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Snestorm 04-21-11 03:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sublynx (Post 1647795)
November 1941
Lt. z S. Erich Scheide
U-456 ("die Elster"), VIIC, 7.th Flotilla, St.Nazaire
Sunny, wind 1m/s
BF58
Orders: Patrol ET54 / report weather

Just began our third patrol, cleared the shallow part of the Bay of Biscay. No ASW groups, no airplane sightings and no enemy shipping to report.

ET54? In a VIIC?!
Ever think of getting a IXB or IXC?

Can't imagine how you pulled a Freetown grid with a VIIC, but good hunting.

sublynx 04-21-11 04:58 AM

Definetely no flank speed chases now!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Snestorm (Post 1647807)
ET54? In a VIIC?!
Ever think of getting a IXB or IXC?

Can't imagine how you pulled a Freetown grid with a VIIC, but good hunting.


We'll stop by Corrientes in Las Palmas, if need be, but we've been to Freetown before without refueling. I think we'll be able to make it. It's fuel saving RPM's all the way, though. No 150 km flank speed chases after convoys!

I've been toying with the idea of getting an IXC, but I have trouble sneaking away from the escorts as it is, so it's probably safer to stay with the smaller boat for now.

Thx for the good luck wishes, I think we'll need it!

VONHARRIS 04-21-11 11:41 PM

U-505 IXC update
 
Patrol No 10
May 4 1941 19:17 hours
After a long repair period U-505 left Lorient for Grid DH41

May 10 1941
18:03 hours Small convoy spotted @stern torpedoes fired against medium cargo. Both hit but the ship survived. Disengaged with no problems

May 12 1941
08:00 hours Aircraft spotted U-505 crash dived but took some damage by near miss bomb.

May 23 1941 Grid CG97
19:30 hours Multiple hydrophone contacts of warships closing fast.
19:35 hours Periscope depth Enemy task force: HMS Glorious 2 Fiji class cruisers several destroyers. U-505 took attack position
19:50 hours All 4 bow tubes flooded and fired: 3 at the carrier 1 at a cruiser
20:00 hours Swung around and fired both stern tubes at the other cruiser
20:17 hours Fiji class light cruiser sunk
20:47 hours Fiji class light cruiser sunk
The carrier escaped despited being hit 3 times

May 26 1941 Grid CG95
15:26 hours Aircraft attack , minor damage to conning tower. The aircraft was driven away by AA fire

June 4 1941 Grid BF15
13:05 hours Lone Flower class frigate engaged and sunk.

June 11 1941 Grid AM52
02:15 hours Bdu radio message of enemy convoy
03:16 hours Large merchant sunk with torpedoes and gunfire.
04:20 hours U-122 Kaleun Snestorm updated the convoy position
06:11 hours Coastal freighter sunk
15:00 hours Convoy attack in bad weather , no other contact with U-122 made.
15:37 hours Ore carrier sunk
15:44 hours Medium merchant 15 sunk

June 14 1941 Grid BF42
02:11 hours Small freighter sunk

June 15 1941
14:56 hours Docked at Lorient
Ships sunk :8
Tonnage: 51270
Men killed: 591
43 days at sea
Hull intergity : 87%
Transferred to 11th flotilla , Kiel Germany

VONHARRIS 04-22-11 12:17 PM

U-505 IXC update
 
Patrol No11
July 5 1941 10:10 hours
U-505 left Kiel setting course for the North sea through the Kiel canal

July 24 1941 Grid CF93
Small convoy encountered
12:35 hours Tramp steamer sunk by torpedoes
12:42 hours Medium merchant 38 sunk by torpedoes

July 28 1941 Grid CG97
06:54 hours Aircraft attack FAA Kingfisher shot down
07:21 hours Aircraft attack FAA Kingfisher shot down

08:02 hours Aircraft attack RAF Hurricane driven off by AA fire. Flak gunner killed by strafing fire. Crash dive and escaped with minor damages

August 3 1941 Grid BF17
Convoy attack with nice weather
06:35 hours Heavy merchant 01 sunk (exploded after secondary damages)
06:35 hours Motor tanker 02 sunk after direct hit
07:45 hours Whale factory ship sunk after being hit twice
at 06:42 hours

August 14 1941 Grid AM76
20:47 hours Coastal freighter sunk with torpedoes

August 15 1941 Grid AM54
22:50 hours Crash dive to avoid incoming destroyer.
Convoy spotted with hydrophones

23:06 hours Town class destroyer sunk
The convoy kept the same course (strange?)
5 torpedoes fired 4 hits scored
23:26 hours Medium merchant 39 sunk
23:31 hours Medium merchant 30 sunk
Spotted by the escorts , at least 7 warships
3 of them engaged , the rest followed the convoy
DC dropped like rain for 3 hours but U-505 laid silent at 160m and took little damage and a lot of shaking

August 16 1941 Grid AM54
03:56 hours Returned to periscope depth and found Empire-tyoe freighter dead in the water. Ship was finished off with 1 torpedo and gunfire
U-505 set course for Kiel

August 22 1941 16:18 hours
Docked at Kiel
1 crew member killed
Hull intergrity : 77%
10 ships sunk
55634 tons sent to the bottom
2 aircrafts shot down
49 days at sea
484 men killed
Request for transfer back to Lorient : APPROVED

Snestorm 04-22-11 09:44 PM

U122 IXB. Patrol 4.
 
This boat is hot!

Departed Lorient on 29.jan.41 with orders to proceed toward grid AJ38 (S of Greenland).

2.feb.41
Grid BF41
During daylight hours, we got a sound contact, for a medium speed merchant.
The whole attack went like clockwork.
Daylight submerged attack.
3 torpedoes fired. 3 hits scored.
1 C2 Cargo sunk for 6.418 GRT . . . of neutral tonnage.
Uh oh. Not such a great start after all.

13.feb.41
Grid AK54 (Neighborhood S of Greenland).
At 0148, on a clear & calm night came "Ship spotted!".
With 1 strike against me, I closed for a good flag check.
By the time we could tell that he was a brit, our tracks were too close for a torpedo attack.
At just under 2 knots, and almost in his path, I ordered the deck gun manned.
My gunnersmate did a "smashing" job.
We didn't get run over, and we did sink an ENEMY (this time) C2 for 6.446 GRT.

At 1446, of the same day, while transiting AM46, we recieved a radio dispatch:
"Convoy. AK43 (1 grid north). ENE. 7 knots."
At 2012 we made contact.
We later learned of 2 Destroyers & 4 Corvettes, as escorts.

13.feb.41 - 1852 - AK43 - T2 Tanker - 10.871 GRT

13.feb.41 - 2210 - AK43 - Surface after long hard Escape & Evasion.
14.feb.41 - 0142 - AK01 - Fast dive for a too close DD. Undetected.

14.feb.41 - 0210 - AK01 - Surface for a wider end-around.
14.feb.41 - 0217 - AK01 - Wind up from 0 m/s to 9 m/s. Clear & moonlit.
14.feb.41 - 0435 - AK01 - Submerge along convoy's expected track.
14.feb.41 - 0456 - AK01 - Destroyer & Corvette sighted in periscope.
14.feb.41 - 0458 - AK01 - Sound: 2 DDs in lead. 4+ Corvettes.
14.feb.41 - 0516 - AK01 - Fire 1, 3, 4. New depth 150m. 5 degrees right rudder. (T1 torps).
14.feb.41 - 0518 - AK01 - C2 Cargo, 6.453 GRT, sunk. (Was not targeted) (Romper)!
14.feb.41 - 0519 - AK01 - T2 Tanker, 10.872 GRT, sunk. (HE was targeted). P I N G !

14.feb.41 - 0640 - AK01 - Surface. 1 bow & 4 stern torps remaining.
14.feb.41 - 0818 - AK01 - Corvette sighted. Evade on surface.
14.feb.41 - 0937 - AK01 - Diving on convoy's expected track.
14.feb.41 - 1030 - AK01 - Fire 5, 6, at C2 Cargo. 2 impacts followed.
14.feb.41 - 1232 - AK01 - Fire 2, at DIW C2 Cargo w/stern gun. Impact!
14.feb.41 - 1237 - AK01 - C2 Cargo finaly sinks for 6.448 GRT.

14.feb.41 - 1400 - AK01 - Surface for final attack.
14.feb.41 - 1730 - AK01?- Sound check reveals us to be behind. Surface.
14.feb.41 - 1907 - AK29 - Dive on convoys expected track. Nose to Noise.
14.feb.41 - 2208 - AK29 - Fire 5, 6, at first (and farthest) target.
14.feb.41 - 2210 - AK29 - 1 hit, sinking a Coastal Merchant for 2.042 GRT.

15.feb.41 - 0039 - AK29 (while submerged at TC x 64)
"Enemy is pinging us , sir". What?!
Kaleun VONHARRIS must have been conducting torpedo instruction, again.
3 sunk and/or sinking Corvettes surrounded us.
So that's why they weren't heard from on our last attack.
Thanks U505. Life is good.

The last message recieved, regarding this convoy, was:
"Warship. AK29. NNE. 7 knots".
Kaleun VONHARRIS must have been very busy, 'cause it wasn't us.

U122 docked at Lorient on 7.mar.41 in good condition.

Patrol results:
7 ships sunk for 49.550 GRT.
14 of 14 torpedoes expended.

U122's history to date:
4 war patrols between 31.maj.40 and 7.mar.41.
20 ships sunk for 147.800 GRT.

Only once, have I had a boat that scored like this.
Oddly enough, it was U48 VIIB.
(Still my highest scorer, by a long shot).

reignofdeath 04-22-11 09:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Snestorm (Post 1649045)
This boat is hot!

Departed Lorient on 29.jan.41 with orders to proceed toward grid AJ38 (S of Greenland).

2.feb.41
Grid BF41
During daylight hours, we got a sound contact, for a medium speed merchant.
The whole attack went like clockwork.
Daylight submerged attack.
3 torpedoes fired. 3 hits scored.
1 C2 Cargo sunk for 6.418 GRT . . . of neutral tonnage.
Uh oh. Not such a great start after all.

13.feb.41
Grid AK54 (Neighborhood S of Greenland).
At 0148, on a clear & calm night came "Ship spotted!".
With 1 strike against me, I closed for a good flag check.
By the time we could tell that he was a brit, our tracks were too close for a torpedo attack.
At just under 2 knots, and almost in his path, I ordered the deck gun manned.
My gunnersmate did a "smashing" job.
We didn't get run over, and we did sink an ENEMY (this time) C2 for 6.446 GRT.

At 1446, of the same day, while transiting AM46, we recieved a radio dispatch:
"Convoy. AK43 (1 grid north). ENE. 7 knots."
At 2012 we made contact.
We later learned of 2 Destroyers & 4 Corvettes, as escorts.

13.feb.41 - 1852 - AK43 - T2 Tanker - 10.871 GRT

13.feb.41 - 2210 - AK43 - Surface after long hard Escape & Evasion.
14.feb.41 - 0142 - AK01 - Fast dive for a too close DD. Undetected.

14.feb.41 - 0210 - AK01 - Surface for a wider end-around.
14.feb.41 - 0217 - AK01 - Wind up from 0 m/s to 9 m/s. Clear & moonlit.
14.feb.41 - 0435 - AK01 - Submerge along convoy's expected track.
14.feb.41 - 0456 - AK01 - Destroyer & Corvette sighted in periscope.
14.feb.41 - 0458 - AK01 - Sound: 2 DDs in lead. 4+ Corvettes.
14.feb.41 - 0516 - AK01 - Fire 1, 3, 4. New depth 150m. 5 degrees right rudder. (T1 torps).
14.feb.41 - 0518 - AK01 - C2 Cargo, 6.453 GRT, sunk. (Was not targeted) (Romper)!
14.feb.41 - 0519 - AK01 - T2 Tanker, 10.872 GRT, sunk. (HE was targeted). P I N G !

14.feb.41 - 0640 - AK01 - Surface. 1 bow & 4 stern torps remaining.
14.feb.41 - 0818 - AK01 - Corvette sighted. Evade on surface.
14.feb.41 - 0937 - AK01 - Diving on convoy's expected track.
14.feb.41 - 1030 - AK01 - Fire 5, 6, at C2 Cargo. 2 impacts followed.
14.feb.41 - 1232 - AK01 - Fire 2, at DIW C2 Cargo w/stern gun. Impact!
14.feb.41 - 1237 - AK01 - C2 Cargo finaly sinks for 6.448 GRT.

14.feb.41 - 1400 - AK01 - Surface for final attack.
14.feb.41 - 1730 - AK01?- Sound check reveals us to be behind. Surface.
14.feb.41 - 1907 - AK29 - Dive on convoys expected track. Nose to Noise.
14.feb.41 - 2208 - AK29 - Fire 5, 6, at first (and farthest) target.
14.feb.41 - 2210 - AK29 - 1 hit, sinking a Coastal Merchant for 2.042 GRT.

15.feb.41 - 0039 - AK29 (while submerged at TC x 64)
"Enemy is pinging us , sir". What?!
Kaleun VONHARRIS must have been conducting torpedo instruction, again.
3 sunk and/or sinking Corvettes surrounded us.
So that's why they weren't heard from on our last attack.
Thanks U505. Life is good.

The last message recieved, regarding this convoy, was:
"Warship. AK29. NNE. 7 knots".
Kaleun VONHARRIS must have been very busy, 'cause it wasn't us.

U122 docked at Lorient on 7.mar.41 in good condition.

Patrol results:
7 ships sunk for 49.550 GRT.
14 of 14 torpedoes expended.

U122's history to date:
4 war patrols between 31.maj.40 and 7.mar.41.
20 ships sunk for 147.800 GRT.

Only once, have I had a boat that scored like this.
Oddly enough, it was U48 VIIB.
(Still my highest scorer, by a long shot).

May I ask how you guys keep such detaild reports?? I mean do you jot everything down that happens then type it up here later or what?? When I give mine in here they're more like stories :X

Snestorm 04-22-11 10:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by USNSRCaseySmith (Post 1649047)
May I ask how you guys keep such detaild reports?? I mean do you jot everything down that happens then type it up here later or what?? When I give mine in here they're more like stories :X

Guilty as charged.
I try to write down "the big stuff".

This time was even worse, as I was testing my IXB speed mod at Silent Speed.
(Now Slow Ahead = Silent Speed. Got tired of having to always manualy find the setting.)

VONHARRIS 04-23-11 01:36 AM

U-505 IXC update
 
From : U-505
To :BdU and every Uboot at grid AM51
URGENT --- URGENT
08:26 hours
Both diesels destroyed. Periscopes destroyed. Flak gun heavily damaged.
Attacked by Flower corvette with gunfire and DCs
Battery down to 10%

After that I gave my 3 years old daughter to roll a dice. If a 6 came up (chances 16%) then I would be saved , otherwise the war would end for U-505.
Guess what : The dice rolled 6. Hurah I am saved.

09:00 hours
Incoming message
From : U-122
To : U-505 BdU

vonHarris , I am coming at flank speed. Hold on. Will contact later. ETA: 3 hours

09:30 hours
From : U-505
To : U-122

Message received. Please hurry. Injured crewmen

13:00 hours
U-122 docks alongside U-505 in foggy weather. Spare parts for the diesels and periscopes were given. Kaleuns Snestorm and vonHarris had a discusion to decide further actions. It was decided that U-122 would take the wounded men and sail to Brest while U-505 would try to repair her engines and return to Lorient.

Finally everything worked fine for both Ubooten.

Since I am playing at 100% realism I can not teleport to base so I will continue this patrol from my last save point. What do you think?

sublynx 04-23-11 01:58 AM

Patrol 3, back in port
 
December 24th 1941
Ob.Lt. z S. Erich Scheide
U-451 ("die Elster"), VIIC, 7.th Flotilla, St.Nazaire
Orders: Patrol ET54 / report weather

Back in St.Nazaire after a long trip to Freetown and back. The crew is happy to get a leave just for Christmas and New Year.

The patrol was a month of rotten weather, no escorts seen, 18000 GRT, 35 % fuel left.

On the 5th of December at grid ET54 we met an escortless convoy with 2 American, one Mexican and one British ship. The only armed ship on the convoy was an American Liberty frachter with 2 heavy guns and 4 Flak Guns. One G7a shot against the British Alter Passagiersschiff and eventually sunk by gunfire. I was afraid that the American ship would fire at us when we surfaced just 3500 meters from them to finish the Alter Passagiersschiff, but they decided to follow their orders and stay neutral while we sunk the British ship. After a couple of days we got a radio message informing about war between us and the Americans. Next time we meet there'll be no hesitations - it's us or them.

One airplane sighted near Freetown, we dived to 50 meters and there was a sound of bombs hitting water, nowhere close to us.

VONHARRIS 04-23-11 03:49 AM

U-505 IXC update
 
Patrol No 12
September 22 1941
09:01 hours
Left Lorient to patrol Grid BE86

October 8 1941 Grid AM52
02:19 hours Medium merchant 30 sunk with 2 torpedoes

October 9 1941 Grid AM1
convoy attack
10:30 hours Tanker 07 sunk direct hit and explosion
12:40 hours Tanker 07 sunk direct hit and explosion
14:12 hours Tanker CAM ship sunk with 4 torpedoes

October 10 1941 Grid AM51
U-505 is badly damaged by a Flower corvette. Both engines destroyed , periscopes destroyed.
Thanks to the assistance of U-122 (Kaleun Snestorm) U-505 managed to patch her engines and returned to Lorient.

October 12 1941 16:24 hours
Lorient
U-505 was declared a total loss and scuttled.
Kptltn vonHarris and all of his crew took the U-524 IXC Uboot.

Snestorm 04-24-11 07:07 AM

U122 IXB. Patrol 5.
 
Departed Lorient on 2.maj.41 for EJ84, and the Freetown - UK shipping lanes.
Returned to same on 6.jul.41.

Patrol results:
1 ship sunk for 2.343 GRT.

U122's history to date:
5 war patrols between 2.maj.40 and 6.jul.41.
21 ships sunk for 150.143 GRT.

VONHARRIS 04-25-11 03:57 AM

U-524 IXC update
 
Patrol No13 (contniue from U-505 same crew)

November 1 1941 00:40 hours
U-524 lest Lorient with orders to patrol grid DU41

December 3 1941 Grid BF14
Convoy attack
6 torpedoes fired 2 hits scored
03:53 hours Empire type freighter sunk
DCed for 1,5 hours. Light damages

December 4 1941 Grid BF11
03:29 hours Unescorted and unarmed coastal freighter sunk by gunfire

11:46 hours Medium merchant 04 sunk by 3 torpedoes

December 10 1941 Grid AM52
01:41 hours Empire-type freighter sunk by 2 torpedoes

December 17 1941 Grid BE36
13:23 hours Medium cargo sunk by 2 torpedoes

December 21 1941 Grid BE36
19:16 hours Large troop ship sunk by 4 torpedoes

December 22 1941 Grid BE36
00:31 hours Engaged by enemy plane on the surface in bad weather. Direct bomb hit aft. Damages to engines and propellers. Possible hull breech.
02:16 hours Damages repaired and started return passage to Lorient on the surface. Unable to dive

December 24 1941 05:25 hours
Docked at Lorient
6 ships sunk
50474 tons
538 men killed
54 days at sea

IX2 turm installed
Alberich sonar coating installed

December 25 1941
Lorient
At a city bar
Kaleuns Snestorm and vonHarris have a friendly talk over a couple of fine german beers
It is now well known that the USA have joined the war.
vonHarris has requested to take part in Operation Drumbeat and this request has been approved: Next patrol grid CA73.

Osmium Steele 04-25-11 12:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VONHARRIS (Post 1649150)
U-505 was declared a total loss and scuttled.

Boy, is the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry going to be disappointed. :wah:

fo3 04-25-11 12:22 PM

Gave up on my career on a type II, not that great a shot, looking at 0 tons in patrol 10, (only normally got 4-10T in most missions), so did a suicide mission going into dundee on patrol 10 as I was sick of Keil and the type II and was going to go home empty handed for the second time.

Restarted in a VII, just finished first patrol and got 27000T, didn't get a chance to use the deck gun due to weather.
Found a convoy in the irish sea and had a few good shots and a hell of a time getting out being depth charged the entire way, then used the last two eels from the aft torpedo tube on a tanker off aberdeen on the way home.
Way more fun and opportunity in the VII, which is what I used last time I played SH3 four years ago.
Still rusty, and now have an inexperienced crew with not much qualification.

Snestorm 04-25-11 08:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VONHARRIS (Post 1650368)
Next patrol grid CA73.[/COLOR][/FONT]

Chesapeake Bay???
Better you than me.


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