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Obltn Strand 01-08-18 09:25 AM

Managed to get DD_OH_V3.09 to work with NYGM. Now I have cozy command room for type IX. I haven't sailed with pregnant sea cow for years now. Belly full of torpedoes and fuel...us east coast there I come and you gonna get some....

sba55 03-07-18 02:37 PM

Lots of fun, not too realistic
 
Ok after playing lots of different subs (GWX Mod) I have settled on the IXC/40 as my favorite. The main reason is that with the right conning tower and AA assortment (2 twins and 1 quad AA gun) I can cruise on the surface with total impunity towards enemy aircraft. With 2 petty officers being flak qualified I can shoot down anything that comes my way before they have the chance to do any damage. This is accomplished without any cheating, you just have to configure your sub correctly.

For unrealistic fun I use a load out of Type 9 homing Torpedos. My tactic is to destroy all the escorts then attack the convoy at my leisure. I have over 600,000 tons after 5 patrols. With these torpedos you don't need any weapon officer or targeting assistance. I use the manual targeting settings to direct the torps which given time will find their target. I always stay at periscope depth so that I can let them get close enough so the homing torpedo doesn't attack a different target.

If you want to rule the seas then add the ASN torp mod which guarantees a kill on each hit and for ultimate kicks you can use the U-Gun mod which turns your deck gun into the Bismark. I can sink escorts (with one shot) at 4500 meters with no problem and merchants from the same distance with just the deck gun. An easy change to the files allows me to man the AA and Deck gun in any weather.

I liked using the type XXI but it cannot deal with the aircraft like the IXC/40 can.

When you get enough renown add a snorkel but be aware that it does not have radar detection like the one on the XXI so you can get bombed from the air with no warning.

I am going to restart with no ASN or U-Gun mod as they really over power everything but I'll keep my AA firepower and type 9 torps. That allows me to play on 90% realism. Keep in mind this doesn't make you invulnerable to destroyers. I have been cornered several times and had to creep away at depth to escape. You also have to remember that a Type 9 will go after whatever noise is the closest so launching at the big tanker 3 rows into the convoy will rarely result in hitting that particular ship. I also go to full stop after firing. In real life at least 2 U-boats were destroyed by their own homing torpedoes.

ivanov.ruslan 03-07-18 02:49 PM

Hi,i think in GWX Late war sensors mod should have a snorkel radar for typ IX

or http://www.subsim.com/radioroom/showthread.php?t=158243

ivanov.ruslan 03-19-18 04:08 PM

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Only half the patrol :arrgh!:

ThePrody 03-27-18 06:44 PM

April '41, finally i returned to Lorient after a 76 days patrol in the Golf of Guinea and below the Ecuator with a type VIIC . No refuel was made during he patrol, Ahead one-third at 7 knots was the norm, arrived back with under 5% fuel :) , sunk some 35k tons , a long vacation awaits the crew . (NYGM)


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Master Sheep5 03-30-18 07:08 PM

Small success
 
I Started my new campaign Sept 1, 1939. Went out, didn't find a single thing, returned to port. 4 days later sent back out, Sink a C2 cargo and small merchant off the shore of Hartlepool. A V&W class destroyer came to investigate and a got an impact center on her starboard side and broke her back. Returned to port with no torpedoes. Next patrol I sank a small merchant and heavily damaged a c2 in the English channel and had to bugger off with no torpedoes left since a destroyer answered their distress call. Doing well so far! saving up for a Type VII to replace my IIA. Cant wait for my increased crew size and time ill be able to be out hunting!

Red Heat 04-13-18 01:26 PM

2 Dec. 1938 After a long period of hard training in the Flotilla Weddigen
We finaly recebe orders at 2 Aug. 1939 to join the 2 Flotilla Saltzwedel, a combat Flotilla. 3 Aug. 1939 Wilhelmshaven, i recebe my first command, the U-33 a class VIIB U-boot. After the inspection, we recebe green light to set Sail. The U-boot its full armed, full provisions on board, the Uboot its clear to Sea. My orders was to patrol grid BF18, and mean while, in my quarters, i say good bye for now, and the world can live another day in peace, waiting from the storm...

The first war patrol, better, "peace patrol", and after check all the radio messages, i give the order to my 2nd in command to proced to a full exercices program and emergency Maneuvers, testing the crew, and officiers. The weather report: The must of the time, clouds particial, precipitation none, visibility moderate, wind speed 14 knots per second, direction: variable. Note: 15 Aug. 1939, 0803.hrs Order: Return to Wilhelmshaven. Patrol tonnage: 0 tons

25 Aug. 1939, 2118.hrs, we set sail for the 2 war patrol, the Uboot its on course. After the briefing, i open my orders and our mission was to patrol grid BF16. 3 Set. 1939, 1920.hrs contact: Merchant, enemy ship sunk: grid AM 53, 4894 tons. 5 Set. 1939, 0953.hrs contact: Merchant, enemy ship sunk grid AM 57, 4902 tons. 16 Set. 1939, 0235.hrs contact: Merchant, enemy ship sunk: grid AM 52, 5171 tons. 18 Set. 1939, 1315.hrs contact: Merchant, enemy ship sunk grid AM 35, 4903 tons. 19 Set. 1939, 0225.hrs Order: Return to Wilhelmshaven.
Patrol tonnage: 19870 tons

6 Out. 1939, 0816.hrs we left Wilhelmshaven, Mission Orders: Patrol grid BE61. 3 war patrol, The weather report: clouds partial, precipitation none, moderate wind speed 15 per second, direction 45. 10 Out. 1939, 1503.hrs contact: Merchant, enemy ship sunk: grid AN 47, 6313 tons. 2345.hrs contact: Merchant, enemy ship sunk: grid AN 44, 5036 tons. 11 Out. 1939, 1152.hrs contact: Merchant, enemy ship sunk: AN 41, 4347 tons. 12 Out. 1939 , 0457.hrs Order: Return to Wilhelmshaven.
Patrol tonnage: 15696 tons

31 Out. 1939, 1615.hrs we left the harbour behind, and the U-33 take the Ocean. 4 war patrol against the enemy. The crew gain some experience in this last war patrols, they earn the right to be aboard. Before the leaves, i recomend the Iron Cross, Second Class for the all crew and officiers. 12 Nov. 1939, 1925.hrs contact: SS Kilissi (Small Merchant), 2396 tons. Cargo: Timber. Crew: 78. Crew lost: 14. Enemy ship sunk: grid AM 41. 13 Nov. 1939, 1659.hrs contact: Merchant, enemy ship sunk: grid AM 41, 3516 tons. 14 Nov. 1939, 0933.hrs contact: Merchant, enemy ship sunk: grid AM 19, 3902 tons. 19 Nov. 1939, 0643.hrs contact: Medium Merchant, enemy ship sunk: AM 54, 6075 tons. 0745.hrs Rockall Bank, Order: Return to base. Note: 19 Nov. 1939, I was promoted to Kapitanleutnant, and earn the Iron Cross, Second Class.
Patrol tonnage: 15889 tons

Salute :salute:

ivanov.ruslan 04-15-18 03:43 PM

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renthehen 04-20-18 08:09 AM

Just started a new career after a long time! Good to be back playing SH3 - what a game!

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Josef Reinald
Flotilla: U-Flotilla Wegener
Boot: U101
Patrol Region: BF11

Patrol 1

2nd Oct '39: Leave port with crew with great apprehension. The crew however were buoyant as we traveled down the Kiel canal. Decide to take the long route around the British Isles to arrive at patrol grid - thus avoiding the English Channel.

3rd-4th Oct '39: Quiet - all checks going well. Crew in good spirits. Spot a neutral trawler but apart from that seems that we are the only ones upon the sea.

5th Oct '39: British ship picked up by hydrophones in AN59 just off the east-coast of England. Seems to be traveling west towards Hartlepool. Ship (Clan McBean Class Merchant) intercepted and 2 torpedoes sent it to the bottom. Great jubilation on board for our first confirmed sinking. Later find out that it was the SS Idefjord which must have recently been purchased by the British from the Norwegians. Regardless, 5099 tons of shipping are sunk - it was carrying general cargo and of the 55 crew only one perished.
As night closed in, our hydrophone operator picked up another ship - this time traveling east from AN55. Again, ship (Aelybryn Class Merchant) was intercepted. Only one torpedo was used this time to send it to the bottom. Ship turned out to be SS Massis - 5090 ton ship - carrying Tobacco. 20 of its 47 crew perished.

6th Oct '39: Early morning and still in high spirits after a good days hunting yesterday when the watch crew spot a ship - again in AN55. It was another Aelybryn Class Merchant. Take the boot under and shoot one more torpedo at it - which again hits the sweet spot and down she goes. It was the SS Empire Shearwater - 5091 tons - carrying sulfur. 9 of the 39 crew were lost.
We remain under the waves for most of the remainder of the day keeping a low profile. 3 ships sunk in a short space of time was raising the alertness of the Royal Navy. We slunk away into the depths.

7th Oct '39: Everything quiet - which was a good thing after the amount of naval traffic spotted and picked up the day before. Morale was high as we continued heading north.

8th Oct '39: Weather worsened as we reached the north of the British Isles. Rough seas made the journey uncomfortable at times. However, our soaked watch crew spotted a large ship just south of the Orkney Islands and spirits and focus raised. Two torpedoes sent it to the bottom. SS P.L.M. 24 was a British Ore Carrier - 6177 tons of it. It was carrying coal. All 54 crew were lost in the rough seas.

9th-11th Oct '39: All quiet as we sailed around the northern coasts of the British Isles. We attempted to torpedo a ship on the 10th but missed it and it escaped.

12th Oct '39: Having traveled down the west coast of Scotland we reached the straight between Northern Ireland and South-West Scotland. Hydrophones picked up a ship in AM64 and we intercepted. Initial torpedo missed but the second hit and she went down with a large explosion. SS Siris (Kensington Court Class Merchant) was 5100 tons and carrying explosives. All crew died.

13th Oct '39: A large tanker was spotted though unfortunately it turned out to be an American vessel. Demoralised we worked hard to find another contact. We didn't have to wait long. Between Ireland and Wales (AM94) contact was made with another ship. One torpedo sent it to the bottom. SS Sambre (Kensington Court Class Merchant) was carrying foodstuffs. Of the 44 crew - 23 perished.

14th Oct '39: In AM97 another ship was spotted. It was a tanker and this time an enemy ship. It sunk quickly. SS Frimaire (Hallanger Class Tanker) was 8780 tons - carrying aviation fuel. Only 3 of the 57 crew survived.

15th-20th Oct '39: Patrol was quiet in BF11 with nothing seen. After 24 hours we moved to the western approach to the English channel to shoot our last torpedoes. Two ships were located and attempted to be sunk but we missed our targets. Out of Ammo we returned to Kiel.

Overall a good patrol. 7 ships sunk for 40438 tons with many crew receiving medals for their hard work, skill and bravery. Weather did not allow us to use the deck-gun much and with better weather totals can be topped. With more confidence we may try and travel through the channel to save time at patrol to give more chance of finding convoys.

Patrol 1 report end.

PapaSmurf 04-20-18 11:26 PM

Nice report ren.

renthehen 04-21-18 02:27 AM

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Originally Posted by PapaSmurf (Post 2550293)
Nice report ren.

Thanks! Hopefully the first of many. :Kaleun_Salute:

Schnee 04-21-18 12:27 PM

Made it All The Way To a XXI
 
....now Oct 1944 out of Bergen getting jumped left right and center by aircraft when schnorkeling.

It almost makes the game unplayable -- even using just x256 and having the Obs periscope up the bombers make things uncomfortable. Best recharge so far is 75% .I've just turned south at Spitzbergen and have yet to attack a single ship.

Hopefully that changes soon. Or else back to SH IV or Shells of Fury lol

ivanov.ruslan 04-21-18 03:30 PM

:Kaleun_Wink:http://www.subsim.com/radioroom/show...postcount=5290

Hambone307 04-29-18 10:43 AM

Been several moths since I last played. Figured my failed patrol would make for a good read. I was once told that "there are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but no old and bold pilots." I guess that applies to captains of a Uboot. I wish I kept a better log of how this patrol went. Will attempt to provide a decent story from memory.

Journal entry recovered from floating debris by local fishing trawler.

Aug. 13, 1943 0800hrs.

Typ-VIIC U-128 Patrolling outside Gibralter straits.

Personal Journal of KptLt. Walter Heinz.

We left Lorient a week ago to patrol west of Gibralter. Our journey to the grid was uneventful. The crew's spirits were high and everyone hoped for continuing good fortunes. If we can sink another 10,000 tons, we will win the wager back at base. I hope Albert Dietz and his old VIIB have a dry run on his patrol!

Aug 14, 1943 1900hrs.
We spotted several fishing boats and a small, coastal merchant yesterday. We were unable to attack due to the foul weather. Report was made to BDU and we continued our patrol. The weather is rapidly improving. It appears good fortunes are in our favor!

Aug 15, 1943 1000Hrs.
Today, we have set up approximately 3km north of the shipping lane. Due to our proximity to the port, air cover has been heavy during the day. The crew has expressed some concerns with the shallow water and our extended time on surface at night to replenish batteries and air. So far we have remained undetected and my command staff are in agreement that we should move further west for deep water.

2000hrs.
The hunt has been bad today. We identified a small convoy moving toward the strait. Two small merchants escorted by a pair of Black Swan class destroyers. While setting up for a shot, our periscope was spotted and strafed by a plane. No damage was sustained during the initial attack on our boat, but one of the destroyers chased us out to deep water and dropped around 50 depth charges. Several detonated in close proximity to our boat, damaging one of the seals on our drive shaft and knocking one generator loose of its mounts. He circled above us for several hours before returning to his friends. We will surface in a few hours and assess for more damage.

Aug 16, 1943 0245hrs.

The damage to our boat was moderate. The charges we took buckled some of the plates on the conning tower. Deck boards were also blown loose. Radio mast was damaged but we have been able to get it more or less operational. Hull integrity seems to be intact. One crew member suffered a broken arm. Our generator is being secured as I write this and the drive shaft seal has been repaired to the best of our ability. It is good fortune we have such competent mechanics on board. We have sent a transmission to Bdu advising them of our damage.

0400hrs.
Bdu has responded. I have been advised that there are reports of a large convoy approaching. We have been cleared to operate at our discretion.

0630hrs.
Dawn is approaching. Our doctor has splinted the arm of our injured crew member and he is able to assist our doctor. I have decided to set up south of the merchant routes. We have set course back towards the coast. I hope to stay near the Atlantic shelf and have deep water to escape to in case of another air attack.

1900hrs.
I should have listened to my officers. They wanted to dive shortly after I wrote my last entry. I refused to pull the plug. I had all hopes that we would be able to make it to our desired position without incident. Right as we arrived and prepared for dive, we were spotted and attacked by a Liberator. We made it to 25m when two depth charges detonated on either side of the hull. We began to take on water instantly. Multiple injuries were reported and my XO was knocked unconscious. Damage crews instantly began to repair our leaks. We were able to continue toward shallow water on one motor with a 15 degree up angle. Once we were in waters 50m deep, I ordered our boat to sit on the sea bed.

Flooding was under control and our damaged systems were being repaired. I was advised that both diesels were damaged, two of our torpedo tubes were leaking water and were inoperable, one of our battery banks was rendered useless. Our aft dive planes are damaged and difficult to move. Our bilge pumps have been repaired and we are slowly getting the water out of our boat. Our sonar man is currently attempting to repair the hydrophone.

While we worked on repairs, my sonarman got the hydrophone working. He called out screws closing fast. Those damn planes called in the convoy escorts. I must get back to the control room. I pray that we survive today.


U-128 failed to report in on Aug 17, 1943. British escorts reported that a pair of Liberator bombers spotted a German U boat on the surface near shallow waters and attacked with depth charges. Liberators lost sight of the German submarine and notified the nearby convoy escorts. The escorts were able to detect the submarine with passive sonar. It was assumed that the submarine was damaged and performing repairs when it was detected. The sonar operators on the British escort recounted that they heard what sounded like "hammers on metal". Active sonar was used at close range and the submarine was located near the sea floor in 50m waters. Three escorts performed multiple passes with depth charges and hedgehog ASW weaponry. After several hours had passed, the remaining escort reported debris and fuel oil in the water. The submarine was declared destroyed with all hands.

renthehen 05-02-18 09:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hambone307 (Post 2551326)
Been several moths since I last played. Figured my failed patrol would make for a good read. I was once told that "there are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but no old and bold pilots." I guess that applies to captains of a Uboot. I wish I kept a better log of how this patrol went. Will attempt to provide a decent story from memory.

Journal entry recovered from floating debris by local fishing trawler.

Aug. 13, 1943 0800hrs.

Typ-VIIC U-128 Patrolling outside Gibralter straits.

Personal Journal of KptLt. Walter Heinz.

We left Lorient a week ago to patrol west of Gibralter. Our journey to the grid was uneventful. The crew's spirits were high and everyone hoped for continuing good fortunes. If we can sink another 10,000 tons, we will win the wager back at base. I hope Albert Dietz and his old VIIB have a dry run on his patrol!

Aug 14, 1943 1900hrs.
We spotted several fishing boats and a small, coastal merchant yesterday. We were unable to attack due to the foul weather. Report was made to BDU and we continued our patrol. The weather is rapidly improving. It appears good fortunes are in our favor!

Aug 15, 1943 1000Hrs.
Today, we have set up approximately 3km north of the shipping lane. Due to our proximity to the port, air cover has been heavy during the day. The crew has expressed some concerns with the shallow water and our extended time on surface at night to replenish batteries and air. So far we have remained undetected and my command staff are in agreement that we should move further west for deep water.

2000hrs.
The hunt has been bad today. We identified a small convoy moving toward the strait. Two small merchants escorted by a pair of Black Swan class destroyers. While setting up for a shot, our periscope was spotted and strafed by a plane. No damage was sustained during the initial attack on our boat, but one of the destroyers chased us out to deep water and dropped around 50 depth charges. Several detonated in close proximity to our boat, damaging one of the seals on our drive shaft and knocking one generator loose of its mounts. He circled above us for several hours before returning to his friends. We will surface in a few hours and assess for more damage.

Aug 16, 1943 0245hrs.

The damage to our boat was moderate. The charges we took buckled some of the plates on the conning tower. Deck boards were also blown loose. Radio mast was damaged but we have been able to get it more or less operational. Hull integrity seems to be intact. One crew member suffered a broken arm. Our generator is being secured as I write this and the drive shaft seal has been repaired to the best of our ability. It is good fortune we have such competent mechanics on board. We have sent a transmission to Bdu advising them of our damage.

0400hrs.
Bdu has responded. I have been advised that there are reports of a large convoy approaching. We have been cleared to operate at our discretion.

0630hrs.
Dawn is approaching. Our doctor has splinted the arm of our injured crew member and he is able to assist our doctor. I have decided to set up south of the merchant routes. We have set course back towards the coast. I hope to stay near the Atlantic shelf and have deep water to escape to in case of another air attack.

1900hrs.
I should have listened to my officers. They wanted to dive shortly after I wrote my last entry. I refused to pull the plug. I had all hopes that we would be able to make it to our desired position without incident. Right as we arrived and prepared for dive, we were spotted and attacked by a Liberator. We made it to 25m when two depth charges detonated on either side of the hull. We began to take on water instantly. Multiple injuries were reported and my XO was knocked unconscious. Damage crews instantly began to repair our leaks. We were able to continue toward shallow water on one motor with a 15 degree up angle. Once we were in waters 50m deep, I ordered our boat to sit on the sea bed.

Flooding was under control and our damaged systems were being repaired. I was advised that both diesels were damaged, two of our torpedo tubes were leaking water and were inoperable, one of our battery banks was rendered useless. Our aft dive planes are damaged and difficult to move. Our bilge pumps have been repaired and we are slowly getting the water out of our boat. Our sonar man is currently attempting to repair the hydrophone.

While we worked on repairs, my sonarman got the hydrophone working. He called out screws closing fast. Those damn planes called in the convoy escorts. I must get back to the control room. I pray that we survive today.


U-128 failed to report in on Aug 17, 1943. British escorts reported that a pair of Liberator bombers spotted a German U boat on the surface near shallow waters and attacked with depth charges. Liberators lost sight of the German submarine and notified the nearby convoy escorts. The escorts were able to detect the submarine with passive sonar. It was assumed that the submarine was damaged and performing repairs when it was detected. The sonar operators on the British escort recounted that they heard what sounded like "hammers on metal". Active sonar was used at close range and the submarine was located near the sea floor in 50m waters. Three escorts performed multiple passes with depth charges and hedgehog ASW weaponry. After several hours had passed, the remaining escort reported debris and fuel oil in the water. The submarine was declared destroyed with all hands.

Nice report! Sorry for your loss though - onto the next one!

Hambone307 05-05-18 02:17 PM

Twas a sad day, but you win some and you lose some. This game still keeps it fresh.

BristolBrick 05-12-18 01:28 AM

I've had better luck, found a huge convoy and sunk two escorts, the remaining flower corvet got scared and ran away after I surfaced and put two rounds into it with the deck gun.

Large convoy, and I had most of my torpedoes still left. It was at this point I also learnt how to reasonably reliably one-shot C3s and T3s, once out of torpedoes I made sure to sink every ship with guns before, beside the flower corvet so I surfaced and killed him at range with a deck gun. Then went and scored a couple more small merchants before heading home.

110k tonnage for that whole patrol.

R.S 05-12-18 12:08 PM

Thought I would join the community after reading the threads for so long! Very recently got GWX - can't believe I never bothered after years of playing the vanilla game!

Started a new career from 1942 with the 10th out of L'Orient.

April 1st and I'm currently heading towards my patrol grid CA57 in U-166, my Type IXC. In real life this boat never made it back from its first full patrol, having been sunk off the Mississippi Delta with 4 confirmed kills. Made a beeline for the US Coast going across the top of BE and BD, sticking near to the HX convoy routes. Didn't encounter anything apart from terrible weather, was down to 5 or 6 knots max at 1/3 for most of the way.

Would most of you captains sailing from France for the US coast head over a similar route or would you head up past Rockall Bank and then past Iceland? I can't imagine the weather is better as a rule on that route, but this is my first trip over to the US so I can't speak from experience.

BDU sent out a report of a large convoy beginning it's journey over the Atlantic at 8 knots just east of St.Johns. Found the convoy on hydrophone and to say it was large was an understatement! Around 30 or 40 ships (although I didn't count). The convoy seemed to split into two, with one part heading south of my position and the other heading on the NE course I assumed they would all be heading.

It was looking like a day attack on the top portion of the convoy. I moved ahead at periscope depth and was preparing to give the order for all stop and let the convoy come right to me from the west.

Alas it would not be that simple! My XO tells me we are being pinged...

In my exuberance I have missed one of the escorts appearing to circle round N of me and now coming in from 20 degrees fast.

I crash dive to 90 metres and alter course. On my way down two charges catch me aft, causing minor flooding to the diesel, aft battery and stern torpedo sections, with some minor hull damage. Nothing too serious...

I evade the escort with relative ease and bring myself back up to periscope depth hoping to still be in a favourable firing position. Given the poor visibility I have decided to come up inside the columns - firing from these sorts of positions isn't something I have much practice with. I usually shoot from the outside.

My periscope comes up into Dreamland. Two modern tankers on parallel courses fore and aft of me. The fore tanker seems around 300m at around 35 starboard AOB, which seems too close for an impact pistol to detonate by the time he comes in front of me. I order back emergency to put some distance between us. I then order all stop and quickly fire four T2s, 2 forward and 2 back.

The back tanker goes straight down from the two eels. But there wasn't enough distance between me and the front target. I now regret wasting 2 torps on such an unlikely hit. In hindsight I wish I had not side shot with impact pistols and instead come up behind the front tanker and shot a magnetic down the length of it.

Opening tubes III and IV, I put a T2 and a fast T1 into a large cargo on the next column over. By this point it's clear I'm not the only Type IX at the party as I hear explosions in the distance.

After circling round to starboard and a quick reload of Tube I, I put a single T2 into another Large Cargo from less than 500m and it goes down to the depths below. A quick check of the map reveals another 6 sunk by the Wolfpack along with my 3 for around 28000 GRT.

All in all not bad for less than 20 minutes work.

Onwards to CA57!

Niume 05-12-18 02:00 PM

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Originally Posted by R.S (Post 2552777)
Thought I would join the community after reading the threads for so long! Very recently got GWX - can't believe I never bothered after years of playing the vanilla game!

Started a new career from 1942 with the 10th out of L'Orient.

April 1st and I'm currently heading towards my patrol grid CA57 in U-166, my Type IXC. In real life this boat never made it back from its first full patrol, having been sunk off the Mississippi Delta with 4 confirmed kills. Made a beeline for the US Coast going across the top of BE and BD, sticking near to the HX convoy routes. Didn't encounter anything apart from terrible weather, was down to 5 or 6 knots max at 1/3 for most of the way.

Would most of you captains sailing from France for the US coast head over a similar route or would you head up past Rockall Bank and then past Iceland? I can't imagine the weather is better as a rule on that route, but this is my first trip over to the US so I can't speak from experience.

BDU sent out a report of a large convoy beginning it's journey over the Atlantic at 8 knots just east of St.Johns. Found the convoy on hydrophone and to say it was large was an understatement! Around 30 or 40 ships (although I didn't count). The convoy seemed to split into two, with one part heading south of my position and the other heading on the NE course I assumed they would all be heading.

It was looking like a day attack on the top portion of the convoy. I moved ahead at periscope depth and was preparing to give the order for all stop and let the convoy come right to me from the west.

Alas it would not be that simple! My XO tells me we are being pinged...

In my exuberance I have missed one of the escorts appearing to circle round N of me and now coming in from 20 degrees fast.

I crash dive to 90 metres and alter course. On my way down two charges catch me aft, causing minor flooding to the diesel, aft battery and stern torpedo sections, with some minor hull damage. Nothing too serious...

I evade the escort with relative ease and bring myself back up to periscope depth hoping to still be in a favourable firing position. Given the poor visibility I have decided to come up inside the columns - firing from these sorts of positions isn't something I have much practice with. I usually shoot from the outside.

My periscope comes up into Dreamland. Two modern tankers on parallel courses fore and aft of me. The fore tanker seems around 300m at around 35 starboard AOB, which seems too close for an impact pistol to detonate by the time he comes in front of me. I order back emergency to put some distance between us. I then order all stop and quickly fire four T2s, 2 forward and 2 back.

The back tanker goes straight down from the two eels. But there wasn't enough distance between me and the front target. I now regret wasting 2 torps on such an unlikely hit. In hindsight I wish I had not side shot with impact pistols and instead come up behind the front tanker and shot a magnetic down the length of it.

Opening tubes III and IV, I put a T2 and a fast T1 into a large cargo on the next column over. By this point it's clear I'm not the only Type IX at the party as I hear explosions in the distance.

After circling round to starboard and a quick reload of Tube I, I put a single T2 into another Large Cargo from less than 500m and it goes down to the depths below. A quick check of the map reveals another 6 sunk by the Wolfpack along with my 3 for around 28000 GRT.

All in all not bad for less than 20 minutes work.

Onwards to CA57!

How did you saw the wolfpacks kills?

R.S 05-12-18 02:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Niume (Post 2552784)
How did you saw the wolfpacks kills?

The map showed grey "ship destroyed" markers, indicating they have been destroyed by other boats or causes other than me, rather than the usual red.

I saw a modern tanker set ablaze in the fog about 30 points off my port bow as I hit the 2nd large cargo which I definitely didn't target. Can't think what else would cause 6 ships to sink!


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