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Missing Name 05-23-11 07:20 PM

Oblt. Wolfgang Grimm
U-127, Type IXB
Patrol 1: BE68, 12/4/1939 - 12/31/1939.

Set out from Wilhelmshaven and headed northwest.

By the 10th, an estimated 17,800 tons of British merchant shipping, as well as a destroyer on the 9th.

Sustained light damage from a coastal patrol craft on the 11th in the Hebridean Sea.

A convoy was intercepted on the 13th. In the first strike, the HMS Nelson was sunk along with about a 7,000 ton collier. The second strike took out another 8,800 tons. Heavy seas likely resulted in no survivors.

During the remainder of the patrol, about 36,000 tons of merchant shipping were sunk. An engagement with a Q-Ship on the 27th resulted in light damage, with the Q-Ship destroyed.

Returned with a somewhat twisted forward deck and a weakened fuel tank.

Total: 18 merchants, 3 warships sunk. 69,400 tons of shipping.

sublynx 05-24-11 02:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Osmium Steele (Post 1668859)
I plot an intercept, but it soon becomes evident I'm not gonna get close enough. (I have no flank speed, a malfunction which showed up off the west coast of Spain)

I cried a little tear as I watched a Nelson, Revenge, and 2 Southampton class ships escorted by only 3 destroyers steam by to the north at 21 knots.

I can imagine how you felt at that time... probably :damn: and :wah: and :/\\!! and then:()1:to erase the memory.

In a book by Lawrence Paterson (U-boat War Patrol: The Hidden Photographic Diary of U-564) there is a description how Teddy Suhren and U-564 met Rodney and Nelson in a perfect firing position - and just at the crucial moment they changed the course...

Now the mood at the U-boat at that real life situation, I can't imagine at all!!

Snestorm 05-24-11 06:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Osmium Steele (Post 1668859)
The closest was the Revenge class at 7700 meters CPA, and I only had electrics loaded in the bow tubes. :wah:

Wow, how ironic.
My next planned step for toughening up SH3 was (is) a steep reduction in the number of steamers carried.
As you've involuntarily demonstrated, this can make a big dent in the tonnage.

No guarantees of a hit at that range, especialy with a fast target, but it's a shame that you were deprived an oppertunity to try.

VONHARRIS 05-24-11 08:35 AM

My last career got corrupted: I couldn't enter port to dock at the end of the patrol so I deleted it.

New career started: U-50 VIIB
Details to follow
I think that Kaleun Snestorm is about to sail off soon. I hape we have time-paraller careers

VONHARRIS 05-24-11 10:50 AM

U-50 VIIB
 
Patrol No1
01 August 1939 - 04 August 1939
Shakedown patrol
Drills and exercises conducted : Deck gun and flak funs fired and a torpedo was fired at nowhere

Patrol No2
03 September 1939
U-50 set for her maiden war patrol. Orders were to patrol grid AN11

07 September 1939
Grid AN14
10:42 hours Enemy coastal tanker sighted. U-50 dived and a perfect position for a stern shot was obtained. Fire 5. Torpedo los Eel ist im Wasser
And ... it passed astern. The youngster at the aft torpedo room failed to open the tube in time. His name was Bernard.

16:18 hours Enemy coastal freighter sunk with 23 88mm rounds. The weather was very good (0m/s winds) so we dared to move in the external torpedo. We were lucky and the operation was completed with no problems

18:31 hours We have just finished the moving of the torpedo when an other coastal freighter showed up. The deck gun crew fell quickly into position and 27 88mm rounds did the job.

09 September 1939
Grid AN11
14:54 hours Coastal tanker sunk by 1 bow torpedo

12 September 1939
Grid AM52
14:44 hours Coastal freighter sunk by 1 bow torpedo
23:03 hours Coastal freighter sunk by 1 bow torpedo

13 September 1939
Grid AM52
13:29 hours Tugboat sunk by 1 stern torpedo. The youngster performed exellently this time.
17:39 hours Medium cargo cargo sunk after long chase using 3 bow + 1 stern torpedoes
22:58 hours. While on the surface U-50 was surprised by an armed merchant vessel and took minor damage, After diving to PC the armed merchant was sunk by 1 bow torpedo.

20 September 1939
Grid AN11
11:49 hours Granville type freighter sunk by 1 bow torpedo

21 September 1939
Grid AN14
06:48 hours Large merchant sunk by 2 bow torpedoes

24 September 1939
20:26 hours
U-50 returned to Wilhelmshaven
von Harris went straight to HQ to file an official report of the armed merchant.
He was greeted by the flottila commander who told him about the British Q-ships.
von Harris' report just confirmed their existance. An order was issued for all commanders to pay attention.
von Harris joined Kaleun Snestrom at the officer's club and told him all about this new threat.
22 days at sea
10 ships sunk
32616 tons
no casualties
91% hull integrity

Osmium Steele 05-24-11 11:38 AM

I've read numerous places on this forum that there are no real wolfpacks in game.

Last night I received a report of a large enemy convoy approaching Gibraltar and saw the icon on the map. A surprisingly short time later, the original icon had not decayed, I received an updated report. This time the icon had 2 circles trailing it!! :yeah: A Type VII and a a type IX were already hitting it!

As I awaited the convoy from in front, through the scope I saw a distant explosion followed some time later by a gray ship sunk icon on the nav map. (Score another one for the goody guys! :()1:)

Has anyone else ever seen an axis submarine attack? I've previously seen the evidence of attacks, but never an attack itself.

22,000 tonnes lighter, the convoy steamed through the straits. :up:

EDIT: Here's a thought. The game simulated the attack out of my visual range, and I witnessed a secondary explosion and subsequent sinking? Maybe? Quite a few ships were on fire when I got to the convoy, including one of the escorts, a Black Swan.

No clouds, winds 9m/s, no rain so I'm pretty sure it wasn't storm damage.

sublynx 05-24-11 03:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Osmium Steele (Post 1669715)
I've read numerous places on this forum that there are no real wolfpacks in game.

Last night I received a report of a large enemy convoy approaching Gibraltar and saw the icon on the map. A surprisingly short time later, the original icon had not decayed, I received an updated report. This time the icon had 2 circles trailing it!! :yeah: A Type VII and a a type IX were already hitting it!

As I awaited the convoy from in front, through the scope I saw a distant explosion followed some time later by a gray ship sunk icon on the nav map. (Score another one for the goody guys! :()1:)

Has anyone else ever seen an axis submarine attack? I've previously seen the evidence of attacks, but never an attack itself.

22,000 tonnes lighter, the convoy steamed through the straits. :up:

EDIT: Here's a thought. The game simulated the attack out of my visual range, and I witnessed a secondary explosion and subsequent sinking? Maybe? Quite a few ships were on fire when I got to the convoy, including one of the escorts, a Black Swan.

No clouds, winds 9m/s, no rain so I'm pretty sure it wasn't storm damage.

I've not seen that kind of stuff yet, but from the posts in this forum I understand that GWX simulates wolfpack attacks. The attacking subs can't dive nor use torpedoes, I hear. They use their guns. That's why you saw a Black Swan on fire, I guess. If you hit a Black Swan with a torpedo it typically sinks, if you fire at it with a deck gun, it caughts fire. I'm looking forward to seeing that kind of action myself, even if the wolfpack simulating is kind of limited.

sublynx 05-24-11 04:01 PM

U-552, patrol 4, back at port
 
Ob.lt. z. s. Helmut Unger
U-552, VIIC
11. Flotille, Bergen

21.10.1942
Patrol report. A heavily guarded inbound convoy south of Bear island attacked three times for seven ships sunk and 44579 BRT. 12 G7e's used.

http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/776/patrol4.png

Observations made.
1. Alberich coating seemed to be working very well. We were not chased at all in two of our three attacks and even the time we were attacked, the enemy only noticed us after the first torpedo had exploded.
2. The enemy convoy had a wide formation (columns maybe 1 - 2 kilometers apart) for the day time and a narrow formation ( columns about 500 meters apart) for the night time.
3. After attacking the convoy it might be advantageous to exit to the opposite direction the convoy is moving - there might be stragglers following the convoy that can picked off easily.
4. External torpedoes can be loaded in friendly ports, even if it's windy.*

*This is of course of help only to those players that play by the selfmade rule that external torpedoes can only be loaded in good weather. Sailing to a port will probably calm the weather - SH3 can't handle ports in 15 m/s winds: ships would collide hear and there, so sailing to a port means the wind will start to calm before you enter (at least in my game, but who knows if this applies to all versions of SH3/GWX/etc). Even if the wind does not change, I think it could be considered realistic to load the torps anyway. Ports are built in places where waves can't hit with their full force and ports have facilities that would make the loading easier.

frau kaleun 05-24-11 05:23 PM

U-35, U-Flotilla Saltzwedel
Oberleutnant Karl Linke, Kommandant

Patrol 2

Left at: August 19, 1939, 20:13
From: Wilhelmshaven
Mission Orders: Patrol grid BF18

4.9.39.
08:54
Grid BF 17
Ship sunk: SS Aldan (Small Freighter), 1854 tons
Cargo: Grain. Crew: 33. Crew lost: 9

6.9.39.
Grid BF 17
13:06
Ship sunk: SS Wild Wave (Medium Cargo), 3871 tons
Cargo: Military Vehicles. Crew: 59. Crew lost: 25

13:09
Ship sunk: SS Christian Holm (Tanker), 8505 tons
Cargo: Aviation Fuel. Crew: 63. Crew lost: 60

Grid BE 39
23:12
Ship sunk: MV Anna Knudsen (Tanker), 8595 tons
Cargo: Crude Oil. Crew: 49. Crew lost: 13

14.9.39.
Grid BF 14
08:35
Ship sunk: SS Ninghai (Small Freighter), 1855 tons
Cargo: Foodstuffs. Crew: 27. Crew lost: 9

16.9.39.
Grid BE 36
09:14
Ship sunk: SS City of Bombay (Large Merchant), 9972 tons
Cargo: Scrap Metal. Crew: 106. Crew lost: 73

17.9.39.
Grid BE 39
10:49
Ship sunk: SS Torres (Medium Merchant), 5173 tons
Cargo: Textiles. Crew: 77. Crew lost: 53

14:09
Ship sunk: SS Kaipara (Medium Merchant), 6159 tons
Cargo: Mail/Packages. Crew: 44. Crew lost: 31

14:13
Ship sunk: MV Backhuysen (Medium Tanker), 3491 tons
Cargo: Aviation Fuel. Crew: 54. Crew lost: 16

Returned: September 27, 1939, 12:51
To: Wilhelmshaven

Patrol results
Crew losses: 0
Ships sunk: 9
Aircraft destroyed: 0
Patrol tonnage: 49475 tons

Promotions
Matrosengefreiter Fritz Hüttinger, to Matrosenobergefreiter
Matrosengefreiter Gerhard Böhling, to Matrosenobergefreiter

Medals & Awards
Elektro Obermaschinist Erich Kahls, Iron Cross 2nd Class


Lost my 10th kill of the patrol on Sept 19 when the innocent looking merchie I snuck up on in the dark turned out to be armed and ready to take us on... probably a Q-ship. First time I've not been able to take one of them out, even after they started shooting back. Got too close on the surface - nice for that first shot, an impact that hit 'em right where I was aiming... but not so nice when they realized I was there and opened fire! :damn:

We began taking damage immediately and I gave the alarm. The LI put us 70 meters down toot sweet and fortunately we had no casualties among the bridge crew or in the damaged compartments. Possibly it was a blessing that the sea was too rough to man the guns or no doubt I would've had men out on the the deck preparing to finish off the target once we'd pulled away to a safer distance after the first eel hit.

Initial report was that both diesels and e-machines were damaged along with the compressor and aft battery. We had flooding in the stern crew quarters and our radio was out. Once the critical issues were addressed we began ascending back to periscope depth... both 'scopes were in questionable condition but I was able to raise the attack scope and try to line up another shot on our intended victim. Set one of our last two eels to impact and let 'er rip, looked like a perfectly lined up shot too, but it hit the ship and didn't go boom. :stare:

With one eel left and the target still making way despite whatever damage was done by our initial attack, I altered course just enough to put a magnetic under her keel... or so I thought. Maybe the 'scopes were in worse shape than I realized, or maybe the eels were duds... we were still too close for the shots to have been off by that much if everything was working right. Anyway, no dice, and the first hit wasn't enough to sink her, so we had to let her go.

So we began the long journey home sans radio, as it turned out our antenna was kaput. Sighted a number of juicy lone merchants on the way, but had no eels left and with winds of 13-15 m/s the whole way we couldn't use the guns. And we couldn't send a contact report to give anyone else around a chance at 'em either.

Oh well, we finished just shy of 50k GRT for our first combat patrol... nicht schlecht, herr Kaleun! :arrgh!:

Needless to say after over a week with no reports of our location or situation, the boys at Wili were glad to see us chugging into the harbor. We signalled to a passing patrol that our radio was out and they called it in, and it wasn't long before a trusty little minesweeping friend arrived to escort us home.

Also I think I get bonus points for actually taking all my damage during the patrol, as opposed to bouncing off the gates and sides of the locks on the way in and out. :yeah: :O:

gazpode_l 05-24-11 06:02 PM

After some time not playing SH3 due to being away on HOL in R/L, I am back with my commander, "Walter Suhr" who's skipper of U-93.

We are Currently located in AM94.

LATEST EVENTS:
After destroying a small-ish steamer (some 1000grt aprox) we persued a sound contact in the bristol channel (Aug, 1941). Some time later, two prop contacts have become one, BUT we are in visual range - however the contact eventually turns out to be a "HUNT III" class destroyer.

The DD made a number of runs against us but wasn't very good at his accuracy. After around an hour or so, we managed to lose our pursuer by tactically changing depth and running quiet, whilst also presenting a small profile to the enemy.

Just before dawn the following day an ALARM is triggered when 2x Hurricane fighters are spotted. However they are at high altitude and clearly haven't spotted us.

We continue up "ST George's Channel" and towards wexford with a view to finding any targets in what looks like a possible anchorage, found on the chart by the navigator.

Fish In The Water 05-24-11 08:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by frau kaleun (Post 1669951)
Also I think I get bonus points for actually taking all my damage during the patrol, as opposed to bouncing off the gates and sides of the locks on the way in and out. :yeah: :O:

Yup, definitely worth a gold star! :D

PS. Good to see you back at sea... :up:

frau kaleun 05-24-11 10:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fish In The Water (Post 1670042)
Yup, definitely worth a gold star! :D

PS. Good to see you back at sea... :up:

Oh man, it's so good to be playing again. But now I'm back in base and drowning in paperwork. I've gotten obsessed with giving my crew more realistic ranks, even though the game won't ever recognize them... but I like to keep track of them that way because it helps me remember who's who and where their duty station is. I'm actually on the verge of building a separate database to sort it all and I'm awash in funkmaats and mechanikergefreiters. :88)

VONHARRIS 05-24-11 11:23 PM

U-50 VIIB
 
Patrol No3
24 October 1939
02:42 hours
U-50 left Wilhelmshaven to patrol grid BE99 northwest of Spain

28 October 1939
Grid AN14
12:21 hours Small trawler spotted in bad weather. U-50 dived to avoid detection and continued on her course as the target didn't worth a torpedo.

29 October 1939
Grid AN13
02:24 hours A motor vessel was seen in 15m/s winds U-50 dived and carried on undetected.

10 November 1939
Grid BF18
11:55 hours Small merchant sunk by 1 bow torpedo

12 November 1939
Grid BF17 Convoy attack. Sole escort was a Polish destroyer
4 bow + 1 stern torpedoes fired , 4 hits scored
13:58 hours Passenger/cargo sunk by 1 bow torpedo
14:06 hours Coastal freighter sunk by 1 stern torpedo.

16 November 1939
Grid BF17 Convoy attack in fog and rain (submerged)
17:20 hours 4 bow torpedo fired 1 hit scored but no ships sunk
With no torpedo left (only the externals) U-50 set course for home

18 November 1939
Grid AM54
13:08 hours
Tramp steamer sunk by 29 88mm rounds
The weather calmed down , winds fell to 0m/s so we were able to move in the external torpedoes. 1 bow + 1 stern tubes loaded.

20 November 1939
Grid AN13
07:59 hours
Motor vessel sunk by 22 88mm rounds

10:03 hours U-50 crash dived to avoid enemy aircraft.

23 November 1939
05:25 hours U-50 docked at Wilhelmshaven soaking wet in heavy rain and very bad weather
31 days at sea
5 ships sunk
8590 tons
No damages or casualties

It was good to know that U-35 Frau Kaleun was out at sea again. Gute Jadg FK.
No news of Snestorm yet.


VONHARRIS 05-25-11 02:13 AM

U-50 VIIB
 
I had some time off in real life so I have managed to complete one more patrol

Patrol No4
23 December 1939
21:54 hours U-50 set out to sea

29 December 1939
Grid AN14
12:15 hours Coastal tanker was missed by 1 stern torpedo. I didn't chase her anymore

01 January 1940
The New Year found U-50 at grid AM31 sailing west doing 7-8 knots on the surface. The weather was awful but the New year was celebrated with beer for everyone.

05 January 1940
Grid AE79
21:04 hours An enemy destroyer showed up all of a sudden. U-50 managed to dive undetected. The hydrophones revealed an armed merchant cruiser and an aux cruiser behind the leading DD.
A shot position was obtained easily as the enemy ships were not zigzagging
2 bow torpedoes fired on the AMC and 1 bow on the Aux cruiser and U-50 started to turn immediately away from the scene
2 explosions rocked the AMC and she sunk within minutes , but the torpedo that hit the aux was a dud. The stern tube was fired at the aux but at not a preferable angle and it didn't explode.
U-50 dived at 100m and left the area safe and sound

15 January 1940
Grid AD83
20:30 hours heavy fog and rain.
U-50 was literally run over by an enemy convoy. In the confusion occured there , 4 bow tubes were fired
21:04 hours Coastal freighter sunk by 1 bow torpedo
21:25 hours Small merchant sunk by 1 bow torpedo.
A troop transport of 8000grt and the RMS Laconia passed 100m in front of my attack scope: too close to fire but to far to ram me.

25 January 1940
Grid AN48
18:31 hours Tramp steamer sunk by 2 bow torpedoes. She was already on fire possibly a Luftwaffe attack.

27 January 1940
11:21 hours U-50 docked at home port
36 days at sea
4 ships sunk
20511 tons
No damages or casualties

Howard313 05-25-11 03:59 AM

September 16th, 1939
Patrol 1

We've been patrolling the English Channel for about half a month and have scored four kills for 20,000 tons. We have about three quarters of our fuel left and enough torpedoes to possibly get even another 20,000 tons if we are lucky.

The patrol has been somewhat uneventful, although one Allied aircraft attempted to bomb us while we were attacking a lone merchant with the deck gun, only one bomb was dropped before it called off the attack probably to avoid damaging the merchant, no damage or casualties.

Dodged a group of three patrolling destroyers by resting silently on the ocean floor as they passed overhead. (God I love doing that)

Good to be starting a new campaign! :arrgh!:


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