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meduza 07-20-09 04:32 PM

Dec 1944. U-1151 sailed out od Trondheim and set course to the assigned grid, BE33. Somewhere west of Hebrides the radio operator handed a report of a task force, going NE at 7kt, 250km away. The Kaleun set an intercept course.

Upon reaching the point, they found nothing. U-1151 submerged, with snorkel out, and proceeded slowly along the suspected TF's course.

A few hours later, a contact! But just a lonely destroyer, searching for u-boats. They let her pass.

Not long after, another contact. Again a patrol? No, there was a distinct sound of an aircraft carrier! After a while the Kaleun estimated that the TF is heading on a northern course.

They surfaced and set a converging course, flank speed, periodically diving to check the situation.

The hours passed, and it was evident that the task force is pulling away. They obviously increased the speed, and the constant radar signals of approaching planes, and the rough seas didn't help the u-boat's effort. During one crash dive, out of many, decision was made that the further chase is pointless. U-1151 stayed submerged, slowly going away.

Then the sonar officer reported that a destroyer is getting closer. Could it be that one of the planes spotted them and alerted the escorts? Apparently not, since the destroyer didn't make the high speed noise, characteristic for a chase. And the sound of the carrier was also growing louder!

The Kaleun couldn't believe his own luck. The TF changed course, and according to the constant bearing, they were heading directly at U-1151!

They soon appeared in the periscope. The Bogue class, escorted by three destroyers. Speed 16-17kt, course 131.

The four bow tubes were flooded, waiting for the right moment. The Kaleun popped out the periscope and watched in disbelieve the entire task force turning to port. He quickly followed their maneuver and fired a salvo, basically a snapshot based on previous data, only adjusting the angle of bow.

All torpedoes missed. The Kaleun could only observe the carrier getting away at full speed.

Perhaps some other time...

TigerShark808 07-20-09 07:14 PM

Starting a new campaign in 39. Not sure why my orders to sink the " 2 ship convoy in the bay" was necessary. But anyways I'm now stationed in Kiel.

Wish me luck!


abclkhan 07-20-09 07:28 PM

Jan 1942, operation Paukenschlag.
U-521 type IXC, New York harbor.

Sunk aprox. 58000 ton at this day.:arrgh!:
Now heading for cape Hatteras after receiving some radio reports talking about this crowded area.

RoaldLarsen 07-21-09 01:32 AM

It's October 1944 and the type IXD2 u-boat U-196 under the command of KptLt. Yngve Yung has left a French port for the last time and is headed to Bergen via the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The departure from St Nazaire in early September was more exciting than usual. Naval gunfire erupted as U-196 emerged from its pen. It seems a boat in the harbour was taken over by the Maquis and was firing on German vessels. It was quickly silenced, but no sooner was its hull resting on the harbour bottom than a flight of 8 Liberator aircraft attacked, sinking a couple of ships.

Yung decided not to wait for the Vorpostenboot, which had been forced to reduce speed due to damage, but put out to sea at high speed. Before he reached water deep enough for a crash dive, U-196 had been attacked by no less than 24 aircraft, in three separate waves. Most of these were Sunderlands. Several were shot down by the eight 20mm FLAK guns on U-196's wintergarten. The u-boot only suffered superficial damage, which was soon put right.

When U-196 surfaced the next day, there was an almost immediate attack by two Hurricanes (too close for a crash dive), then four Liberators, two more Hurricanes and then 18 more Sunderlands. Again U-196 avoided serious damage (by careful high speed dodging, and a lot of luck), and shot down several of the attackers.

For the next week, U-196 was subjected to daily air attacks and was never able to get his batteries fully recharged. However, U-196 was able to crash dive for all but one of these attacks, and continued to avoid serious damage.

Once out of the Bay of Biscay, the pace of air attacks relaxed a bit, and then a stretch of bad weather allowed U-196 to proceed westward unmolested for a few days. Overall progress was still slow, as on most days U-196 stayed submerged at less than two knots for 22-23 hours. By October 20, U-196 was 1500km NE of the Azores when she detected a lone merchant. Attacking on the surface in bad weather, U-196 sank a C2 with a single torpedo. Three days later, U-196 made a successful attack on a large freighter, again only needing a single torpedo. The next day saw another large freighter go down after a single fish, this time helped along by a few shots from the deck gun.

Throughout October there have been aircraft sightings on most days. A pair of Lightnings caused a bad scare in mid-October, but the next day a pair of Catalinas were surprised in turn when Yung decided they were too close for a successful crash dive, and chose to stay up and fight. Both PBYs were shot down.

By October 23rd, Yung had bagged three more ships, using only four torpedos. That's seven shots, seven hits and six sinkings for about 34,500 tons. As of October 27, 1944, he's about 1000km NW of the Azores, has no unrepaired damage, 85% of his diesel, 19 torpedos, and nearly all of his deck gun ammo left but is running short of 20mm shells.

Will Yung survive a circumnavigation of Anticosti Island and get to Bergen before February?...

Jimbuna 07-21-09 03:30 AM


Originally Posted by TigerShark808 (Post 1137545)
Starting a new campaign in 39. Not sure why my orders to sink the " 2 ship convoy in the bay" was necessary. But anyways I'm now stationed in Kiel.

Wish me luck!


The initial patrol is intended to act as a were given an additional 1000 renown to compensate for sinking the two neutrals (everything is neutral in August 39).

Melonfish 07-21-09 05:12 AM

Well Bernhard Neumann and the crew of U-36 have just completed their 3rd patrol! A nifty little jaunt out in the north atlantic.

The crew Seem happier now we're gaining tonnage, our virgin patrol we had to turn back just out of wilhelmshaven sound, her overhall after shakedown missed a cracked piston in the port diesel engine. the decision to head back to port was hard on the men... (actually clearing a bug)

Our second patrol saw us sweep the north of scotland catching some lone C2 cargo ships then on our way back snook into Hartleypool Harbour and showed the english that their ships aren't safe even in dock! 44767gmt for that patrol! including a sitting duck of an armed trawler, how that english pig churchill thinks he'll ever win the war in the atlantic is beyond me.
it took us quite a while to round up the lords after the party back at base i'll tell you!

we've just returned home from AL63 driving rain and fog hampered our efforts but we still managed to send some lone merchants to the bottom and took out a C3 (SS president jefferson) laden with textiles with a single shot to her midriff. broke her back and she went underwith all but 6 hands.
however this is nothing compared to the many times recounted tale of our first downed Hurricane! our very own 2cm ace Erich Eckermann couragiously faced a fusilade of fire to score a direct hit on an attacking fighter. she spiralled in off our starboard side not even having chance to drop her deadly bombs! :rock: for this action BDU have awarded Bootsman Eckermann the Iron Cross 2nd class.

again the party after returning home was one to behold! patrol tonnage 24363gmt

to date we stand 6000 gmt more then that big shot Gunther Prien in U-48! our next patrol awaits :D

TigerShark808 07-21-09 10:23 PM


Originally Posted by jimbuna (Post 1137710)
The initial patrol is intended to act as a were given an additional 1000 renown to compensate for sinking the two neutrals (everything is neutral in August 39).

I see:)

That would explain why after sinking these two ships I was fired ON by those ships echoed at port. :)

PavelKirilovich 07-22-09 01:01 AM

The crew of U-198 was assembled at 05h30 for final muster before boarding and preparing to get underway. Kapitanleutnant Gerhard Schaal conferred with his officers at 05h50, fifteen minutes before scheduled cast off.

U-198 will depart Lorient at 06h05 3 June 1943 to patrol grid GP35 at commander's discretion. Be advised that U-448 will be on station at DF67-13 beginning 5 June 1943 and will remain on station until late April 1943 (estimated). Should U-198's patrol run over into September of 1943, the boat should be prepared for a possible rebasing order.

Entry I.
3 June 1943. 09h35. BF61-42
Cleared the harbour at 07h00. Encountered two U-Flak patrolling and exchanged pleasantries. Expect good weather and a fine patrol. The plan is to attack Norfolk and move south, eventually engaging targets in South American ports before moving to assigned patrol grid. Crew morale high, they expect another highly successful patrol. Officers particularly optimistic.

Entry II.
7 June 1943. 15h45. BE68-46
Radio report received, indicating large convoy to U-198's immediate north bearing 180 steaming fast. U-198 will attempt an intercept. Weather has become rough.

Entry III.
7 June 1943. 16h20. BE68-53
Contact made with convoy and contact report transmitted to BdU. Convoy includes Southampton class light cruiser. Making a submerged approach to attempt a pass on this target, will fire stern tubes at troopship prior to diving away from convoy.

Entry IV.
7 June 1943. 16h48. BE68-52
Between the periscope and the hydrophones, it is estimated that there are twenty vessels in this convoy. All vessels flying the Red Ensign. Convoy heading 180, speed 13 knots.

Entry V.
7 June 1943. 18h05. BE68-51
Convoy moving too fast to be intercepted. Contact lost. Range never less than 6800 metres, too far for an eto shot, ato shot impractical. Returning to planned route.

DaveU186 07-22-09 06:55 AM

On our first patrol in the med. Managed to pick up a large cargo being escorted by a J&K Classes NW of Alexandria, popped the escort with a homing torp, and finished off the cargo with two more. Cargo didn't seem to notice it's escort had been sunk and continued on the same course. :rotfl:

The next morning sunk a passenger/cargo in the same area.

Couple of days later, near Malta, we find a large merchant escorted by a patrol boat, and manage to get two torps onto the merchant from 4km, which starts to sink. Patrol boat detected us though, but just as he was closing on our position, he was rather nicely bombed by a couple of luftwafe aircraft.

That's more like it from the fly boys. :rock:

Melonfish 07-22-09 08:21 AM

Kapitans log, Feb 12th 1940,

Again we have fruitlessly patrolled our north atlantic grid not a convoy to be seen and not a single report.
we were hampered by the RAF accross the coast of scotland, the weather has been still and bright with the sea almost glasslike and at night a full moon shone to give us away... however we did catch some lone freighters and a large cargo carrier. we also sent a trawler to the bottom with a single deck gun round well placed by our excellent crew.

On our return leg i made the decision to check out the lock Ewe shipping lanes as we had caught one or two coastal merchants coming out of that area. all we found however was bad weather and destroyers! heavy fog driving rain and almost zero visibility. This actually allowed us to slip into the port. however, forewarned by the weather service all but a solitary T2 tanker had left for the open sea...
we sent her to the bottom and started the quiet trek out. no less then 5 destroyers could be heard probing the sound but with the cover of the weather we have managed to sneak out again.

i've set a northerly course round scotland again i hope to catch some ships heading off the nordic shipping lanes, diesel oil is still plentiful dispite some earlier speed runs but we're down to 3 bow and 2 stern torpedo's, if the weather eases we can perhaps use the deck gun.
Spirits remain high dispite the lack of convoys, we are denying the enemy their vital supplies with every ship we sink be it 85 tonnes or 3000.
kptlt B Neumann.


Flippo84 07-22-09 12:43 PM

U-47 (VIIB) Patrol 5

Kaptains log, November 24th 1940

Right after leaving the bay of biscaya I receved a contact report of a convoy leaving britain in West direction at about 8 Knots.

Plotted an interception course immediatly. I expected to meet with the convoy after a five hour travel at 9 Knots.

Propeller sounds were reported after reaching the meeting point about an hour before the convoy traveled in.

I send my IWO up to give a weather report. Result was disappointing. After leaving france in good conditions, there is heavy fog, wind at 15 m/s and heavy rain now.

Decided to shadow the convoy at about 10 km range and wait for better weather.

Started an attack on the convoy in the first night after consulting my weapons officer and IWO. Layed on the estimated convoy course with decks awash at 90. The lead destroyer passed the boat's bow at 100 m. The watch crew was stunned in fear of death. Not yet guys. It passed without opening fire. Launched tube I and V. both torpedos hit and we recognized sinking sounds after diving away from the escorts. Of course they had no chance to find us in this storm.

Surfaced again after 1 1/2 hours. We decided to stay away from the convoy till the weather is better. If the destroyer had opend fire at a range of 100m, I would not be able write this here.

Nearly five days passed by now. It seems like this is the heavyest atlantic storm I've seen so far. No signs of better weather.

The crew can't hold on for a long time. All we need is better weather.

RoaldLarsen 07-22-09 05:13 PM

We last encountered KptLt. Yngve Yung in command of U-196 on October 27, 1944, about 1000km NW of the Azores. He had an undamaged type IXC2, 85% of his diesel, 19 torpedos, and nearly all of his deck gun ammo left but was running short of 20mm shells.

Early in the morning of October 31, U-196 was almost run over by a hunter-killer group. There were several tense minutes as Yung maneuvred his boat to avoid being detected.

Two days later Yung encountered two merchants, only two hours apart, and sunk them both. Shortly after this date, the wind speed rose to 15m/s. It did not go lower than 12m/s for the rest of the patrol.

On November 21, about 150km south of St. John's, Newfoundland, U-196 was surprised by what appeared to be an armed Canadian merchant ship, which materialised out of a fog bank 2km away. Before U-196 could dive, the Canadians scored several hits with their 4" deck gun, causing heavy damage to the u-boat. After crash diving, evading and repairing the damage, Yung tracked the suspicious ship by hydrophone, set up an interecept course, and made a successful submerged attack.

Despite the damage, Yung decided to continue the patrol. The next day a convoy was detected by hydrophone, but by the time its course was determined, the convoy had moved ahead of U-196's position. Yung decided to overtake in a flanking move on the surface. As U-196 was bearing abreast of the convoy, a sharp-eyed lookout spotted an escort charging at them from the port quarter. Yung ordered a dive to periscope depth and readied the boat's sole accoustic homing torpedo. It was fired at a range of about 1500m, and a minute later the Buckley class DE exploded. Hydrophones picked up another escort approaching, so Yung went deep and snuck away from the convoy. After the escort had finished searching and rejoined the convoy, Yung again surfaced and attempted an end-around, but a radar contact was detected, and again U-196 had to go deep. By the time the hunters had given up, the convoy had gotten too close to the shallow waters of the Grand Banks, so Yung reluctantly gave up the pursuit and headed back to the Gulf of St. Lawrence, with the intent of reaching his assigned patrol area off Sept Iles, Quebec.

Yung sank two lone ships about 100-150 km west of Sydney, but had to continually dodge air patrols and patrolling warships. By the end of November U-196 was past the patrols at the entrance of the Gulf and had reached a postion north of Cape Breton. At this point the weather had deteriorated to a foul gale. The only ships encountered were fishing vessels and other small craft too stupid to stay in harbour. Yung watched two of them fall victim to the heavy seas.

By mid-December U-196 had taken up station off Sept Isles, but the only contacts were with air patrols. No merchant traffic was coming down the St. Lawrence River. Yung gave up the position, and the crew of U-196 celebrated their last Christmas of the war by completing the circumnavigation of Anticosti Island. Yung took U-196 out of the Gulf through the Strait of Belle Isle and set course for the gap between Iceland and the Faeroes.

Along the way, U-196 encountered and sank four more ships, using up the remainder of the available torpedos in the process. There were still two torpedos in aft above-deck stowage but the seas were too rough to transfer them below.

Much of the return journey was done surfaced, at speed, in heavy fog. U-196 safely made port in Bergen on January 24 1945 after a patrol that lasted 129 days. Yung had fired 24 torpedos. All had hit their target. He sank 15 merchants and an American escort, and shot down an embarrassing number of aircraft.

PavelKirilovich 07-22-09 08:54 PM

KptLt. Gerhard Schaal and the crew of U-198 congratulate KptLt. Yngve Yung and the crew of U-196 on their highly successful patrol off the Canadian coast, made all the more impressive as U-198's own experiences in that area have been decidedly stressful with near-constant destroyer, frigate, and air attacks consistently coming far too close for comfort.

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Entry VI
10 June 1943. 04h30.
Word received from BdU that a major effort by the Allies is underway in the Mediterranean. Large task forces have been sighted West-South-West of Pantelleria and Lampedusa. All boats at sea belonging to 29 Flotilla have been ordered to operate in this area.

Entry VII
12 June 1943. 00h31. BD98.
Message received from BdU concerning operations in the Mediterranean. Lampedusa and Pantelleria have fallen. All available boats belonging to 29. Flotille are to hunt in the Sicily Channel. U-198 wishes them the best of luck.

Entry VIII
12 June 1943. 02h00. BD97-37.
Encountered a lone Liberty cargo vessel steaming Eastwards. Moved to intercept. Target first located at 8700 metres by watch crew. Not detected by RADAR despite ideal conditions for the set. Both the Kaleun and RADAR operator are exceedingly frustrated by the set's uselessness. Submerged attack planned.

Entry IX
12 June 1943. 03h20. BD97-46.
Due to the use of electric torpedoes the attack was a failure. The launch was made from a position well within the weapon's effective engagement envelope, however despite the great care taken to assume a position from which the torpedoes would be effective, the target was not destroyed. It is possible but hugely unlikely that a mistake in aiming was made - according to the hydrophone operator on duty at the time, it sounded as if the engines simply ran out of electric power for whatever reason, causing the torpedoes to fall short of the target. Battery malfunction is being blamed for this loss. Attack aborted in order to conserve fuel and ammunition. Crew morale now shaken by the news of Allied advances in the Mediterranean and by the failure of the two torpedoes fired at the Liberty Cargo.

Entry X
14 June 1943. 20h10. CD32-44.
Visual contact made with a tramp steamer of unknown nationality - presumed to be American - heading 090 at an estimated six knots. Will only engage if it so happens that the low value target moves wtihin easy deckgun range.

Entry XI
14 June 1943. 20h30. CD32-44.
SHortly after the last log entry the tramp steamer began engaging U-198 with a 4-6" naval rifle fitted aft of the superstructure. This fire was returned expertly by Matrosengefreiters Juergen Schmeisser, Eduward Geffe, and Artur Endrass. Thirty rounds of 10.5cm ammunition were expended on this target, with a total of three misses - exceptional shooting, particularly given that the deck gun crew were exposed to incoming fire and U-198 was taking evasive action at high speed. After the third round impacted, the target began burning fiercely. Following rounds caused numerous secondary explosions. U-198 suffered light damage when the merchant marine gunners were able to hit the boat twice, both times on the conning tower. An attempted ramming was evaded through the expert seamanship displayed by all concerned personnel aboard U-198. The LI recommends the boat not dive below 190 metres. The enemy continued to return our fire until their gun was blown clear by a direct hit from our own weapon. Crew morale restored to high levels after this success. Matrosengrefreiters Geffe and Endrass recommended for Iron Class 1K. Bravo zulu to all hands. U-198 continues on her course to attack Norfolk harbour.

Melonfish 07-23-09 05:37 AM

Kapitans log U-36 April 1940.

The crew are resting after another successfull patrol, our 5th in fact which went well dispite being ordered to patrol just west of wilhelmshaven...
unable to resist temptation however and getting but a single C3 Cargo ship in 5 days we decided to once again raid hartleypool. the allies would not expect a second raid in under 3 months! and i was right. they were caught unawares.
the weather in the north atlantic has been terrible this april, however it actually managed to ease off when we got into the harbour.
we had just sank a c2 sat on the dock when my watch officer called out a scary sight, coming into the harbour at full steam was an armed trawler!

fortunatly our deck gun crew were ready and waiting, and put their drills to good use dispite the rain and fog, our first round took the trawlers main weapon out of action! and the crew then placed several well aimed shots into her hull and she sank shortly after sighting. we suffered some light damage on the forward bow from her 2cm guns and at the time i believed she had damaged our forward reserve torpedo, the weather did not allow us to inspect this properly and upon returning to port found it to actually be in tact.

we finished the other ships held on the docks and submerged ready for our exit when my hydrophone operator reported a warship contact heading straight for the mouth of the harbour. at first i guessed another armed trawler but when she finally came into view she was a V&W destroyer...

as soon as she entered the harbour she was pinging with her asdic, but her turning circle was too wide and she could not lay over the top of us as i had manouvered us by the north sea wall.
i decided to leave the harbour quickly but in doing so we lined up a perfect shot from our stern tubes as the destroyer was trying to reverse course. i loosed the shot from 380m with magnetic settings.

It detonated under her forward ammunition bunker destroying the ship instantly, a sour victory as i'm sure many of her crew were lost...
being in the harbour many men had already escaped or the other ships were practically unmanned so the loss of life was little compared to that at open sea. still this is two less warships in the british navy.

total tonnage to date 169000grt.
we begin our 6th patrol in earnest in 4 nights, BDU have also seen fit to promote me to Oberlutenant Zur See for my actions, just one more step to kapitan lieutenant!

Oblt Z. S Berhard Neumann.

Pohl 07-24-09 02:58 AM

I can't complain, 2 days after leaving port found a Large Convoy

A couple of Large Merchants, Ore Carriers, Whale Factories, some Medium Cargo, 2 Corvettes......and 1 Battleship

Had a great time hunting them :P but I run out of eels very fast, HMS Rodney took at least 5 eels to sink :nope: , after escaping the lone Escort trying to DC me, I found this and almost crashed against it

Then we set route to home port at full ahead, I didn't want any surprise on my way back, my men where happy when we started to see port ahead of us, going to spend some time with the family before our next patrol.

Earned 2250 Renown for this patrol and I got promoted to Oberleutnant z. S.

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