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Kermit the Frog 06-20-11 04:32 PM

U-93 "Steigendes Pferd", 11 flotille Bergen
The weather isn't changing much. Visibility 9 km, wind 15 m/s, clouds: overcast.

18.10.1942, British West coast, 19:52
-Detecting radar signals! Bearing 260!- I enter the bridge, and grab binocular. But I couldn't see anything in given direction. The signal maintains bearing 260 +/- 5 deg through 1,5 hour. After this we're loosing contact.

19.10.1942 5:59
I'm on the bridge, when Johann suddenly points something on the sky:
-Plane! Closing!
-Alaaaarm! Dive! Dive! Dive! Flank ahead! Hard larboard!- In couple seconds we are under water. I stopped diving at 25 m. After a minute I ordered to turn back to main course, and reduce speed to one third ahead. I look straight into Johann's eyes: THERE WAS NO METOX WARNING. This event only confirms my distrust to this device. It surely helps, but we can't allow ourselves to let our life depend on this new tool. So it means that we're diving every time when rain drops down the visibility to 1 km.
Next day weather breaks down. Medium rain, 1 km visibility. I'm not going to take a risk:
-Dive, 25m. Everyone without work lies down. Raise to periscope depth every 4 hours to check weather.
After 24 hours there's still rain, and we used about 50% of oxygen. Finally we're surfacing to refresh air in boat, and dive immediately after this. After another 8 hours I decide to change course to W. After 16 hours of full ahead run on surface, we're leaving rain storm behind us.
25.10.1942 10:34 Two sectors from designated patrol grid
-Merchant! Bearing 303! Shouts Johann- I enter the bridge and grab binoculars: Large C3 type merchant, over 9000GRT.
-Approximate course 327, Helm! Course 60! Flank ahead!- Boat jumps ahead like a real horse. Before she stops turning I order a dive to periscope depth.
-Hatch closed and locked!
-Full ahead! What's his position hydro?
-No contacts sir!
-Bull****! Clean your ears and tune up the headphones!
-Contact! 65 deg!
-Better... Distance?
-Helm, what's our speed?
-6 kts
God! Teaching new hydro and sonar operators is too much for me. They have a lot to learn, and there's no time for this now. Quick calculations 6kts + 5500m ~ 29.7min submerged run.
I look on TDC: AOB set, Distance... Lets set about 800m, torpedo: Tube IV: TIII G7e, impact pistol, 6.9 depth of run, Tube I : TIII G7e, magnetic pistol, 12,4m depth of run. Good, there's only lack of speed in this. Now... Patience. Time slows down, minutes after minutes are passing by. Hydro is tracking him down. Target seems to be exactly where he should. But anyway I feel the need to raise periscope. I know I can't, I'm too fast for this now. Patience...
Finally 29 minutes passes by.
-One third back!- I need to slow down before I raise periscope. -All stop! Open torpedo tube IV and I (just in case)!- I raise periscope up to confirm range, and check speed. There she is! Very close. I check the speed with stopwatch... 37 seconds gives 8 knots for this ship, double check the speed... Confirmed. Range ~1000m. I turn periscope to the point where I have 0 deg gyroangle, Last corrections in TDC: 800m range, 8 kts speed
Now ship enters the sight, bow... first mast... second... bridge...there it is, stern mast, FIRE FOUR! Now turn periscope to 0 deg, and prepare number one, but first torpedo reach its target. Periscope down, I continue tracking target by hydrophone. After 20 min. ship sinks by the stern.
After 11 hours we enter patrol grid.

Nothing happens all the time. 9 days of boredom. I'm about to decide to change patrol grid to some AM sector. I dream about some juicy convoy.

We're on way to AM sectors. I hope to find some convoy from New York or Halifax. The trip is hard. High see all the time, up and down. Visibility drops down to 5 km. I'm afraid, that this weather may make hunting too hard. Besides, new part of the crew got see sick. To be honest, it's not so strange. Living in dark, stuffy and claustrophobic u-boot's hull may brake the strongest man. What's worse... In Bergen we got great thing (as We thought in first moment). Salt herrings in large (compared to amount of place inside u-boot) barrels. Very quickly we discovered a weak spots in this innovation. Firstly: appears, that our salt herrings doesn't contain salt
Secondly: in this hot climate, once opened barrel starts to stink terribly after 12 hours.
Thirdly: unsalted herrings used to spoil very fast.
Anyway, there's also a good thing: despite the bad weather, people are going on watch very willingly. Guess why.

Boat stinks... That's terrible truth. Entering the command room right after watch on bridge is like entering toilet on railway station: traumatic experience. The stink is even bigger, because people forced to eat not fresh food have gastric problems. They simply produce large amount of... Gases. I was even forced to remove food from second toilet, because having only one place to making s**t cause aggression among the crew.

Weather isn't changing a bit. 5 km visibility, overcast, 15m/s wind, no rain.

10.11.1942 15:46 Grid: AM53
Couple hours ago radio reported large convoy from Liverpool. We're diving every half an hour, to check situation by hydrophone. We're under water from about a minute.
-Bearing 70, multiple contacts sir! Looks like a convoy to me.
-Surface the boat! Flank ahead!
Because we're on quite shallow waters (is 100m really that deep?) I'm not willing to attack. Patience. I found Metox as genius device. In this condition tracking convoy without it seems impossible.
Next day we enter deep water, so it's time for attack. The only thing that troubles me, are high waves. How to make submerged attack in such condition?

11.11.1942 17:58
We're under water, in front of convoy. It's hard to maintain periscope depth. I can't see anything through periscope. We sink below 15m.
-Standard ahead! depth 11m!
Now situation seems to look better, but only as long as I keep my engines running. Right after I ordered full stop boat is pushed on surface.
Finally I found one ammunition ship, and one modern tanker worth of torpedo. Except this ships there are only three more worth of torpedo, depressing. Anyway, I'm going to attack two ones mentioned before. Two torpedos. First shoot from 1900m distance, second after 40s from 1000m. Both torpedos TI G7a impact pistol. Explosions are simultaneous. I'm diving deep expecting heavy counter attack, but there's not even single ping. Couple times frigate runs over our heads, but they drop DC's very far from our position.
After 30 min of silent run I surface the boat. We're recharging batteries and waiting for results of attack, but in this visibility it's possible that we won't see them.

2:37 local
We spot damaged ammunition ship. Finished with one torpedo. Unfortunately, no sign of second ship. He's fate is unknown.

Surprised by three enemy frigates. The most dangerous one, River class detects me beyond 5km visibility range. What's the effectiveness of their radar? At least 6 km. I don't see a chance to perform surface attack in this conditions. Very soon all the frigates seem to heading my direction. No doubt they fix on me. I can't escape on surface, so decision: dive. Right after entering the deep I eject bold and rapidly change direction. With the speed of 5kts, on 80m we successfully escape the chase. I'm amassed by low skills of the escorts. After 10km submerged run I order to surface the boat, and recharge batteries. All the time we seem to get closer to Island and further from Bergen. Fuel reserves drops below 25%. What's worse, the speed of convoy, 9kts in such waves forces us to to use 70~80% of maximum power, to keep their speed. Taking position in front of convoy takes bloody ages. Another attacks are full of torpedo malfunctions. Only two ships: medium cargo C2 type, and large merchant are sinking as planned, with one torpedo. The others costs a lot of our precious torpedoes. The last attack begins from sinking leading corvette. First torpedo set on surface run, and impact pistol doesn't explode. Second, set 1,5m under keel with magnetic pistol brings effect. Last torpedo aimed to medium tanker explodes, but there's no sign of significant effect. We're shadowing convoy next 12 hours, but she didn't leave formation.

Because of low amount of fuel I decide to return to Bergen. When the tension of fight leaves us all there's left is stink. Constant shaking and terrible smell, that's the summary of our way back home.

gazpode_l 06-20-11 06:44 PM


Originally Posted by Snestorm (Post 1686296)
U65 had a further surprise for Tommy. The hunted, became the hunter, sinking 2 RN vessels, in addition to previousely sinking HMS Nelson. Getting pushy with U65 is not a good idé!
What year is/was that?

It was october 1940

gazpode_l 06-20-11 07:07 PM

Pat2, Rpt7 - R Hessler U-65 (IXB)
Pat2, Rpt7 - R Hessler U-65 (IXB)

OCTOBER 24, 1940
Forgot to include on my last report that we had also engaged a small steamer at aprox 2am on 24/10/1940. We decided to attack on the surface using deck gun due to ideal conditions.

Vessel was sunk after aprox 20 rounds.

Later at aproximately lunchtime we encountered a pair of torpedo boats, for the second time this patrol. Also on the horizon, Our sonar operator detected a merchant, possibly a large one. We turn our boat toward and head a best speed, but submerged.

We are now in somewhat of a firing position. Tube's 2 & 3 are fired and are heard to detonate, but the ore carrier we are now chasing seems to shrug them off...

The ore carrier now has a noticable list to S/Board

The ore carrier sunks, and we estimate we can add another 6-7,000 BRT to our total!

5PM 24/10/1940
We are continuing on in AM53. Occasional contacts being regained by the menace of the torpedo boats. ALARM! Aircraft spotted, at long distance and a dive to periscope depth is undertaken.

5:30PM 24/10/40
We re-surface and begin re-charging the batteries. No contacts at present, although those elco's can't be too far away....

7PM 24/10/1940
The torper's are now closing the distance. We dive before they notice us any further and will sit out a few hours here.

SAVE & EXIT 12:45hrs R/L Time

U-39 has been retired as a frontline boat and given to a training instructor. It's kaluen Snestorm, has been given a new boat, another IX from what i remember hearing...Possibly U-171.

Sad news regarding U-505 & Kaleun V.Harris. It appears they may be lost at sea after last being heard as under attack from british escorts. However the shocking news later on is that one of the U-100's apparently has picked up Von Harris and another officer from U-505.

U-552 is still going strong and is reporting good successes on their missions out of bergen.

U-336 has also contacted recently, just when we were all wondering where they were. apparently out of radio range across the atlantic somehere.....

U-93 continues to battle low pressure systems out in the atlantic, which we've yet to see...she's finding it tough to process any contacts at the moment.

U-46 has done well in a harbour raid and has managed to bag a convoy too....perhaps they should have taught a lesson to another old friend of Kaleun Hessler's - Walter Suhr who was lost recently aboard his VII.

RPT ENDS............

sublynx 06-20-11 09:29 PM


Originally Posted by Kaptain Schlag (Post 1687708)
PS: To other U-boat commanders, I am having trouble sending contact reports. I have tried sending them on surface while spotting an enemy vessel, however in the radio log no record appears of a message being sent. Any help would be appreciated greatly!:help:

This is a major flaw in SH3. Single ships can not be reported at all and convoys can only be reported when they are very close. I don't know how close one needs to be, but someone once said that you need to have three ships in visible range. Most of the time the difficulties of sending contact reports means, that if I want to send a contact report I have to surface inside the enemy's radar range and possibly visible to them. A couple of times I have surfaced, hit send report as soon as it becomes an option, and then dived back immediately and haven't been noticed. The range to the nearest escorts has been something like five to six kilometers (in a visibility of 9 kilometers). I would like to see an air attack on the convoy, but most of the time I just haven't reported the convoy, because of the risk of getting spotted.

Kaptain Schlag 06-20-11 11:47 PM

Contact Reports
Thanks for the info.

sublynx 06-21-11 02:30 AM

U-552, Patrol 9, report 1
Lt.z.s. Alfons Dietzmann
U-552, VIIC
11. Flotille, Bergen
Orders: Patrol grid BF27

0102 AN24 While leaving Bergen, about 1 km from the port, several fourengined enemy bombers spotted on a westerly course. Joined the air defense effort of the port's Flak guns. 188 20 mm rounds used.

After the raid fire and smoke was seen on a ship on the port. The enemy air raids on port seem to be quite harmless, if one is able to get far away from the port. The bombers seem to have the port as their target and ignore sea traffic.

1031 AF17 Metox warning. Dived. 700 kilometers from the Faroes, 900 kilometers from Jan Mayen, 750 kilometers from the Shetlands.
1233 AF17 Metox warning. Dived.

0044 AE39 Airplane sighted, bearing 279, long range. Fast dive to 20 meters, then back to PD. An airplane, probably single-engine loaded with bombs on a southerly course.
0718 AE39 Airplane sighted, bearing 254, long range. Fast dive to 20 meters, then back to PD. A twinengined airplane, probably an Anson on a southerly course.
0916 AE39 Metox warning. Dived.
1248 AE39 Metox warning. Dived.
1613 AE39 A report sent to BdU informing of heavy air traffic in AE39. Possibly clearing a route for a convoy to Murmansk.
1621 AE39 Metox warning. Dived.

0835 AE62 Airplane sighted, bearing 273, long range. Crash dive to A+20.
1609 AE62 Airplane sighted, bearing 250, long range. Crash dive to A+20.
2113 AE62 Metox warning. Dived.

2113 AE64 Metox warning. Dived.
1319 AE64 Metox warning. Dived.

0203 AE67 Metox warning just after surfacing. While diving an airplane sighted. Crash dive to A+20.

0417 AE86 Metox warning. Dived. Continuing towards our grid, submerged daytime, running on the surface nighttime.

Snestorm 06-21-11 02:46 AM


Originally Posted by VONHARRIS (Post 1687635)
My current career with U-105 just crashed.
I decided to raise vonHarris from the dead.
I will start a new career in May 1943 with a IXC.

A IXC, in '43 means,
Be less aggressive!

Good luck with the new career, my ghostly friend.

Snestorm 06-21-11 02:49 AM

U171 IXC. Patrol 2. Part 1.
21.sep.42 Times given will be ZT (Zone Time).
Underway from Lorient, for a start point of DC87

2230: On station. Calm & Clear. Moon approaching full.
New orders: DM17, followed by freedom of action in DA8 & DA9.

29.okt.42 (Clear & Calm. Full moon.)
DM26 (Florida Strait. 20 miles E of Southern Florida.)
0623: Heavy warship trafik.
Batteries & Oxygen must be replenished during brief gaps.
Most warships travaling too fast to be effective, while boat is submerged.
No merchant contacts to date.

VONHARRIS 06-21-11 04:10 AM

U-507 IXC
01 June 1943
Lorient , vonHarris had a lot of catching up to do.
It looks like that his friends are doing well
Kaluen Snestorm and U-171 after a traumatic first patrol because of those damned airplanes are out to sea one more. Sink them all!
U-93 had a succesfull but "stinky" patrol as they had "gas" problems , tough situation
U-65 had sunk two more ships and had contact with enemy torpedo boats which she evaded.
U-46 pulled off a daring harbor attack on Giblartar and U-552 is still in one piece fighting the enemy.

14:06 hours vonHarris was on the conning tower of U-507 leaving Lorient
Orders were to patrol ET51 but to stay far form convoys since there was no anti-sonar coating on U-507 yet.

17 June 1943
Grid Ek75
13:30 hours Merchants seen , that FuMo 29 is useless. Dived to PD
13:40 hours Ships identified as Granville type freighter and medium merchant 06
2 bow torpedeos fired
13:42 hours Impact , the merchant took evasive actions as soon as they spotted the TIs
13:43 hours 1 Bow torpedo fired at the Granville
13:44 hours Impact
13:45 hours Sinking sounds the Granville freighter was going down
13:48 hours 1 stern torpedo fired at the medium merchant
13:49 hours Impact but ship was still afloat and on fire
13:50 hours 1 stern torpedo fired
13:51 hours Impact ship was DIW
13:53 hours Ship sunk

9 July 1943
Grid CG97
10:51 hours Meteox warning dived to PD Multiple sound contacts indicate convoy
11:53 hours 4 bow torpedoes fired (1 TI FaT I) at long range. All failed. U-507 was not detected.

16 July 1943
Grid CG76
10:26 hours Moving to intercept convoy
13:24 hours Sound contact
14:06 hours 4 bow torpedoes fired (1 TI FaT I) at long range.
14:17 hours 2 impacts no sinking noises
19:13 hours Surfaced

20 July 1943
Grid BE98
13:31 hours Moving to intercept convoy
16:17 hours Sound contact convoy moving away , abandoned approach

23 July 1943
Grid BE98
04:48 hours Meteox warning dived to PD
05:14 hours Sound conatcts , convoy closing in
06:10 hours 2 bow torpedoes fired (1 TI FaT I)
06:11 hours 1 bow torpedo fired
06:12 hours 1 bow torpedo fired
06:19 hours Impact - sinking sounds Medium merchant 01 sunk
06:20 hours Impact
06:49 hours 2 stern torpedoes fired , the convoy doesn't move away
09:46 hours Sound contact indicate a ship falling behind
10:16 hours 1 bow torpedo fired (TI FaT I) on hydrophone readings
10:26 hours Nothing heard so 2 stern torpedoes were fired
14:00 hours Surfaced

25 July 1943
15:58 hours U-507 returnrd to Lorient
55 days at sea
3 ships sunk
15545 tons
No damages or casualties

An Alberich antisonar coating and Bold 2 decoys installed.
It was more than obvious that the Meteox warning system had saved us. We had more than 15 warning during the patrol.

Fish In The Water 06-21-11 02:22 PM


Originally Posted by sublynx (Post 1687889)
This is a major flaw in SH3. Single ships can not be reported at all and convoys can only be reported when they are very close. I don't know how close one needs to be, but someone once said that you need to have three ships in visible range.

Also only one report per 24 hours... :hmmm:

Missing Name 06-21-11 03:22 PM

September 5, 1939. About 0600.

We were directly west of Scapa Flow, listening to a nearby merchant.

Unheard, a destroyer approached from behind. It struck the conning tower, completely wrecking it and eliminating any means of seeing the outside world. The destroyer apparently suffered damage and it steamed away, towards the harbor.

Now a dilemma was presented. Should I go North and then East to go around the Orkney Islands, the same way I came in? It would be a long journey with an unusable bridge.

Or should I go through the Pentland Firth submerged? It would be filled with enemy patrols, and I was already running low on batteries and oxygen.

Sound contacts revealed more enemy movement to the west. East was the only way to go.

Creeping along at about 2 knots, we kept absolutely silent. No cooking, no torpedo maintenance, nothing. Just south of the entrance of Scapa Flow, a destroyer came towards us. Engines stopped, nobody even breathed. The destroyer went west.

By 1800,, CO2 levels were quite high, the batteries nearly drained. The nearest contact was quite far away and getting fainter. We surfaced only long enough to refill the boat with fresh air and get the batteries back to half charge. Then more silent creeping.

Finally, at around 0100, we were only 5 km northeast of Duncansby Head. A storm was forming - the wind could be heard even when submerged - and rough waters meant nothing could be heard more than a kilometer away.

On the surface, the diesels were put to the test. For five hours, they were forced to go beyond design specs as we sped away from Scotland. The storm covered our escape.

We arrived back at Wilhelmshaven on the afternoon of the 8th. We are in for repairs and possible engine overhaul. 5 merchants sunk for an estimated 1500 tons.

Snestorm 06-21-11 11:54 PM

U171 IXC. Patrol 2. Part 2.
Continued from our last report from DM26 (Florida Strait), on 29.okt.42. kl. 0623.
Calm & Clear. Nearly full moon.

Times given are ZT (Zone Time).

Warship trafik, up to this time, has been very heavy.

1510: Went to periscope depth for a medium speed, closing, merchant, sound contact, at very long range.
Target soon after was reclassified as "moving away".
Target was deemed too far, and too fast, for a long distance daylight overhaul.

0406: Predawn dive, following 8 hours on the surface.
Location 75 miles W of Key West Naval Base.
Working toward our newest objective of Grid DA, with a focus on Galveston - East Coast trafik.

0548: "Sound contact. Medium speed merchant. Closing. Long range."
0713: Guesstimation of target course is 247, making 9 knots.
0714: TDC set for a bow on shot. Speed 9 knots. AOB 90 starboard. 2 degree spread.
0715: Surface. Both diesels Ahead Flank.
0720: Dead calm sea, and U171 is making 18 knots!
0726: Coming to attack course of 157.
0731: C2 Cargo (?) spotted 8.000 meters. VCS (Variouse Courses & Speeds).
0740: New depth 15 meters.
0741: New course 157.
0742: Ahead Silent Speed. Periscope depth.
0743: Contact bearing 284 R, approximated range 7.400 meters.
0746: Open tubes 1, 2, 4 (TIII G7E). Running depth 4 meters. Confidence high.
(Since the introduction of the TIII, and torpedo problems resolved, all torpedoes again retain magnetic pistols, which are no longer removed, or disabled - per BDU.)
0806: Spread opened up to 6 degrees, for a very close shot.
0807: Fire 1, 2, 4! Impact X 3. Torpedo run time 16½ seconds! 250 meters!
0808: Liberty Cargo (Surprise) sunk for 7.367 GRT.
Location DM2872.
72 miles WSW of Key West Naval Base.
37 miles SW of Key Largo (I think that's the name).
60 miles N of Cuba.
1318: "No sound contact". Begin reload.
Remaining torpedoes: Bow 6 G7E - 1 G7A. Stern 2 G7E - 2 G7A.

0414: Predawn dive. Remained surfaced throughout the night.
All ASW surface units seem to have been concentrated in the narrows of Florida Strait.
Present position, 27 miles S of Key West Naval Base.
Will proceed surfaced by night, until/unless conditions change.

0435: Predawn dive. U171 has entered The Gulf Of Mexico.

0425: Preparing for predawn dive.
Medium Fog. Wind 10 M/S.
Location 240 miles SW of Galveston, Texas, Naval Base, and closing.
No trafik, of any kind, encountered since entering The Gulf Of Mexico.
Moving to search the shallows nearer the coast.
Galveston itself is protected by an extremely wide stretch of sea, with a depth of roughly 15 meters, which negates any operations there.

Save & Exit.

Snippets from our Radioman:
U507 has retutned safely from her first patrol, with 3 ships sunk for 15.545 GRT.
Well done Kaleun VONHARRIS!
U552 & U93 are still defending Norge from threat of invasion, in addition to surviving the brutal Arctic weather, and even more brutal threat presented by enemy aircraft. The area around Førøerne is percieved by me as the most dangeriouse. Well done, kaleuns!
Kaleun Hessler and U65, are believed to be safely docked at Lorient, and awaiting orders. They certainly earned a good rest period.
Kaleun Missingname's unidentified boat arrived safely back in Wilhelmhaven, after taking being rammed by a Destroyer, and taking heavy damage to the tower.

Special request to U93 & U552:
If you ever encounter it, please sink the Aircraft Carrier stationed near Færøerne. Though I've never seen her, she's there, someplace.

sublynx 06-22-11 01:59 AM


Originally Posted by Snestorm (Post 1688550)
Special request to U93 & U552:
If you ever encounter it, please sink the Aircraft Carrier stationed near Færøerne. Though I've never seen her, she's there, someplace.

I occasionally use SH3Gen to get more varied patrol orders and reconnaissance info on air bases. SH3Gen unfortunately seems to list carriers as air bases and I'm pretty sure I know where the carrier is. (It has been stationary in two reports.) However, I can't go and sink it, because it would be very unrealistic for a carrier to just stay parked in one spot. If I bump into it, while chasing a convoy, then I'll do my best!

Snestorm 06-22-11 02:29 AM


Originally Posted by sublynx (Post 1688601)
I occasionally use SH3Gen to get more varied patrol orders and reconnaissance info on air bases. SH3Gen unfortunately seems to list carriers as air bases and I'm pretty sure I know where the carrier is. (It has been stationary in two reports.) However, I can't go and sink it, because it would be very unrealistic for a carrier to just stay parked in one spot. If I bump into it, while chasing a convoy, then I'll do my best!

Understood, and agree.
And thanks for the info.

VONHARRIS 06-22-11 08:08 AM

U-507 IXC Patrol No3
Patrol No3
U-171 has radioed the sinking of Liberty cargo. Well done as these ships are tough and heavily armed
Missing name has retured to port heavily damaged. (Can you please state the number and type of your boat? Thank you)
25 August 1943
03:53 hours U-507 sailed of Lorient under the cover of darkness

30 August 1943
Grid CF63
08:24 hours Meteox warning dived to PD
08:38 hours Multiple warships sound contacts possible TF
08:55 hours Abandon approach as the targets are moving very fast

25 September 1943
Grid EC69
18:16 hours Ship spotted , dived to PD
18:20 hours Ship identified : US medium cargo
18:27 hours 2 bow torpedoes fired
18:29 hours 2 impacts - ship on fire - pursuing submerged
19:52 hours 1 bow torpedo fired
19:55 hours Pursuit abandoned as ship was not slowing down

27 September 1943
Grid EC93
21:34 hours Meteox warning dived to PD
21:42 hours Multiple warship contacts closing fast
22:14 houts Target ID : Bogue class CVE range 700m 3 bow torpedoes fired
2 impacts 1 dud
22:15 hours 1 bow torpedo fired(TI FaT I) - impact CVE is manouvering as U-507 is turning to present her stern tubes The escorts are in chaos running all over the place
22:16 hours 1 stern torpedo fired - dud
22:18 hours 1 stern torpedo fired - impacts

22:21 hours Explosions heard - sinking sounds - diving to 100m - no pinging
23:08 hours Depth 140m silent running

28 September 1943
01:02 hours Merchant sound contact - ignored since tubes were empty
01:57 hours Tubes reloaded - merchant was still there - rising to PD
01:59 hours 3 bow torpedoes fired at a large shadow
02:00 hours diving to 100m - leaving the area
16:57 hours Still submerged - multiple sound contacts merchants and warships
17:14 hours Diving to 160m as no torpedoes left
19:35 hours Rising to the surface , at 40m sound contact warship closing
21:21 hours Surfaced because the oxygen was running out and the batteries were almost empty. We had been some 24 hours underwater

14 October 1943
Grid DF65
05:27 hours The storm finally stopped beating U-507. Time to bring the external inside

19 October 1943
Grid CF88
17:56 hours Ahead flank to intercept convoy - failed

23 October 1943
Grid CG75
15:34 hours Ahead flank to intercept convoy
15:50 hours Meteox warning , dived to PD
16:07 hours Sound contacts - only 3 escorts
17:08 hours After targets have been tracked by hydrophone 4 bow torpedeos were fired (1 TI FaT I)
17:12 hours 2 impacts heard follwed by 2 more explosions
17:23 hours 2 stern torpedoes fired
17:26 hours 2 impacts - no sinking sounds - diving to 150m - moving away
19:04 hours After all sound contacts were lost U-507 returned to the attack site
21:11 hours Ceramic type ocean liner spotted DIW
21:41 hours 2 stern torpedoes fired
21:42 hours 2 impacts - ship on fire - star shell fired - sinking sounds. Liner observed sinking (forgot to take screenshot)

27 October 1943
04:22 hours U-507 docked at Lorient
64 days at sea
2 ships sunk
29985 tons
No damages or casualties
There were several other Meteox warnings through the whole patrol
The patrol report

sublynx 06-22-11 08:09 AM

U-552 lost
Enclosure to 2 Naval War Staff / B.d.U. Operations.
Group Command. Secret 539 Ing.

Enclosure to II (Losses in detail).

U 211 Veteran boat. Last report 11.11 west of Biscay area. Cause of loss unknown.

U 226 Veteran boat, new Commanding Officer. Last report on 17.10. West of Biscay area. Cause of loss unknown.

U 274 First trip. Last report on 22.10. west of Ireland. Cause of loss unknown.

U 280 First trip. Last report on 16.11. from Atlantic west of Biscay area. Loss probably by aircraft attack.

U 282 1st trip. Last report on 24.10. west of Iceland. Cause of loss unknown.

U 405 Veteran boat. Last report on 30.10. from the Atlantic east of Newfoundland. Cause of loss unknown.

U 420 2nd trip. Last report on 20.10. from Biscay area. Cause of loss unknown.

U 508 Veteran boat. Last report on 12.11 from Biscay area.

U 533 Veteran boat. Last report on 13.10. from the Indian Ocean. Cause of loss unknown.

U 536 Veteran boat. Last report on 19.11 N.E. of the Azores. Cause of loss unknown.

U 542 1st trip. Last report on 26.11. E. of the Azores. Loss probably through aircraft attack.

U 552 Veteran boat. Experienced Commanding officer. Last report on 21.11. grid AM13 after attacking a convoy with slight damages. Loss probably off a convoy.

U 600 Veteran boat. Last report on 23.11. east of the Azores. Loss probably off a convoy.

U 707 Veteran boat. Last report on 9.11. west of Spain. Loss probably through aircraft attack.

U 842 1st trip. Last report on 6.11. N.W. of the Azores. Loss probably through aircraft attack.

U 848 New boat, experienced Commanding Officer. Last report on 5.11 from South Atlantic, loss by aircraft attack.

U 966 1st trip. Destroyed on 10.11. by aircraft on the Spanish north coast. (This boat was already reported missing in October).

flag4 06-22-11 01:15 PM

Rain. November 1942.
...thank you for your letters of concern, i recieved them just before we left. unfortunatly i am in grid area BF13 south of Ireland, so i write this brief note now. maybe i could bring this letter myself upon my return - you could read it to me!
i think some of my crew should go back to school - kindergarten. i feel the creeping reality of our situation has not been told to them - but i am only joking, no? some are like babies in their cradles: kampfen kampfen kampfen!

our current patrol is not good at all. the weather is raining all the time. we have no wind only rainings. it is as though we are being followed by a bowl above us it is grey and all the water is only falling on our heads.

i can see nearly no things at all. i can only urinate off the front of the boat and this is as far as i can see!

and it is so still. the waves lick the sides of our boat. i have the feelings something big is coming. i have ordered many dives today to see if there are merchants or destroyers out there - we can see no thing. as we move the rain is following. a grey forest of cloud is beyond at all times.

we have left Williamshaven over two weeks ago - nearly three now. and we have seen no thing. we have heard the distant cutting of screws through the water, but these boats are many leagues from us. we are in a ghosts town i feel. the men do not like it, some of them have cried, the youngest is 17. he broke yesterday in his sleep. my watch officer heard him crying in his dreams somewhere far away. i have ordered that no one will laugh at him. we have all been here. i have spoken some words to him and put in the watch crew in the conning tower for a short time only. at least he can breathe up there.

now i will order another dive to periscope depth to listen for the churning screws and also for some relief, before we all go Fog Blind.

i will look for this interesting radio programme, you speak of, on my return - if i am lucky.

i whish you many sleepfull nights

Heinrich Von Baino U46

sublynx 06-22-11 04:20 PM

U-10, Patrol 1 Harry Wiebus
U-10, type IIA
2.Flotille, Kiel
Orders: Patrol grid AN18

Left Kiel 28.8.1939 knowing that the patrol started in peace time and that we we would return to port in war time.

On the second war day a Polish 2600 BRT frachter was sunk with three TI's of which one missed. MZ, depth 5, speed 40 knots.

The British joined the Poles on the 3rd of September and on the same day we hit a 7900 BRT passagiersfrachtschiff with two TI's. MZ, depth 10, speed 40 knots.

While returning to Kiel after shooting all of our a torpedoes a Polish 2400 BRT frachter was spotted. As there was almost no risk of airplanes or destroyers the ship was shot to pieces with over 1700 20 mm rounds.

The North Sea will soon be our sea, says my boatswain, Stabsoberbootsmann Hans Rappold. The start of this war has really been good to us. Five torpedoes, five days since the war started and 13000 BRT of sunk shipping to U-10's name.


VONHARRIS 06-23-11 12:37 AM

U-507 IXC Patrol 4
21 November 1943
Otto Herman , the radioman of U-507 was doing some testing in his equipment
when he received a very bad message.
U 552 Veteran boat. Experienced Commanding officer. Last report on 21.11. grid AM13 after attacking a convoy with slight damages. Loss probably off a convoy.
We were shocked as we knew that Kaleun Alfons Dietzmann was one of the best.
They will be missed but not forgotten.

U-10 out of Kiel had a very succesful patrol.
Nothing elese is known of U-171 and U-65 so far

Jobs done :
1 Changed radar to FuMo - 30
2 Changed Hydrophones to Balcongerat
3 Took 1 TIV Flake homing torpedo in tube No5

27 November 1943
01:58 hours U-507 left Lorient
Grid BF64
07:33 hours Meteox warning , stayed on the surface sice it was to shallow to crash dive.
07:38 hours Welligton shot down. The pilot was so confident that he didn't take any precaution while attacking , he just flew in a straight line. Easy target for the Flakvierling

04 December 1943
Grid CF53
13:58 hours Diving to PD as BdU informed us of convoy coming our direction
15:08 hours Sound contact with the convoy
16:37 hours 2 bow torpedoes fired (1 TI FaTI)
16:38 hours 2 bow torpedoes fired
16:40 hours 2 impacts
16:41 hours 2 stern torpedoes fired (1 TIV Falke homing) - diving to 100m
16:42 hours Sinking sounds - Repair ship. Distant pinging - Bold launched
17:21 hours Depth is 150m running silent - no pinging
20:05 hours Surfaced.

11 December 1943
Grid CE77
00:23 hours Nice weather and full moon , moving the externals inside

27 December 1943
Grid DO74
05:58 hours Meteox warning dived to PD
06:20 hours Enemy warship ID : Evarts DE sailing in a non evasive course
06:51 hours 1 bow torpedo fired
06:53 hours Impact - explosions - sinking sounds. DE seen sinking by the bow

28 December 1943
Grid ED11
01:01 hours Ship seen , no meteox warning , dived to PD
01:06 hours Ships ID : Turbine tanker and motor tanker unescorted but armed to the teeth.
01:11 hours 3 bow torpedoes fired
01:17 hours 3 impacts but no sinking sounds , following submerged
02:27 hours Can not obtain favorable firing position - surfacing. Range was kept from 2500 to 3000 m and course parallel to the general direction of the zigzagging tankers. They couldn't see us.
03:07 hours Ships stopped zigzagging - turned and fired 2 stern shots
03:11 hours impact - impact nothing else observed. In a very foolish and daring act U-507 stayed on the surface shadowing the tankers in order to reload.
03:18 hours Turned to fire bow tubes 2 torpedoes launched
03:20 hours Impact turbine tanker on fire followed by explosions
03:21 hours Ship sunk by the bow
03:27 hours 1 stren torpedo fired
03:30 hours Impact - motor tanker DIW
03:47 hours 1 bow torpedo fired
03:49 hours Impact - what were these tankers made of?
03:50 hours 1 bow torpedo launched (TI FaTI used as normal TI)
03:52 hours Impact - series of explosions - ship sunk even keel
It took 4 torpedoes for the turbine tanker and 5 for the motor tanker to sink.
It was time to return.

24 January 1944
06:53 hours
U-507 docked at Lorient
59 days at sea

Snestorm 06-23-11 01:22 AM

U171 IXC. Patrol 2. Part 3.
News from our Radioman:
The veteran boat, U552, was lost in AM13, following a convoy engagement.
U507 has been busy sinking enemy shipping, including an Aircraft Carrier!
Well done! U171 sends many thanks, for easing our days at sea.
U10 has managed to sink 3 ships, for 13.000 GRT, on her very first patrol.
The crew realy worked miracles with their flak gun.

Last reported 0425, 8.nov.42, from DA94
One Liberty Cargo had been sunk for 7.367 GRT.
Remaining torpedoes are: Bow 6 G7E - 1 G7A. Stern 2 G7E - 2 G7A.

Times given are ZT (Zone Time - Local)

0424: Predawn dive. 67 miles S of New Orleans.
Nearest land is 45 miles. Total depth is 26 meters.

0414: Predawn dive. 150 miles SW of Galveston.
Nearest land is 60 miles.
No trafik of any kind encountered during nightly forays into the shallows.
Fuel dictates departing the area.

2015: Surface. Overcast, Light Fog, 9 M/S.

2040: "Ship spotted! 240. Long range."
Dived to avoid detection by a Medium Speed Trawler.

2209: "Sound contact! Medium speed merchant. 004. Closing. Long range."
2214: Suraface and close.
2224: New depth 15 meters. Target will pass to the North, moving West.
Set TDC: AOB 90 Port. 9 knots. 2 degree spread. Depth 4 meters.
Preliminary estimate is 287, making 9 knots.
2242: New course 017. Open tubes 1, 2, 4 (TIII G7E).
2300: Surface. Very dark night.
2305: Fire 1, 2, 4! One premature! Tanker!!!
2306: Impact X 2! Surface reloading approved.
2307: Fire 3 (TI G7A). Target slowed - torpedo missed.
2309: Target listing heavily to Port.
2325: Coming to targets course for an angled shot, angled at 90 degrees.
2330. Target appears stopped, or nearly so.
2356: Fire 6 (TI G7A, depth 6 meters!
2358: Target is not DIW, and the torpedo missed.
0011: Fire 6 (TI G7A). Stern on textbook shot. Depth 6 meters.
0013: Impact below the bridge, with lots of fireworks.
Torpedo run 78 seconds. Just over 1.000 meters.
T3 Tanker sunk, for 11.673 GRT.
6 torpedoes spent! 3 hits, 2 misses, 1 premature.
Current position DM7111. 28 miles S of westernmost Cuba.
3 bow, and 2 stern torpedoes remain. All TIII G7E.

0353: "Ship spotted! 093. Long range." Turn nose on to another Tanker!
0401: Set TDC: 9 knots. AOB 90 Port. Depth 4 meters. 2 degree spread.
0403: Visual contact lost.
0406: Submerge for a quick listen, and information gathering.
0419: Surface! All Ahead Flank!
0512: Target on 260, making 9 knots.
0520: Open tubes 1,2, 4.
0528: Turning nose on to target. AOB is 45 degrees.
0530: VCS (Variouse Courses & Speeds).
0533: New course 170 for final attack.
0535: Stern gun mount noted. Range 1.300 meters. Fire 1, 2, 4! Back slow.
0536: Impact X 3! Torpedo run, 64 seconds.
0537: T2 Tanker sunk, for 10.841 GRT. 2 G7E torpedoes remain aft.

1808: "Ship spotted! 295. Long range." Yet another Tanker!
It's day, and this attack will have to be made submerged.
Not so easy with stern tubes.
1816: Again, targets course is 260, and making 9 knots (I'm betting).
1830: Turning nose on to target, at Flank Speed.
1832: Range to target is 3.200 meters. New depth 15 meters.
1833: New course 080 (for Port to Port shot). Periscope depth.
1836: Turning for a textbook stern on shot. Open tubes 5 & 6.
1839: Fire 5 & 6!
1841: One impact. Torpedo run 1 minute & 57 seconds. About 2.000 meters.
1842: Little Tanker sunk, for 4.276 GRT. 14 of 14 torpedoes expended.

0001: Status report sent to BDU:
"14 of 14 torpedoes expended.
3 Tankers, and 1 Freighter, sunk for 34.157 GRT.
Galveston bound tanker trafik is running just S of Cuba, unladen.
All 3 tankers US flagged. 2 of 3 on course 260, at 9 knots.
Farthest West tanker had already turned northward, on course 287."

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