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STEED 10-18-10 09:03 AM

Oct40 DEAD...:dead:

Sunk by one of Churchill's nasties, and this little b***er did a lot of damage so I couldn't dive lower than periscope depth, he was all over me out to kill me and thats what he did.

New career April 41 first patrol in my IXB was so boring held a competition with the crew who has the most hairy ass. :haha:

Number 1 won the competition. :haha: :haha:

xico 10-18-10 01:09 PM

just started a new mission patrolling grid AN84 :D and loveing the add on 3.0 running good.

STEED 10-18-10 02:32 PM

Did well in May40 in my IXB on my second patrol, sent three tankers to the bottom. :DL

Tolkemec 10-19-10 03:30 AM

Type IIa, 8th patrol since the begining of the war, second Kaleun (Georg Storm accepted an in-shore post, leaving its old Type IIa in the hands of his Exec Jurgen Carlsen). 90% realism, 30.000 t sunk (yeah, I could have done better, don't know how you guys manage to sink 130.000+! envious here).

Patrol Zone: AN18; which I do not like.

After two dive drills to test the performance of the boat: 10 m in 27 seconds (manage do damage my boat at 157 m and the second drill was to verify the new SAFE diving depth: 150 m), I just received a message from Kpt. Lehman that states that all u-boats have to support Geisenau and the taskforce patroling the area near Harstad (secondary objective: sinking merchant traffic in the two ports still in norwegian hands).

It's June 4th 1940. Will I find something there? I checked the intel from subgen, found a Taskforce north of Norway, but no merchant traffic and no ennemy warships either in the coast.

Should I go or it is just inmersion, being to late for the Norwegian Campaign? Also I am still in my old Type IIA! The new patrol zone is 2500 km away. It will take at least 9 days to reach it. Any advice?

Arael 10-19-10 12:42 PM

September 2, 1940
7:20 Local Time

U-111 is heading out for a long and probably boring patrol of the area around Casablanca. Our last patrol was cut short when, in the middle of attacking a convoy just West of Gibraltar, some joker in a Tribal thought it would be funny to run over my conning tower. With no periscopes and no flak, I couldn't very well continue the patrol. It was a long trip back to Wilhelmshaven. Now, after about a month of repairs, we've been assigned to the same general area. I don't mind the area around Gibraltar, there are always a lot of targets, but getting there is another story. What's more, they've assigned me to patrol just off Casablanca. Why would the British ship things to Casablanca? The French are firmly out of the fight. I get the feeling that Bdu is punishing me for something. Will check in later.

Falkirion 10-19-10 08:56 PM

Just loving getting back into the game. Although I had to start over because of a screw up on my part.

Currently have one ship sunk, Empire class freighter off the coast of Spain and I'm trawling in one of my favorite hunting grounds, the southern approaches to Liverpool. Currently haven't spotted anything for a couple of days but diving drills deep down have gone well in my new Type VIIC so at least I know I have a safety net with the allied ASW being still weak in 1940.

Going back to my old career, I remember stalking a convoy for 2 days across the Rockall bank. I slipped within 1km of the rear guard and actually made visual contact with one of the escorts. The fog hid us well though and he didn't realize we were there, taking very accurate readings of their course. Needless to say, they landed up with a light load of ships by the time they reached the English coast.

OSU 10-19-10 11:07 PM

Just finished patrol number 6 with 26,948 GRT sent to the bottom. Came home to an Iron Cross 1st Class for that patrol! Ended with 7 ships sunk including a destroyer, which is a nice bonus. My next patrol will be a bit closer to home this time in AL69. Maybe I can finally break 30,000 tons this time.

VONHARRIS 10-19-10 11:54 PM

Wilhem Harner was retired and assigned to a desk job as he was seriously wounded during an air attack on U-126 during her third patrol. (CTD during patrol and I quit the whole career).

New Kaleun now , commanding U-103 IXB just leaving Wilhemhaven for her third patrol. The date is 11 April 1940.

I will report in as soon as something happens.

SilentSnake 10-25-10 04:57 AM

November 20th 1940, Werner Sherner :D left kiel for a patrol that would take him around scotland and to the BE zone in the atlantic.

Sank a couple of ships north of scotland and finally reached patrol zone.

Was given co-ordinates of convoy heading north east towards ireland. Tried to intercept convoy and managed to get infront of it ( Large convoy ). Then was given position of another convoy NNW of our position so we were sandwich between two convoys!!!.

A while later (Time compression) i decided to raise the periscope only to see U99 1st flotilla lit up which i assumed was a flare. I thought, surely they have not seen me. I was submerged at periscope depth at the time so i thought I will surface. I got on the bridge and had a look and their was a destroyer metres away heading for me.

The destroyer opened fire and severely damaged my boat. The boat shook and the CE would not respond to my orders to crash through the shock. Eventually we crash dived and I had my experience crew fix the leaks as we went down to about 120 metres. After the fixes we were heavily depth charged by at least two destroyers and the flak gun got damaged . I managed to escape and left both convoys without any tonnage sunk. This was all on 27th december just after we celebrated christmas 1940 together as a crew. Finally towards the end of the patrol while we were heading back to kiel, we were attacked by enemy aircraft in which I lost a very good man after he was killed on the flak gun. Back at kiel all crewman attended his funeral.

Overall for the patrol around 29000 GRT was sunk (not manual yet) and we returned on January 14 1941 albeit one man less.

Gargamel 10-25-10 04:09 PM

14 Nov '39

Warrant Officer on deck spotted a medium cargo ship, identified as British. Fired 2 torps at long range (7km). Watch officer soon reclassified target as Norwegian. Opened up with deck gun, striking the target several times, causing the target to serpentine and avoid the torps.

Disciplinary action taken against warrant officer.

17 Nov '39

Three merchants sunk so far, 10,000 tonnes total. All Deck gun kills.

19 Nov '39

Getting very bored east of the Orkney's. Going to bother Hartlepool for a while, see whats there. Will Report.

20 Nov '39

Took a look at Blyth. While lining up a shot on an ammo ship, was spotted by ASW trawler. Fired off two torps, sunk ammo ship. DD came to life that wasnt noticed before. We were able to fire off a desperation stern shot as it bore down on us. Hit the Dd in the Bow, disabling it for now. We were run over by the trawler as it DC'd us. We fired off a couple more shots at the harbor, hitting another freighter and a sub. Neither sunk. As we snuck away. lined up another shot at the DD, sinking it. Continued to sneak away. Encountered a small freighter on our return to patrol area, sunk that with deck gun shots.

21 Nov '39

150km ESE of Shetland, encountered 4 piece DD Hunter Killer TF. 2 Torps left, 1 bow, 1 aft. This could be bad.

No further Reports.

Gargamel 10-25-10 10:20 PM

Actually, I got away by going really deep and quiet. Figured the 'no further reports' sounded dramatic! :woot:

But I found an ore freighter a little later, but my first eel donked out on the side of it, and the second eletric eel didnt down him. With only 12 rounds left in my 88, he still didnt go down.

But The flak gunner got a medal for killing the freighter.

Hans Uberman 10-26-10 11:02 AM

Had a decent patrol that ranged from the Gulf of Mexico, to New York, St. John's, and finally Ireland. We sunk over 100k tons, including a few carriers, and could have gone higher, but for one idiot at the dive planes.

After my last convoy, we were sitting on the sea floor, as we had only 147 meters to hide in, three destroyers had left, and the final one was pinging, and getting close to his mark. Finally, I gave the order to go to periscope depth, in order to use our final stern torpedo to end things. Unfortunately, the man at the dive planes decided to surface us instead! I frantically ordered a crash dive, and returned to periscope depth when I could and finished off the destroyer. We were able to effect temporary repairs, but the hull was savaged mightily, and we returned home to Lorient.

P.S. - As this is my first full campaign, and I wish to use both the Type XXI and the Schnelltauchback deck modification for the Type IXC/40, I will be bending the rules ever so slightly in this regard. Rather than waiting for the later part of 1944 to use the "fast diving deck" on my sub, I shall simply pretend that I began testing the deck modification sometime in the earlier part of the year. This will allow me to try out Kurfürst and Privateer's Schnelltauchback mod, and still make use of the Type XXI when it arrives.

Of course, the chart in the GWX manual may be incorrect about the XXI availability time (shown as halfway through 1944), and while it has been wrong on a couple of items, for now I will simply assume that it is correct.

unterseemann 10-26-10 05:24 PM

23OCT43: Kptlt Dieter Haguenau left Lorient for his last patrol as commander of the U-125, a type IX-C.
After 9 patrols and 321 days at sea (in which he sank 47 ships for 275.000 tons), he will join ubootwaffe headquarters where his knowledge of submarine warfare will be helpful.

26OCT43: U-125 dove as a radar emission has been detected. 2 hours later, before surfacing, as always, crew made an hydrophon check to avoid nasty surprise and detected a faint noise... Merchants! Interception course and 1 hour later...[IMG...ips768x576.jpg

They both took a torpedo in the bow and sank within minutes: 1 coastal freighter and 1 intermediate tanker for up to 5.000 tons

This last patrol starts finely and a zigzaging convoy is in the vicinity (SW of Ireland)

VONHARRIS 10-27-10 01:44 AM

Kapitanleutant Erhard von Loser has just completed his 5th patrol on U-103 IXB. (Note : Any comment or even laughter on the Kaluen's name will be met with the firing squad!)
He is succesful so far.

1. 05DEC1939 - 03JAN1940 30days 84.633grt (1 CL)
2. 14JAN1940 - 14FEB1940 32days 80.439grt (1 CL)
3. 25FEB1940 - 21MAR1940 20days 78.999grt
4. 13APR1940 - 03MAY1940 21days 51.237grt (1 CL)
5. 14MAY1940 - 04JUN1940 12days 70.480grt

During his last patrol he succesfully engaged two convoys and some lone merchants. He was a bit unlucky though.
During the engagement with the second convoy and when all torpedoes were fired his sonar man heard very heavy propellers turning. A Revenge class BB was with the convoy. The battle took place at night with medium fog and rain. He let the BB go.
As he was returning to port his IWO saw a Southampton class cruiser at long range. The U-boat immediately dived at periscope depth to listen. Out there were the light cruiser and two aux cruisers on their way to Scapa and they would pass just in front of U-103 empty now torpedo tubes.

frau kaleun 10-27-10 07:51 AM


Originally Posted by VONHARRIS (Post 1522604)
Kapitanleutant Erhard von Loser has just completed his 5th patrol on U-103 IXB. (Note : Any comment or even laughter on the Kaluen's name will be met with the firing squad!)

Now what makes you think we would do something like that? We would never laugh at your kaleun's name. That would be rude and disrespectul. And that is why we have prepared a very special salute for him instead!

In conclusion, I am eight years old. :O:

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