outside Narvik

Back on the surface! Phew, that was a close one. As it was they hindered each other and with some fancy turning I was able to put the aft torp into one of them before we went for the depths. I chose not to reload but go on silent running. These guys were not very clever at sub-hunting but the heavy seas also probably helped us. We were able to get out of the circle quite fast. They gave up half an hour ago and proceeded towards Narvik. So now only 3 RN destroyers can pester our forces there. We are reloading as fast as we can.


Back on the surface:

http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o...7/264ccc57.jpg


aj906 01-25-12 05:37 AM

19 Juni 1941
02:10 uhr
DT6571

THOMSEN!!!!!!!!!


(Couldn't help. Been at see 21 days for a single freighter (7,000 tons) and on my way to Freetown. My course is 177 degrees, when out of the mist comes Typ IX uboat (with double flak towers!) I just yelled out "Thomsen" when I id'd the contact. The dog look at me rather strangely! He is on a course of 242 degrees - no idea where he is off to, perhaps looking for targets NNW of Kapverden.)

VONHARRIS 01-25-12 10:27 AM

U-538 IXC/40
 
Patrol 19

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http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/8...19page1of2.jpg

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http://img546.imageshack.us/img546/3...19page2of2.jpg

Leandros 01-26-12 06:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Leandros (Post 1826965)
U47 - Lt.z.S. Willi Hartmann - 7th patrol - Apr. 1940 100245 - Outside Narvik

Back on the surface! Phew, that was a close one. As it was they hindered each other and with some fancy turning I was able to put the aft torp into one of them before we went for the depths. I chose not to reload but go on silent running. These guys were not very clever at sub-hunting but the heavy seas also probably helped us. We were able to get out of the circle quite fast. They gave up half an hour ago and proceeded towards Narvik. So now only 3 RN destroyers can pester our forces there. We are reloading as fast as we can.

U47 - Lt.z.S. Willi Hartmann - 7th patrol - Apr. 1940 180900 - Wilhelmshafen

Only a few hours later the three remaining RN destroyers returned from Narvik (Originally two further were sunk and one heavily damaged in the fjord by the German detroyers). They went straight into our ambush, one was sunk right away, the others after some extensive use of torpedoes. As it were when we surfaced again I had only one torpedo left. What to do? Wait for more RN units or return home to reload with one torpedo for self-defense.

Anyway, after having taken a day's break and starting up again........CRASH TO DESKTOP..!!! We had probably been too close to the large landmass. One never know about these.

So, on it again - this is then the second Patrol 7! Went North again and took up position further inside the fjord, having sunk a British Medium Cargo on our way in. Morning April 10th and the historical RN destroyer flotilla pushed towards Narvik. We were able to sink all 5 within 18 minutes. They behaved very badly, had obviously no idea who they were up against....:)....

We stayed in the area to guard the Narvik inlet. Three days later there was plenty of action again. Steaming in the fjord came a large flotilla of RN destroyers - and a Battleship! HMS Nelson! Well, anybody with the faintest knowledge of military history know that historically it was HMS Warspite that went to Narvik, but who cares?

I concentrated on the Nelson, let the the first destroyers pass. As was already instructed from the BdU I first fired one impact and one magnetic fuze torp with a proper spacing. Both were duds! Then the circus started again! We were able to hit three of the escorting destroyers. After a short hunt the remaining followed Nelson towards Narvik.

Well, it had to return. When they showed up again we had positioned ourselves farther in the center of the fjord. Weather fortunately had deteriorated, not easy to detect our periscope as we used it only intermittently. Two torpedoes left, they were for Nelson! I decided to fire one as early as possible albeit with good enough angle to be sure the impact pistol detonated. It hit! No reactions to see, though, except from the escorting destroyers. Now I had decided to just lay still and hope not to be discovered. The earlier destroyers had not been very skilled at hunting us and I had used an electric torpedo so that its track could not be traced back to us.

It worked! They passed us, following the Nelson westwards. It steamed on, its speed a little slowed down, but still too fast for us as we turned after them on slowest speed, submerged.

As their outlines disappeared in the rain-filled mist we surfaced and increased speed, hopefully to catch up with the Nelson in case it developed any problems caused by our hit. At the entrance of the fjord a new problem arose. There were British destroyers on guard. They were close to the shores and it took some while for them to start a chase but in the meantime we had been fired upon and had to dive again with a consequent loss of speed. At one time we had to turn in again to throw them off. Strangely, only one of them only used asdic once or twice.....

So, we had to take the slow course, went out in the middle of the fjord again and proceeded submerged westwards with constantly diminishing battery power. Finally, after having turned a sound we surfaced again to proceed at max. speed south-west out the Vestfjord, hoping to catch up with HMS Nelson. No luck, though, at our way we received several air reconnaissance messages transmitted via the BdU that Nelson kept the distance. Also, that there were a string of RN destroyers going in the same direction, heading for their home ports in England. Twice we were caught up and had to dive to let them pass.

I finally decided enough was enough and set course for home.

Burning RN destroyers in the Ofotfjord:



http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o...7/f81e89e0.jpg


Not too much tonnage but never-the-less. For once our assigned targets were enemy naval vessels. Sorry no Nelson on the list. Big disappointment:

http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o...7/72220bb1.jpg


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