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Kapitän 08-03-21 03:11 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 1st War Patrol - Air attack in the Rosegarden
 
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Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2760680)
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Saturday, 2 August 1941 - Northeast of Shetlands

0305 - Crossed Prime Meridian.

0428 - Sunrise. Midnight Twilight.
Wind and Sea increasing and shifting to West.

0745 - Reached crosspoint north of the Shetlands. New course 258°.

0800 - WNW7/6, clear, visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb.

1200 - Qu.7811AF - Days Run: 325.0sm - (↗ 24h)
210.1cbm (14.1cbm/24h). Weather unchanged since 0800h.

1401 - Incoming F.T.: From U 204:
Have contact to convoy SL-81. - Kell -

1501 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W. report about successes of the Kriegsmarine during the month of July 1941.

1802 - Norddeich Radio sending report about unsuccessful air raids of Konstanza, Romania, by the Soviet Air Force.

1950 - Reached Entry Point to Rosengarten.

2146 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
NW6/5, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 5-6sm, >1000mb.

2400 - Qu.7744AF - NE6/5, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 5-6sm, >1000mb.

Continuing outbound transit.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Started new career in August 2019 to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years before ...

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Sunday, 3 August 1941 - Rosengarten

0326 - "ALARM!" Two 2-mot. bombers approaching from 180° true, are already verily close, about 3500m. Increasing speed to Flank. 6-8 bombs falling short of the boat. After the fly over, the airplanes approach again from the North. Changing course and heading straight for the airplanes on course NNW, as the Flak cannot be manned due to the heavy sea. A third 2-mot. bomber appears also from 180° true and drops 4 bombs that also fall short about 50-100m to our stbd. beam. Diving as the third bomber is about 4500m off. At T=70, no further bombs. No damages.

0330 - Boat staying submerged. Running off on general course. 135rpm, 3kn.

0350 - 100rpm, 2kn, silent running.

0450 - Sunrise.

0552 - O=20%.

0600 - Breakfast and Morning Wash.

0700 - Torpedo Maintenance at T=50.

0942 - O=19%.

1000 - Tubes I-IV serviced. Break until 1030h.

1030 - Torpedo Maintenance of tubes V+VI, until 1200h.

1200 - Qu.9981AE - Days Run: 212.7sm - 191.6 (15h 26') - 21.1sm (8h 34').
203.1cbm (7cbm/24h). 8800Ah. T=50.

Lunch break until 1300h.

1305 - T=70. 100rpm, 2kn, silent running.

1332 - O=18%.

1715 - Dinner Break.

1808 - At reception depth.

1810 - Surfaced after 14h 44' and 36.1sm.
SSW7/6, partly cloudy, visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb.

1812 - Boat ventilated. Battery 7800Ah.

1834 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W. report about successes at the eastern front and bombardments of military targets in Moscow.

1900 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W. report about Operation "Silberfuchs", whereas, the Soviets had to retreat from the western bank of the Liza Bay.

1905 - First status and position request for U 401 (Zimmermann).

1908 - Incoming F.T.: From 1./KG40:
One of our Fw200 was shot down by a Hurricane from a Catapult Ship of convoy SL-81. Request search and rescue of crew.

1919 - Reached exit point of Rosengarten.

The boat is being attacked by a single 2-mot. bomber approaching from the south. The bombs fall wide to stbd. Strafing fire from the airplanes guns hit the water to port, as the bomber flies off on heading SSE.

Cmdr.: "We were extremely fortunate, that we did not sustain any damages or casualties during the last two air attacks. I'm also very concerned, that even though I have assigned one additional crew member to each bridge watch, that the airplanes are being spotted very late. The reasons for this still need to be investigated and verified but until then, I will have to change tactics and will stay surfaced only when the air visibility is very good or for technical reasons."

1930 - Charging batteries (8800Ah):
- Port diesel propulsion, 396rpm, 9kn
- Stbd. diesel charging, 495rpm

2120 - Batteries charged => 1h 50min. for 1200Ah. 1/3 Ahead.

2149 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.

2400 - Qu.3222AM -

Continuing outbound transit.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 08-04-21 02:55 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 1st War Patrol - Further Air Attacks
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2760866)
Started new career in August 2019 to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years before ...

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Sunday, 3 August 1941 - Rosengarten

0326 - "ALARM!" Two 2-mot. bombers approaching from 180° true, are already verily close, about 3500m. Increasing speed to Flank. 6-8 bombs falling short of the boat. After the fly over, the airplanes approach again from the North. Changing course and heading straight for the airplanes on course NNW, as the Flak cannot be manned due to the heavy sea. A third 2-mot. bomber appears also from 180° true and drops 4 bombs that also fall short about 50-100m to our stbd. beam. Diving as the third bomber is about 4500m off. At T=70, no further bombs. No damages.

0330 - Boat staying submerged. Running off on general course. 135rpm, 3kn.

0350 - 100rpm, 2kn, silent running.

0450 - Sunrise.

0552 - O=20%.

0600 - Breakfast and Morning Wash.

0700 - Torpedo Maintenance at T=50.

0942 - O=19%.

1000 - Tubes I-IV serviced. Break until 1030h.

1030 - Torpedo Maintenance of tubes V+VI, until 1200h.

1200 - Qu.9981AE - Days Run: 212.7sm - 191.6 (15h 26') - 21.1sm (8h 34').
203.1cbm (7cbm/24h). 8800Ah. T=50.

Lunch break until 1300h.

1305 - T=70. 100rpm, 2kn, silent running.

1332 - O=18%.

1715 - Dinner Break.

1808 - At reception depth.

1810 - Surfaced after 14h 44' and 36.1sm.
SSW7/6, partly cloudy, visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb.

1812 - Boat ventilated. Battery 7800Ah.

1834 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W. report about successes at the eastern front and bombardments of military targets in Moscow.

1900 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W. report about Operation "Silberfuchs", whereas, the Soviets had to retreat from the western bank of the Liza Bay.

1905 - First status and position request for U 401 (Zimmermann).

1908 - Incoming F.T.: From 1./KG40:
One of our Fw200 was shot down by a Hurricane from a Catapult Ship of convoy SL-81. Request search and rescue of crew.

1919 - Reached exit point of Rosengarten.

The boat is being attacked by a single 2-mot. bomber approaching from the south. The bombs fall wide to stbd. Strafing fire from the airplanes guns hit the water to port, as the bomber flies off on heading SSE.

Cmdr.: "We were extremely fortunate, that we did not sustain any damages or casualties during the last two air attacks. I'm also very concerned, that even though I have assigned one additional crew member to each bridge watch, that the airplanes are being spotted very late. The reasons for this still need to be investigated and verified but until then, I will have to change tactics and will stay surfaced only when the air visibility is very good or for technical reasons."

1930 - Charging batteries (8800Ah):
- Port diesel propulsion, 396rpm, 9kn
- Stbd. diesel charging, 495rpm

2120 - Batteries charged => 1h 50min. for 1200Ah. 1/3 Ahead.

2149 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.

2400 - Qu.3222AM -

Continuing outbound transit.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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Monday, 4 August 1941 - Southeast of Faeroe Islands
- First week at sea completed -

0400 - Qu.3215 - NW7/6, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 5-6sm, >1000mb.

0456 - Sunrise.

0501 - Incoming F.T.: From U 75:
Being chased off from convoy SL-81. Trying to regain contact. - Ringelmann -

0722 - Incoming F.T.: From U 74:
Also being chased off from convoy SL-81 and trying to regain contact. - Kentrat -

1200 - Qu.3161AM - Days Run: 161.5sm - 146.5 (17h 50') - 15.0sm (6h 10').
199.6cbm (3.5cbm/24h). Weather unchanged since 0400h.

1201 - Second status and position request for U 401 (Zimmermann).

1334 - Qu.3153AM - Single 2-mot. Bomber in 110° true, on NW heading, E=4000. At E=3000 turning towards the boat, approaching from dead astern. Going to Flank Speed. 3-4 bombs falling short of the boat astern. Bomber flying off on SE heading.

1520 - Qu.3151AM - "ALARM!". Single 2-mot. Bomber approaching from 120° true, E=6000, on WNW heading. At T=20, 3-4 well placed bombs. At T=70 no damages.

1630 - Surfaced after 1h 10min. and 3.6sm. 9500Ah. 2xH.F.
WNW5/4, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 5-6sm, >1000mb.

1649 - Compressed air supply filled. Wind and sea calming down.

2157 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
WNW4/3, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 5-6sm, >1000mb.

2400 - Qu.2286AM -

Continuing outbound transit.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 08-05-21 03:18 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 1st War Patrol - First steamer sunk & Fatal Air Attack
 
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Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2761049)
Started new career in August 2019 to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years before ...

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Monday, 4 August 1941 - Southeast of Faeroe Islands
- First week at sea completed -

0400 - Qu.3215 - NW7/6, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 5-6sm, >1000mb.

0456 - Sunrise.

0501 - Incoming F.T.: From U 75:
Being chased off from convoy SL-81. Trying to regain contact. - Ringelmann -

0722 - Incoming F.T.: From U 74:
Also being chased off from convoy SL-81 and trying to regain contact. - Kentrat -

1200 - Qu.3161AM - Days Run: 161.5sm - 146.5 (17h 50') - 15.0sm (6h 10').
199.6cbm (3.5cbm/24h). Weather unchanged since 0400h.

1201 - Second status and position request for U 401 (Zimmermann).

1334 - Qu.3153AM - Single 2-mot. Bomber in 110° true, on NW heading, E=4000. At E=3000 turning towards the boat, approaching from dead astern. Going to Flank Speed. 3-4 bombs falling short of the boat astern. Bomber flying off on SE heading.

1520 - Qu.3151AM - "ALARM!". Single 2-mot. Bomber approaching from 120° true, E=6000, on WNW heading. At T=20, 3-4 well placed bombs. At T=70 no damages.

1630 - Surfaced after 1h 10min. and 3.6sm. 9500Ah. 2xH.F.
WNW5/4, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 5-6sm, >1000mb.

1649 - Compressed air supply filled. Wind and sea calming down.

2157 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
WNW4/3, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 5-6sm, >1000mb.

2400 - Qu.2286AM -

Continuing outbound transit.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Started new career in August 2019 to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years before ...

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Tuesday, 5 August 1941 - Northwest of the Outer Hebrides

B.d.U.: Eastward of Qu.AM71, it is becoming unfavorable for Uboat operations, due to the constant air patrols, also, during moonlit nights.

0520 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 4.8., 1649h.

0633 - Qu2333AM - A pair of Hurricanes in 110° true, flying off on ESE heading, E=8000.

0930 - NW3/2, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 5-6sm, >1000mb.

1100 - N1/1, clear, visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb.

1200 - Qu.2319AM - Days Run: 279.4sm - 275.8 (22h 50') - 3.6sm (1h 10').
186.4cbm (13.2cbm/24h). 9500Ah. Weather unchanged since 1100h.

1201 - Third status and position request for U 401 (Zimmermann). Boat is presumed lost.

(U 401 was sunk on 3 August 1941 in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 50.30N, 19.35W, by depth charges from the British corvette HMS Hydrangea. 45 dead, all hands lost).

2008 - Medium sized passenger steamer bearing 37, E=14000, outbound on course 283°, speed 4kn.

2033 - Running towards the steamer. At E=6000, the steamer start zig-zagging and sending "SSS". "Battle Stations!".

2051 - E=3000, target angle red93, own course 330°, own speed 1.6kn.

Shot with star shell across the bow - no reaction by the steamer.

2052 - "Weapons Free!", for the 10.5cm gun, aiming at the waterline. E=2400.

2057 - Qu.1448AM - After 28 rounds of 10.5cm SpG, the steamer sinks by the stern.

122x10.5cm SpG and 29xLkG remaining.

Running toward the sinking position. Questioned and supplied 8 survivors in 2 boats.

2122 - Running off at high speed on general course. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

2159 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
ENE1/1, partly cloudy, visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb.

2302 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
For Cmdr. eyes only!
ACHTUNG! Possible Sabotage of Uboat torpedoes! Danger of circle runners! Immediate inspection of all torpedoes and report to B.d.U.!

2312 - Qu.1393AM - Boat is attacked by 3 Catalina's approaching from 110° true, E=10000.
At first only one airplane was sighted and both flak guns manned. The flak guns are initially jammed and start firing too late.
During the first approach from bearing 195°, each airplane drops 4 bombs, even though they are hit by flak and are burning. All bombs are off to far in front and wide to stbd.
During the second approach from bearing 15°, each airplane drops another 2 bombs that straddle the boat. The flak gunners fire only at the first airplane after the flyover and are consequently wounded by gun fire from the airplanes.
Both flak guns and the 10.5cm gun are slightly damaged.

2317 - After the second flyover, "ALARM!".
At T=70 no further damages. The wounded Coxwain's are placed in the stern compartment.

2340 - T=30. Commencing torpedo maintenance.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 08-06-21 04:10 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 1st War Patrol - Sea Burial & Checking for torpedo sabotage
 
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Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2761250)
Started new career in August 2019 to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years before ...

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Tuesday, 5 August 1941 - Northwest of the Outer Hebrides

B.d.U.: Eastward of Qu.AM71, it is becoming unfavorable for Uboat operations, due to the constant air patrols, also, during moonlit nights.

0520 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 4.8., 1649h.

0633 - Qu2333AM - A pair of Hurricanes in 110° true, flying off on ESE heading, E=8000.

0930 - NW3/2, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 5-6sm, >1000mb.

1100 - N1/1, clear, visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb.

1200 - Qu.2319AM - Days Run: 279.4sm - 275.8 (22h 50') - 3.6sm (1h 10').
186.4cbm (13.2cbm/24h). 9500Ah. Weather unchanged since 1100h.

1201 - Third status and position request for U 401 (Zimmermann). Boat is presumed lost.

(U 401 was sunk on 3 August 1941 in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 50.30N, 19.35W, by depth charges from the British corvette HMS Hydrangea. 45 dead, all hands lost).

2008 - Medium sized passenger steamer bearing 37, E=14000, outbound on course 283°, speed 4kn.

2033 - Running towards the steamer. At E=6000, the steamer start zig-zagging and sending "SSS". "Battle Stations!".

2051 - E=3000, target angle red93, own course 330°, own speed 1.6kn.

Shot with star shell across the bow - no reaction by the steamer.

2052 - "Weapons Free!", for the 10.5cm gun, aiming at the waterline. E=2400.

2057 - Qu.1448AM - After 28 rounds of 10.5cm SpG, the steamer sinks by the stern.

122x10.5cm SpG and 29xLkG remaining.

Running toward the sinking position. Questioned and supplied 8 survivors in 2 boats.

2122 - Running off at high speed on general course. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

2159 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
ENE1/1, partly cloudy, visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb.

2302 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
For Cmdr. eyes only!
ACHTUNG! Possible Sabotage of Uboat torpedoes! Danger of circle runners! Immediate inspection of all torpedoes and report to B.d.U.!

2312 - Qu.1393AM - Boat is attacked by 3 Catalina's approaching from 110° true, E=10000.
At first only one airplane was sighted and both flak guns manned. The flak guns are initially jammed and start firing too late.
During the first approach from bearing 195°, each airplane drops 4 bombs, even though they are hit by flak and are burning. All bombs are off to far in front and wide to stbd.
During the second approach from bearing 15°, each airplane drops another 2 bombs that straddle the boat. The flak gunners fire only at the first airplane after the flyover and are consequently wounded by gun fire from the airplanes.
Both flak guns and the 10.5cm gun are slightly damaged.

2317 - After the second flyover, "ALARM!".
At T=70 no further damages. The wounded Coxwain's are placed in the stern compartment.

2340 - T=30. Commencing torpedo maintenance.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Started new career in August 2019 to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years before ...

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Wednesday, 6 August 1941 - North of Rockall Bank

0102 - O=20%.

0410 - Tubes I-IV serviced and inspected together with the two Eto above the floor plates for possible sabotage - no findings. Provisionally finished torpedo maintenance and inspection, as the fwd. reserve torpedoes under the floor plates are not accessible and the stern compartment is occupied with the wounded coxwain's, that are not in condition to be moved.

0418 - Commencing trial dive. 185rpm.

0432 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meter.

0445 - Surfaced after 5h 28min. and 16.5sm.
NNE5/4, partly cloudy, visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb.

0452 - Boat ventilated.

0457 - In the meanwhile, both Coxwain's have succumbed to their injuries. "All engines stop!".

0500 - Qu.1395AM bottom middle -
Sea Burial of Coxwain(AA), Wilhelm BARSCH and of Coxwain&No.3, Konrad SCHMIDT with military honors, in position 59°12'N, 014°06'W.

0530 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 0452h.

The radio and torpedo crew are taking shifts in the third sea watch.

0945 - Qu.1524AM - Reached 15°W.

1000 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
Reached 15°W. Switching to Atlantic Frequency. On 5.8., 2057h, sunk steamer of 6619ts with deck gun, in Qu.1448AM. A lot of enemy air patrols in Rosengarten and further course, 3 crash dives and bombs, no damages. On 5.8., 2315h, attack by 3 Catalina's, in Qu.1393AM, attackers hit by flak and flying off burning, flak crew killed by airplane gun fire. Sea Burial of Coxwain(AA), Wilhelm BARSCH and of Coxwain&No.3, Konrad SCHMIDT with military honors, in position 59°12'N, 014°06'W. Checked bow torpedoes for sabotage, no findings. Boat safe and secure at 2A-Meter. 178.5cbm. 22 eels. NNE5/4, partly cloudy, visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb. - RST -

1029 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Message received, continue as ordered. New patrol grids for U 129 (Clausen)-AL2682, U 206 (Opitz)-AL1356, U 567 (Fahr)-AE7777, U 113 (RST)-AL3382, depth 100sm. After reaching new patrol grid, attacks only against convoys or especially valuable single traveling ships.

1200 - Qu.1515AM - Days Run: 250.3sm - 233.8 (18h 32') - 16.5sm (5h 28')
177.6cbm (8.8cbm/24h). 7900Ah. Weather unchanged since 1000h.

1306 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W. report about enemy air raids in West and South Germany, especially, on Karlsruhe and Mannheim, with civilian casualties. Flak and night fighters shot down 8 British bombers.

Throughout the afternoon, several special reports from Radio Berlin about the progress on the eastern front.

1818 - Qu.3655AL -

2212 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight. Weather unchanged since 1000h.

2355 - Incoming F.T.2350/6: From B.d.U.:
B-Dienst reporting small enemy convoy in Qu.3515AL, on course ESE, speed 5kn.

2400 - Boat operating on convoy 2350/6. New course 49°, full speed ahead.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 08-07-21 03:23 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 1st War Patrol - First Convoy Battle
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2761399)
Started new career in August 2019 to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years before ...

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Wednesday, 6 August 1941 - North of Rockall Bank

0102 - O=20%.

0410 - Tubes I-IV serviced and inspected together with the two Eto above the floor plates for possible sabotage - no findings. Provisionally finished torpedo maintenance and inspection, as the fwd. reserve torpedoes under the floor plates are not accessible and the stern compartment is occupied with the wounded coxwain's, that are not in condition to be moved.

0418 - Commencing trial dive. 185rpm.

0432 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meter.

0445 - Surfaced after 5h 28min. and 16.5sm.
NNE5/4, partly cloudy, visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb.

0452 - Boat ventilated.

0457 - In the meanwhile, both Coxwain's have succumbed to their injuries. "All engines stop!".

0500 - Qu.1395AM bottom middle -
Sea Burial of Coxwain(AA), Wilhelm BARSCH and of Coxwain&No.3, Konrad SCHMIDT with military honors, in position 59°12'N, 014°06'W.

0530 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since 0452h.

The radio and torpedo crew are taking shifts in the third sea watch.

0945 - Qu.1524AM - Reached 15°W.

1000 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
Reached 15°W. Switching to Atlantic Frequency. On 5.8., 2057h, sunk steamer of 6619ts with deck gun, in Qu.1448AM. A lot of enemy air patrols in Rosengarten and further course, 3 crash dives and bombs, no damages. On 5.8., 2315h, attack by 3 Catalina's, in Qu.1393AM, attackers hit by flak and flying off burning, flak crew killed by airplane gun fire. Sea Burial of Coxwain(AA), Wilhelm BARSCH and of Coxwain&No.3, Konrad SCHMIDT with military honors, in position 59°12'N, 014°06'W. Checked bow torpedoes for sabotage, no findings. Boat safe and secure at 2A-Meter. 178.5cbm. 22 eels. NNE5/4, partly cloudy, visibility 8-9sm, >1000mb. - RST -

1029 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Message received, continue as ordered. New patrol grids for U 129 (Clausen)-AL2682, U 206 (Opitz)-AL1356, U 567 (Fahr)-AE7777, U 113 (RST)-AL3382, depth 100sm. After reaching new patrol grid, attacks only against convoys or especially valuable single traveling ships.

1200 - Qu.1515AM - Days Run: 250.3sm - 233.8 (18h 32') - 16.5sm (5h 28')
177.6cbm (8.8cbm/24h). 7900Ah. Weather unchanged since 1000h.

1306 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W. report about enemy air raids in West and South Germany, especially, on Karlsruhe and Mannheim, with civilian casualties. Flak and night fighters shot down 8 British bombers.

Throughout the afternoon, several special reports from Radio Berlin about the progress on the eastern front.

1818 - Qu.3655AL -

2212 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight. Weather unchanged since 1000h.

2355 - Incoming F.T.2350/6: From B.d.U.:
B-Dienst reporting small enemy convoy in Qu.3515AL, on course ESE, speed 5kn.

2400 - Boat operating on convoy 2350/6. New course 49°, full speed ahead.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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Thursday, 7 August 1941 - South of Iceland

0227 - Incoming F.T.0220/7: From B.d.U.:
B-Dienst reporting convoy 2350/6 still in Qu.3515AL, on course 120°, speed 5kn.

0230 - Estimated contact with convoy 2350/6 in 30min. "All hands on standby positions!".

0256 - "Smoke Plume ahead to port!".
4 steamers in keel line and 1 escort destroyer in the back:
Pos.1-4: Medium Tanker 7710ts, Whale Factory Ship 5460ts, Hog Island Steamer 4687ts, Medium Size Steamer 2010ts.

0345 - The escort is going on a search pattern to stbd. and aft, until 0405h.

0410 - Approaching convoy with narrow angle on course 270°.

0420 - Diving for submerged attack, at E=7500.

0435 - Qu.3443AL - "Battle Stations!".

0440 - Flooding bow torpedo tubes. Own course 210°. Own speed 1.6kn, 65rpm. All bow torpedoes are G7e and all pistols are G7H/K-b(AZ); Running depth 5m; Vt30.

0503 - Salvo shot with tubes I&IV, salvo angle 2°.
Target ship: Pos.1 Medium Tanker.
Target course 120°; Target distance 635m; Target angle red90°; Target speed 4kn; Firing angle 343°.

0504 - Salvo shot with tubes II&III, salvo angle 2°.
Target ship: Pos.2 Whale Factory Ship.
Target course 120°; Target distance 635m; Target angle red90°; Target speed 4kn; Firing angle 29°.

Tubes I&IV are hits midships after 35/36 Sek.!
The tanker explodes over its entire length and sinks on an even keel.

Tube II is a hit in the forecastle after 36 Sek., while Tube III is a hit after 37 Sek. but fails to detonate!

The Whale Factory Ship also explodes over its entire length and sinks on an even keel. Further underwater explosions after the sinking.

Turning boat around to course 27° to bring the stern tubes to bear.

0511 - Shot with tube V: G7e/G7H/K-b(AZ); Running depth 4m; Vt30. Own course 27°. Own speed 1.6kn astern.
Target ship: Pos.3 Hog Island Merchant.
Target course 120°; Target distance 809m; Target angle red90°; Target speed 4kn; Firing angle 17°.

Tube V is a hit in the forecastle after 39 Sek.! The steamer settles by the bow but continues on with 1-2kn.

Cmdr.: "I decide to save the last loaded torpedo for the pos.4 steamer but can't bring the tube to bear, as the steamer hides behind, to the stbd. side of the torpedoed pos.3 steamer. I decide to go on parallel course and get in front of the steamers and reload the torpedoes."

- to be continued -


Kapitän 08-07-21 03:31 PM

U 113 (IXC) - 1st War Patrol - Small convoy destroyed
 
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Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2761568)
Started new career in August 2019 to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years before ...

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Thursday, 7 August 1941 - South of Iceland

0227 - Incoming F.T.0220/7: From B.d.U.:
B-Dienst reporting convoy 2350/6 still in Qu.3515AL, on course 120°, speed 5kn.

0230 - Estimated contact with convoy 2350/6 in 30min. "All hands on standby positions!".

0256 - "Smoke Plume ahead to port!".
4 steamers in keel line and 1 escort destroyer in the back:
Pos.1-4: Medium Tanker 7710ts, Whale Factory Ship 5460ts, Hog Island Steamer 4687ts, Medium Size Steamer 2010ts.

0345 - The escort is going on a search pattern to stbd. and aft, until 0405h.

0410 - Approaching convoy with narrow angle on course 270°.

0420 - Diving for submerged attack, at E=7500.

0435 - Qu.3443AL - "Battle Stations!".

0440 - Flooding bow torpedo tubes. Own course 210°. Own speed 1.6kn, 65rpm. All bow torpedoes are G7e and all pistols are G7H/K-b(AZ); Running depth 5m; Vt30.

0503 - Salvo shot with tubes I&IV, salvo angle 2°.
Target ship: Pos.1 Medium Tanker.
Target course 120°; Target distance 635m; Target angle red90°; Target speed 4kn; Firing angle 343°.

0504 - Salvo shot with tubes II&III, salvo angle 2°.
Target ship: Pos.2 Whale Factory Ship.
Target course 120°; Target distance 635m; Target angle red90°; Target speed 4kn; Firing angle 29°.

Tubes I&IV are hits midships after 35/36 Sek.!
The tanker explodes over its entire length and sinks on an even keel.

Tube II is a hit in the forecastle after 36 Sek., while Tube III is a hit after 37 Sek. but fails to detonate!

The Whale Factory Ship also explodes over its entire length and sinks on an even keel. Further underwater explosions after the sinking.

Turning boat around to course 27° to bring the stern tubes to bear.

0511 - Shot with tube V: G7e/G7H/K-b(AZ); Running depth 4m; Vt30. Own course 27°. Own speed 1.6kn astern.
Target ship: Pos.3 Hog Island Merchant.
Target course 120°; Target distance 809m; Target angle red90°; Target speed 4kn; Firing angle 17°.

Tube V is a hit in the forecastle after 39 Sek.! The steamer settles by the bow but continues on with 1-2kn.

Cmdr.: "I decide to save the last loaded torpedo for the pos.4 steamer but can't bring the tube to bear, as the steamer hides behind, to the stbd. side of the torpedoed pos.3 steamer. I decide to go on parallel course and get in front of the steamers and reload the torpedoes."

- to be continued -


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- continued from 7 August 1941, 0511h -

0531 - Sunrise.

0613 - Qu.3451AL - O=20%. Bow tubes reloaded. S-Tiefe.
The weather has deteriorated - the sea is now foaming.

0642 - Shot with tube III: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 4m; Vt30. Own course 210°; Own speed 135rpm, 2kn.
Target ship: Pos.4 Medium Merchant.
Target course 120°; Target distance 431m; Target angle red90°; Target speed 1kn; Firing angle 28°.

Tube III is a failure, understeers!

0643 - Flank speed backwards, as the boat is getting too close to the target ship.

0646 - Shot with tube IV: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 4m; Vt30. Own course 210°; Own speed 65rpm, 1.6kn.
Target ship: Pos.4 Medium Merchant.
Target course 120°; Target distance 390m; Target angle red90°; Target speed 1kn; Firing angle α°.

Tube IV is a hit midships after 25 Sek.! The steamer settles and sinks on an even keel. After it has disappeared beneath the waves, some load underwater boiler explosions.

The destroyer is running close to our previous position but doesn't seem to have any working ASW equipment nor depth charges on board.

0710 - T=40. Tube V reloaded with G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ). Turning boat around to get into attack position against the previously torpedoed Hog Island Merchant.

Cmdr.: "There! All of a sudden, load underwater explosions are heard, coming from the direction of the pos.3 steamer. Back to S-Tiefe, nothing can be seen. I'm assuming, that after 2h, the bad weather and high swell has compromised the general seaworthiness of the steamer and caused it to sink. I'm going back to T=40 for reloading of tubes III&IV."

0725 - Running off on course 210° and 65rpm, 1.6kn.

0753 - Tubes III & IV reloaded with G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ).

0800 - Surfaced after 3h40' and 9.7sm. Battery 6300Ah.
NW7/6, overcast, fog, poor visibility, <1000mb.

0802 - Boat ventilated. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

- to be continued -


Kapitän 08-08-21 02:11 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 1st War Patrol - In operational area
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2761671)
Started new career in August 2019 to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years before ...

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- continued from 7 August 1941, 0511h -

0531 - Sunrise.

0613 - Qu.3451AL - O=20%. Bow tubes reloaded. S-Tiefe.
The weather has deteriorated - the sea is now foaming.

0642 - Shot with tube III: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 4m; Vt30. Own course 210°; Own speed 135rpm, 2kn.
Target ship: Pos.4 Medium Merchant.
Target course 120°; Target distance 431m; Target angle red90°; Target speed 1kn; Firing angle 28°.

Tube III is a failure, understeers!

0643 - Flank speed backwards, as the boat is getting too close to the target ship.

0646 - Shot with tube IV: G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ); Running depth 4m; Vt30. Own course 210°; Own speed 65rpm, 1.6kn.
Target ship: Pos.4 Medium Merchant.
Target course 120°; Target distance 390m; Target angle red90°; Target speed 1kn; Firing angle α°.

Tube IV is a hit midships after 25 Sek.! The steamer settles and sinks on an even keel. After it has disappeared beneath the waves, some load underwater boiler explosions.

The destroyer is running close to our previous position but doesn't seem to have any working ASW equipment nor depth charges on board.

0710 - T=40. Tube V reloaded with G7a/G7H (K-a/AZ). Turning boat around to get into attack position against the previously torpedoed Hog Island Merchant.

Cmdr.: "There! All of a sudden, load underwater explosions are heard, coming from the direction of the pos.3 steamer. Back to S-Tiefe, nothing can be seen. I'm assuming, that after 2h, the bad weather and high swell has compromised the general seaworthiness of the steamer and caused it to sink. I'm going back to T=40 for reloading of tubes III&IV."

0725 - Running off on course 210° and 65rpm, 1.6kn.

0753 - Tubes III & IV reloaded with G7e/G7H (K-b/AZ).

0800 - Surfaced after 3h40' and 9.7sm. Battery 6300Ah.
NW7/6, overcast, fog, poor visibility, <1000mb.

0802 - Boat ventilated. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

- to be continued -


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- continued from 7 August 1941, 0802h -

0815 - Charging batteries at 6300Ah:
Stbd.-Diesel 485RPM - Charging;
Port-Diesel 396RPM - Propulsion, 9kn.

1022 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Op.-Directive to all "Gibraltar"-Boats, for convoy leaving Gibraltar on 8 August: Remain unnoticed! Radio Silence!

1040 - Batteries charged: 2h 15' for 3700Ah.
2x1/3 Ahead, 285RPM, 8kn. On course 270°.

1050 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
On 7.8., eliminated convoy 2350/6. From 0504h to 0701, sunk 3 merchants and 1 tanker for 20370ts, Qu.3443AL and 3451AL. 1 Eto was a dud and 1 Ato understeered, no torpedo sabotage found. Still have 7 internal eels and 167cbm. WSW7/6, overcast, fog, poor visibility, <1000mb. - RST -

1107 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Very good results! Continue Op. acc. F.T.1029/6.

1200 - Qu.3472AL - Days Run: 254sm - 244.3 (20h 20') - 9.7sm (3h 40').
167cbm (10.6cbm/24h). Weather unchanged since 1050h.

1907 and 2036 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W. report about continued success at the eastern front.

2223 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
SW5/4, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 5-6sm, >1000mb.

2400 - Qu.3322AL - Heading north.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.1029/6.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 08-08-21 03:20 PM

U 113 (IXC) - 1st War Patrol - In operational area
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2761718)
Started new career in August 2019 to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years before ...

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- continued from 7 August 1941, 0802h -

0815 - Charging batteries at 6300Ah:
Stbd.-Diesel 485RPM - Charging;
Port-Diesel 396RPM - Propulsion, 9kn.

1022 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Op.-Directive to all "Gibraltar"-Boats, for convoy leaving Gibraltar on 8 August: Remain unnoticed! Radio Silence!

1040 - Batteries charged: 2h 15' for 3700Ah.
2x1/3 Ahead, 285RPM, 8kn. On course 270°.

1050 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
On 7.8., eliminated convoy 2350/6. From 0504h to 0701, sunk 3 merchants and 1 tanker for 20370ts, Qu.3443AL and 3451AL. 1 Eto was a dud and 1 Ato understeered, no torpedo sabotage found. Still have 7 internal eels and 167cbm. WSW7/6, overcast, fog, poor visibility, <1000mb. - RST -

1107 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Very good results! Continue Op. acc. F.T.1029/6.

1200 - Qu.3472AL - Days Run: 254sm - 244.3 (20h 20') - 9.7sm (3h 40').
167cbm (10.6cbm/24h). Weather unchanged since 1050h.

1907 and 2036 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W. report about continued success at the eastern front.

2223 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
SW5/4, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 5-6sm, >1000mb.

2400 - Qu.3322AL - Heading north.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.1029/6.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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Friday, 8 August 1941 - South of Iceland

Cmdr.: The last couple of days were a bundle of mixed emotions for the boat. The convoy battle couldn't have come at a better time, as it got the crew's mind off of the tragic loss of their comrades and back onto the duties to be performed. The success lifted everyone's spirit and put the focus back on the greater goal and the task at hand.

0340 - Qu.3155AL

0533 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since last sundown.

0700 - New course 270°.

1200 - Qu.3112AL - Days Run: 205.2sm - (↗ 24h).
161.8cbm (5.2cbm/24h). Weather unchanged since 7.8.,2223h.

1345 - New course 180°.

1511 - Incoming F.T.: From U 93:
1 Battle Cruiser, 1 Troop Transport and 2 Destroyers in Marqu.DH24, on course west, at high speed.
- Korth - (historically, at 1945h in CG8423)

1705 - New course 90°.

2226 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
SE4/3, clear, light haze, visibility 6-7sm, >1000mb.

2347 - Qu.3155AL - Incoming F.T.: From U 144:
Returning to base. Arrival not before 9 Aug. - v.Mittelstaedt -

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.1029/6.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


pikke 08-09-21 02:33 AM

August 29, 1939 1800 left Wilhelmshaven, assigned patrol area: Grid BF17


September 3, 1939: the war has begun, crossing the Channel back to home is going to be tricky.


September 4, 1939 1600 Reached Grid BF17
High winds and huge waves, visibility nonexisthent.


Septembre 5, 1939: patrol complete, storm still raging, U53 head east toward the Channel.


September 8, 1939 grid BF19: sinked British large merchant, 2 attacks, 2 torpedoes each time, 1 dud each time. Let's hope these were all the duds we had.


September 8, 1939 1700: wind drops dead and the sea stills.


September 10, 1939: weather keeps sunny and with no winds.
0409 Grid BF22: sinked British Tramp steamer (deck gun)
0755 Grid BF22: sinked British Coastal Tanker ( deck gun)
2039 Grid BF26: sinked British Tramp steamer (1 torpedo + deck gun)
2155 Grid BF23: sinked British Small coal tanker with deck gun.


September 11, 1939: weather conditions stable, I'll try and use deck gun whenever possible to save torpedoes.
0538 Grid BF26: sinked British Ore Carrier (2 torpedoes)
1043 Grid BF26: sinked French Medium Cargo (1 torpedo + deck gun).
1050 Grid BF26: sinked British Schooner (deck gun + flak gun)
1247 Grid BF26: sinked British Coastal Freighter (1 torpedo + deck gun).
2208 Grid BF35: sinked French Small Freighter (1 torpedo + deck gun).


September 12, 1939: sunny, visibility moderate, light breeze, almost no waves.
0050 Grid BF33: sinked British Granville Freighter (1 torpedo)
1517 Grid BF32: sinked British Large Merchant (2 torpedo)
1523 Grid BF32: sinked British Tramp steamer (1 torpedo + deck gun + Flak gun)
Two targets very close one another, tricky to find a good solution but luckily enough it worked out just fine.
Heading back to Wilhelmshaven.


September 13, 1939
2324 Grid AN84 sinked British Large Merchant (deck gun + Flak gun)
It sunk on the very last flak gun ammo, no more offensive capabilities.


September 15, 1939 2354
U53 dock at Wilhelmshaven.
14 ships sunk, 61335 GRT
Luck was with U53 since the weather cleared up and no attack come our way.
Having trouble sinking small vessel with just one eel, must seek advice from other commanders.

Kapitän 08-09-21 03:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pikke (Post 2761886)
Having trouble sinking small vessel with just one eel, must seek advice from other commanders.


Great going! Which Mod and Realism Setting do you use?

Kapitän 08-09-21 03:39 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 1st War Patrol - Taking external eels under deck
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2761832)
Started new career in August 2019 to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years before ...

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Friday, 8 August 1941 - South of Iceland

Cmdr.: The last couple of days were a bundle of mixed emotions for the boat. The convoy battle couldn't have come at a better time, as it got the crew's mind off of the tragic loss of their comrades and back onto the duties to be performed. The success lifted everyone's spirit and put the focus back on the greater goal and the task at hand.

0340 - Qu.3155AL

0533 - Sunrise. Weather unchanged since last sundown.

0700 - New course 270°.

1200 - Qu.3112AL - Days Run: 205.2sm - (↗ 24h).
161.8cbm (5.2cbm/24h). Weather unchanged since 7.8.,2223h.

1345 - New course 180°.

1511 - Incoming F.T.: From U 93:
1 Battle Cruiser, 1 Troop Transport and 2 Destroyers in Marqu.DH24, on course west, at high speed.
- Korth - (historically, at 1945h in CG8423)

1705 - New course 90°.

2226 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
SE4/3, clear, light haze, visibility 6-7sm, >1000mb.

2347 - Qu.3155AL - Incoming F.T.: From U 144:
Returning to base. Arrival not before 9 Aug. - v.Mittelstaedt -

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.1029/6.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Started new career in August 2019 to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years before ...

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Saturday, 9 August 1941 - South of Iceland

0531 - Sunrise. E4/3, clear, light haze, visibility 6-7sm, >1000mb.

0630 - On course 180°. "All engines stop!". Flak guns manned.

0640 - Commencing of external torpedo loading.

0752 - Incoming F.T.: From U 206:
Have sunk as fishing vessel. - Opitz -

1125 - 6 bow torpedoes and 1 stern torpedo taken under deck.

1200 - Qu.3247AL - Days Run: 167.4sm - (↗ 24h).
159.1cbm (2.7cbm/24h). Weather unchanged since Sunrise at 0531h.

1201 - First position request for U 144 (v. Mittelstaedt)

1300 - Diving for trial dive and deep dive test to 2A-Meter. 185rpm, 4kn.

1319 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meter.

1452 - T=20. 65rpm, 1.6kn. O=20%.

1510 - Surfaced after 2h 10min. and 4.3sm. Battery, 9500Ah.
ESE4/3, clear, light haze, visibility 6-7sm, >1000mb.

1512 - Boat ventilated.

1645 - New course 244°.

1811 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
To all Gibraltar boats: According to message from agent in Gibraltar, sent via the Asta-Leitselle (Intelligence Command Headquarters) in Paris, convoy HG-70 has left at 1500h and not as previously reported in the early morning. The last ship has passed Europe-Point at 1600h. The boats are given new patrol grids, to enable interception of the convoy at daylight.

1907 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W. report about enemy air raids in the northern and northwestern coastal regions of Germany. Residential areas of Hamburg and Kiel have been hit, with few civilian casualties. Enemy bombers that attempted to attack Berlin, were repelled by Flak. Night fighter shot down 3 and Navy Artillery shot down 1 British bomber.

2220 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
SE4/3, clear, light haze, visibility 6-7sm, >1000mb.

2400 - Qu.3355AL -

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.1029/6.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Kapitän 08-10-21 03:22 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 1st War Patrol - New Op.-Orders
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2761894)
Started new career in August 2019 to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years before ...

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Saturday, 9 August 1941 - South of Iceland

0531 - Sunrise. E4/3, clear, light haze, visibility 6-7sm, >1000mb.

0630 - On course 180°. "All engines stop!". Flak guns manned.

0640 - Commencing of external torpedo loading.

0752 - Incoming F.T.: From U 206:
Have sunk as fishing vessel. - Opitz -

1125 - 6 bow torpedoes and 1 stern torpedo taken under deck.

1200 - Qu.3247AL - Days Run: 167.4sm - (↗ 24h).
159.1cbm (2.7cbm/24h). Weather unchanged since Sunrise at 0531h.

1201 - First position request for U 144 (v. Mittelstaedt)

1300 - Diving for trial dive and deep dive test to 2A-Meter. 185rpm, 4kn.

1319 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meter.

1452 - T=20. 65rpm, 1.6kn. O=20%.

1510 - Surfaced after 2h 10min. and 4.3sm. Battery, 9500Ah.
ESE4/3, clear, light haze, visibility 6-7sm, >1000mb.

1512 - Boat ventilated.

1645 - New course 244°.

1811 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
To all Gibraltar boats: According to message from agent in Gibraltar, sent via the Asta-Leitselle (Intelligence Command Headquarters) in Paris, convoy HG-70 has left at 1500h and not as previously reported in the early morning. The last ship has passed Europe-Point at 1600h. The boats are given new patrol grids, to enable interception of the convoy at daylight.

1907 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W. report about enemy air raids in the northern and northwestern coastal regions of Germany. Residential areas of Hamburg and Kiel have been hit, with few civilian casualties. Enemy bombers that attempted to attack Berlin, were repelled by Flak. Night fighter shot down 3 and Navy Artillery shot down 1 British bomber.

2220 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
SE4/3, clear, light haze, visibility 6-7sm, >1000mb.

2400 - Qu.3355AL -

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.1029/6.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Started new career in August 2019 to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years before ...

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Sunday, 10 August 1941 - South of Iceland

0019 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Clausen, Opitz, Fahr, RST: Give position report.

0022 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
Current position is Qu.3355AL. - RST -

0033 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Clausen, Opitz, Fahr, RST: Go to course 335° at economical speed. Next status and weather report in 24h.

0430 - Qu.3179AL - SE4/3 shifting south, rain, mist, poor visibility, <1000mb.

0536 - Sunrise. S6/5, rain, mist, poor visibility, <1000mb.

0630 - SSW7/6, rain, mist, poor visibility, <1000mb.

1200 - Qu.3111AL - Days Run: 196.0sm - 191.7 (21h 50') - 4.3sm (2h 10').
153.9cbm (5.2cbm/24h). 9500Ah. 14 internal eels. Weather unchanged since 0630h.

1201 - Second position request for U 144 (v. Mittelstaedt).

1836 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W. about Operation "Barbarossa" progressing as planned. Air bombardments of war manufacturing, transportation and supply infrastructure in Moscow. Several large fires in the city center and north of the Moskva-River-bend.

2236 - Sundown.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.0033/10.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


pikke 08-10-21 06:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2761893)
Great going! Which Mod and Realism Setting do you use?


Only mod I have right now is GWX 3.0 Gold.
Realism is 55%
Limited batteries, Compressed air, O2, fuel, vulnerability and repair time: on
Realistic ship sinking time: off
manual targeting: on
realistic sensors and Duds: on
all the remaining: off


I have problems with 2000 tonners (passenger/cargo, tramp stramer, small merchant, etc)

My usual strategy is to aim for the funnel or mid-ship (fuel bunkers and engine room area) with magnetics set for about a metre under the keel.
Once hit they gradually slow down and get lower and lower on the sea, eventually stopping dead, decks flooded....and often they just stay there, floating for hours ( I usually wait up to four/five hours, waiting longer than that, especially if there are huge waves often leads to the ship sinking but not being awarded to me)


I noticed that if I get them astern, that somewhat raises the chances of them going down and so I'm trying to get better at aiming.


I've also tried to switch off the manual targeting (lowering the realism to 45% if memory serves me right) and aiming at weak spots through the recognition manual but that does not seem to affect the outcome.


Next up I thought I'd try setting the torpedoes for impact instead of magnetic, is it worth trying that for small vessels?



Or am I not waiting enough time?



Thanks!

Kapitän 08-10-21 08:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pikke (Post 2762081)
Only mod I have right now is GWX 3.0 Gold.
Realism is 55%
Limited batteries, Compressed air, O2, fuel, vulnerability and repair time: on
Realistic ship sinking time: off
manual targeting: on
realistic sensors and Duds: on
all the remaining: off


I have problems with 2000 tonners (passenger/cargo, tramp stramer, small merchant, etc)

My usual strategy is to aim for the funnel or mid-ship (fuel bunkers and engine room area) with magnetics set for about a metre under the keel.
Once hit they gradually slow down and get lower and lower on the sea, eventually stopping dead, decks flooded....and often they just stay there, floating for hours ( I usually wait up to four/five hours, waiting longer than that, especially if there are huge waves often leads to the ship sinking but not being awarded to me)


I noticed that if I get them astern, that somewhat raises the chances of them going down and so I'm trying to get better at aiming.


I've also tried to switch off the manual targeting (lowering the realism to 45% if memory serves me right) and aiming at weak spots through the recognition manual but that does not seem to affect the outcome.


Next up I thought I'd try setting the torpedoes for impact instead of magnetic, is it worth trying that for small vessels?



Or am I not waiting enough time?



Thanks!


Maybe turn the "Realistic Ship Sinking Time" ON ...


Fact is, some ships are harder to sink than others, e.g., Ore Feighters ...


I'm not sure, if swithing to Contact Pistol actually helps ... for historical reasons, I only use Contact Fuse (AZ) from 6.40 to 11.42, as the Uboats were only firing with the Pi-G7H during this time.


Rough weather always helps to sink a torpedoed ship, i.e., in my current patrol, I torpedoed a Hog-Island-Steamer and it sank after 2 hours in rough seas, after being topredoed (see above on 7 August 1941). Of course, one has to take the wave height into account when setting the running depth ...


I seem to notice that when hitting a ship in the bow or forecastle, it basically drives itself into the sea, if it still has propulsion.


Let me know, how it works ...

Muyed 08-10-21 09:48 AM

Muyed
 
I am having some problems with SH5....... Please help....!!!!!!!!

Kapitän 08-11-21 02:26 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 1st War Patrol - New Op.-Orders
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2762066)
Started new career in August 2019 to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years before ...

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Sunday, 10 August 1941 - South of Iceland

0019 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Clausen, Opitz, Fahr, RST: Give position report.

0022 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
Current position is Qu.3355AL. - RST -

0033 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Clausen, Opitz, Fahr, RST: Go to course 335° at economical speed. Next status and weather report in 24h.

0430 - Qu.3179AL - SE4/3 shifting south, rain, mist, poor visibility, <1000mb.

0536 - Sunrise. S6/5, rain, mist, poor visibility, <1000mb.

0630 - SSW7/6, rain, mist, poor visibility, <1000mb.

1200 - Qu.3111AL - Days Run: 196.0sm - 191.7 (21h 50') - 4.3sm (2h 10').
153.9cbm (5.2cbm/24h). 9500Ah. 14 internal eels. Weather unchanged since 0630h.

1201 - Second position request for U 144 (v. Mittelstaedt).

1836 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W. about Operation "Barbarossa" progressing as planned. Air bombardments of war manufacturing, transportation and supply infrastructure in Moscow. Several large fires in the city center and north of the Moskva-River-bend.

2236 - Sundown.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.0033/10.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


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Monday, 11 August 1941 - South of Iceland -
- Second week at sea completed -

0023 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
Current position is Qu.7641AE. No traffic noticed. Still have 151.2cbm and 14 internal eels. SSW7/6, rain, mist, poor visibility, <1000mb. - RST -

0109 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
New patrol grids: Uphoff (U 84) AK3267, Förster (U 501) AD8889, RST AE7155 via AE7255. Depth 40sm.

0130 - On course 303°. Weather is clearing up again: SSW7/6 shifting west, clear, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

0522 - Sunrise. NW7/6 shifting west, clear, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

1001 - Incoming F.T.: From 1./K.G.40:
Have sunk 1 steamer 2852ts from convoy HG-70.

1125 - Qu.7255AE - New course 270°.

1136 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Convoy HG-70 at 0800h in grid CG8226, heading towards Lisbon.

1200 - Qu.7255AE - Days Run: 203.0sm - (↗ 24h).
148.6cbm (5.3cbm/24h). 9500Ah. 14 internal eels. N7/6, clear, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

1201 - Third position request for U 144 (v. Mittelstaedt). Boat is presumed lost.

(Type IID. Historically, sunk on 10 August 1941 in the Baltic Sea west of Dagö, in position 58.58N, 21.24,5E, by torpedo from the Soviet submarine ShCh-307. 28 dead, all hands lost).

1805 - U 568 (Preuss) reports convoy in AE8753, course NW, medium speed. Very likely the same convoy U 501 (Förster) reported this morning in AE8782, on course north.

2005 - U 568 (Preuss) reporting enemy convoy now in AE8725.

Cmdr.: Kptlt. Preuss commanded our sister boat U 10 during our operations with U 11 in the North Sea at the beginning of the war.

2252 - Sundown. NNE6/5, clear, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

2400 - NE4/3, clear, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.0109/11.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


pikke 08-12-21 02:27 AM

U53 - Type VIIb - 2nd patrol
 
Left Wilhelmshave at Oct 5, 1939 1204
Assigned patrol area: BE61
Weather clear, wind 7 knots, lot of traffic incoming/outcoming.


Oct 7, 1939

AN84 0632: sonar report contact dead ahead, merchant closing, medium speed, long range.
Surface the boat and quick dash to intercept.


AN84 0703: down again to periscope depth, contact still closing but moving slow, seems to be heading NNE, straight toward us. Will stay under and close the gap.


AN84 0728: it's a passenger/cargo, 7200m away, speed 7knots, running happily toward U53. Weather and sea conditions ideal for a deck gun attack.


AN84 0744: no other sound contact, identified as british, manouvered to run 500m out on parallel course. Men ready to rise the boat and handle deck and flak guns. Here we go.


AN84 0749: that's our first prey. Men did well. Let's move out of the way.


Oct 7, 1939 AN79

1602: Task Force spotted about 85km NE of Dover!
Heading NNE and moving about 27knots.
Reported to BdU and down to periscope depth, don't want to mess with it.


Oct 7, 1939 AN79
1738 Sonar report sound contact, merchant moving slowly away, long range. Seems to be moving northward. I may risk surfacing for a quick dash.


1802 it's another passenger cargo, heading NNE. Moving to intercept. Weather still good but this close to Dover I may opt for a torpedo attack.


1824 identified as french, shot a single torpedo right under the funnel. Big explosion, fires going on. She is slowing down. I'll stalk her to confirm the kill.


1852 she is down to 2 knots and low on water but keeps going. No other sound contact. I'll keep trailing it.


2052 still afloat, dead on water...but not going down. I'll wait another hour



2125 sonar report warship contact, long range medium speed, closing. Time to end the waiting game. Surface the boat.


2127 one single HE shell and down she is. Stubborn ship. U53 is heading NNE in the likely event that warship come inspecting the area.


2140 Down to periscope depth and back on course. The warship has arrived in the area and is moving around but U53 is quite away and moving slow. I'll wait till the warship is gone before resurfacing.

Kapitän 08-12-21 11:11 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 1st War Patrol - Operating on different convoys
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2762244)
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Monday, 11 August 1941 - South of Iceland -
- Second week at sea completed -

0023 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
Current position is Qu.7641AE. No traffic noticed. Still have 151.2cbm and 14 internal eels. SSW7/6, rain, mist, poor visibility, <1000mb. - RST -

0109 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
New patrol grids: Uphoff (U 84) AK3267, Förster (U 501) AD8889, RST AE7155 via AE7255. Depth 40sm.

0130 - On course 303°. Weather is clearing up again: SSW7/6 shifting west, clear, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

0522 - Sunrise. NW7/6 shifting west, clear, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

1001 - Incoming F.T.: From 1./K.G.40:
Have sunk 1 steamer 2852ts from convoy HG-70.

1125 - Qu.7255AE - New course 270°.

1136 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Convoy HG-70 at 0800h in grid CG8226, heading towards Lisbon.

1200 - Qu.7255AE - Days Run: 203.0sm - (↗ 24h).
148.6cbm (5.3cbm/24h). 9500Ah. 14 internal eels. N7/6, clear, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

1201 - Third position request for U 144 (v. Mittelstaedt). Boat is presumed lost.

(Type IID. Historically, sunk on 10 August 1941 in the Baltic Sea west of Dagö, in position 58.58N, 21.24,5E, by torpedo from the Soviet submarine ShCh-307. 28 dead, all hands lost).

1805 - U 568 (Preuss) reports convoy in AE8753, course NW, medium speed. Very likely the same convoy U 501 (Förster) reported this morning in AE8782, on course north.

2005 - U 568 (Preuss) reporting enemy convoy now in AE8725.

Cmdr.: Kptlt. Preuss commanded our sister boat U 10 during our operations with U 11 in the North Sea at the beginning of the war.

2252 - Sundown. NNE6/5, clear, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

2400 - NE4/3, clear, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

Boat operating acc. Op.-Orders as per F.T.0109/11.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Started new career in August 2019 to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years before ...

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Tuesday, 12 August 1941 - South of Iceland -

0311 - Incoming F.T.: From U 568:
Have sunk corvette escorting convoy ON-4 in Qu.7665AE. Convoy on course west, medium speed. - Preuss -

0420 - Qu.7155AE - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
Have reached Qu.7155AE. - RST -

0506 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Operate on convoy "Preuss" via Qu.7555AE. Be careful of enemy aircraft!

0533 - Sunrise - ESE4/3, clear, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.
Boat operation on convoy "Preuss", course 110°.

0754 - U 129 (Clausen, IXC) reporting enemy convoy in AL2219, on course west. All "northern" boats are ordered to operate on this convoy. If no contact until the evening of 14 August, boats are to take up new patrol positions from south of Iceland to east of Greenland.

1200 - Qu.7428AE - Days Run: 210.6sm - (↗ 24h).
144.2cbm (4.4cbm/24h). 9500Ah. 14 internal eels. Weather unchanged since sunrise.

Boat operating on convoy "Clausen", course 197°.

1340 - Qu.7455AE - New course 180°.

1801 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W. report about the Soviet Army retreating across the Dnjepr and the Bug-inlet at the Black Sea.

1816 - Incoming F.T.: From U 123:
Convoy HG-70 now in CG4551, course 300°, 7kn. Within the convoy one large cruiser escorted by four destroyers. Cruiser has large radio antenna mounted on the mast, suspecting some kind of surface detection equipment. Convoy has an inner and outer escort ring. - Hardegen -

The attacking boats are given order by the B.d.U., to attack the convoy escorts with salvo shots, without regard to their torpedo reserve.

2000 - Qu.7755AE -

2235 - Sundown. N5/4, clear, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

2400 - NW5/4, clear, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.
New course 244°.

Boat operating on convoy "Clausen".

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


pikke 08-13-21 04:18 AM

U53 - Type VIIb - 2nd patrol - part 2
 
Oct 8, 1939
AN79 0227 Crew on deck sights a small merchant ship closing. Weather still good, wind 7knots, and it's a dark night. Lowered the boat to 7 metres to reduce the chance to be spotted. Ahead standard and moving in to position.


AN79 0241 Deck gun made a quick work of the tiny Pelagic Trawler. ahead full and back on course.


AN79 0249 fired at by Torpedo boat! light damage and no casualties. We've been lucky, could've been the end of U53. The boat will stay down for a while and clear the area.


AN79 0347 Sonar report multiple contacts heading SSW, moving slow, closing. Sounds like a convoy is coming our way.



AN79 0402 convoy spotted, mostly small merchants, larger one is a medium cargo and it's on the other side.


AN79 0404 that's a big warship crusing right in the middle of the small merchants. Seems the HMS Nelson...


AN79 0412 shot 4 torpedoes, 3 aimed to the HMS Nelson and one at a passenger/cargo close to it. Manouvering to aim stern tube and fire tube V.


AN79 0413 one torpedo went off early. damn magnetics. Will 2 be sufficient to sink such a big one? doubt it...


AN79 0415 two hits on the Nelson and one hit on the Passenger/Cargo. Destroyer and ASW Trawler rushing in. I'll try to sneak away and attack the Nelson once again.


AN79 0419 managed to fire tube V at Nelson, but its a long shot...still it was worth trying...Passenger/Cargo slowing down.



AN79 0428 That last torpedo missed. I'll try to break off, surface and circle around to intercept again from the other side. I've been too greedy, should have focused all our firepower on the Nelson.


AN79 0452 Been able to give the slip to the two warships searching for us. Convoy going on heading SSW. HMS Nelson seems unaffected. Passenger/Cargo low astern but back to normal speed, trailing just a few hundred meters behind the convoy. Time to surface the boat.

Kapitän 08-15-21 03:28 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 1st War Patrol - Operating on convoy "Clausen"
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2762477)
Started new career in August 2019 to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years before ...

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Tuesday, 12 August 1941 - South of Iceland -

0311 - Incoming F.T.: From U 568:
Have sunk corvette escorting convoy ON-4 in Qu.7665AE. Convoy on course west, medium speed. - Preuss -

0420 - Qu.7155AE - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
Have reached Qu.7155AE. - RST -

0506 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Operate on convoy "Preuss" via Qu.7555AE. Be careful of enemy aircraft!

0533 - Sunrise - ESE4/3, clear, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.
Boat operation on convoy "Preuss", course 110°.

0754 - U 129 (Clausen, IXC) reporting enemy convoy in AL2219, on course west. All "northern" boats are ordered to operate on this convoy. If no contact until the evening of 14 August, boats are to take up new patrol positions from south of Iceland to east of Greenland.

1200 - Qu.7428AE - Days Run: 210.6sm - (↗ 24h).
144.2cbm (4.4cbm/24h). 9500Ah. 14 internal eels. Weather unchanged since sunrise.

Boat operating on convoy "Clausen", course 197°.

1340 - Qu.7455AE - New course 180°.

1801 - Norddeich Radio sending O.K.W. report about the Soviet Army retreating across the Dnjepr and the Bug-inlet at the Black Sea.

1816 - Incoming F.T.: From U 123:
Convoy HG-70 now in CG4551, course 300°, 7kn. Within the convoy one large cruiser escorted by four destroyers. Cruiser has large radio antenna mounted on the mast, suspecting some kind of surface detection equipment. Convoy has an inner and outer escort ring. - Hardegen -

The attacking boats are given order by the B.d.U., to attack the convoy escorts with salvo shots, without regard to their torpedo reserve.

2000 - Qu.7755AE -

2235 - Sundown. N5/4, clear, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.

2400 - NW5/4, clear, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.
New course 244°.

Boat operating on convoy "Clausen".

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Started new career in August 2019 to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years before ...

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Wednesday, 13 August 1941 - South of Iceland -

0547 - Sunrise. WNW5/4, clear, light haze, good visibility, >1000mb.
Breakfast for the port engine watch.

0600 - Qu.1255AL - Morning call for the remaining crew and morning wash and breakfast at 0630h.

0700 - Diving for torpedo maintenance at T=40.

0852 - O₂=20%.

1005 - Bow torpedoes serviced. Break.

1030 - Servicing of stern torpedoes until 1200h.

1200 - Qu.1251AL - Days Run: 172.8sm - ↗ 166.0 (19h) -↘ 6.8sm (5h).
140.7cbm (3.5cbm/24h). 9100Ah. 14 internal eels. T=40.

1220 - Starting trial dive. 185rpm. 4kn.

1233 - Boat is safe and secure at 2A-Meter. 135rpm.

1252 - T=20. O₂=19%.

1300 - Surfaced after 1h and 2.5sm.

1302 - Boat ventilated.

1321 - Compressed air supply filled.

1325 - Charging batteries at 9000Ah:
Port Diesel, Propulsion, 285RPM, 7kn;
Stbd.Diesel, Charging, 495RPM.

1420 - 55min. for 1000Ah.

During the afternoon and evening, the weather is deteriorating.

2250 - Sundown. Midnight Twilight.
SW7/6, overcast, light haze, medium visibility, ~1000mb.

2331 - Incoming F.T.: From U 109:
Wabo attack! Damages cannot be repaired with onboard tools. Commencing return voyage. - Bleichrodt -

2346 - Incoming F.T.: From U 94:
After aircraft attack heavy damages. Not combat ready anymore. Commencing return voyage. - Kuppisch -

Boat operating on convoy "Clausen".

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.



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