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Gargamel 12-12-10 03:18 AM

Started my first patrol in a new career, Sept '39. Running the Orkney / Shetland gap, encountered a couple trash ships, took them out with the deck gun. Then went about 2 weeks without even seeing another ship. The boys were getting restless. Then we got a radio contact report of a large convoy heading our way.

Moved to intercept, seas were dead flat, beautiful sailing weather, crappy for hiding a sub on an attack run. As we snuck in close, neither sonar nor periscope could find any escorts other than the lead destroyer. And then we saw her..... a Revenge sitting in the middle of the pack. Still couldn't believe there was only one ASW escort!

Took out the destroyer with a well placed eel. Sprinted into the center and quickly sank the BB with 4 eels. The first 2 probably would have sank her, but I was time pressed, and didnt want to wait around to see if there were really any other escorts.

Popped to the surface, finger on the crash dive alarm. Had the deck gun open up on all the big targets while the eels were reloaded. Was firing every thing I had at every target. Good Haul for first patrol. Was really wishing I had more torps. And a better weapons officer, his loading times were atrocious, I'll fire him after this patrol, he was a political appointment anyways.

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CAPTAIN'S LOG

2.9.39. 0255 Patrol 1
U-46, U-Flotilla Saltzwedel
Left at: September 2, 1939, 02:55
From: Wilhelmshaven
Mission Orders: Patrol grid BE31

6.9.39. 1
422
Grid AN 14 Ship sunk! SS Aallotar (Passenger/Cargo), 2253 tons. Cargo: Passengers. Crew: 185. Crew lost: 74
1559
Grid AN 14 Ship sunk! MV Coral (Small Trawler), 98 tons. Crew: 20. Crew lost: 15

17.9.39.

1039
Grid BE 64 Ship sunk! HMS Brazen (A&B classes), 1350 tons. Crew: 190. Crew lost: 1
1059 Grid BE 64 Ship sunk! HMS Resolution (Revenge class), 31000 tons. Crew: 1199. Crew lost: 11
1107
Grid BE 64 Ship sunk! MV Teakwood (Modern Tanker), 7292 tons. Cargo: Crude Oil. Crew: 51. Crew lost: 38
1109 Grid BE 64 Ship sunk! SS Ole Wegger (Whale Factory Ship), 12017 tons. Cargo: Aviation Fuel. Crew: 126. Crew lost: 5
1110
Grid BE 64 Ship sunk! SS N. T. Nielsen-Alonso (Whale Factory Ship), 12016 tons. Cargo: Aviation Fuel. Crew: 131. Crew lost: 128
1122
Grid BE 64 Ship sunk! SS Port Auckland (Ore Carrier), 8085 tons. Cargo: Bauxite. Crew: 86. Crew lost: 15
1127
Grid BE 64 Ship sunk! SS Manaar (Large Merchant), 5459 tons. Cargo: Machinery. Crew: 107. Crew lost: 39
1132
Grid BE 64 Ship sunk! SS Ixion (Ore Carrier), 8083 tons. Cargo: Iron Ore. Crew: 86. Crew lost: 67
1142
Grid BE 64 Ship sunk! SS Talthybius (Ore Carrier), 8084 tons. Cargo: Coal. Crew: 96. Crew lost: 82
1218 Grid BE 64 Ship sunk! SS Raranga (Large Merchant), 5460 tons. Cargo: Machinery. Crew: 98. Crew lost: 24
1242 Grid BE 64 Ship sunk! SS Krasnoe Znamya (Tramp Steamer), 2432 tons. Cargo: Coal. Crew: 22. Crew lost: 0

22.9.39.
0228 Grid AN 41 Ship sunk! SS Ahoy (Coastal Freighter), 1873 tons. Cargo: Trucks. Crew: 34. Crew lost: 24

23.9.39.

2157
Patrol results
Crew losses: 0
Ships sunk: 14
Aircraft destroyed: 0
Patrol tonnage: 105502 tons

That's a rate of 833 tonnes per minute for that 2 hour period!

Also kinda glad to see out of the 1190 sailors on the Resolution, only 11 died. Actually a pretty low loss of life for the carnage I caused. Which is good. Tonnes = Good, Kills = Bad.

Jack Cutter 12-12-10 04:45 AM

Great haul! I'm jealous of those numbers! :yeah:

I have SH3+GWX 3.0+ SH Commander, and it lists the ship names, but it never shows me the crew losses or the cargo aboard. Where do you find that, or what am I missing?

oldstyle 12-12-10 08:57 AM

Happy times
 
LIVRE DE BORD
Date et Heure
Quadrant
Evénements
10.2.41.
  1534
 Patrouille 2
U-93, 7e/13e Flottille
quitté à : février 10, 1941, 15:34
depuis : St. Nazaire
Ordres de mission : Patrouille carreau AL36

12.2.41.
  0659
Carreau BF 43
Navire coulé ! SS Bonifacio (petit navire marchand), 2424 tonnes. marchandise : avions. équipage : 55. équipage disparu : 37
1936
Carreau BF 18
Navire coulé ! SS Scottish Star (cargo type Empire), 7661 tonnes. marchandise : machines. équipage : 78. équipage disparu : 75
13.2.41.
  1001
Carreau BE 36
Navire coulé ! SS Umtata (gros navire marchand), 9466 tonnes. marchandise : minerai de cuivre. équipage : 50. équipage disparu : 28
1006
Carreau BE 36
Navire coulé ! SS Coracero (minéralier), 8595 tonnes. marchandise : bauxite. équipage : 80. équipage disparu : 22
17.2.41.
  0654
Carreau AM 49
Navire coulé ! SS Sea Beaver (gros cargo), 9952 tonnes. marchandise : véhicules militaires. équipage : 57. équipage disparu : 21
18.2.41.
  0431
Carreau AM 54
Navire coulé ! SS Glenshiel (gros navire marchand), 8347 tonnes. marchandise : vins/spiritueux. équipage : 82. équipage disparu : 46
26.2.41.
  1006
Carreau BE 62
Navire coulé ! MV Languedoc (gros tanker), 12426 tonnes. marchandise : carburant d'avion. équipage : 57. équipage disparu : 2
1016
Carreau BE 62
Navire coulé ! SS Chandeleur (gros cargo), 7778 tonnes. marchandise : denrées alimentaires. équipage : 40. équipage disparu : 32
1029
Carreau BE 62
Navire coulé ! SS Sea Scorpion (gros cargo), 7777 tonnes. marchandise : minerai de fer. équipage : 39. équipage disparu : 10
28.2.41.
  2216
 Résultat de patrouille
Pertes : 0
Bateaux coulés : 9
Avions abattus : 0
Tonnage de la patrouille : 74426 tonnes



Best patrol ever : as I remember, only two torps missed and for one it didn't matter cause it was a salvo of two and one hit and sunk the tanker.
I had to say that I have good weather conditions during the patrol (wind never up than 4m/s and good or medium visibility), so all the torps were in magnetic. Result, all the big cargos were sunk with one torp as the tanker !
Futhermore, one of the convoy was just attacked by another U-boot as I was waiting submerged to attack it. A kind of wolfpack feeling...
And I saw two other U-boots during the patrol : one traveled mid-submerged with its tube's doors always opened and closed alternatively, strange...
I play with manual targering, all realistic except the external camera (but not to help, just for good eye).

Gargamel 12-12-10 02:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jack Cutter (Post 1552241)
Great haul! I'm jealous of those numbers! :yeah:

I have SH3+GWX 3.0+ SH Commander, and it lists the ship names, but it never shows me the crew losses or the cargo aboard. Where do you find that, or what am I missing?

Go to Update Personnel File in SHC, then click view when it pops up. Then in that webpage, click the patrol number.

You may also have to turn on a setting or two in SHC

VONHARRIS 12-13-10 03:22 AM

U-505 18th patrol
 
CAPTAIN'S LOG
Date and Time
Location
Occurrences
2.1.42.0012Patrol 18
U-505, 2nd Flotilla
Left at: January 2, 1942, 00:12
From: Lorient
Mission Orders: Patrol grid CA31
19.1.42.0907Grid CA 33Ship sunk! USS Puffer (Gato class), 1526 tons. Crew: 60. Crew lost: 4 (sunk by deck gun fire)
20.1.42.0329Grid CA 31Ship sunk! MV Royster (Tugboat), 1130 tons. Crew: 20. Crew lost: 14 (sunk by deck gun fire)
0411Grid CA 31Ship sunk! USS William B. Preston (Clemson class), 1190 tons. Crew: 116. Crew lost: 8 (stationary 1 torpedo)
0412Grid CA 31Ship sunk! USS McDougal (Somers class), 1850 tons. Crew: 296. Crew lost: 59 (stationary 1 torpedo)
0551Grid CA 31Ship sunk! SS City of Lichfield (Small Merchant), 2430 tons. Cargo: Foodstuffs. Crew: 49. Crew lost: 9 (in convoy 1 torpedo)
0617Grid CA 31Ship sunk! SS William Hooper (Liberty Cargo), 7394 tons. Cargo: Timber. Crew: 45. Crew lost: 38 (in convoy 2 torpedoes)
0627Grid CA 31Ship sunk! MV Hopemount (Modern Tanker), 10872 tons. Cargo: Crude Oil. Crew: 52. Crew lost: 2 (in convoy 2 torpedoes)
0806Grid CA 31Ship sunk! SS Reuben Tipton (Medium Cargo), 4894 tons. Cargo: Machinery. Crew: 39. Crew lost: 17 (in convoy 1 torpedo)
0919Grid CA 31Ship sunk! MV Solvoll (Fishing Boat), 84 tons. Crew: 18. Crew lost: 18 (stationary 37mm flak)
0920Grid CA 31Ship sunk! MV Orfasy (Fishing Boat), 84 tons. Crew: 24. Crew lost: 1 (stationary 37mm flak)
0921Grid CA 31Ship sunk! MV No. 1032 (Fishing Boat), 83 tons. Crew: 29. Crew lost: 17 (stationary 37mm flak)
29.1.42.0030Grid BC 83Ship sunk! SS Affirmity (Coastal Freighter), 1870 tons. Cargo: Steel. Crew: 24. Crew lost: 8 (in convoy 1 torpedo)
8.2.42.1758
Patrol results
Crew losses: 3 dead (The deck gun crew was killed)
Ships sunk: 12
Aircraft destroyed: 0
Patrol tonnage: 33407 tons
The loss of my deck gun crew was terrible. The forward deck was hit by 5 inch shell by a DD which showed up out of nowhere when the tugboat was sunk. The deck gun was not destroyed!! The senior petty officer (gunner) was a holder of the Iron cross first class,.

I had an other bad moment in this patrol. In the convoy that the SS Affirmity (Coastal Freighter), 1870 tons was sunk , there was a big 3 funnel liner (42k tons) but I missed it.
In fact I launched a spread of 4 TIs at medium speed and impact against her in bad weather from a distance of 7.500m . swung around and fired 2 stern TIs with the same configuration.
All but one missed.

Gerald 12-13-10 04:33 AM

Yes, it takes time to get good crew, I had a similar situation some time ago they escaped with injuries, but a DD turned up behind a small promontory outside Dakar and received a few hits, and port-side engine was destroyed, also was bad weather, :yep:

Missing Name 12-13-10 10:39 AM

Restarted from an an earlier save due to a CTD. I'm in a type IXB again, having decided to pass up the IXC available. It's August 1941, about ready to ship out near Gibraltar.

Got my fingers crossed and lucky Alberich!

Axeman3d 12-13-10 11:13 AM

U104 out of Lorient, Nov/Dec 1940

Weather was miserable the whole trip, some of the worst seas I've seen. Running at ahead full in order to make 10 knots most of the time, I reached my patrol square off the Azores to prey on the South Africa/India convoy routes. Completely fruitless, so I decided to steam up and down the route from the Azores to Ireland, zigging all the way.

Picked up a large northbound convoy and spent most of my patrol harrassing it to death, picking off small merchants, a couple of medium cargos and a couple of Emprire frieghters. Eventually it was nearing the shallower waters leading to the English Channel so I backed off and headed back down the route, only to find and sink some stragglers.

The horrendous weather meant I had to use impact settings on the torpedos most of the time, and could not use the deck gun on the unescorted stragglers at all. On the last encounter before heading home, I found that this did not apply to a small merchant, who proceeded to strafe me with AA machine guns at extreme range while I waited to see if he would sink with my final eel in him. He didn't and I went home seasick and with bullet holes in the conning tower.

VONHARRIS 12-13-10 02:41 PM

A curious transfer request
 
Upon return of his 18th patrol Heinz von Harris was having a beer with his dear friend Kptltn Herberd Kraous. Kraous and his U-754 have just received orders for transfer into the Med. Kraous was bragging that
U-505 wouldn't last not one patrol in the Med.
Von Harris was furious. The insult was too big to ignore. He got up , said something between his teeth and he went to the phone.
He called Bdu. He demended an immediate transfer to the 29th flotilla.
His demand was met.
So U-505 left Lorient for Salamis with one clear order : SINK EM ALL!!

eBeaker 12-13-10 08:11 PM

At the helm of KM Prinz Eugen, I ran into a small convoy northeast of Dover soon after reaching my patrol point. Soon after sinking everything, I detected a large convoy to the north. At flank speed, I sped not to find a light cruiser at the center as I had expected, but HMS Rodney herself! After a long running battle which ended with me sinking all the merchants and smaller escorts to give me room to maneuver, I found to my dismay that my main magazines were empty and Rodney not even listing a bit.

After fleeing to the south, I was further dismayed to find Rodney was in pursuit! After a bit of maneuvering, I worked my way past her and hit yet another convoy, which I mauled with my single starboard-side secondary gun that still had ammunition. After a quick pass, and several more merchantmen sunk, I headed back to base with 102,000+ tons under my belt.

Kapt Z 12-13-10 09:22 PM

To:BDU
From: U-93
Date:30May41

Sunk Illustrious class carrier grid DH57.

Will stop at supply ship Corrientes to take on supplies, fuel and torpedoes before continuing to assigned grid DT72.

Reusch

:woot:

VONHARRIS 12-17-10 12:46 AM

Patrols in the Med
 
Things proved very hard for U-505 and Heinx von Harris in the Med.
All ships are escorted and the enemy air force has a constant presence in the skies.
Three patrols have been completed

No 19: 19 Mar 1942 - 8 Apr 1942 24 days 21998 grt
No 20: 14 Jun 1942 - 3 July 1942 20 days 20568 grt
No 21: 19 Aug 1942 - 12 Sep 1942 25 days 35895grt

During patrol No 19 U-505 met one of Sir Tovey's TFs : 1x King George 2xNelson 2x Fiji 10xDDs.
The weather was in favor of U-505 but a miscalculation during the submerged approach caused major trouble. When the pericope was raised von Harris saw the battleships crossing this path at bearing 160 - 190 and the DDs charged him immediately. The two stern torps were launched against the KG , one missed the other a dud. U-505 escped with medium damages and three dead men.

Note : I have seen that TFs are easier to find in the Med than in the Atlantic but they they travel faster (18 - 20kts) and it is very difficult to intercept them unless they come your way.

Missing Name 12-17-10 03:34 PM

U-127, Kapitanleutnant Ohne ein Namen.
Type IXB: 10.5cm deck gun, 2 FlaK/30 Zwilling.
Patrol 24, set out from Lorient. Early July, 1942.

July 9: I came across a convoy, intercepted it beautifully. Fired two torps at a large merchant from about 4000m, but then the convoy changed course while the fish were en route. Due to large numbers of escorts and mainly low-value targets, I called off the attack.

July 10: Encountered an Irish convoy.

July 11: Shelled a large oiler near the Canary Islands. Used 57 shells. Enemy 20mm could not reach us. Pleasant weather.

July 12: Intercepting a small merchant. She is unaware of our presence...

Gerald 12-17-10 11:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VONHARRIS (Post 1555160)
Things proved very hard for U-505 and Heinx von Harris in the Med.
All ships are escorted and the enemy air force has a constant presence in the skies.
Three patrols have been completed

No 19: 19 Mar 1942 - 8 Apr 1942 24 days 21998 grt
No 20: 14 Jun 1942 - 3 July 1942 20 days 20568 grt
No 21: 19 Aug 1942 - 12 Sep 1942 25 days 35895grt

During patrol No 19 U-505 met one of Sir Tovey's TFs : 1x King George 2xNelson 2x Fiji 10xDDs.
The weather was in favor of U-505 but a miscalculation during the submerged approach caused major trouble. When the pericope was raised von Harris saw the battleships crossing this path at bearing 160 - 190 and the DDs charged him immediately. The two stern torps were launched against the KG , one missed the other a dud. U-505 escped with medium damages and three dead men.

Note : I have seen that TFs are easier to find in the Med than in the Atlantic but they they travel faster (18 - 20kts) and it is very difficult to intercept them unless they come your way.

Intercept in the right way and in the vicinity, and as you say they are of a high speed. A CL Kent class passed by a while ago, she had 30 knots of speed.

VONHARRIS 12-19-10 02:31 AM

U-505 Patrol No23
 
Finally patrolling those dangerous waters of the Med paid off.
CAPTAIN'S LOG
Date and Time
Location
Occurrences
6.12.42.0219Patrol 23
U-505, 23rd/29th Flotilla
Left at: December 6, 1942, 02:19
From: La Spezia
Mission Orders: Patrol grid CH73
10.12.42.2332Grid CH 76Ship sunk! SS Snabb (Tramp Steamer), 1964 tons. Cargo: Bauxite. Crew: 32. Crew lost: 4
11.12.42.1222Grid CH 81Ship sunk! SS Matheran (Large Merchant), 10615 tons. Cargo: Textiles. Crew: 97. Crew lost: 80
14.12.42.1326Grid CH 76Ship sunk! SS A. M. Simpson (Coastal Freighter), 1869 tons. Cargo: Grain. Crew: 21. Crew lost: 7
15.12.42.1234Grid CH 73Ship sunk! SS Adriana Barbara (HMT Aquitania), 45557 tons. Cargo: Mail/Packages. Crew: 242. Crew lost: 14
16.12.42.0606Grid CH 75Ship sunk! SS Montrose (Large Troop Ship), 24010 tons. Cargo: Passengers. Crew: 312. Crew lost: 212
0631Grid CH 75Ship sunk! HMCS Uganda (Fiji class), 10725 tons. Crew: 829. Crew lost: 422
17.12.42.2333Grid CH 73Ship sunk! SS Stig Gorthon (Tramp Steamer), 1965 tons. Cargo: Grain. Crew: 27. Crew lost: 13
18.12.42.0058Grid CH 73Ship sunk! SS Gauntlet (Medium Cargo), 5084 tons. Cargo: General Cargo. Crew: 61. Crew lost: 21017
Grid CH 81Ship sunk! SS Typhoon (Medium Cargo), 5085 tons. Cargo: Military Stores. Crew: 56. Crew lost: 49
19.12.42.0835Grid CH 76Ship sunk! SS Farida (Small Freighter), 2230 tons. Cargo: Coal. Crew: 20. Crew lost: 2
20.12.42.0756Grid CH 76Ship sunk! SS Lookout (Medium Cargo), 5077 tons. Cargo: Sugar. Crew: 44. Crew lost: 23
23.12.42.
0112 Patrol results (just in time to celebrate my birthday 23 December RL)
Crew losses: 0
Ships sunk: 11
Aircraft destroyed: 0
Patrol tonnage: 114181 tons

Sinking of the SS Adriana Barbara (HMT Aquitania), 45557 tons
15 Dec 1942 10:00
Von Harris and his sound man hear heavy screws fading away at high speed bearing 20 - 50. A task force has just crossed their path at a very long range.
10:30
As nothing is heard , von Harris decides to sutface the boat. Current depth is 40m.
10:35
While raising to the surface , new sounds appear bearing 295 and closing in a steady east course. Von Harris stays at periscope depth and waits , doing 2kts silent running.
11:00
Ships are closing in now bearing 310 Two warships and a merchant can be clearly heard
11:30
Targets speed is estimated to 5kts course east. Von Harris orders all 4 tubes flooded. Up scope
11:32
Targets are visualy identified : A huge 4 funnel liner a Black swan and a Hunt II.
11:40
U-505 continues at 2 Kts same course. Targets situation unchanged
12:25
The liner is at bearing 340 showing her huge hull in the periscope. Torpedoes are set at medium speed as range is estimated at 7500m , impact pistols.
12:27
Fire 1 - 4 spread 0f 4 torpedoes 3 sec delay
12:32
Impacts : 3 explode 1 dud
12:34
Breaking noises. The escorts can not be heard. The liner is sinking. Down to 160m Silent running escape

Note : How much mail would a 45k tonnage ship carry?


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