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VONHARRIS 01-15-11 12:44 PM

New career
 
SH3 crashed on me completely. I had to reinstall.
Now I am back in business.

Oberleutnant von Harris
U - 46 VIIB type U boat
2nd flotilla

Patrol 1 shakedown + drills
Left port : August 1 1939
Returned : August 5 1939
Days at sea : 5

Patrol 2 combat patrol
Left port : August 25 1939
Returned : September 29 1939
Days at sea : 36
Merchant ships sunk : 8 (1 Q ship + 1 large troop ship)
Tonnage : 52368
Warships sunk : 1
Tonnage : 1398
Torpedoes used : 13/14 TI
Duds: 3
8,8 cm shells : 0/110
20mm shells : 400/1000
Planes shot down : 1 (RAF Anson)
Damages : Periscopes
Damage to hull : 6%
Medals : Iron cross second class

Current status : Refiting for next patrol - Grid AN13

Missing Name 01-15-11 01:16 PM

Patrol 8, ended in July 1940. An outstanding success.

Spotted a convoy, sank an Empire and an ore carrier.

Some other random merchants ~350 km west of Gibraltar. Ran out of shells. After some more patrolling, I decided to slip into the port itself.

HMS Hood, HMS Nelson and 2 Southamptons sunk.

The trip back was uneventful.

VONHARRIS 01-16-11 10:58 AM

U-46 3rd patrol
 
Patrol 3 combat patrol
Left port : October 19 1939
Returned : November 5 1939
Days at sea : 18
Merchant ships sunk : 6 (1 Q ship )
Tonnage : 29754
Warships sunk : -
Tonnage : ----
Torpedoes used : 14/14 TI
Duds: 3
8,8 cm shells : 0/110
20mm shells : 0/1000
Planes shot down : ----
Damages : ------
Damage to hull : ----
Medals :
Promotions : Oberleutnant z. S.

Current status : At sea during patrol 4

STEED 01-16-11 01:19 PM

Feb 43 and still alive in the Med!

Had a good last patrol, shot down a couple of planes and speaking of planes, our guys saved me from a couple of escorts coming at me soon had a good number of our JU 88's all over them and sent them swine to the bottom. :DL

As for my last patrol sunk a liberty ship and a couple of medium merchants.

frau kaleun 01-18-11 05:46 PM

Just getting ready to head on my 1st post-shakedown patrol, which should take us into the Western Approaches just as war is declared. So I pull up my crew list to see what kind of adjustments need to be made and...

http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/5884/imdoomed.jpg

We're doomed!

Gryffon300 01-18-11 06:35 PM

Unofficial World's Toughest Sub found!
 
OK. So here it is. I'm claiming, on behalf of my 12 year old son, the record for the toughest sub in the Seven Seas.
Picture this. Its a moonlit night with reasonable visibility (not like those pitch black horrors mid winter in the far north), on his 3rd patrol out of St Naziaire (7th/13th Flotilla) in a VIIC. Its 11-06-'42 in BF55.

Heading south when he shouts, "Hey Dad, another sub!" Great - I pull up a chair to see what he does. Its North and West of him, heading East. He dives, goes silent, heads North, ups scope and does his calculations. The sub is about 7km WNW, and "we" (by now, I'm hooked) are about 4.5km South of his course line.

The boy locates the sub in the scope at 10x and discovers that it is an S-class on the surface doing 9-10 knots. A target! Yeh! He ups our speed to 3 knots and waits. He asks what we do if the sub hears our launch and dives. We decide to set the second tube to 5m deeper and set the speed to 6 knots, hoping that the second fish may tag him if he does go down. We get a green triangle at about 2.2kms and launch both tubes.

Of course, I half expected to see him respond - but NO, he just sails merrily along ! (Keel-haul their sonar operator! Hah!) Bang! First fish hits, then the second! What the?! Expecting the music to start and for us to be able to watch him go under, was I surprised to see him drop to 8Knots and start zig-zagging!

Long story short. Out of sheer bloody-mindednes, it took another fish and 27 rounds from the deck gun to register the kill and it was still floating!

Now. I want to know just what the Brits were using in their super-sub. If anyone thinks they've met a tougher opponent, my boy would sure like to read about it!

Keep you popinty sides up.:arrgh!:

gi_dan2987 01-20-11 01:35 AM

In port after 9th patrol
 
So far I'm up to about 35,000 tons, and I've used more eels than I've cared to. No shells used from the guns because of the damned weather in the North Atlantic :damn: I've attempted using Nefelodamon's version of the 4 bearings method, and it worked nicely against the ships that didn't change speed or heading. I would like to know if there's any other methods to make night attacks and actually put the TBT to good use. If anyone has any ideas, let me know.

Lord_magerius 01-20-11 02:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gryffon300 (Post 1577356)

Now. I want to know just what the Brits were using in their super-sub. If anyone thinks they've met a tougher opponent, my boy would sure like to read about it!

Keep you popinty sides up.:arrgh!:

We just used to pad the sides out with beefy Scotsmen. :O:

VONHARRIS 01-20-11 03:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by frau kaleun (Post 1577332)
Just getting ready to head on my 1st post-shakedown patrol, which should take us into the Western Approaches just as war is declared. So I pull up my crew list to see what kind of adjustments need to be made and...



We're doomed!

Frau , did you sail with THAT officer on board?

VONHARRIS 01-20-11 03:27 AM

Last career ended in a disaster.
December 10 1939
A reckless night intercept on the surface of a TF leaving Loch Ewe
I was spotted and attacked by 4 DDs which knew exactly where to drop their DCs. We died of implosion.

New career
U-34 November 3 1939 2nd flottila in home port refitting.
3 patrols (1 shakedown)
14 merchants sunk -- 50994 tons
2 warships sunk --- 16975 tons (1 CL + 1 small depot ship)
100% realism DiD

kapuhy 01-20-11 06:43 AM

The weather changes developed a pattern - the winds starts from 8 m/s, goes through 10 m/s, 15 m/s, adds rain and fog, stays like this until I start to bang my head against the periscope column and then, to give me hope, drops for a while to 10 m/s, 8 m/s... then the loop starts again.

My 1WO says it's because we've left other U-Boats so far behind in tonnage sunk that they've resorted to voodoo magic in attempt to catch up. If that's the case, they're getting close.

frau kaleun 01-20-11 08:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VONHARRIS (Post 1578282)
Frau , did you sail with THAT officer on board?

Yep.

So far, so good - no problems on the first (pre-war) patrol, just started the second on Aug 31 1939 and two days later sank a 10k Polish merchant in the North Sea. First time I've ever sunk anything that early, or even seen a Polish ship in those first two days where I couldn't attack anything else. Of course the 2 eels I fired at it were both duds :stare: but I was able to take her down with the deck gun.

Commander also gave me Otto Kretschmer's picture for my kaleun, maybe that's evened out the luck. :O:

danexpat 01-20-11 10:17 AM

Oct. 29, 1939 - Lost at Sea
 
Picked up SH3 from Steam for 9.99 USD. Tremendous value for what you get. Added SH Commander, which is, as everyone agrees, a real gem. Have been busily mining the forum here for terrific tips and quirks. Thank you all for your contributions.

Yet another of my Lieutenant, Jr.'s met an early demise yesterday due to my greed and attacks of the stupids. On Patrol 3 after coming off station NW of Loch Ewe followed a convoy into the North Channel escorted by a V&W and a torp boat. Slotted a C2 and damaged a C3 and T3 before crash diving to 125 m. Except... the North Channel doesn't go to 125 m. :dead:

Somehow the hissing and popping light bulbs weren't picked up by the DD hydrophone operator and two rounds of DCs all missed me by a mile. Went into reverse to get off he bottom, fixed the damage and then got greedy to get some more kills. Periscope up 350 m from the V&W, spotlights glancing off the shiny lens. U-102 wasn't as lucky poking the tiger a second time. 15k tons and died in the #2 spot behind Prien.

CapnDon 01-20-11 11:22 AM

WestPac
 
Just learning SH4. Currently off the east coast of Honshu in the convoy lanes. Ducking airplanes constantly, but managing to find several lone merchants. Not bothering with sampans and fishing boats, but have sunk several mid-sized tankers. Still learning.

Sailor Steve 01-20-11 11:35 AM

WELCOME ABOARD! :sunny:
But...
Quote:

Originally Posted by inbody (Post 1578469)
Just learning SH4. Currently off the east coast of Honshu

This is the SH3 campaign thread, for u-boats.


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