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reignofdeath 10-05-10 12:52 AM

My post or Schweiggers?

frau kaleun 10-05-10 10:46 AM

Quote:

Seaman, 3rd class: surfiss and uze deckgun lolz

Captain: Shut up.
:har:

Arael 10-05-10 12:39 PM

Date: April 16, 1940.
Time: 12:27 local time.
Location: AF-38, approximately 300 kilometers WSW of Bodo

My Flak Gunner just earned himself an Iron Cross. He shot down a trio of Swordfish torpedo bombers that happened upon U-11 as we cruised South. I thought there was only one, so I decided to take my chances against it. By the time we spotted the other two, it was a bit late to attempt to crash dive. I guess we're lucky Bootsman Kurt Witt is such a good shot. Other than that, the trip from Narvik back down to home has been pretty uneventful.

Edit: I decided to take U-11 East to try and find the carrier the Swordfish came from. Another three Swordfish quickly appeared overhead. Feeling cocky, I decided to take them on. That turned out to be a really bad idea, as a Swordfish dropped a bomb that missed the stern by about 3 meters. Now I'm not sure how secure the hull is. It doesn't show as damaged on the screen, but who knows. Kurt's now an Ace though, with 6 kills to his name.

Edit2: After a day, I gave up on finding the carrier. Shot down 9 Swordfish though. That's got to be galling for whatever carrier it was.

danzig70 10-05-10 02:24 PM

September 12, 1939
Patrol AM 24

After accidentally deleting my saved game, I started a new one. I encountered a convoy on the last saved game and was hoping for a repeat. Almost nine days of clear skies and 7mph winds. Have sunk eight small merchants/coastal merchants and one C2 and one Hurricane2. Missed the convoy but have sunk more ships without it.

I have been trying out a new, bold tactic since its early on. I intercept a reported ship ahead of its position and then follow the estimated path heading straight for the merchant. When the watchman spots the ship I stop and get bearing and distance information. Then I speed up, go to periscope depth and turn 90 degrees for a stern shot. Otherwise I do a quick circle and come about for the bow shot.

Got this one small merchant perfectly. Spotted him and set the trap. And waited. I watched him from the scope from 3.4km to about 2.5km. Lowered the scope and followed him on hydrophone. Waited til he's at 190 degrees, raised the scope and fired from about 1.9-2 km. Lowered the scope and waited some more. Poor bastard didnt know what hit him.

While doing the circle I thought of a neat maneuver. Its called the Krazy Klaus. Assuming five contacts on three sides. Come up from 25m at about standard or 1/3 speed, fire the bow torps at targets as you move from 0 to 270 degrees and save the stern torp for the last shot and make a hasty exit (submerged). Will have to see if I ever use it.

As a side note I followed a merchant ship with the external cam as it was hit with a torp and sank. I watched it as it hit the sea floor. It was so beautiful I almost cried.

danzig70 10-05-10 02:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Arael (Post 1509096)
I'm thinking you meant Armed Trawlers? Because Flowers weren't around in 1939. They first appeared in early 1940.

I ran into one escorting a convoy in sept or oct 1939 in the stock game.

OSU 10-05-10 06:26 PM

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Originally Posted by USNSRCaseySmith (Post 1509260)
My post or Schweiggers?

Both sent me to bed cracking up.

Arael 10-05-10 08:21 PM

Date: April 25th, 1940
Time: 0:700 Local Time
Location: AN 52

Heading home after intercepting a small convoy heading towards the Firth of Forth. I blew 4 of my 5 eels trying trying to kill the largest ships in the convoy, a Large Merchant and an Empire type. The Large merchant took a single eel to the forecastle break and quickly sank. I sent two towards the Empire. A single eel hit towards the stern, around the first set of boxes. Another hit near the bow, but was a dud. I chased the Empire as it fell out of formation and began to straggle. Desperate to sink it, I sent a long-distance eel in a hull-cracker configuration towards the Empire's stern from about 3 km. The torpedo seemed on target, but prematured about 700 meters from the ship. Having to give up the chase due to escorts, I began to search around for a new target. roughly 6 hours later, I found a coastal freighter. Despite having a near-perfect distance, 90 degree angle, and a impact fuse, the torpedo bounced off. So, I'm heading home with one Large Merchant and 9 swordfish under my belt. Easily my worst total so far.

Hans Uberman 10-06-10 12:23 AM

Had a superb November patrol (1942), during which we happened upon a military convoy, and sunk the HMS Rodney, a carrier, large tanker, and a troop ship. Continuing to our patrol point, we completed our mission. Our Type VIIC sent many other vessels to the bottom whist on our way home to St. Nazaire. In port we received a heroes welcome, medals, and a full month and a half of Christmas leave time as a reward.

During the holidays, I had a little too much to drink and publicly insulted an important party member who was present at the function. Taking my recent hero status into consideration, the matter was hushed, but it was decided that I be transferred back to the 2nd Flotilla, where I was assigned command of a newly commissioned Type IXC/40. My future patrols would send me as far away from Europe as possible, primarily towards South and North America.

VONHARRIS 10-06-10 01:28 AM

18 March 1944
From : BdU
To : All U boats at sea

U - 126 has failed to report in. Large convoy in her sector (AM 73) Presumed lost.

Kapitan Lt. Otto Mannek and U-126 were lost at sea on 18 March 1944 during a convoy attack at grid AM 73
The convoy was made of a troop ship , a VIctory cargo , a modern tanker a coastal freighter and 6 escorts. It was travelling ESE with a speed of 5kts.
U -126 used her snorkel to get into a favourable attack position. The night , the rain and strong winds kept her safe. Things were good : Lower the snorkel , switch to electric engines , open tubes 1 - 4 and 4 eels were fired. One at the troop ship , one at the tanker and two at the victory cargo. Immediatelly Kaleun Otto Mannek ordered silent running and dive down to 160m.
The torpedoes did what they were supposed to to do: the cargo went down , but the other two missed.
U - 126 was at 110m when hell broke loose. A hedgehog salvo landed on the forward deck. Flooding was severe but under control for a while. But she was seriously wounded(85% damage to hull), U - 126 couldn't maintain her depth. She was going deeper and deeper: 150m - 160m - 200m and kept going.
Otto deciced to save his crew. He ordered to blow ballast but ...........
U -126 imploded at about 190m.
Otto Mannek was a holder of the Knights cross with golden oak leaves swords and diamonds. Two of his officers were holders of the Knights cross. His total score was 1,600,000 grt (approximently).
A great loss to BdU.

I can only imagine what rewards were due to the commander of that escort ship that sunk U -126 when they found out who they had sunk!
A cross of Victoria and a DSO may be.

reignofdeath 10-06-10 04:46 AM

A sad sad day. My virtual flag will be at half mast for the U-126 and her crew:salute:

Quote:

Originally Posted by VONHARRIS (Post 1509888)
18 March 1944
From : BdU
To : All U boats at sea

U - 126 has failed to report in. Large convoy in her sector (AM 73) Presumed lost.

Kapitan Lt. Otto Mannek and U-126 were lost at sea on 18 March 1944 during a convoy attack at grid AM 73
The convoy was made of a troop ship , a VIctory cargo , a modern tanker a coastal freighter and 6 escorts. It was travelling ESE with a speed of 5kts.
U -126 used her snorkel to get into a favourable attack position. The night , the rain and strong winds kept her safe. Things were good : Lower the snorkel , switch to electric engines , open tubes 1 - 4 and 4 eels were fired. One at the troop ship , one at the tanker and two at the victory cargo. Immediatelly Kaleun Otto Mannek ordered silent running and dive down to 160m.
The torpedoes did what they were supposed to to do: the cargo went down , but the other two missed.
U - 126 was at 110m when hell broke loose. A hedgehog salvo landed on the forward deck. Flooding was severe but under control for a while. But she was seriously wounded(85% damage to hull), U - 126 couldn't maintain her depth. She was going deeper and deeper: 150m - 160m - 200m and kept going.
Otto deciced to save his crew. He ordered to blow ballast but ...........
U -126 imploded at about 190m.
Otto Mannek was a holder of the Knights cross with golden oak leaves swords and diamonds. Two of his officers were holders of the Knights cross. His total score was 1,600,000 grt (approximently).
A great loss to BdU.

I can only imagine what rewards were due to the commander of that escort ship that sunk U -126 when they found out who they had sunk!
A cross of Victoria and a DSO may be.


Arael 10-06-10 08:13 PM

May 8th, 1940
00:07 hours
Location, AN 91

Turns out Bdu had a little present waiting for me back in Wilhelmshaven in the form of the Type IX-B U-111. I was assigned to AN-24 for a patrol. I'll patrol it, but I doubt I'll find anything. Afterwords I'm heading over to Ireland to see about hitting a convoy or two.

Schwieger 10-08-10 07:12 PM

U-45 had a swell ol' patrol.
Left Kiel and headed for our patrol grid AM something (the number slips my mind). Traded newspapers with a Type 34 around the tip of Denmark and then adjusted course to a general NW direction. Not much happened between Denmark and the tip of Great Britain. When we arrived north of Scapa Flow, the weather turned horrible. (Really large waves too - http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/x...g?t=1286601027 )Adolf Conrad apparently did not know what raincoats are for; he stood on the Bridge without one even though the waves were so high my engines kept switching from diesel to electric. (here he is if any of you care to look lol - http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/x...g?t=1286600963 ) Chased a phantom contact on my hydrophone for a day, and upon realizing twas a ghost, went back to our course. We found nothing in our patrol grid except for more bad weather, so we turned home after the 24 hours were up. The tanks still had plenty of fuel at this point and I still had plenty of torpedoes and deck gun rounds. The converging convoy routes around the northeasternmost edge of Ireland looked tempting. The weather cleared up upon reaching here, and we were able to bag a couple of large C2 cargoes and a couple of coastal merchants with our deck gun. The arrival of a destroyer prompted a hasty retreat for U-45.

Arael 10-08-10 07:45 PM

May 21, 1940
11:35 Local Time
AM-72

After finishing up the patrol at AN-91, U-111 headed around Scapa and went south to BF-11 to hunt convoys. After several days of nothing, a convoy report sent us North-West to AM-75. There, we found a large convoy. We set ourselves up in between columns about 5 kilometers ahead of the convoy. After going down to 90 meters to avoid having the Black Swan in front of the convoy notice us, U-111 came back up to periscope depth and began to acquire targets. First to die was an Empire-type in the very front of the center column. The poor thing took a G7e in between the foreward cargo holds an erupted like a bomb. The second G7e aimed at the stern failed to detonate. It wasn't needed though, as the first torpedo had brought a "Ship sinking" message. The next victim was a passenger/cargo in the column behind U-111. It took a torpedo in the forward cargo hold, but we never did hear it sink. The third victim was an ore carrier in the second closest column off the bow. Took a single G7a to the bow and sunk after about 10 minutes. The final victim was a Southampton. It took a G7a to the engine room. We had one miss, on a Large Cargo off the stern. After emptying all torpedo tubes, we sank to 140 meters and waited out the depth charges from a Black Swan and a Flower. Coming back up to the surface about 4 hours later, we took off in pursuit of the convoy. We quickly came across the Southampton chugging along at 2 knots with the decks nearly awash. I put a mercy shot into the forward magazines and sent her to the bottom. After running through the night, and a couple near-sightings by a Flower, we're ahead of the convoy in quadrant AM-72 and getting into position for another strike.

Lost the stupid convoy, So I went to the area between Ireland and England to try and catch it there. On the way I came across a lone small merchant, which I sank with gunfire. Later I found a Granville-type, which I sank with a single torpedo.

Hans Uberman 10-09-10 12:00 PM

Our new vessel's maiden voyage. We patrolled near Bridgetown, Barbados for a while, and then sailed towards the North American east coast. Encountered a large convoy on its way from New York to Europe and sunk a whaling vessel, a medium tanker, a Large Troop Ship, ore carrier and large cargo vessel before sneaking off to the west.

Proceeded to New York harbor at night, where we spotted a Ceramic-Type Ocean Liner, which was promptly sunk. While the Americans searched the area far SE of the harbor in vain, I used a combination of low speed and a slightly raised periscope to spot the anti-submarine netting at the entrance. We partially surfaced, and went over, soon diving to periscope depth again.

Afterward, we were treated to a beautifully lit New York skyline, and spotted the USS Nevada, parked in front of the Statue of Liberty. We sent the Battleship to the bottom and made our way out of the harbor as quickly as we could. Dozens of aircraft dogged us for the next few hundred miles, but we escaped unscathed and returned to France with 130,000+ tons sunk.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...uss_nevada.jpg

OSU 10-09-10 04:04 PM

U-81
Patrol 6
March 18, 1941

Ran into a small 4 ship convoy with 2 small merchants, one large one and an A&B class destroyer escorting. I heard them on hydrophones then closed to intercept. I was sprinting in between dives to listen to them when I came into visual range all of a sudden. The destroyer opened fire on me and I dived to p depth. It turned straight towards me, which turned out to be a stupid thing for him to do because:
http://i332.photobucket.com/albums/m...105339_875.jpg
Put a magnetic right underneath his chin. He sunk within 2-3 minutes of being hit. Probably some over-eager rash brand new destroyer captain wanted to paint a silhouette of a U-boat on his pilot house rally bad. Raced right in for me, didn't even bother to zig-zag.

I sunk the rest of the convoy with a mixture of gunfire and torpedoes. I nabbed a coastal freighter a little while later brining my tonnage for this patrol to 18,884. U-81 is now en route to intercept a south bound convoy from England.


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