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Snestorm 05-11-11 05:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sublynx (Post 1661307)
U-552, 1st patrol
Leutnant z.s. Helmut Unger
U-552, VIIC
11. Flotille, Bergen
Orders: Patrol AK13

12.6.1942 17:30 hours. AF45, clear, no clouds, visibility 8-9 kilometers, wind 7m/s. We suddenly sighted five icebergs. Noticed that they show up on FuMo 29, but not on the hydrophones. I let the crew practice some Flak and 88 mm gunnery on the icebergs, then continued our journey. If some other U-boat happens to be in the vicinity maybe they can try to spot the icebergs too - they were at the west corner of AF45, at the northern border of the grid.

http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/8139/sh3icebergs.jpg

18.6.1942 08:00 hours. AE68, cloudy, no rain, visibility 8 - 9 kilometers, wind 15m/s. The patrol has been advancing really slowly, because of horrendous weather most of the time. No contacts, friendly or enemy. The crew seems to be sea sick and bored. We have to stay alert, but it's difficult to keep your guard up, when nothing seems to be happening.

Unger

Bored?
How about AE95 (Færøerne)?
Should find some loners going over the top.
Never found any convoys in that neighborhood, though.

Snestorm 05-11-11 05:40 AM

U159 IXC status.
 
Still patrol 4.
24.jun.43
Present position GP36.
Diesel reserves under 50%. (Tight trip.)
4 bow & 4 stern torpedoes remaining.

On 5 & 6.jun.43, and between grids GR59 & GR83, U159 went on a diet loosing an unknown amount of fuel and 3 G7E torpedoes.
However the weight loss was offset by a gain in tonnage.
After a 4 hour chase, U159 sunk a C3 Cargo for 7.909 GRT.
The surface chase, and eventual sinking ended less that 100 miles south of the naval base & air station at Capetown.
Night surface attack. Target's course 126 at 9½ knots.
3 G7Es fired with a 7 degree spread, at under 1000 meters, for 3 hits.

Next came a daylight submerged attack on a Liberty Cargo.
3 G7Es fired with a 4 dgree spread, at 2000 meters, for 1 hit & no sinking.

Fuel limitations required U159 to begin a slow withdrawal from the area.

Will be on the lookout for Freetown - UK convoys on our return trip.
Although attacks will be severely limited by fuel, our abilty to send contact reports suffers no such limitation.

Our radio operator is also listening for any news from or about U518, which is usualy berthed beside us at Lorient.

Kmdt Kozhein 05-11-11 01:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Snestorm (Post 1661691)
The other way. Go north, young man.
The southern portion of AN18 & AN44 is a goldmine, usualy reserved for IIs.
All the north-south traffic has to pass that peninsula.
Good hunting.

Damn, too late. I mucked about, managed only to damage a C2 and a Coastal Merchant, sunk a Coastal Merchant. With the former two, there were warships close by so I couldn't surface and chase them down. Weather was in any case too bad to use the deck gun. So I returned to base.

Now they've sent me to AF61. I have bad memories of the far northern reaches - weather, waste of fuel. Ugh. But at least we have good music and the tobacco is fresh!

Thanks for the tip, nevertheless; will keep those areas in mind.

Hotspur1337 05-11-11 01:59 PM

I got sent to AM68. BdU doesn't like me.

VONHARRIS 05-11-11 03:44 PM

U - 518 IXC
 
Patrol No 13 (crew)

22 October 1941
00:31 hours
U-518 left Lorient with special mission to BB99

30 October 1941
Grid BD69
15:40 hours Large merchant sunk in bad weather with 2 bow torpedoes

6 November 1941
Grid BC67
20:18 hours Tanker CAM-ship sunk by 37 105mm rounds. She was falling back from a large convoy. Enemy destroyer rushed back and attacked by gunfire and DCs. Minor damages.

15 November 1941
Grid BB99
Convoy attack , 4 bow + 2 stern torpedoes
1 hit scored no ship sunk.
Attacked by escorts. U-518 dived to 220m to escape.

17 November 1941
Grid BB92
Convoy attack 4 bow torpedoes
06:44 hours Leander class CL sunk by 2 bow torpedoes
06:46 hours Tramp steamer sunk by 1 bow torpedo

24 November 1941
Grid BB96
12:37 hours Tanker CAM-ship sunk by 1 stern torpedo

28 November 1941
Grid BB95
Convoy attack 4 bow + 2 stern torpedoes
19:04 hours Ore carrier sunk by 1 bow torpedo
19:31 hours Motor tanker sunk by 1 bow torpedo

29 November 1941
Grid BB99
Convoy attack 2 bow torpedoes from 10Km range , total miss

15 December 1941
05:38 hours Docked at Lorient
55 days at sea
7 ships sunk
51614 tons
85% hull integrity

U-159 has not yet returned. We hope they are OK. Last message mentioned some fuel issues
No news from U-552 either

sublynx 05-11-11 04:16 PM

U-552, patrol 1
 
Leutnant z.s. Helmut Unger
U-552, VIIC
11. Flotilla, Bergen
Orders: Patrol grid AK13

21.6.1942
0414 AE86, Clear, no rain, visibility 8 - 9 kilometers, wind 15 m/s. D/F contact 25 kilometers SW, course ESE.
0449 Some kind of a küstenmotorschiff spotted, range 8 - 9 kilometers, true bearing 251 degrees.
0520 Estimated course by sighting bearings as 109 degrees.
0526 Estimated speed by counting engine RPM's as 9 knots.
0601 One aft TIII G7e torpedo shot submerged at a 1100 BRT British Küstentanker. AOB estimated at 90 degrees stb, schüsswinkel 009, depth 2 meters, impact pistol, speed estimated at 9 knots, entfernung 550 meters.
0602 An explosion heard on the hydrophone. On raising the periscope again, I saw that the torpedo had hit a few meters ahead of the aiming point, blowing the bridge of the ship and it's front mast to kingdom come, flames and smoke covering the place where the bridge used to be. The speed of the ship was probably slower than I estimated.
0628 Explosions and metal twisting, sounds of a sinking ship heard on the hydrophone. On the periscope only a cloud of smoke can be seen. The ship is presumed sunk. It is questionable if my decision to attack such a small ship in 15m/s winds was correct. The waves might be able to direct the torpedo either too low or too high. The crew seems to be happy about the sinking, though.

25.6.1942
0000 AM13, clear, no rain, visibility 8 - 9 kilometers, wind 1 m/s. At last the high winds subsided and we were able to load the back external G7a torpedo. 13 torpedoes left. We radio a weather report to BDU and send thanks to the captain of U-159, who gave a hint about single merchants moving around the Faroes. A news report mentioned U-518's success in sinking a light cruiser. Our patrol has not been too successful, but we are continuing towards AK13, in hope of sighting a convoy.

Unger

Jimbuna 05-11-11 04:22 PM

SINK EM ALL!! http://www.psionguild.org/forums/ima...ies/pirate.gif

Salvadoreno 05-11-11 06:38 PM

I am on patrol # 7, from 1-4 my patrols were fairly easy sinking 5-6 ships a patrol. I started in the earlier part of 1942. It is now early 1943 and i very rarely get convoy reports anymore, (last 2 patrols). All i ever do is run into 2 ship convoys sailing just west of the french bases. Doesnt seem realistic either, having these slow 2 ship convoys sailing on their own without escort so close to the french bases. By 1943 only very fast ships got to travel out of convoy. Anyway i never really enjoy sinking those ships, never much of a challenge. Any1 else run into these 2 ship convoys??

GWX 3.0

sublynx 05-12-11 01:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Salvadoreno (Post 1662155)
Anyway i never really enjoy sinking those ships, never much of a challenge. Any1 else run into these 2 ship convoys??

Same problem (SH3 + GWX). I am thinking of trying to modify the convoys after I manage to play the game thru to 1945 once.

Salvadoreno 05-12-11 01:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sublynx (Post 1662281)
Same problem (SH3 + GWX). I am thinking of trying to modify the convoys after I manage to play the game thru to 1945 once.


Glad somebody else sees that, i was thinking it might have been a problem with my install or something. If i knew how to modify or even mod Sh3 i would do it myself! But if u get around to it let me kno sublynx!:salute:

Snestorm 05-12-11 02:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hotspur1337 (Post 1661985)
I got sent to AM68. BdU doesn't like me.

Just "for the record":
What date?
And, what type boat?

Now, for my curiosity:
Which way in, and which way out, for you?

Good luck. It's a rough one.

Snestorm 05-12-11 03:12 AM

U159 IXC. Patrol 4 complete.
 
Homeward bound from Capetown.

19.jul.43
Grid DU41
Diesel reserves at 25%.

25.jul.43
Grid CG79
Radio message from BDU to all available boats:
"Convoy. CG84. WNW. 8 knots. Gibralter - UK. U518 holding contact".

Time to stretch the fuel a bit further, and justify our existance.
Attack 1 was 3 G7Es fired on a T3 Tanker, and FAT (fired normaly) at a Liberty Cargo. 3 rapid detonations followed, but there was no indication of a sinking. The single FAT missed it's target entirely. All bow torpedoes expended.

Attack 2 was a classic breakout, after overhauling the convoy. A FAT torpedo (fired normaly) and a G7E were fired from the stern, at our old damaged friend the T3 Tanker. One hit was scored on the tanker, sinking her immediately. The remaining torpedo struck an unknown and unintended target 4 minutes later.

U159 attempted a third overhaul, but was unable to regain contact with the convoy.
Through both attacks U159 managed to remaine undetected.

Although fuel was tight throughout the voyage, enough remained for high speed runs across The Bay during the brief hours of darkness.
The high speed allowed for surprisingly efficiant crash dives. Three times the RAF forced her down.
The final attack occurred under 20 miles from her berth in Lorient. A real carpet bombing.

Kaleun VONHARRIS was already back from the convoy battle, and standing dockside with 2 bottles of Becks, for our arrival. A small pallet of same awaited the crew.

Patrol results:
12 of 14 torpedoes expended.
93% of diesel reserves expended.
4% of hull integrity expended (RAF).
2 ships sunk for 19.562 GRT.

U159's history to date:
4 war patrols completed between 17.apr.42 and 2.aug.43.
7 ships sunk for 71.939 GRT.
Kvt Kpt Snestorm commanding.

Snestorm 05-12-11 03:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Salvadoreno (Post 1662155)
I am on patrol # 7, from 1-4 my patrols were fairly easy sinking 5-6 ships a patrol. I started in the earlier part of 1942. It is now early 1943 and i very rarely get convoy reports anymore, (last 2 patrols). All i ever do is run into 2 ship convoys sailing just west of the french bases. Doesnt seem realistic either, having these slow 2 ship convoys sailing on their own without escort so close to the french bases. By 1943 only very fast ships got to travel out of convoy. Anyway i never really enjoy sinking those ships, never much of a challenge. Any1 else run into these 2 ship convoys??

GWX 3.0

You are 100% on the mark.

Option 1 is to modify the RND layer.

Option 2 is to ignore them.

It's "one of those places" that's been given an overdose of traffik, for sure.

Hotspur1337 05-12-11 12:05 PM

Just "for the record":
What date?


July 1941

And, what type boat?

VIIB

Now, for my curiosity:
Which way in, and which way out, for you?


I came in from the north and am exiting south. I'm still not out of the woods yet, but I had to save and exit to go to dinner last night.

I have sunk three ships in AM68 - small merchant, tramp steamer, and an empire. The weather is miserable, and visibility is nil, so all of my contacts are via hydrophone. I plot their heading then lie in wait. They have to get within 500 meters just to see them. There are sound contacts to warships constantly around but at this point of the war, they're not so good at finding me.

Good luck. It's a rough one.

Thanks. I'm not going back in there.

VONHARRIS 05-12-11 01:16 PM

"Kaleun VONHARRIS was already back from the convoy battle, and standing dockside with 2 bottles of Becks, for our arrival. A small pallet of same awaited the crew."

Not only Becks but a case of the most expensive French champange was ordered at the officers club
And this is why:
http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/9310/usslongisland.jpg

The USS Long Island.
But first thing first
Patrol No 14

14 January 1942
U-518 got new batteries that increased the underwater range
03:15 hours U-518 left Lorient for CA28 (New York)

16 January 1942
Grid BF47
12:58 hours , calm seas
Large merchant by 2 stern torpedoes and 1(one) 105mm round

30 January 1942
Grid CC31
13:00 hours calm seas
Liberty cargo sunk by 2 bow torpedoes

9 February 1942
Grid CA28
12:48 hours heavy seas - rain
Grnaville type freighter sunk by 2 bow torpedoes
U-518's first American victim

17 February 1942
Grid BB95
01:05 hours medium seas no rain
Q&R destroyer sunk by 2 stern torpedoes
She was part of an ASW group

26 February 1942
Grid CA54
Clemson DD damaged by 1 stern torpedo
Both the DD and U-518 withdrew from the battle

7 March 1942
Grid BB97
09:19 hours medium seas rain
Clemson class DD sunk by 1 bow torpedo
Caught him off guard and he paid it.

9 March 1942
Grid BB97
Convoy attack heavy seas no rain
4 bow torpedoes
16:49 hours Large cargo sunk by 1 bow torpedo
Medium cargo damaged

12 March 1942
Grid CC23
00:01 hours BdU informed us of a possible US TF in the area
00:30 hours Contact with 6 warships : CVE + 5 Clemson DDs
Only two torpedoes in bow tubes
01:22 hours 2 TIs on impact pistols fired on the CVE
01:24 hours 1 hit scored
Took a snapshot by the attack scope to confirm the hit with BdU and dived to 200m to escape.

06:49 hours Very fade breaking up noises. Was she sinking?

20 March 1942
03:52 hours Bdu confirmed the sinking of the USS Long Island escort carrier
Took a small detour to CG84 to use our 2 last torpedoes but no luck. Gave the convoy position to Bdu and U159 was in the right spot.

26 March 1942
17:45 hours Docked at Lorient
7 ships sunk
50286 tons
72 days at sea

U159 was right behind us after attacking that convoy
Now , off to the night club. Somebody has to drink all those drinks.
U-552 has not reported in yet.


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