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roadrage 11-01-11 08:56 PM

Oberleutnant z. S. Ernst Klein commanding U-53.

Ugh, the North Atlantic in winter. My men are beat nearly to death. After an uneventful patrol grid search, I decided to head to Iceland. I heard rumors British convoys were running to and from Reykjavik. These rumors turned out to be true. Plus, this one was escorted by 4 Black swan frigates that had crews who must have been fresh out of training. They couldn't have found their butts with both hands, a flashlight, and a map. It's bad when you can attack with all tubes, and then cruise around inside the convoy at ahead full and remain undetected.:doh:

CAPTAIN'S LOG

30.1.40. 1106 Patrol 5
U-53, 7th/13th Flotilla
Left at: January 30, 1940, 11:06
From: Kiel
Mission Orders: Patrol grid AM11

Convoy Battle
18.2.40. 2211 Grid AD 82 Ship sunk! SS Campos (Granville-type Freighter), 4708 tons. Cargo: General Cargo. Crew: 66. Crew lost: 10
2216
Grid AD 82 Ship sunk! SS Garoufalia (Granville-type Freighter), 4707 tons. Cargo: Foodstuffs. Crew: 82. Crew lost: 4
2225
Grid AD 82 Ship sunk! SS Sea Fiddler (Large Cargo), 8576 tons. Cargo: Textiles. Crew: 35. Crew lost: 8
2329 Grid AD 82 Ship sunk! SS Port Adelaide (Ore Carrier), 8083 tons. Cargo: Iron Ore. Crew: 61. Crew lost: 54
19.2.40. 0226 Grid AD 82 Ship sunk! SS City of Yokohama (Empire-type Freighter), 7793 tons. Cargo: Aircraft. Crew: 65. Crew lost: 16
0228 Grid AD 82 Ship sunk! SS Empire Gilbert (Empire-type Freighter), 7794 tons. Cargo: Military Stores. Crew: 79. Crew lost: 15
0239 Grid AD 82 Ship sunk! MV Agatha (Intermediate Tanker), 3491 tons. Cargo: Aviation Fuel. Crew: 18. Crew lost: 3
0248 Grid AD 82 Ship sunk! SS Exceller (Medium Cargo), 4241 tons. Cargo: Iron Ore. Crew: 47. Crew lost: 45
0514 Grid AD 82 Ship sunk! SS Sturdy Beggar (Medium Cargo), 4041 tons. Cargo: Mail/Packages. Crew: 64. Crew lost: 40
22.2.40. 0323 Docked at Belchen supply ship.
Patrol results
Crew losses: 0
Ships sunk: 9
Aircraft destroyed: 0
Patrol tonnage: 53434 tons
All torpedoes expended
No damages.
Informed by radio I was awarded the Knight's Cross, and that U-122 has been lost.

andwii 11-01-11 10:07 PM

Current grid EE38, 1,100 Km from patrol grid. 0 contacts and some pretty crappy weather. It got great for awhile, but then back to crap. Its currently April 14th 1942.

Fish In The Water 11-01-11 11:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by roadrage (Post 1778675)
It's bad when you can attack with all tubes, and then cruise around inside the convoy at ahead full and remain undetected.:doh:

Bad though it may be, I could handle that a little more often... :03:

eschemschnuz 11-02-11 02:38 AM

Eschem Schnuz's Letters, 7th Flotilla
 
Dear Onkel Karl,

Transferred again, huh?

I've always wanted to visit Norway. Maybe I'll get to do some sightseeing in between patrols, learn to ski or something.
Certainly sounds a better proposition than, say, running the gauntlet that is the Bay of Biscay. Took me 3 days to get by one single grid, if you can believe it!

Funnily enough, the waters off the Irish coast aren't as infested with bees. Who knows, maybe the enemy believes the war will be over soon.

And who knows, maybe we'll both get to see it when it's done.

Realism @ 70%, original game specs.
Docked at Bergen after 16 days (5 RTd inclusive).

Respectfully yours,
Eschem

PS: About time I got the U-Boat clasp; seems like everyone else on the boat has one except me!

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VONHARRIS 11-02-11 03:53 AM

U-102 VIIB
 
Patrol No 3
Orders : Patrol grid AM41 and around Rockall Bank

14 November 1939
10:52 hours Patrol start from Wilhelmshaven

18 November 1939
Grid AN41
07:10 hours SS Lagarto (Medium Merchant 07), 5036 tons. Cargo: Coffee. Crew: 35. Crew lost: 2

26 November 1939
Grid AM19
00:19 hours SS Kosmos III (Whale Factory Ship), 17330 tons. Cargo: Crude Oil. Crew: 182. Crew lost: 167

27 November 1939
Grid AM18 - Convoy attack
02:14 hours SS Orangeleaf (Tanker 05), 5007 tons. Cargo: Crude Oil. Crew: 19. Crew lost: 15
Damaged a converted whale factory ship

11 December 1939
Grid AM01 - convoy battle
Damaged a Revenge class battleship and a tanker 07

28 December 1939
Started return trip

04 January 1940
19:35 hours Docked at port
52 days at sea
10 torpedoes + 57 8.8cm rounds used
3 ships sunk
27373 tons
No damages or casualties

Commissioned the new U-109 IXB Uboot.



VONHARRIS 11-02-11 09:47 AM

U-109 IXB
 
Patrol No 4
My IWO was transferred to take command of U-102 VIIB.
The IIWO took his place and a substitute officer arrived.

31 January 1940
00:42 hours U-109 left port for grid AD83

03 February 1940
Grid AN41
09:13 hours ALARM! Crash dive to avoid aircraft
11:35 hours Surfaced
11:44 hours ALARM! Crash dive to avoid aircraft
19:30 hours Surfaced

04 February 1940
Grid AN14
12:00 hours ALARM! Crash dive to avoid aircraft. DCs dropped but no damage was done. Stayed submerged
12:15 hours Periscope depth - sound contact with merchant
12:29 hours Visual contact
12:58 hours SS Camerata (Medium Merchant 09), 3185 tons. Cargo: Sulfur. Crew: 56. Crew lost: 4

19 February 1940
Grid AD83 - Convoy battle
08:17 hours SS San Tiburcio (Tanker 05), 5007 tons. Cargo: Gasoline. Crew: 27. Crew lost: 18
08:17 hours SS Sprucebay (Coastal Freighter), 1871 tons. Cargo: Coal. Crew: 34. Crew lost: 14
08:18 hours SS Ledaal (Medium Merchant 11), 3129 tons. Cargo: Grain. Crew: 41. Crew lost: 28
Damaged an ammunitions ship

24 February 1940
Grid AD82 - convoy battle
07:02 hours SS Brumaire (Tanker 10), 6581 tons. Cargo: Crude Oil. Crew: 33. Crew lost: 16
Damaged a medium cargo 22

28 February 1940
Grid AD83 - convoy battle
21:00 hours SS Athos II (Large Troop Ship), 23515 tons. Cargo: Troops. Crew: 165. Crew lost: 123
All internal torpedoes expended

29 February 1940
The weather is awful. Moving external torps out of the question. Started return trip

11 March 1940
17:55 hours Docked at port.
During the return passage U-109 had to let 3 single ships and a huge convoy pass due to empty torpedo tubes
41 days at sea
6 ships sunk
43288 tons
No damages or casualties
All internal torpedoes expended - no 10,5 cm round used

Old Timer UK 11-02-11 06:19 PM

Patrol Status
 
U-47 at Sea (BF15) on fifth day of Patrol Number 4.

Left St. Nazaire on 23rd January 1941 at 10:26, en-route to BE67.

Ships sunk:

24th January 1941. Large Cargo, 8576 tons (BF24) - sunk by two torps (impact fused). Initial attack made on surface but cargo was armed, and firing accurately, so submerged to lessen risk of damage to sub. Decided that size of target justified use of torps.

27th January 1941. Granville-type Freighter, 4707 tons (BF15) - sunk by one, impact fused, torp.

Weather awful at present. Seas very high and visibility poor. Was lucky to blunder into most recent victim.

This patrol is going much, much better than third patrol. In that patrol, I botched a convoy attack, off the coast of Eire and was held down by escorts from 18:00 until 02:45. My sole victory was the sinking by gunfire of a small merchant, in BF13.

Fish In The Water 11-02-11 07:10 PM

Thanks for your first report and welcome aboard Old Timer! :salute:

roadrage 11-02-11 08:19 PM

Oberleutnant z. S. Ernst Klein commanding U-53.

Ran into a large convoy just SSE of Iceland again. Midnight submerged attack. I must say, this time the escorts had a clue! They actually managed to shoot my attack scope off. Knocked 6 ships out of that one, and headed for home. Reloaded N of England when the weather decided to cooperate. Found one lone ship after that. It is good to be home.

CAPTAIN'S LOG

23.2.40. 1353 Patrol 6
U-53, 7th/13th Flotilla
Left at: February 23, 1940, 13:53
From: Belchen Supply Ship

28.2.40. 2347 Grid AD 58 Ship sunk! SS Indier (Medium Tanker), 9543 tons. Cargo: Textiles. Crew: 62. Crew lost: 1
2347 Grid AD 58 Ship sunk! SS Asperity (Coastal Freighter), 1870 tons. Cargo: Paper Products. Crew: 22. Crew lost: 6
2353 Grid AD 58 Ship sunk! SS City of Madras (Large Merchant), 8632 tons. Cargo: Steel. Crew: 73. Crew lost: 27
29.2.40.
0006 Grid AD 58 Ship sunk! SS Arendskerk (Large Merchant), 8630 tons. Cargo: Explosives. Crew: 66. Crew lost: 21
0007 Grid AD 58 Ship sunk! MV Dodata (Intermediate Tanker), 3491 tons. Cargo: Aviation Fuel. Crew: 17. Crew lost: 9
0011 Grid AD 58 Ship sunk! SS African Dawn (Medium Cargo), 5511 tons. Cargo: Tobacco. Crew: 62. Crew lost: 31
8.3.40. 0233 Grid AN 34 Ship sunk! SCF, 2364 tons
9.3.40. 1204 Patrol results
Crew losses: 0
Ships sunk: 7
Aircraft destroyed: 0
Patrol tonnage: 40041 tons
1 Torpedo left
U-boat damaged (HI 97.11%)

Angelo Cire 11-03-11 02:48 AM

U83, Type VIIC, March 1940.

On patrol out of Wilhelmshaven. Invasion of Norway begun. Ordered to CG85. Missing out on all the action.

Spotted a convoy north of Blythe. Engaged two large cargo transports.
Four torpedoes fired. 3 impacts.

Escort wrecked conning tower, aft crew quarters.
Heavy flooding. Sank to the bottom at 75m.

Damage control crews fight to keep the water at bay. A&B Class circles above.

26 hours later, flooding is under control. One heavy transport is floundering in the water, propulsion dead.

16 hours later, escort moves away. Waited four hours, blew ballast, surfaced.

Immediately spotted by the transport.

Begin maneuvers to fire aft torpedo to finish off transport.

When nearly set up, round impacted conning tower. 3 crewmen dead.
A&B Class returned, fired a long-range (lucky) shot.

Make engines ahead flank, snap-shot the aft torpedo. Miss.

Crash-dive, rig for silent, begin slow circles.

Can hear the A&B Class overhead.

Torpedo impact heard. Silence. Bulkheads collapsing.

A&B Class no longer audible. Wait for 3 hours. Surface.

Large transport still afloat. A&B Class gone. Remnants of an oil-slick present.

Conclusion: Final torpedo impacted A&B Class. Sunk.

:D :D :D :D :D

Headed to Corrientes for refit and refuel.

andwii 11-03-11 10:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Angelo Cire (Post 1779553)
U83, Type VIIC, March 1940.

On patrol out of Wilhelmshaven. Invasion of Norway begun. Ordered to CG85. Missing out on all the action.

Spotted a convoy north of Blythe. Engaged two large cargo transports.
Four torpedoes fired. 3 impacts.

Escort wrecked conning tower, aft crew quarters.
Heavy flooding. Sank to the bottom at 75m.

Damage control crews fight to keep the water at bay. A&B Class circles above.

26 hours later, flooding is under control. One heavy transport is floundering in the water, propulsion dead.

16 hours later, escort moves away. Waited four hours, blew ballast, surfaced.

Immediately spotted by the transport.

Begin maneuvers to fire aft torpedo to finish off transport.

When nearly set up, round impacted conning tower. 3 crewmen dead.
A&B Class returned, fired a long-range (lucky) shot.

Make engines ahead flank, snap-shot the aft torpedo. Miss.

Crash-dive, rig for silent, begin slow circles.

Can hear the A&B Class overhead.

Torpedo impact heard. Silence. Bulkheads collapsing.

A&B Class no longer audible. Wait for 3 hours. Surface.

Large transport still afloat. A&B Class gone. Remnants of an oil-slick present.

Conclusion: Final torpedo impacted A&B Class. Sunk.

:D :D :D :D :D

Headed to Corrientes for refit and refuel.

man you are lucky. lol at one time, I was aground after a depth charge attack, sat there for 8 hours while getting depth charged, and I got to like 30% hull integrty, and I somehow escaped. Someone was watching over you, like they were watching over me. lol

VONHARRIS 11-03-11 10:18 AM

U-109 IXB
 
Patrol No 5

07 April 1940
12:00 hours Start patrol. Orders are to patrol grid CG87 and then the Straits

20 April 1940
Grid BF48
03:14 hours MV Canton (Medium Merchant 29), 4903 tons. Cargo: Bauxite. Crew: 51. Crew lost: 20. Sunk by gunfire - 18 105mm rounds used

22 April 1940
Grid CG57
18:24 hours SS Rose Castle (Ore Carrier), 6120 tons. Cargo: Bauxite. Crew: 91. Crew lost: 88. Sunk by gunfire - 17 105mm rounds used

30 April 1940
Grid CG95
18:59 hours SS E. Sang (Medium Merchant 31), 3516 tons. Cargo: Copper Ore. Crew: 56. Crew lost: 46. Sunk by 3 torpedoes
21:28 hours MV Grenanger (Medium Merchant 08), 5283 tons. Cargo: Paper Products. Crew: 70. Crew lost: 66. Sunk by 3 torpedoes
22:30 hours Rammed by destroyer in heavy fog , rain and heavy seas Both scopes destroyed. The destroyer just kept going.

01 May 1940
19:07 hours Docked at SS Thalia to replace scopes rearm and refuel.
25 days at sea
4 ships sunk
19822 tons
6 torpedoes fired
35 105mm round used
No casualties and hull damages

YuriJanssen 11-03-11 12:59 PM

Intercepting a Merchant in dark, rainy no visibility weather.. Calculating his speed and course as we speak by plotting it all out, all down to using hydrophones right now!

Long range target, moving slow and closing :)

Gerald 11-03-11 01:03 PM

@ VONHARRIS! Good work, :up:

VONHARRIS 11-03-11 01:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Vendor (Post 1779949)
@ VONHARRIS! Good work, :up:

Thank you!

andwii 11-03-11 04:04 PM

Detailed report to come in later, again having a problem with my radio. I gotta get that figured out.

Spent one day in patrol grid. Infiltrated the port of bridgetown. Nothing worth a torpedo seen in periscope. Spent nearly 1/10th of my fuel reserves chasing a sound contact of a merchant, which turned out to be a large tanker. After loosing contact with the tanker, we were close to port of spain. Infiltrated port of spain. On way encountered a stationary large tanker. Periscoped. Two torpedoes launched. She sunk. Continued approach to port of spain. Sank a modern tanker, a small tanker, and a cargo. Out of internals, so we decided to leave port of spain. On way out sound contact. Large Merchant and a costal freighter(I think). Surfaced and engaged with deckgun. Took damage. Periscoped. Got into better position. Surfaced. Engaged again. Sank Large Merchant and damaged Costal Freighter. Two fast movers spotted in distance. Periscoped. Followed damaged freighter until patrol craft moved off. Surfaced and used the rest of deck gun ammunition. Periscoped. Got closer. Surfaced and engaged with flakgun. Ship sunk. Patrol craft spotted again. Periscoped. They move off. Surfaced and another ship spotted. Decided it was not worth the attack risks. Periscoped. Set course for milk cow in patrol sector CC. Put in last 2 stern externals. No future contacts aside from a sail boat. Weather to bad to engage. Five hours from refuel and refit. Planning to attack the American coast.

Wish me luck!

Hans Uberman 11-03-11 04:16 PM

Last night, my Type IXC captain, "Wolfgang Krauss" had a really lucky patrol. The last two targets were in a small convoy together, with a medium tanker, and a Ceramic-type ocean liner. They were accompanied by 5 entirely incompetent destroyers, and followed by a large convoy group.

Patrol 5
U-173, 2nd Flotilla
Left at: September 29, 1942, 23:07
From: Lorient
Mission Orders: Patrol grid ED41

  • Ship sunk!|Grid CF 61|SS Port Campbell (Ore Carrier), 8084 tons. Cargo: Sulfur. Crew: 87. Crew lost: 35
  • Ship sunk!|Grid CF 61|SS Joseph C. Lincoln (Liberty Cargo), 7336 tons. Cargo: Military Stores. Crew: 83. Crew lost: 39
  • Ship sunk!|Grid CF 61|SS Lorado Taft (Liberty Cargo), 7337 tons. Cargo: Aircraft. Crew: 75. Crew lost: 56
  • Ship sunk!|Grid ED 41|SS Ile de Batz (Medium Tanker), 8701 tons. Cargo: Grain. Crew: 38. Crew lost: 20
  • Ship sunk!|Grid ED 41|MV Tanova (Small Tanker), 2051 tons. Cargo: Gasoline. Crew: 19. Crew lost: 8
  • Ship sunk!|Grid EC 96|MV James J. Maguire (Large Tanker), 9677 tons. Cargo: Crude Oil. Crew: 50. Crew lost: 48
  • Ship sunk!|Grid EC 96|MV Cliona (Large Tanker), 9679 tons. Cargo: Crude Oil. Crew: 72. Crew lost: 59
  • Ship sunk!|Grid EC 96|MV Inverliffey (Large Tanker), 9680 tons. Cargo: Crude Oil. Crew: 38. Crew lost: 19
  • Ship sunk!|Grid EC 96|MV Tannadice (Small Tanker), 2057 tons. Cargo: Gasoline. Crew: 15. Crew lost: 6
  • Ship sunk!|Grid EC 96|MV Regent Tiger (Large Tanker), 9681 tons. Cargo: Gasoline. Crew: 48. Crew lost: 8
  • Ship sunk!|Grid EC 96|MV San Alberto (Modern Tanker), 10766 tons. Cargo: Crude Oil. Crew: 53. Crew lost: 38
  • Ship sunk!|Grid EC 96|MV British Faith (Modern Tanker), 10765 tons. Cargo: Crude Oil. Crew: 53. Crew lost: 15
  • Ship sunk!|Grid EC 96|MV British Architect (Modern Tanker), 10767 tons. Cargo: Gasoline. Crew: 68. Crew lost: 45
  • Ship sunk!|Grid EC 93|MV Athelprincess (Large Tanker), 9673 tons. Cargo: Crude Oil. Crew: 71. Crew lost: 66
  • Ship sunk!|Grid EC 66|MV Tantallon (Small Tanker), 2049 tons. Cargo: Crude Oil. Crew: 22. Crew lost: 2
  • Ship sunk!|Grid CA 27|SS American Legion (Ceramic-type Ocean Liner), 14534 tons. Cargo: Crude Oil. Crew: 1479. Crew lost: 428
  • Ship sunk!|Grid BE 64|SS Viola Ida (HMT Aquitania), 45557 tons. Cargo: Troops. Crew: 1615. Crew lost: 920
  • Ship sunk!|Grid BE 64|SS Highland Monarch (Large Troop Ship), 24010 tons. Cargo: Passengers. Crew: 334. Crew lost: 190

Patrol results|Crew losses: 0|Ships sunk: 18|Aircraft destroyed: 0|Patrol tonnage: 202404 tons

andwii 11-03-11 08:05 PM

9 ships sunk

15 crew killed in action..............

Will continue report later

end transmission....

roadrage 11-03-11 11:21 PM

Nice patrol Hans!

Oberleutnant z. S. Ernst Klein commanding U-53.

Oh boy did the Brits try to bring the heat. They got cooled off real quick with winter north sea seawater too.:D The crew really did a great job. Attacking a minelaying task force of 8 destroyers is not what I call light work. I'm sure they're all at the club, getting drunk, while I'm here sorting the paperwork for the new boat.

CAPTAIN'S LOG

13.3.40. 1741 Patrol 7
U-53, 7th/13th Flotilla
Left at: March 13, 1940, 17:41
From: Kiel
Mission Orders: Patrol grid AN23

6.4.40. 1334 Grid AN 24 Ship sunk! SS Aberdovey (Coastal Freighter), 1869 tons. Cargo: Coal. Crew: 28. Crew lost: 27
7.4.40.
0013 Grid AN 24 Ship sunk! HMCS Kootenay (C&D classes), 1375 tons. Crew: 184. Crew lost: 3
0025 Grid AN 24 Ship sunk! HMS Duncan (C&D classes), 1375 tons. Crew: 178. Crew lost: 40
0032 Grid AN 24 Ship sunk! HMCS Margaree (C&D classes), 1375 tons. Crew: 149. Crew lost: 14
0034 Grid AN 24 Ship sunk! HMS Vanquisher (V&W classes), 1188 tons. Crew: 102. Crew lost: 63
0035 Grid AN 24 Ship sunk! HMAS Voyager (V&W classes), 1188 tons. Crew: 118. Crew lost: 7
0040
Grid AN 24 Ship sunk! HMS Vansittart (V&W classes), 1188 tons. Crew: 111. Crew lost: 48
0050 Grid AN 24 Ship sunk! HMS Delight (C&D classes), 1375 tons. Crew: 166. Crew lost: 41
0109 Grid AN 24 Ship sunk! HMS Vortigern (V&W classes), 1188 tons. Crew: 120. Crew lost: 102
9.4.40. 0046 Grid AN 24 Ship sunk! SS Garesfield (Small Freighter), 1953 tons. Cargo: Coal. Crew: 32. Crew lost: 18
10.4.40.
0101 Grid AN 36 Ship sunk! SS Wacosta (Medium Cargo), 5081 tons. Cargo: General Cargo. Crew: 39. Crew lost: 18
0103 Grid AN 36 Ship sunk! SS Kara (Tramp Steamer), 1964 tons. Cargo: Grain. Crew: 28. Crew lost: 17
11.4.40. 0940 Patrol results
Crew losses: 0
Ships sunk: 12
Aircraft destroyed: 0
Patrol tonnage: 21119 tons
All torpedoes expended
116 88mm rounds expended
U-boat damaged (HI 99.48%)
Received Oak Leaves for my Knight's Cross.

Commissioned the VIIC boat U-551. Ah, the smell of new paint.:yeah:

VONHARRIS 11-04-11 12:15 AM

Hans Ubermann
This patrol will have the Limeys running! A job exellently done

Roadrage
A great example of courage and seamanship attacking the DD TF.

Congatulations for both of you.

Andwii
Awaiting your final report


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