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Leandros 01-26-10 04:36 PM

Patrol 26 Kaleu Eckhardt - U-68 - west of Freetown May 23rd 1943 15:45

We left Lorient on May 11th for Cape of Good Hope. Uneventful journey but just now dumped into a large convoy out of Freetown. Obviously bound for England. First detected them by the radar signals from the escorts. A valuable new aid! More than 30 ships with at least 6 escorts. We are lying still waiting to be rolled over. The point destroyer has already passed us by. Sea state 3-4 - several hours till the sun is down.

Patrol 24 on the US East Coast ended well. Particularly as we aggregated 91000 tons with no hull damage.

Patrol 25 went to South Africa, too but we never got that far as we hit upon one small and one large convoy North of Madeira and after having emptied our weapons load returned to Lorient. 60000 tons.

So, now we are trying for South Africa again but if all goes well with this convoy out of Freetown we shall most probably use up all our ammo again. Just as well!

KL-alfman 01-26-10 05:57 PM

Kaleu Stein was ordered to DJ21 and all the expectations were fulfilled:
4-5 aircraft attacks a day, which could be dealt with because of the good range of sight. as the wheather changed for the worse it was decided to leave this area and hunt out of the range of allied air-cover.
so far there was only one medium cargo sunk:

http://img704.imageshack.us/img704/3228/mfd.jpg

U-110 headed west but in the evening radio transmitted a large convoy in the area (CG79). interception was made and finally! all six eels hit their targets: a whale factory, an ore-freighter and a medium cargo. what a great success in just one run. shame it was early in the morning and the convoy couldn't be hunted any more. 14eels are still left so two more runs against convoys are still possible.
now U-110 is heading further to the west into CF east of the Azores. very windy but good sight:

http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/1237/headingwest.jpg

good hunting! :salute:

Leandros 01-27-10 12:19 PM

Patrol 27 Kaleu Eckhardt - U-68 - July 30th 1943 04:00

Just left Lorient for kvadrant DC72 - east of Florida.

Patrol 26 was abruptly discontinued as in the attack on a convoy west of Freetown obs and attack periscopes were destroyed by gunfire from an enemy destroyer - after we had made hits on 2 freighters. Was just turning to give the destroyer an aft torp when we got too lax and let him get too close before lowering the scope. Nothing much to do but to return to Lorient after having shaken them on 175 meters depth.

Crossed by a couple of convoys on the way back but preferred to keep distance. Also a Sunderland in Biscaya.

Boy, I am looking forward to those new, self-seeking torpedoes which are rumoured to be right around the corner.

Panser 01-27-10 02:30 PM

U-49 April 13th 1940 Grid AF53,300Km WNW of Namsos.

The radio has been alive the past few days with reports on the invasion of Norway. It sounds like the British have several fleets in the area and are plotting a counter-offensive. After two days of empty patrol in AF87, ordered to Narvik by BdU to repel allied assault. Have intercepted an eastbound task force, a single column of three troop transports headed by a Southampton class cruiser. Two destroyers running escort, covering the sides and looping around to cover the rear.

Conditions are not ideal - broad daylight and swordfish aircraft providing air support. Have already been driven under three times in the last hour, sustained minor damage to the outer hull from depth charges on the first occasion. Possibly believed sunk as the aircraft have not continued to hunt me, just regular patrols. At least there is plenty of water under the keel - over 300m at the last check. This is going to be a tough nut to crack.

Leandros 01-27-10 02:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Panser (Post 1248504)
U-49 April 13th 1940 Grid AF53,300Km WNW of Namsos.

The radio has been alive the past few days with reports on the invasion of Norway. It sounds like the British have several fleets in the area and are plotting a counter-offensive. After two days of empty patrol in AF87, ordered to Narvik by BdU to repel allied assault. Have intercepted an eastbound task force, a single column of three troop transports headed by a Southampton class cruiser. Two destroyers running escort, covering the sides and looping around to cover the rear.

Conditions are not ideal - broad daylight and swordfish aircraft providing air support. Have already been driven under three times in the last hour, sustained minor damage to the outer hull from depth charges on the first occasion. Possibly believed sunk as the aircraft have not continued to hunt me, just regular patrols. At least there is plenty of water under the keel - over 300m at the last check. This is going to be a tough nut to crack.

Good hunting!

Leandros 01-27-10 02:40 PM

Patrol 27 Kaleu Eckhardt - U-68 - Aug 23rd 1943 07:03

Arrived in the assigned patrol area Aug. 17th. Presently trailing a large cargo which we put two torps into and a passenger/cargo that has received one. Bad visibility with rain and heavy seas.

psykopatsak 01-27-10 02:48 PM

patrol 37. second run with the new XXI elektroboote, everything seems to run smoothly but i suspect it is not as silent as you might want to. got heard (by a destroyer steaming straight ahead and had no idea i was around) at 120 metres, running slow and silent.

Leandros 01-27-10 04:23 PM

Patrol 27 Kaleu Eckhardt - U-68 - Aug 24th 1943 20:00 GMT - east of Florida
In the foreground: Bogue class escort carrier sinking slowly.

In the background: The 3 escorts leaving the area after inconclusive search.




http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o.../BogueDown.jpg

Falkirion 01-27-10 06:31 PM

Patrol 8. U-47 August 20th. Continued from last post.

After making our initial attack on the convoy and eluding the escorts we jetted off ahead of their position to get ready for another crack and to get some more tonnage under our belt. We made it into position just ahead of the convoy and lay in wait one grid north. We had them on sonar before we spotted them. The waves had started rolling a little more resulting in more up and down motion for the ships. Impact detonations were set on tubes 1 and 2. They'd changed course since our last contact so my closing angle on my target was less than ideal at around 78 degrees but it didn't matter. I had faith in the eels we'd prepped. We set up tube 5 for a stern shot at a small merchant to create a bit of chaos while we tried to slip away. All 3 shots fired hit and we ducked down to evade again and try and get into position for another attack. The men were tired but knew that we could make it and then slip away our eels nearly all expended. The 3 shots fired hit. 2 into an Ore carrier which went down quickly and the single into a small merchant for Norway. A Flower nearby and Black Swan both came to invsitigate but we were already safely below their ADSIC range so weren't worried about them getting a fix on us. After a half hour of fruitless searching they gave up and rejoined the convoy.

We jetted ahead again and just after midnight made contact again. This time we set up for a spread across the remaining ships leading the formation. A grainville, tramp steamer and small merchant. A set of 3 eels were prepped and in the tubes quickly. We fired off each as the merchants ran into our cross hairs. All 3 eels impacted and the convoy came to life with spot lights. The Grainville copped the worst hit, keel broken she sank like a stone. The small merchant and tramp steamer though survived though the Tramp took on a low bow attitude it never pulled out of. After 10 minutes the Small merch was listing badly to starboard. All 3 kills confirmed via Hydrophones at 200m. We endured a heavy counter attack by the escorts. I think they were starting to get pissed off that we'd managed to make such an impression on the group. After getting down low and evading we headed south disengaging. Another attack with only 3 eels judged not worth the risk. We're now killing some time around the BF's looking for some single merchants to send under before heading home to Keil. Though with all the messages coming in from France I think the 7th's home might be changing soon.

codmander 01-27-10 07:16 PM

2nd Flotilla
U-53
type VIIB
April 10 1940
Currently docked wilhelmsaven

ReFaN 01-27-10 08:42 PM

U-566


2nd of June 1943, Limping back to brest after concentraded Air and depth charge attacks.

Falkirion 01-28-10 05:59 AM

U 47 has returned to port from patrol 8 for the final time. She's been retired, the Kreigsmarine is thinking of turning her into a museum. She's already a legendary boat having nailed both Nelson class BBs.

The crew of U-47 has now switched boats to a new Type VII C. U-207 has set out on her maiden voyage. Her weathered and experienced crew ready to take on the British again in a new boat.

BillCar 01-29-10 10:17 PM

U-84's second patrol on the way to AM64. Late April, 1941.

Encountered one single merchant in BF15, and somehow missed three torpedoes at her. Sank her with the deck gun for ca. 8000 tons.

Then I encountered a convoy.

The set up was perfect, though the weather could have been better perfectly flat seas, no clouds. Ran decks awash until about 3000m from the lead escort, and then dropped to periscope depth, silent running, and angled into the convoy.

I was completely undetected, and fired off two torpedoes at a large merchant and one at an empire freighter behind me.

*boom* *boom* ... *boom*

Escorts never had a clue where I was, and never came close. However, neither ship sank, and they were not sitting on the surface when I came back up, either. I went to flank and spent the next 17 hours overhauling the convoy and ducking in and out of visual range.

The following night, I set myself up the same way. Drifted into the convoy at periscope depth. Suddenly, searchlights are on, and there's vicious pinging. I look behind me and see a Flower corvette bearing down at top speed. I make a quick calculation, and nail her with a magnetic torpedo.

I'm being pinged by two different ships, but I am not done yet. Torpedoes one, two, three and four are all fired at an assortment of targets. I dive.

*boom* *boom* *boom*... *boom*

Plus the Flower, that's five impacts for five eels. Soon the Flower sinks.

I spend an hour evading, though evading is pretty generous. The last three impacts were all on the far side of the convoy, and that is where the destroyers were depth charging. Still, I have not gotten a message about anything but the Flower sinking. I surface, and find a passenger cargo blazing away. I finish her off with the deck gun.

This is disappointing. There are 4 crippled ships in that convoy, still keeping pace, and not sinking. I've got a torpedo left for my stern tube, and that's it.

I slink up to AM64, patrol for 24 hours, and come back for 402 renown. It could have been so much better than that. There are some heavily damaged merchants docking in Bristol right now.

KL-alfman 01-29-10 10:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BillCar (Post 1252136)
that's five impacts for five eels.


ideal example how it should work!! :up:
in worse wheather conditions the merchants surely would have taken more water and sunk by that.

Snestorm 01-30-10 01:23 AM

U338 viic
 
D. 21.jan.45

U338 completed her 13. patrol, and is now docked at Bergen.
Patrol results: 1 fishing boat sunk for 82 tonns. 100% hull integrity.

U338 will be retired to training duties.
(Once I got to 1945 SH3 started crashing every 3 or 4 game days.
The decisions was made when SH3 again crashed in Bergen Fjord.)

Looking forward to climbing back into a IXB again.


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