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Iron Budokan 08-01-11 09:41 PM

U-65, IXB cont'd
2. Flottille, Lorient
Orders: Patrol DH 53

December 12, 1940
Current position: BF 76
10:35 Test dive to 170m
10:52 Boat surfaces
10:53 Surface attack drill
11:00 Continue course 204, 8 kts
11:10 No reports from BdU. Discover radioman forgot to change settings to war frequencies.
11:11 Dived to regulate torpedoes. Underwater attack drills, emergency repair drill.
12:16 Surface. Continue course 204, 8 kts. Normal boat routine. Sun fix.

Dec. 13
Current position: CG 22
12:44 Radio BdU positional and status of boat report. Course 210, 8 kts.
14.16 Crash dive, drill.
14:19 Periscope depth, depth keeping drills, maneuvering/navigational drills.
14.23 Surface. Resume new course 210, 8 kts.

Dec 14
20:00 CG 43, Radio report of merchant steamer 36 km NE our position, course N, slow. U-65 17 kts, NE intercept course, hoping to sight ship in light fog. Sky partially overcast, bright moon.

Dec 15
00:09 Submerge for hydrophone check
00:12 Sound contact, 343, merchant.
00:14 Surface, U-65 gives chase 17 kts
00:21 Ship spotted, 350, long range. U-65 closes in, speed reduced to 1/3.
00:25 Ship blacked out, single merchant, have every reason to assume enemy. Deck gunned manned. I am attacking.
00:31 Coastal freighter sinking, 1870 GRT. CG 43. Very large explosions onboard; ship obviously carrying volatiles. U-65 resumes base course and speed. Normal boat routine and drills scheduled.
08:45 CG 46. Weather has turned worse. Visibility practically nil. Overcast, thick fog, slashing wind. Set speed for 8 kts, U-65 only doing 6 kts in heavy running sea.
12:46 Have decided to dive and give crew well-earned rest for remainder of day. Light underwater drills scheduled.

Dec 16
Current Position: CG 49
06:45 Surfaced to recharge batteries and replenish oxygen. U-65 tries to make headway in very heavy sea. Watch crew forced to use safety collars and chains. Position dangerous. We press on.

Snestorm 08-01-11 11:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Paul Riley (Post 1718006)
The deck gun of course.'Shelled' as in artillery bombardment?

Never mind. I now see that you traded in the IIB for a VIIB, without changimg the boat number.

Snestorm 08-01-11 11:21 PM

U109 IXB. Patrol 3. Part 5.
 
Comtinued from 20.nov.41

21.nov.41 BC52
Convoy was finaly relocated.
After completing an end run, a surface attack was commenced from 45 degrees forward of the convoy, from starboard.
One TI G7A was fired, long range, at a C2 Cargo, followed immediately by a dive to 99 meters.
No impact was heard, nor was the end run detonation.

Conclusions: The attack should have commenced from 30 degrees.
The 45 degree approach left us too far from the target.
2 electric torpedoes remained unfired, as the range was too great.

U109 continueing persuit.
Save & Exit.

ijnfleetadmiral 08-02-11 01:42 AM

4th Patrol of U-47

It went fairly routine...bagged five ships for 14,087 tons, bringing our total up to 66,025 tons. OLzS Hossel was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class and the German Cross in Gold upon return to Wilhelmshaven. These awards probably came about due to us sinking that V & W-class DD.

Ship #1: Coastal Freighter
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/a.../Patrol04A.jpg

Ship #2: Coastal Tanker
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/a.../Patrol04B.jpg
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/a.../Patrol04C.jpg

Ship #3: Medium Cargo
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/a.../Patrol04D.jpg
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/a.../Patrol04E.jpg
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/a.../Patrol04F.jpg
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/a.../Patrol04G.jpg
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/a.../Patrol04H.jpg
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/a.../Patrol04I.jpg
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/a.../Patrol04J.jpg

Ship #4: V & W-class DD
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/a.../Patrol04K.jpg
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/a.../Patrol04L.jpg
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/a.../Patrol04M.jpg

Ship #5: Granville-type Freighter (our first one seen)
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/a.../Patrol04N.jpg
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/a.../Patrol04O.jpg
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/a.../Patrol04P.jpg
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/a.../Patrol04Q.jpg

sublynx 08-02-11 03:03 PM

die Elster (U-46) patrol 4, report 1
 
Ob.lt.z.s Walter Zantow
U-46, VIIB
7. Flottille, St. Nazaire

18.10.1940
1014 AL06 Clear, visibility 16 km, wind 1m/s. A 4700 BRT mittleres frachtdampfer, initial course 258, speed 7, sunk by gunfire. 37 88 mm shells used, as well as 87 20mm cartridges. 12 G7e's and 2 G7a's left. I am continuing towards the convoy Bleichrodt is shadowing. No other sightings to report.

Zantow

VONHARRIS 08-02-11 03:44 PM

U-64 IXB Patrol No3
 
21 January 1940
00:01 hours U-64 left Wilhelmshaven for grid BE29

24 January 1940 Grid AN41
17:55 hours Ship seen
17:58 hours Positive ID: Medium merchant 06
18:10 hours Opened fire
18:14 hours Ship sunk after 33 105mm shells

25 January 1940 Grid AN14
00:10 hours Ship seen
00:16 hours Positive ID: Small freighter
00:23 hours Opened fire
00:26 hours Ship sunk after 30 105mm rounds

03 February 1940 Grid AM78
07:52 hours Ship seen
07:59 hours Positive ID: Large merchant - opened fire
08:04 hours Ship sunk after 36 105mm rounds

19 February 1940 Grid AN44
09:31 hours Ship seen
09:34 hours Positive ID: Elco torpedo boat - periscope depth
12:26 hours Grid AN18 sound contact merchant closing
13:01 hours Positive ID : Heavy merchant 01
13:21 hours 2 TI (bow) fired - range 790m - impacts
13:22 hours 1 TI (bow) fired - range 650m - impact - ship slowing down
13:28 hours Ship sunk - surfaced

21 February 1940 Grid AN13
17:07 hours Ship seen
17:13 hours Positive ID: Medium cargo
17:29 hours Opened fire
17:35 hours Ship sunk after 35 105mm rounds

23 February 1940 Grid AN14
14:59 hours Ship seen
15:02 hours Positive ID: Empire type freighter - periscope depth
15:18 hours 2 TI(bow) fired - range 4000m
15:21 hours Impacts
15:22 hours Surfaced
15:23 hours Opened fire
15:28 hours 1 TI(bow) fired - ceased fire after 43 105mm rounds
15:30 hours Impact
15:32 hours Ship sunk

26 February 1940 Grid AN48
02:34 hours Ship seen
02:39 hours Positive ID: Tramp steamer - periscope depth
02:53 hours 1 TI(stern) fired - impact - ship sunk - surfaced

27 February 1940
20:29 hours U-64 docked at port
38 days at sea
7 ships sunk
40936 tons
No damages or casualties



Randomizer 08-02-11 04:06 PM

September 3rd, 1944, Bergen, 2100Z. 3rd Flotilla U-Boat 1004, a snorkel equipped Type VIIC departs on her first patrol with the objective to patrol the North Channel (Square AM-52). She is the last boat to depart on Phase 1 of BdU's Inshore Offensive.

Orders are to report when crossing the zero meridian, otherwise maintain radio silence. Target priorities are: Troop ships, merchants, major warships, escorts and lastly, naval auxiliaries. Internal torpedo loadout is 2-Falke acoustic homing, 3-FaT electric, 2-FaT air and 5-G7e electrics. Falke's are loaded in Tube IV and V.

Air raid on Bergen commenced shortly after departure.

3 - 6 September transiting to patrol area on the surface. After being surprised in poor conditions a by searchlight equipped multi-engined bomber without getting a radar detection, remained submerged except during conditions of good visibility. Early on the morning of 7 September, radar detection's became essentially continuous and decided to proceed using snorkel. Dived shortly after noon and would not surface again until the morning of October 4th, for a total of more than 29-days submerged.

7 September 1944 1620Z AM-33 sank cargo ship 4707 GRT; 2 electrics with magnetic exploders set. (Later identified as SS Empire Citizen lost with all hands)

12 September 1944 Reached patrol area AM-52 averaging 100 km per day while transiting submerged at 30m and snorkeling 3-4 times per day to charge batteries and air out the boat. At 30 m it is just possible to use the heads and the BOLD tubes to dump the gash.

14 September 1944 0604Z AM-52 sank cargo ship 2429 GRT; 2 electrics with magnetic exploders set. (Later identified as SS Ciltvaria, 9-killed, 48 survivors)

14 September 1944 1842Z AM-52 attacked and sank a one-funnel destroyer, probably coming to aid the merchant sank that morning. 1 Falke from forward tube, one air FaT as coup de grace; missed, ship sank anyway. (Later identified as corvette HMCS Brandon 173 killed, 2 survivors)

18 September 1944 0045Z AM-52 attacked and sank cargo ship 7720 GRT; 3 FaT electrics (1 missed) with magnetic exploders. (Later identified as SS George Chaffey 17 killed, 42 saved).

22 September 1944 0600Z Commenced return for Bergen, 1 FaT air loaded forward and 1 Falke with electric reload aft. Considered that remaining torpedo loadout was inappropriate to continue operations in AM-52. Also weather had deteriorated to the point where it was battery charging was typically taking 90-minutes or more to complete.

During the time on station, detected and attempted to close a number of contacts but was unable to prosecute due to low submerged speed and concerns about noise and battery usage. Much air activity and despite the utility of the snorkel-mounted radar detectors, a number of aircraft were spotted visually that were not detected electronically. This is cause for some concern and so started snorkeling mostly during periods of good visibility.

4 October 1944 0600Z Surfaced in AF-78 and proceeded to Base, arriving 1109Z 7 October 1944. No damage or casualties.

Thanks to SH3 Commander for filling in the blanks.

Gerald 08-02-11 08:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VONHARRIS (Post 1719248)
21 January 1940
00:01 hours U-64 left Wilhelmshaven for grid BE29

24 January 1940 Grid AN41
17:55 hours Ship seen
17:58 hours Positive ID: Medium merchant 06
18:10 hours Opened fire
18:14 hours Ship sunk after 33 105mm shells

25 January 1940 Grid AN14
00:10 hours Ship seen
00:16 hours Positive ID: Small freighter
00:23 hours Opened fire
00:26 hours Ship sunk after 30 105mm rounds

03 February 1940 Grid AM78
07:52 hours Ship seen
07:59 hours Positive ID: Large merchant - opened fire
08:04 hours Ship sunk after 36 105mm rounds

19 February 1940 Grid AN44
09:31 hours Ship seen
09:34 hours Positive ID: Elco torpedo boat - periscope depth
12:26 hours Grid AN18 sound contact merchant closing
13:01 hours Positive ID : Heavy merchant 01
13:21 hours 2 TI (bow) fired - range 790m - impacts
13:22 hours 1 TI (bow) fired - range 650m - impact - ship slowing down
13:28 hours Ship sunk - surfaced

21 February 1940 Grid AN13
17:07 hours Ship seen
17:13 hours Positive ID: Medium cargo
17:29 hours Opened fire
17:35 hours Ship sunk after 35 105mm rounds

23 February 1940 Grid AN14
14:59 hours Ship seen
15:02 hours Positive ID: Empire type freighter - periscope depth
15:18 hours 2 TI(bow) fired - range 4000m
15:21 hours Impacts
15:22 hours Surfaced
15:23 hours Opened fire
15:28 hours 1 TI(bow) fired - ceased fire after 43 105mm rounds
15:30 hours Impact
15:32 hours Ship sunk

26 February 1940 Grid AN48
02:34 hours Ship seen
02:39 hours Positive ID: Tramp steamer - periscope depth
02:53 hours 1 TI(stern) fired - impact - ship sunk - surfaced

27 February 1940
20:29 hours U-64 docked at port
38 days at sea
7 ships sunk
40936 tons
No damages or casualties


Good work, :up:

Snestorm 08-02-11 09:18 PM

@Randomizer

Great report and,
Well done on the patrol!

Fish In The Water 08-02-11 09:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Snestorm (Post 1719408)
@Randomizer

Great report and,
Well done on the patrol!

I'll second the motion. Good job! :up:

Randomizer 08-02-11 09:47 PM

@ Snestorm & Fish In The Water.

Thank you for your kind words. U-1004 is scheduled for another inshore patrol starting in November 1944.

Historically, the patrol areas for the Third (November) wave of the Inshore Campaign were:

Orkney's; (AN12,AN14, AN21, AN26)

North Minch (Hebrides Straights); (AM36, AM38)

North Channel (again) (AM52, AM53);

English Channel; (BF23, BF24, BF25, BF26)

Irish Sea. (AM64, AM65, AM67, AM68, AM91, AM92)

Every time I have operated in off the Hebrides life has been short and ended violently and I have never sailed in the Ditch as portrayed in GWX. If I can get a consensus from the Member's here, I will take U-1004 where ordered and report the results.

sublynx 08-03-11 12:22 AM

@randomizer

A very interesting read and your patrol very much in touch with BdU's and individual U-boats' war diaries, a very realistic touch :)

I do hope to get a chance of patrolling with a snorkel -equipped boat myself eventually.

I would try to follow BdU's orders and if I was killed I would probably start a new career from the month the last career ended - to finally see what the last months of the war are like in this game.

Good luck on your patrols!

sublynx 08-03-11 03:29 PM

die Elster (U-46) patrol 4, report 2
 
Ob.lt.z.s Walter Zantow
U-46, VIIB
7. Flottille, St. Nazaire

21.10.1940
1543 AM29 Clear, visibility 16 km, wind 1m/s. On 19.10.1940 1107 hours, grid AM23 a 300 BRT Kohlenschüte, initial course 278, speed 8, sunk by gunfire. 14 88 mm shells used, as well as 33 20mm cartridges. 12 G7e's and 2 G7a's left. Almost half of our fuel expended. Prien is shadowing another convoy we might have a chance to intercept. No other sightings to report.

Zantow

Iron Budokan 08-03-11 05:05 PM

December 16, 1940 12th patrol cont'd

0700 U-65 makes 6 kts in heavy sea and headwind, weather brutal.

Dec 19
1131 Weather finally clears. Light fog, cloudless, wind 15 m/s. Boat on 210 course, 8 kts.
1745 Work carried out on boat, exhaust valve repaired. Normal drills/routine scheduled.
2015 Dive. Underwater drills. No sound contact.

Dec 20
0754 Surface. 8 kts base course 210. DH 37.
1242 Dive . Sound check: Nil.
1313 Surface, resume base course and speed.
1851 Boat reaches patrol grid: DH 53.

Dec 24
1356 Morale is good. Men celebrate holiday on boat, give each other small presents. I got a new pair of clean socks and they're dry to boot!

Dec 25
0809 DH 64 Large cargo ship sighted 11,000+ to NE. Appears neutral. Diving to avoid. Taking the opportunity for underwater attack drills, trim boat and maintenance.
1800 Surface. Resume course.

Dec 28
0034 Ship sighted! Small merchant running w/out lights on N course, DH 35. I believe it to be British. Will attack.
0101 Maintaining parallel course to port of merchant, 6500m distance. Intend to get ahead of steamer and attack his port side with 2 G7a, AZ pistol, depth 3m.
0145. U-65 moves in to attack. Torpedoes fired!
0146 Steamer is hit with both torpedoes, radios "SSS" and current position.
0202 Merchant sinks DH 32, 2390 GRT. Men on board tried to launch life boats but they capsized in the huge waves. No survivors. U-65 withdraws.
1342 I cannot load externals; weather too rough. Current position: DH 32. Plotting NE zig-zag course in hope to find/locate more enemy shipping south of Spain.

January 1, 1941.
0001 We celebrate the New Year, position CG 84. Zig-zag pattern toward the east. We really hope we can find some shipping and take the war to the Tommies in this brand new year.
2242 Ship lights sighted CG 85, W course.
2246 Have determined it's a neutral convoy comprised of two ships, no apparent escort. Have ordered U-65 on N course to evade detection. No sense letting these neutrals radio the British as to our position!

Fish In The Water 08-03-11 08:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Iron Budokan (Post 1720127)
Dec 24
1356 Morale is good. Men celebrate holiday on boat, give each other small presents. I got a new pair of clean socks and they're dry to boot!

Makes all the difference...

And a happy holiday to you and your gallant crew! :woot:

Iron Budokan 08-04-11 01:26 PM

Thank you for your holiday wishes, they are much appreciated! :salute:

Iron Budokan 08-04-11 01:50 PM

January 4, 1941
U-65 12th Patrol cont'd....

0001 Weather continues to be wretched: heavy fog, rain, high wind. Dive for sound check. There's a contact on the hydrophones. We surface, watch crew to bridge, and attempt to run it down.
0027 Granville-Type freighter sighted 1500m off our starboard bow. Location: CG 86. Crew takes up stations for night surface attack. I order U-65 in at high speed. The diesels are hammering as waves crash over the bow and conning tower. Tubes II, III ready and open: G7a, AZ pistol, depth 3m. I fire both tubes.
0033 Impact, one torpedo. Freighter continues to make headway. I order boat about for a stern attack.
0035 Stern tube V fires, one G7a, AZ pistol, depth 3m.
0036 Impact! Column of smoke and flame 200m high and is torn to shreds by the howling wind. Massive amounts of smoke and flame; it's as if the sea itself shudders. Estimate 4700 GRT. Multiple secondary explosions as the freighter goes down.
0940 Still too rough to load externals. Radioed BdU in preparation of diving for the day to regulate remaining torpedoes and rest crew.
1915 Surface.
1926 Radio reports enemy convoy grid CG 95, course W, 7 kts. Our position CG 89. Weather not conducive at all to operations, but I am ordering U-65 east nonetheless in an attempt to locate and attack convoy.

Jan 5, 1941
0202 Dive for hydrophone check. Multiple contacts. We surface and attempt to run them down. Weather is truly vile.
0334 Destroyer sighted coming out of a heavy fog bank. How did he see us and we not see him? Crash dive! He thunders over our position and unloads depth charges. We creep away at 120m. All pumps, ventilators, compressors and secondary gyroscopes are turned off. Silent run.
0500 After escaping destroyer we come up for periscope check; horizon clear. Surface and order course in effort to reacquire convoy.
0640 Evade Black Swan on surface. Fog so heavy he did not see us. I turn boat away to present narrow silhouette and ready stern tubes, both G7e, to fire a 2 degree angle with 2m depth. Both torpedoes miss, yet he stays on our course not more than 650m away. We are only outrunning him by about a knot or two. He can't see us very well, or he would definitely fire upon us, but he knows something is up. Perhaps he is following our wake? I cannot dive as he would be upon me within seconds. Will I have enough night left to gain ground and lose him?
0649 Black Swan has acquired us. We are under attack. Boat is damaged in bow compartment and torpedo room. I order crash dive.
0660 Crew works feverishly to stop all leaks. We go deep, silent run.
0750 We have evaded the enemy destroyer. Surface and now I will attempt a huge end run in order to postion myself for an underwater attack. Barring that, I wlll attempt to maintain hydrophone contact with convoy in hopes that the weather will turn for the better. I feel more than anything else the weather is responsible for hindering any success we might otherwise have as regards successful attack.

sublynx 08-04-11 04:30 PM

die Elster (U-46) patrol 4, report 2
 
Ob.lt.z.s Walter Zantow
U-46, VIIB
7. Flottille, St. Nazaire

24.10.1940
1144 AM36 Clear, good visibility, wind 1m/s. A convoy in sight, 4 destroyers, 7 small merchants, 3 medium merchants, 1 large merchant. Course 208, speed 7 kn. Five torpedoes launched at ranges of 2500 to 4000 meters against five different targets. One hit on a 2000 BRT merchant. The bow of the ship rose by 15 degrees, otherwise no effect noticed. Evaded the escorts at periscope depth. Seven G7e's and two G7a's left. Half of the fuel expended. Reloading and preparing for an end run on the convoy.

Zantow

gazpode_l 08-04-11 07:19 PM

R Hessler U111
Arriving to the dockside on April 28th, Commander hessler was expecting to be given command of a new vessel, namely that of U-107. However, due to a clerical error, it wasn't realised that #107 had already been allocated to somebody else.

U-111 was just commissioned for front line duties, so the base commander elected instead to give U-111 to Hessler and the crew from U-65.

Put to sea on the afternoon of April 28th, the crew are in good spirits and are anxious to see how the new boat will handle, and if she is as well built as u-65 seemed to be.

On april 29/30th, U-111 is hassled by some enemy elco's which begin persuing. A slip-up by the helm control in-advertantly reveal's U-111's position to the elco's after a period of evasion when it was becoming clear that evasion was very likely.

Another period of lying low was enforced. Later on when it had all calmed down, Hessler calls both the crew members concerned, together with thier reporting officer and gives them a grilling, fining them each shore-leave.

On may 1st, in a position some 100km off south ireland, a small convoy is sighted. U-111 closes position, only to establish that these vessels are actually AMERICAN. The US isn't actually involved in the war - yet so Hessler decides to continue his intended course towards the patrol grid and leave's the two merchants to go on thier way.

This descision is later justified when a message comes in from Hitler, via BDu instructing all navy vessels to strictly NOT attack American vessels.

Some two days later, U-111 is in Grid AL34, the allocated patrol grid and has completed the allocated 24hrs on patrol. Commander Hessler is contemplating his next move at the time of writing.

Karl Olsen
Radio-Operator
O.B.O - R Hessler
Commander U-111

Iron Budokan 08-04-11 11:37 PM

Jan 5, 1941 12th patrol cont'd....

0851 Overhauled convoy CG94. Sighted destroyer which has not seen us. Dive to avoid. Silent run, 1 kt.
0906 Periscope depth. U-65 ahead of convoy. Ships slowly appear out of heavy fog. Boat readies for underwater attack.
0914 One torpedo impact large freighter. Sinking. 10620 GRT.
0915 Stern torpedo hits large freighter.
0925 Fire two G7a at Dido Class cruiser. Both miss. One hit and sank small freighter instead, 2230 GRT. His bad day.
0927 Fire another G7e at cruiser. Solid hit on stern. Cruiser slows but continues to make headway.
1142 Surface.

Jan 6
0840 I have lost contact with the convoy.

Jan 8
1409 Glimpse merchant in heavy fog. Will this wretched weather never break? Submerge for hydrophone check. Two contacts nearby. Surface and run down the first contact.
1442 Ship sighted CG94! U-65 comes under fire from merchant. I move in to attack on surface, engines at maximum.
1510 Two torpedoes fired and both send a 2230 GRT merchant down.
1515 Torpedo misses second merchant, bounces off as he takes a sharp turn. I circle, head back in and line up another shot.
1536 Torpedo impact! 2230 GRT but U-65 took some damage. Heavy flooding in aft compartment. Boat soon stabilized. 6 torpedoes left.

Jan 10
0740 Ordered to patrol BE55 by BdU. U-65 sets new course. Extreme weather more than anything else has hampered operations and fighting ability of boat, in my estimation. We have had many more torpedo misses than ever before. However, crew has performed admirably even with these limitations and extreme environment.


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