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Paul Riley 07-12-11 12:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VONHARRIS (Post 1703063)
Patrol 11
We received no news of other U-booten
U-56 must be refitting , U-23 and U-65 on patrol.

20 March 1941
04:06 hours U-111 left Lorient for Grid ET26

24 March 1941
Grid CG27
01:51 hours Ship seen
01:56 hours Positive ID: Empire type freighter
02:06 hours Opened fire
02:07 hours She returned fire - range kept at 2500m
02:09 hours Ship sunk - 24 105mm rounds

07 April 1941
Grid ET29
10:59 hours Sound contact - convoy approaching
11:25 hours Positive ID: US troop transport - turbine tanker - large merchant + British ceramic type liner
The liner was zigazging between the other ships
11:42 hours 3 TIs(bow) fired
11:43 hours 3 impacts - Liner on fire
11:48 hours 1 TI (bow) fired
11:49 hours Impact - ship sunk

10 April 1941
Grid ET29
22:50 hours Moving in to intercept convoy
11 April 1941
00:03 hours Sound contact with convoy
01:33 hours 2 TIs (stern) fired
01:35 hours Impact - tramp steamer sunk - wrong target. The explosion gave away the attack.
01:36 hours Impact - Tanker 04 sunk
01:37 hours 1 TI (bow) fired
01:38 hours Impact - Ore carrier sunk after series of explosions
01:46 hours 3 TIs (bow) fired - pinging - diving to 100m
01:47 hours Impact - explosions heard
01:49 hours Hit by DCs - flooding
02:04 hours Depth 90m - flooding under control - pinging
05:01 hours Surfaced - Conning tower + flak guns destroyed
Decision : Return to Lorient at ahead standard and hope that we would have any contact

18 April 1941
Grid CG19
12:02 hours Smoke seen
12:06 hours Ship seen : Coastal freighter
12:09 hours Opened fire
12:15 hours She returned fire - range kept at 3200m
12:20 hours 1 TI (bow) fired
12:21 hours Ship sunk after 70 105mm rounds. The torpedo didn't reach the target in time

20 April 1941
12:18 hours U-111 docked at Lorient
32 days at sea
6 ships sunk
42073 tons
No damage to hull despite the destroyed turm and flak guns

Fruitful patrol,nice one :up:

VONHARRIS 07-12-11 01:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Paul Riley (Post 1703070)
Fruitful patrol,nice one :up:

Thank you for that.

Paul Riley 07-12-11 01:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VONHARRIS (Post 1703110)
Thank you for that.

No problem mate.

gazpode_l 07-12-11 05:55 PM

R. HESSLER - U65 - Patrol 4 - Msg2
 
Latest status of U-65
14 Torpedoes remain
Current tonnage as per previous report - no further sinkings or significant action.

Encountered a distant task force heading through designated patrol grid of AM78 during early hours of 22/03/1941. This appeared to consist of a number of british battleships. Decided not to attack due to heavily escorted plus the feeling of danger amongst the crew.

As the T/F passed, U-65 remained undetected throughout - an achievement the crew later toasted.

Since sighting the T/F on Mar 22, there has been no further sighting of ANY vessel for some three days.

We have patrolled an area of Rockall Banks to no avail, and are now just north of AM53, a fruitful hunting ground from the past.

End of report, Dated 25 Mar 1941
From: R Hessler, U-65 (IXB)

Fish In The Water 07-12-11 08:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Paul Riley (Post 1702624)
Thanks also Fish In The Water

You're welcome, and thanks for the reports! :salute:

Snestorm 07-13-11 02:42 AM

U56 IIC. Patrol 4.
 
26.jan.40
AO77
0340: Underway from Kiel.
Orders: Patrol grid AN18 (Aberdeen).
All 5 torpedoes (TII G7E) set to MZ (Magnetic Pistol).

1.feb.40
AN44
1058: "Sound contact! Slow merchant. Closing."
1200: Contact IDed as Fishing Boat. No action taken.

AN18
1700: On station.
1744: "Sound contact! Medium speed merchant. Closing."
1745: Periscope depth! New course 333!
1816: New course 063! Targets estimated course 153, making 9 knots.
1817: TDC preset. AOB 90 Stb. 9 knots. 4 meters running depth. 3 degree spread.
1821: Open tubes 1, 2, and 3. Uncommitted ID as C2 Cargo.
1825: Target ID committed as C2 Cargo.
1835: British flagged. 3 TII G7E torpedoes to be fired individualy.
1837: Fire 1! Fire 3! Fire 2!
1838: Premature x 1. Impact x 2. Torpedo run 42 seconds. Range about 700 meters.
1839: New course 150 (Now known course of target). New depth 50 meters.
1840: Target moving away slow.
1930: Surface! Tubes 1 & 3 loaded.
1939: Target resighted. She has a fire forward of the bridge.
2010: Open tubes 1 & 3.
2011: Target speed 6 knots. AOB 90 Stb. Depth 8,8 meters.
AN44
2050: Fire 1! Fire 3! Back slow.
2052: Impact x 2. Bow & Stern. Torpedo run 76 seconds. Range about 1.200 meters.
2053: Target sunk. Vacating the area at All Ahead Full.
2055:
From: U56
To: BDU
One freighter sunk for about 6.000 GRT.
All torpedoes expended.
2 attacks. 1 premature. 4 good hits.
Clear. 9 M/S.

2210:
From: BDU
To: U56
Return to base.

7.feb.40
AO77
1445: Docked at Kiel, beside U10.

Patrol results:
All torpedoes expended.
100% Crew & Hull Integrity.
1 ship sunk for 6.446 GRT.

U56's history to date:
4 war patrols completed.
2 ships sunk for 8.489 GRT.

Dockside News:

U10 returned to Kiel on 31.jan.40.
She had a rough patrol around AN81, plagued with bad weather, and torpedo problems.

U111 departed Wilhelmshaven for her first war patrol on 19.jan.40. Good hunting, Kaleun VONHARRIS.

Snestorm 07-13-11 03:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Paul Riley (Post 1702806)
Prize law,as in restrictions on attacking neutral shipping?,yep,I have to agree with you there it does limit your potential tonnage,but also adds that extra dimension of realism to the game which is what we're all about :03:
I was never aware of the reduction in ship respawning rates,cant say it really bothered me to be perfectly honest,interesting to know though.
Good luck mate in the meantime.

Prize law, as in restrictions on attacking anything, including english.
Inspection of shipping papers first.
I'm at the stage now where it's gradualy shifting to unrestricted submarine warfare but, through 1939 is rough. Nobody complies, but I have to wait for them to attempt evasion before attacking. (A deck gun would be a realy thing to have.) By next patrol BDU should have it all straightened out with Ręder.

The reduction in single ship contacts is my own self modding.
About one half of Stock SH3's trafik, and about one third of GWX's.
It's a whole different game. My tonnage won't even come close to yours, but it's a realy good incentive to stay in contact with convoys, and value every target.

Gerald 07-13-11 05:01 AM

Good work, :up:

Snestorm 07-13-11 05:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Vendor (Post 1703552)
Good work, :up:

Hi, pal.
Thanks.

sublynx 07-13-11 03:12 PM

U-10 (IIB, "die Elster"), patrol 6, report 1
 
Ob.Lt.z.s. Harry Wiebus
1. Flottille, Kiel
Orders: Patrol grid AN28

Statusbericht 15.3.1940

I have arrived to my grid in clear weather, wind 1 m/s. Not much fuel used, no enemy sightings. Continuing patrolling.

Wiebus

Snestorm 07-14-11 02:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sublynx (Post 1704009)
Ob.Lt.z.s. Harry Wiebus
1. Flottille, Kiel
Orders: Patrol grid AN28

Statusbericht 15.3.1940

I have arrived to my grid in clear weather, wind 1 m/s. Not much fuel used, no enemy sightings. Continuing patrolling.

Wiebus

We would have been in the same grid, at the same time but, I read the applicable KTBs and Messages to U56 for The Norwegian Campaign, and applied them all, including the recall of U56 in marts.

Good hunting, my friend.

Snestorm 07-14-11 02:09 AM

U56 IIC. Patrol 5.
 
6.mar.40
AO77
0200: Underway from Kiel.
1400: Radio Message:
From: BDU
To: U56
"Return to base.
Boat to remain ready to sail at 12 hours notice."
(True event).

3.apr.40
AO77
2100: Underway from Kiel.
Preliminary orders: Patrol grid AN28 (Norge).

9.apr.40
AN28 (SW of Bergen)
0240: On station.
0853: "Ship spotted! 081. Long range.
0859: Northbound german Small Merchant.

10.apr.40
AN28
0600: Radio Message:
From: BDU
To: U56
"Proceed to AN2330 at utmost speed." (True event).
0605: Ahead Flank!

10.apr.40 (still)
AN2330 (WNW of Bergen).
1330: On station.

14.apr.40
AN2330
1010: Radio Message:
From: BDU
To: U56
"Occupy grid AF7830." (True event).
1015: Ahead Full!

15.apr.40
AF7830 (NE of Shetlands).
1030: On station. Targets limited to Large Naval Vessels, and Transports.

16.apr.40
1406: "Ship spotted! 335. Long range." Destroyer!
1406: Preliminary dive to 15 meters.
1408: "Single contact. Closing fast. Medium range." New depth 100 meters.
1411: He passed just ahead of our bow. Undetected.
1415: Estimated course 330, making 27 knots.

17.apr.40
0034: "Ship spotted! 117. Long range." Destroyer! New depth 97 meters.
0035: "Single contact. Medium range. Closing fast."
0045: Undetected.

18.apr.40
0030: Radio Message:
From: BDU
To: U56
"Reoccupy grid AN2330."
0035: Ahead Full!

18.apr.40 (still)
AN2330
2110: On station.

22.apr.40
1200: Returning to Kiel, due to fuel constraints.

28.apr.40
AO77
1140: Docked at Kiel.
No ships sunk this patrol.

U56's history to date:
5 war patrols completed.
2 ships sunk for 8.489 GRT.

sublynx 07-14-11 02:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Snestorm (Post 1704387)
We would have been in the same grid, at the same time but, I read the applicable KTBs and Messages to U56 for The Norwegian Campaign, and applied them all, including the recall of U56 in marts.

Good hunting, my friend.

U-10 seems to have a small part in the Norwegian campaign too, but very little (trying to intercept traffic between Scapa Flow and Norway). For my next U-boat I think I'll choose a number that is mentioned a lot in BdU's KTB, so that I too could play according to historical lines. That would be very interesting.

Gute Jagd Snestorm!

Salvadoreno 07-14-11 02:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Paul Riley (Post 1702806)
Prize law,as in restrictions on attacking neutral shipping?,yep,I have to agree with you there it does limit your potential tonnage,but also adds that extra dimension of realism to the game which is what we're all about :03:
I was never aware of the reduction in ship respawning rates,cant say it really bothered me to be perfectly honest,interesting to know though.
Good luck mate in the meantime.


Are those self made rules you guys playing with? Or did u modify ur campaign files to reduce ship spawns? I wanna know!

Snestorm 07-14-11 03:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Salvadoreno (Post 1704400)
Are those self made rules you guys playing with? Or did u modify ur campaign files to reduce ship spawns? I wanna know!

Mine is heavily self modded.

sublynx 07-14-11 11:38 AM

U-10 (IIB, "die Elster"), patrol 6, report 2
 
Ob.Lt.z.s. Harry Wiebus
1. Flottille, Kiel
Orders: Patrol grid AN28

Statusbericht 25.3.1940

Returned back to Kiel. Two 1800 BRT freighters sunk in grid AN28. The other had a speed of 9 knots, course 65, the other probably 8 knots, course 55. Five torpedoes used at approximately 90 AOB angle, depth 5 meters, MZ. One dud in 9 m/s winds, two misses, two hits which were quite enough in sinking the ships. The port traffic to Bergen seems quite heavy.

Wiebus

Paul Riley 07-14-11 12:57 PM

Tonight's developments
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Paul Riley (Post 1702366)
Well,here we go,finally,a new campaign after almost a year away from the game,and I can tell you right now it feels good to have the bowspray back in my face again.Also I may need to point out that I have still yet to finish the game even after all these years (best so far is early 1943 with a respectable campaign tonnage of well over 1 million tonnes,with 4 careers I think it was),so hopefully this campaign could be the one.Please,no corrupt career files this time please? (fingers crossed)

Sept 1st 1939

So,with the onset of war with Poland we set off from Kiel in our snug type IIA for an assigned patrol in AN21 just east of the Shetlands.We dont expect much action this early in the war,however we could pick up a few loners in and around the area due to the fact that we have an extensive copy of previous captains ship co-ordinate logs from old campaigns.But with only a meagre supply of 5 torps this could be a short journey indeed,therefore we must employ the 'one ship one torpedo' philosophy to its fullest!.
I will need to get the men into a VII as soon as possible for I fear cabin fever may set in before long if I dont.

May the gods guide us safely on our mission.

Latest report from U-23

2nd Sept
uneventful

3rd Sept
day 3 at sea

making our break into the North Sea from the SE tip of Norway we sighted a lone vessel heading 246,speed approx 5-6 kts.
followed for around 2 hrs,vessel clearly indicating it was a Norwegian medium cargo
broke off and sent contact report back to base
earlier in the day we recieved reports of a German UBoat attacking a Polish sub in AO94,which was finally sunk

4th Sept
day 4

no major events other than a radio message at 0846 reporting that HMS Courageous had been dispatched on ASW mission with destroyers Anthony,Acasta,Amazon,Ardent
1430
second radio message,Royal Oak departed Scapa Flow on patrol in North Sea.If only I knew where

5th Sept
day 5

1000
arrived in assigned grid AN21.patrol ends at 1000 on 6th Sept
dived to 20m

6th Sept
day 6

0400
surfaced,co2 at 50%,14hrs submerged (smd)
1000
set new patrol grid AN14-AN16 on an 80km corridor between the Shetlands and the Orkneys
1723
radio report from U-38
fired at by steamer in CG5553
steamer sunk for approx 7.000 GRT
1730
dived to 20m
will remain in area for 1-2 weeks depending on current situation
2100
surfaced,4.5hrs smd,approx 15km covered,recharging
0000
D20m,RC time 3hrs
0002
sound contact,merchant bearing 50,speed slow
0330
broke off from chase,visibility extremely poor with 15mps waves,target pulling away
0638
sound contact
0715
visual on target,British vessel,rough course 151,speed unknown
0750
broke off due to poor vis and rough sea,cannot afford to attack in such uncertain conditions due to our meagre supply of 5 torps
1008
sound contact
1300
gave chase for a good 3hrs,no visual,target must have been faster than our mean speed of 9-10kts at full
1500
D20m
1741
radio message,convoy OA1 departed from Thames estuary for Halifax
1806
sound contact,visibility improving,wind still 15mps
2025
visual contact,target ID British Granville
got well ahead of target and set up for a submerged perpendicular shot fired from 1000m
fired 1,impact tip set to fast,depth 3m.torpedo aimed at foremast
torpedo impacted directly at intended spot.target still afloat yet secondary fires observed below front mast
2100
blew ballast,keeping parallel with target mean course we got in position for a second 90 degree shot fired from the surface at 2000m,light fading,decent cover
torpedo passed literally inches from the bow
fired a 3rd,same
fired a 4th,same (incorrect torpedo setting) :damn:
2116
target slowed to 3kts and still burning slightly
prepared our final fifth torpedo aimed slightly aft of first damage site
torpedo hit perfectly
target finally sank on even keel for 4707 GRT
report sent in to BDU,returning to Kiel
end of report
-----------------------------------------------------------------------

Conclusion

below average performance,I think mainly due to impatience,after all,this is my first patrol in almost a year away from the game and was eager for a kill,which after all said and done we did get ;)
Why on earth I left in a type II i'll never know,the only thing I like about it is its cramped space which lends a sense of coziness.
Two weeks back in Kiel and we should be ready for our 2nd patrol,or I may give the men 1 month bringing us closer to 1940...1939 is so slow

VONHARRIS 07-14-11 11:34 PM

U-111 IXB
 
Patrol 12
21 May 1941
04:17 hours U-111 left Lorient for grid ET29 ,Freetown

05 June 1941
Grid EK47
04:03 hours Warship seen - fast dive to PD
12:31 Surfaced

12 June 1941
Grid ET29
11:39 hours Warship seen - fast dive to PD
11:45 hours Positive ID: Hunt I class DD
11:51 hours 2 x TI(stern) fired - impacts - ship sunk
12:00 Surfaced

14:24 hours Aircraft spotted - engaged
14:25 hours Aircraft damaged - minor damages from machine gun fire
14:27 hours Crash dived as aircraft was moving away
16:26 hours Surfaced - attacked by aircraft - engaged
16:27 hours Aircraft shot down - PBY Catalina

16 June 1941
Grid ET29
01:12 hours Warship seen - fast dive to PD
03:09 hours Surfaced
19:49 hours Moving to intercept convoy
20:48 hours Ship seen - US Somers class DD - convoy neutral

18 June 1941
Grid ET38
18:19 hours Warship seen - fast dive to PD
19:41 hours Surfaced

22 June 1941
Grid ET29
18:30 hours Warship seen - fast dive to PD
18:38 hours Positive ID: Tribal class DD
18:43 hours 2 x TI(stern) fired
18:44 hours Impacts - ship sunk

11 July 1941
Grid BF77
21:37 hours Ship seen
21:45 hours Positive ID: Medium cargo unarmed
21:58 hours Opened fire
22:02 hours Ship sunk after 31 105mm rounds

12 July 1941
Grid BF72
21:58 hours Ship seen dived to PD
22:03 hours Positive ID: Medium merchant 01 armed
22:17 hours 2 x TI(bow) fired from 600m - both duds
22:18 hours 2 x TI(bow) fired from 500m - impact
22:20 hours Sinking sounds - ship went down

This was not looking like a good patrol.
14 July 1941
08:34 hours U-111 docked at Lorient.
55 days at sea
4 ships sunk
13594 tons
94% hull integrity
no casualties

U-23 returned after her first patrol (Nice report Paul)
U-10 also returned safely having sunk two ships. Commander Wiebus must be given a bigger boat. I will see to it. I must talk to Karl about it!
U-56 is also at port with no sinkings this time but she evaded two enemy destroyers.
U-65 is enroute to her patrol grid , hopefully.



Snestorm 07-15-11 03:14 AM

U56 IIC. Patrol 6.
 
26.maj.40
AO77
1040: Underway from Kiel, bound for AM36.
All torpedoes set to AZ (Impact Pistol), running depth 3 meters. Finaly!

1.jun.40 (Clear & Dead Calm)
AN14 (Shetland - Orkney Narrows)
1717: "Sound contact! Medium speed merchant. Long range. Closing."
1728: New course 180. Preset TDC for AOB 90 Port, 9 knots. (090 - 9 knots).
1735: New depth 20 meters! Ahead Flank!
1740: New depth 12 meters! Silent speed!
1741: Open tubes 1, 2, 3. Target IDed as english, C2 Cargo.
1742: Fire 1! Fire 3! Fire 2!
1745: Miss! Impact! Impact! Target was making good 8½ knots.
1746: New depth 20 meters. New course 090.
1747: Reload tubes 1 & 3.
1750: Target DIW (Dead In [the] Water).
1845: Fire 3!
1847: Hit, but no explosion. Angle is perfect. Target DIW. Dud!
1848: Fire 1!
1849: Impact! Target broke in two, and went down center first.
1850: New depth 20 meters. New course 090.

2250:
From U56
To BDU
Position AN14.
1 sunk for 6.000 - 7.000 GRT.
All torpedoes expended.
3 good impacts.
1 dud.
1 miss.
Weather clear, and dead calm.

2346:
From BDU
To U56
Return to Kiel

7.jun.40
AO77
2340: Docked at Kiel.

Patrol results:
5 of 5 torpedoes expended.
Crew & Hull Integrity 100%.
1 ship sunk for 7.909 GRT. (I had underestimated my tonnage a tad. Target turned out to be a C3 Refrigerated Cargo.)

U56's history to date:
6 war patrols completed.
3 ships sunk for 16.398 GRT. (eleventh place).

Dockside News:

U111 departed Wilhelmhaven on 31.maj.40, for a long range patrol to DJ11.
U111 transited AN14 just 3 days after our departure, and claimed a Small Merchant sunk.
Coming from Wilhelmshaven, he must have passed well south of us.

Paul Riley 07-15-11 03:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VONHARRIS (Post 1705213)


U-23 returned after her first patrol (Nice report Paul)


If only the other 3 torpedoes had found their mark.Torpedo speed setting is SO vital even if it means taking longer than you normally would to aqquire,you cant really afford to get the speed wrong.If in doubt dont attack in 15mps seas :nope:
...we learn...even after all these years.


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