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Aktungbby 05-16-14 10:40 PM

welcome aboard!
 
Ifernat! Good first patrol report!:Kaleun_Salute:

Ifernat 05-16-14 11:37 PM

Patrol 3 (9/26 - 10/11) Sent to patrol AM19, but a far more devious plan was to be carried out under secret orders (Yes its Scapa Flow)

U-27 moved NNW, angling approach Scapa Flow from the east after passing South of the Shetlands. While passing through the shipping lanes between the Firth of Forth and Norway several contacts were made and sunk with gunfire.

As U-27 approached Scapa though, the weather turned bad. With conditions very poor, U-27 had to wait...while doing so... two destroyers maintaining long distance patrol circuits were sent to the bottom with impact hits. With the weather finally beginning to break U-27 moved closer to shore but a freak wave was going to make sure that U-27 did not escape the storm totally unscathed. Fortunately the bow scraping the bottom did only minimal damage.

With the weather breaking U-27 infiltrated through the eastern pass into Scapa Flow and quickly located the HMS Royal Oak. Four torpedoes were sent at the battleship, shallow to avoid nets. It turned out that the 3rd and 4th hits were entirely superfluous as the 2nd torpedo aimed at the B turret magazine found its mark.

Over the next few hours U-27 would add the Tribal destroyer attending the Royal Oak. The Auxiliary Cruiser. The V&W destroyer patrolling the western third of the bay just barely avoided a torpedo by making a scheduled turn 10 seconds before a G7e arrived. That miss nearly came back to bite U-27 in the ass later but as it was dark and a G7e the destroyer was not alerted to the attack.

With the twilight of dawn arriving the floating dock was added to the tally. As U-27 moved across the north west quadrant tragedy almost struck. The same V&W that was missed so recently was making a patrol pass and the Captain misjudged where the destroyer would turn. Instead of passing astern, the destroyer passed in front of U-27 and turned. The corner of the destroyer's ASDIC arc solidly passed over the boat. The crew of the U-27 went white as the Captain turned the sub into the destroyer's turn. Sacrificing distance to the destroyer in order to keep the acoustic profile of the submarine as small as possible. Knuckles were white all around. On the nearby destroyer a tired ASDIC operator furrowed his brows trying to decide if he was actually getting a return after a night spent searching the harbor over and over again...For a long moment the destroyer continued its slow turn...and then continued on the next leg of its patrol. No alarm had been raised.

Feeling relieved... the U-27 crept across the north side of the harbor...keeping the periscope down as dawn slowly transitioned to morning. After all...the anchorage positions of the two V&Ws on the east side of the harbor were known, there was no reason to check the position.... what could possibly go wrong.

Finally in position, with 2 torpedoes left and two stationary targets left (2 V&Ws) the Captain quickly snapped up the periscope and rattled off the first torpedo. Turning the periscope quickly to confirm the exact orientation of the patrolling V&W's I nearly had a heart attack when the scope was completely filled with a warship... seconds later I really, really wanted that first torpedo back. It turns out I wasn't the only thing sneaking into Scapa Flow harbor the night before. 1.5 km almost direct astern next to the wreck of the Royal Oak was the HMS Hood.

1 torpedo...either a near guaranteed kill on the V&W or a chance (albeit a slim one) to take out the Hood... The last torpedo shuddered out of U-27's stern tube and raced true to explode with a magnetic fuse directly under the Hood's B turret.... it hurt the pride of the Royal Navy badly...but it wasn't enough.

With all torpedoes expended the U-27 slipped out the eastern pass. The hunt for merchants continued as U-27 moved back towards the Shetlands. With 20 rounds left the weather worsened again and we headed for home. We qualified a second Petty Officer in radio/sonar. Not surprising as the crew got ALOT of practice tracking destroyers on the patrol.

Total tonnage 126k, 20 ships, 7 warship, 13 merchants. HMS Royal Oak, HMS Scotstoun. 5 destroyers.

Ifernat 05-17-14 01:36 AM

Patrol 4 (10/29 - 11/10) Orders to BE69.

The standard route north to Shetland was taken. A few unlucky ships were found as U-27 turned the corner. Transiting west north of Scapa Flow the sub left a string of ships sunk by gunfire. With a brief wait for night U-27 began an aggressive transit down The Minch.

The crew was starting to feel rather like pirates of old as much use as the deck gun was getting. The weather held though until well after U-27 rounded south of the Hebrides. Turning west U-27 sailed out into the North Atlantic but contacts grew few and far between. After two days and little action we moved back into the waters off Northern Ireland.

After some more deck action in a second period of calm weather the U-27 had finally expended all of its 88 mm ammunition. A contact moving north in The Minch pulled U-27 back north towards Loch Ewe. For a moment the refrain 'Be More Aggressive' tempted the Captain but a task force moving at 14 knots 100 km North of the Hebrides offered a potentially juicier target.

U-27 raced north, but ran into a patrolling J&K destroyer running a search grid off the NE corner of the Hebrides. Thanks to the morning mist U-27 saw the destroyer and was able to go to periscope depth without being detected. Given its location however, the only way U-27 was going to make it to the intercept on the task force was going to be to remove the destroyer. The only G7e currently loaded though was in the stern. The destroyer would pass approximately 5km away. The range on a G7e is 5km. This was going to be interesting.

In what would prove to be one of the tightest intercepts pulled off U-27 crept into position at 4.5 knots or as fast as the Captain dared go. Swung the boat around and threw the engines into a slow reverse to check the forward momentum. Between the destroyers heading and the AOB the angle was over 30 degrees off center so it would have to be a magnetic hit. Luck however was with the crew as the torpedo detonated directly under the destroyer's engines...after traveling just over 4.9km.

With the destroyer removed U-27 raced north to the intercept...down to periscope depth and got the bad news... 2 warships, long range, moving away at 14 knots... Disappointed the U-27 turned back south slowly under battery power. Later that afternoon after tracking down a 300 ton coal tender that wasn't worth expending a torpedo (with all gun ammo expended). An interesting thing occurred. A task force contact, 14 knots...this time moving east. This time U-27 would have a much easier time of making the intercept...and so back at almost the same spot the crew spotted two warships emerging from the afternoon haze.

"What do we got WO? Cruisers? They're definitely bigger than destroyers."

The Captain looked through the UZO scope.

"Not cruisers...a battleship and a battle cruiser...The Hood in front, the Nelson behind...unescorted....

It was in that moment that the Captain stepped away from the UZO...blinked...and slapped himself.

"Not dreaming...," he mumbled. "Two unescorted capital ships...are you sure?"

"yes.."

The watch officer would record in his log that the Captain nearly suffered a seizure induced by dangerously high levels of joy at that moment.

But getting down to business...how to proceed...it was 2 pm on a sunny day with light chop...and all four forward tubes were loaded with G7a torpedoes....

After much deliberation it was decided that it would be better to guarantee at least one kill than to get greedy. The Hood would be the target. Magnetic impact for maximum damage and against the possibility of the Hood maneuvering. U-27 was able to close the range to 2 km at a speed considered safe against the periscope kicking up a wake. At the moment of decision 4 G7a's went out on a spread as wide as the Captain dared. To the U-27's surprise the 2nd torpedo in the spread prematured 750 m out. The Hood's lookouts saw the torpedoes at 500m and the ship began to turn away and accelerate. The first torpedo detonated cleanly under the forward part of Hood's fist engine room, the third torpedo at the far aft of the 2nd engine room. The 4th caught Hood directly on the propellers and was knocked away without detonating.

The crew was not feeling good having only scored two hits...but as they say in the restaurant business location, location, location.... it only took a minute to see that while only two hits had been scored those hits had completely knocked out power to the Hood's engines...she was dead in the water.

U-27 was already turning...trying to bring the stern tube to bear...it was not expected to be a clean shot...A secondary intercept was expected to be necessary on the Nelson... The Captain however had not considered just how much effort and speed the Nelson would lose to avoid crashing into the back of the crippled Hood. As it turned out U-27 was able to line up the stern tube...but what would one torpedo do...against a Nelson class battleship...this shot would be a down payment...a start on slowing the battleship down to the point where an additional intercept could be made...

Tube 5 fired...90 seconds later...the entirety of U-27 shook as the Nelson exploded like a Roman Candle... 15 seconds after torpedo impact the Nelson was sinking.

The Watch officer would record in his log that at this point the Captain, on having realized he had just sunk the HMS Nelson with a single torpedo and still had the HMS Hood at his mercy began twitching and laughing maniacally.

It would take another 3 torpedoes, each an hour apart, to finish the Hood. The Captain considered waiting longer...but expected at any moment for the rest of the Royal Navy to show up to aid the beleaguered battlecruiser.

With four torpedoes remaining the Captain decided to do something quite fool hardy. Something...'more aggressive'. 3 ships in Loch Ewe would be the result. A modern a tanker, a V&W...and the only sour note being that the floating dock refused to sink.

With all torpedoes and all gun ammunition expended the U-27 headed home. The only damage suffered was minimal as a result of bumping into an anti-submarine net in Loch Ewe. We qualified a Petty Officer in the use of the Deck Gun and handed out a rather substantial number of medals.

Total tonnage 150,330 tons. 20 ships, 4 warships, 16 merchants. HMS Nelson, HMS Hood, 2 destroyers.

Jimbuna 05-17-14 04:32 AM

Welcome to Subsim Ifernat...looks like a lively patrol is being had :sunny:

soopaman2 05-17-14 02:04 PM

My interest has been reignited in SH3.

I kinda forgot how to play it, I had to break the habit of using WASD to move the screen. :O: Diving while nailing a fishing boat with a deck gun is annoying.

I got my keyboard control back thankfully.

I am currently doing a 1939, starting with the humble IIa, I want to "earn" my way up, and I hope to survive the duration.

My first patrol was near Scapa Flow, but I sailed to Hartlepool instead.

I got there before the declaration of war, submerged and waited. I managed to use 5 fish to sink 4 decent sized ships in thier moorings.
The next 3 hours of game time was dodging depth charges, and fixing leaks.

The IIa is horrid at evasion, as you cannot go super deep. I limped back into port 2 weeks later with a modest 15k in tonnage. Impressive for such a small boat. I reckon it will be difficult from here with it, as I had the element of surprise, and sniped non moving ships.

I hear about people bagging Destroyers, and find it an exercise in sadism, I die when I try to face one, even if I get the jump on it.

I hope to last until '43....(no reloading)

But we all know that is a pipe dream.:D

Rammstein0991 05-17-14 09:12 PM

I had a sweet kill on a DD yesterday, I had just sunk a merchant a few hours before (game time) and as I was heading SE along the Scottish coast I detected a destroyer, now given that the water wasnt TOO deep I shut off my engines, went to silent running and hoped he'd pass by without noticing me.

To my everlasting shock he passes off my stern about 1800 meters away with me in a perfect shot to fire off a torpedo at him, it hit him in the side right under the bridge and he went up like a firecracker....Defo one of my luckiest ever warship kills, given how he just wandered into the lions den so to speak

Kaptlt.Endrass 05-17-14 10:43 PM

Date: 4 July 1941
Time: 0832
Loction:Lorient U-boat pens
Destination: Western Approaches
U-47

Exited harbor as the sun rose, set course for Western Approaches. ASW escort trawler broke off at 0839, returned for base. Friendly Kondor spotted returning from patrol.



Date: 10 July 1941
Time: 1701
Location: Grid BF35

Convoy spotted, ordered dive. Following on hydrophones. On further observation, convoy is moving ENE at approximately 6 knots, escorted by at least four Hunt-class and L-class destroyers.

Date: 10 July 1941
Time: 2306
Location: Grid BF11

Surfaced and began attack procedure on convoy. Targets selected are a large tanker and coastal freighter. Conditions: Calm, no precipitation, water surface has minor chop. Flooded tubes one and four, fired on coastal freighter. Waited thirty seconds, fired tubes two and three at large tanker. Coastal freighter is hit by both torpedoes and breaks in half. Large tanker is hit in the sternmost part and stops. Dived to 50 meters and ordered full stop.

Date: 11 July 1941
Time: 0545
Location: Grid BF11

Surfaced at 0530 and commenced firing on large tanker. Sunk at 0537, returned to course and moved external torpedoes to internal storage.

Date: 27 July 1941
Time: 1353
Location: AL26

Reached predetermined location, began patrol search. Aircraft attacked with bombs, one destroyed, one damaged. Minor damage to bow quarters, repaired. Began return to Lorient after 48 hours.

Date: 30 July 1941
Time: 1542
Location: AM77

Lone merchant ship located at 1529, medium merchant. Commenced firing and sunk at 1540. Received report on large convoy SW of current location, adjusting course to intercept.

Date: 2 August 1941
Time: 2131
Location: Grid BE26

Convoy intercepted. Large escorting force consisting of at least 8 destroyers and a single Nelson-Class battleship. Attempted to sink battleship, one critical hit scored, one damaging, two misses. Depth-charged by escorting destroyer, dived to 75 meters. Bow torpedo room moderately damaged, evaded further attacks and surfaced when clear. Contact report sent to BdU.

Date: 14 August 1941
Time: 1136
Location: BF48

Buzzed by aircraft, dived and depth-charged. No damaged sustained.

Date: 15 August 1941
Time: 0652
Location: Lorient U-boat Pens

Returned to base with minor tonnage scores. Pulled into Pen No. 9 and disembarked from submarine.

Riccardo1975 05-20-14 02:21 PM

End of May 1941. Battle of the Denmark Strait. Grid AL2167. Sound contact bearing 078 turns out to be fast moving warships. Heading WSW. 21 kts. Carrier, two BBs and a few cruisers and destroyers. 5000m bow shot with four T2s. Hit a Dido class, 2 hits on the Illustrious class n the fourth misses. Dido blows up and the carrier sinks by the bow. Renown class sweeps by and all gone in 5 minutes. Raced down to BE53 but missed the end of the Bismarck...
Gets home, awarded Golden Oakleaves like my hero Rudel.
Then I get demoted to Oberleutnant zur see. :confused:

Any ideas my fellow Kaleun? I quite enjoyed being a KptLt. :)

Oblt zur see Riccardo
U-66. June 13th 1941.

banryu79 05-21-14 04:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Riccardo1975 (Post 2209191)
Gets home, awarded Golden Oakleaves like my hero Rudel.
Then I get demoted to Oberleutnant zur see. :confused:

Any ideas my fellow Kaleun? I quite enjoyed being a KptLt. :)

Arithmetic overflow!
The Kriegsmarine promotion system is bugged, I bet! :haha:

Riccardo1975 05-21-14 04:32 AM

Lol..
Turns out the renown I spent buying the piece of junk which my Type IXC is means I dont have enough renown to be a KapitanLeutnant with Golden Oakleaves... :rolleyes:
I love this game and the renown system but you should only get demoted for sinking a hospital ship. Or an American cruise liner. ;)

Riccardo, U-66, listening to BdU trying to get hold of U-556. :(

Riccardo1975 05-21-14 12:05 PM

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Dont often sink fleet carriers...

Ifernat 05-26-14 09:05 PM

Patrol 5 (11/24 - 12/13) aka "It was a dark and stormy night"
Patrol grid BF17

While U-27 was initially quite happy to draw a grid right in the heart of the western approaches the tone for this patrol would be set quite early and decisively as a gale with heavy rain moved into the North Sea 3 days out of port. With visibility limited to next to nothing U-27 barely even slowed down while transiting the shipping lanes between Norway and Scotland. This continued as we rounded north of Scotland. West of the Hebrides, during a routine dive to periscope depth to check for surrounding traffic we picked up a lone C&D class destroyer whose track would take him almost exactly 2km astern. U-27 barely even had to move for a G7e to send him to the bottom. Fortunately it was during one of the rare moments when the rain stopped, so we could actually see him. I figured if he was going to be that obliging about it, it would have been rude not to sink him.

Continuing south past the west coast of Ireland we again only intermittently checked for traffic as the torrential rains returned. Reaching BF17 the seas were still too heavy to use the deck gun. This would be the first time that U-27 would actually reach its hunting grounds without having expended a single round of deck gun ammo.

Feeling that the crew was getting antsy after a week without any appreciable action I did decide to sink 2 smaller vessels with torpedoes rather than let them go. Fortunately later that afternoon Bdu radioed about a convoy contact in BF15. It was a fairly easy intercept though visibility was fairly poor. The convoy only had 2 escorts one leading and one astern so it was fairly simple work to close in during the night and start picking out the higher value targets. A pair of whale factory ships were the highlight, though annoyingly both refused to sink until a 2nd torpedo was put into them. Same for a large merchant and ore carrier. U-27 would fire 13 torpedoes by 8 am the next morning and claim 8 victims leaving only a handful of small ships to comprise the convoy.

Turning back to BF17 we hoped for the weather to break so the deck gun could be put to use. For three days U-27 experienced alternating weather states such as gale, storm, monsoon, and "Where did my hands go?!". Figuring that the storm had to break eventually U-27 turned north. Hopefully better weather would arrive while U-27 headed for the northern reaches of the Irish Sea. Finally, the seas calmed to the point where the deck gunners could atleast work even if they were drenched by the swells. In these challenging conditions (7 m/s swells). A single merchantman was tracked down and sunk by gunfire. It was an auspicious change of fortunes. Atleast until the next morning when the next gale arrived just as the boat was nearing another target.

The Captain was observed uttering some choice words at the situation. Alas defeated for the moment U-27 made the east bound trip north of Scotland hoping fair weather would return...it would...with U-27 less than 200km from home. And thus a 2nd first for the U-27 occurred as it returned to base with almost all its deck gun ammo.

Still 63,700 GRT. 9 merchants, 1 destroyer.

Riccardo1975 05-27-14 07:22 AM

Just took a deck gun hit at 900 metres off a crippled Empire class listing 30 degrees to port in a 15m/s gale West of Gibraltar. Stern quarters flooded. 91% hull integrity. Damage control team couldnt cope. U-66 lost with all hands 4/10/1941.... :(

Ifernat 05-28-14 07:55 PM

Patrol 6 (12/27/39 - 1/24/40) aka "Close encounters of the destroyer kind"
Grid BE 59

After the somewhat lackluster previous patrol (compared atleast to the earlier exploits of the U-27). Spirits were lifted as the crew got to spend Christmas ashore in Wilhelmshaven. As one of the most successful u-boats of the war...

To Date:

2 battleships (Royal Oak, Nelson)
1 battlecruiser (Hood)
2 cruisers (Southampton, Auxiliary)
7 destroyers (assorted classes)

...the Captain was hard pressed to find a single example of a crewman managing to buy his own drink for the duration of the stay. Even the maintenance workers got a break as for the first time since the U-27's first training patrol the Captain had managed to bring the boat back without a scratch on it. (collided with sub-nets patrols 2 and 4, strafed on patrol 3).

It was lucky then that U-27 had checked out a petty officer as a medic at the end of the last patrol. His skills had grown after treating half the crew for seasickness for 2 weeks straight during the previous patrol. The crew was recovering from hangovers as U-27 motored out of the harbor...the talk though being about how the Captain had been observed avoiding mirrors, or stepping on cracks between the paving stones, and alternately throwing salt over his shoulder as he walked to the berthed submarine...

"I don't care...if it prevents a repeat of the last patrol I'll do anything," he had said... the crew had to restrain him a moment later from training the deck gun on a black cat that had come around the corner of the nearest quay warehouse.

Still off to the Shetlands to make the well practiced turn to port. An early prize was found in a motor vessel (100 tons). The Watch Officer joking that the Captain should have left it go so it could grow up to be a bigger catch. Still it cost little as the Captain sent it to the bottom with the 20mm flak gun.

"I missed you two...," he sighed.

Another medium sized target was found soon after and a Granville class was added, this time by the actual deck gun. However, the weather was not going to cooperate for much longer. Still it was only 9 m/s seas instead of 15 m/s...it could have been worse. U-27 was less interested this time in the Hebrides...figuring that we might have been overstaying our welcome. Also other U-boats were beginning to report mine strikes farther and farther out. U-27 thus passed further away from the Scottish coast this time. Traffic was minimal and nothing worth firing a torpedo at was found.

It would be into the Bay of Biscay in BE 39 that the first major engagement would be fought. U-27 detected a small to medium sized convoy defended by only a single C&D class destroyer....which had apparently not been in refit any time recently as it was lacking ASDIC. However the destroyer's skipper was apparently quite determined to prove the adage that its not about the equipment, its how you use it. The hydrophone operator's chart tracking the destroyer would later be hailed as a early example of modern art under the title 'Abject Linear Confusion'.

Needless to say the Weapon's Officer was not keen on the idea of shooting a torpedo at a destroyer that was twirling around like a Bolshoi ballet dancer. If the destroyer had ever gone in a straight line for any appreciable length of time it was likely that the U-27 would have destroyed the entire convoy through a combination of torpedoes and gunfire. As it was, every major ship in the convoy was systematically claimed until by morning the only thing that remained was a handful of small and coastal merchants. Without ASDIC the destroyer was utterly impotent as U-27 always moved after firing, followed by reducing the engine RPMs to under 50. The best the destroyer could do was was depthcharge in roughly the area the sub had been.

Unwilling to shoot torpedoes at minor vessels, especially with daylight arriving and after sailing all the way to the Bay of Biscay off the NW corner of Spain, U-27 broke off after radioing the convoy's location.

There was a little hilarity that followed as the sub settled into a slow patrol of BE69...atleast until the Navigator reminded the Captain that we were supposed to be in BE59. The Captain cursed whoever chose the font on the map and moved the sub to the correct grid. On the way the sub encountered the largest prize of the patrol..and unescorted large tanker. after a few more days and intermittent encounters with mostly small tonnage vessels the Captain decided to move back North more into the convoy lanes coming out of the Western approaches.

The maneuver was rewarded as U-27 picked up a medium sized convoy outbound through the northern Bay of Biscay. However it was at this moment that U-27's greatest archfoe returned. 15 m/s winds and monsoon grade rain.

Having picked up the convoy in the wee hours of the morning U-27 would atfirst simply shadow the convoy. This became difficult as the only way to do was by hydrophone and the convoy was moving at a decent clip, 8 knots..faster than the VIIB could make under electric power, especially faster than the VIIB could safely make in the vicinity of the convoy as there were two destroyers this time and the lead one did have ASDIC, though the trailing destroyer (another C&D) did not.

This necessitated alot of diving, surface running, and position checking that became increasingly complex as the convoy was running a zig zag course with about 20 km long legs.

As night fell, visibility dropped to near 0. It was very much the same "Where'd my hands go" weather from the previous patrol. Trying to judge the convoy's location became almost impossible visually. At about 11 pm after an hour on the surface catching up to the convoy (after U-27 slightly misjudged and zigged when we should have zagged) we needed badly to check the location via hydrophone. Worryingly we could hear a ship in the distance, but couldn't tell from where.

"Periscope depth...silent running"

... 30 seconds later we passed into the effective range of the hydrophones..."all stop"

"CONTACT, WARSHIP, CLOSE RANGE, MEDIUM SPEED, BEARING 160"

"How close?!, you didn't draw a line on the chart?!"

'SCREEEEEEEEEEEECHHHHHHHH'

"It's that dot on top of us Captain"

"Well, on the bright side we have located the trailing destoyer," the Weapon Officer quipped but for a tense moment everyone held their breath...fortunately the destroyer didn't seem to be aware it had hit a submarine.

"It was only a glancing hit, sounded like he brushed against the flak gun and its mounting"

Bernard, the planesman then piped up "Don't we need to surface and exchange insurance information?"

Everyone just glared at him.

It was a good bit of luck that the destroyer didn't have ASDIC though. Maneuvering away, the Captain considered his options..."We literally sailed up the wake and right past a destroyer and neither of us saw the other. I seriously take back everything I ever said about C&D classes and how little they have below the waterline to get a solid hit on. If that had been a Tribal....<shudder>...to hell with this"

At that point U-27 did surface but only to move around the sides of the convoy...closing to what could best be described as 'knife fight range'. The lookouts struggled to pick out the barest silhouettes of ships being lit up by the occasional flash of lightning...the Hydrophone operator did his best to help with the occasional update everytime the bow of the boat wound up 10 meters under. Several times the Captain had to abort attacks when it became clear there wouldn't be sufficient time for the torpedoes to arm but as the midnight hours ticked by U-27 began to pick off ships. Though we did record a miss or two due to the motion of the u-boat. Virtually every sinking though had to be confirmed by the hydrophone operator.

The final note of the saga came as the U-27 had worked its way around to the opposite side of the convoy. An ore carrier was hit by one torpedo that seemed to do little damage. Still it was a raging storm and while dawn was not that far off U-27 had time. Sinking a medium cargo next, U-27 returned and decided that it would require her last torpedo to finish the ore carrier. The shot was dead on and soon the ore carrier was at a 25 degree list. Amazingly though she held her place in the convoy.

As U-27 evaded on the surface at dawn after the 2nd torpedo hit the Captain was sure that in this rough weather the ore carrier would sink any minute. Any minute now...Yep any minute....

Things grew more complicated as the rain lessened and the sun came up. U-27 had to back off to 5 km now. But still shadowed the convoy...and still the ore carrier sailed on making the necessary 8 knots to hold position. Finally, out of patience, the Captain declared that it would only take a minor nudge to finish off the target...U-27 closed to 3.5km on the surface before the convoy raised the alarm. Believing in his trusty deck gun, though the sea was still quite rough, the crew proved just how veteran they had become at the gunnery drill. U-27 rattled off 12 shots before shells from the leading destroyer began to splash around the boat. 3 shells hit the ore carrier at the water line, 4 tore into her deck. Not bad considering the range and the heaving sea. The ore carrier was now on fire in 3 places and belching smoke.

As U-27 evaded the Captain eagerly awaited news of the 8000 ton vessel succumbing. An hour later he was disappointed to see the ship still making 8 knots at a 30 degree list.

"Why?" he asked....

Then he noticed...it was a Canadian ore carrier. To the virtual Canucks on that ship, that kept it afloat after being torpedoed twice and shelled...in a gale...the Captain tips his hat.

It would be the first time that an underway ship torpedoed by the U-27 would escape. Though out of torpedoes the U-27 would not quite be finished. A collection of mostly smaller vessels with the remaining gun ammunition. The epilogue of the patrol being a trawler that was sunk very near where the first victim of the patrol had been. It took most of flak gun ammo to do it. The crew was in a good mood with the boat going back with the tubes and the ammo locker dry. They even decided that given the chance we were going to make the streaks of Royal Navy destroyer gray that decorated the flak gun mounting and rear guardrails a part of our 'official' paint scheme.

We would qualify another petty officer in maintaining the engines.

19 ships sunk, all merchant, 82,700 GRT, No actual damage to the hull (flak gun was the only thing damaged in the impact with the destroyer).

flag4 05-29-14 02:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Riccardo1975 (Post 2211271)
Just took a deck gun hit at 900 metres off a crippled Empire class listing 30 degrees to port in a 15m/s gale West of Gibraltar. Stern quarters flooded. 91% hull integrity. Damage control team couldnt cope. U-66 lost with all hands 4/10/1941.... :(

wow...that's tuff:o

:down:

better luck next time eh...:sunny:

Riccardo1975 06-01-14 03:09 AM

Hearbroken. Now I finish ships off from 2000+ metres, plus with my crack gun crew 1 hit from 3 is good for me....

:D

Riccardo1975 06-02-14 01:51 PM

Surfaced off New York to finish off an armed tugboat from a decent distance and found an Elco at 155 degrees my soundman clearly forgot about. Got ripped to bits but hit it with three 105mm rounds and thought game over.

Nope.

Caught fire and kept on shooting.
Made of wood arent they?

THREE 4 inch shells...?

Not a happy bunny again. :rolleyes:

aluekomentaja 06-03-14 04:35 AM

Noob Kaleun of U-47 reporting. Realism settings 85% External camera enabled, but only for adoring MY boat when not in contact.

Patrol 3, start date December 3 at Wilhelmshaven.

December 10, just north of Rockall Bank:

My watch officer spots a 3 ship group at long range to my left, coming almost directly at me. Due to the angle I guesstimate their course incorrectly and identifying goes wrong too. First one is clearly a destroyer, V&W -class, but the two merchants I thought to be Empire-class freighters turn out to be auxiliary cruisers. Because of my miscalculation and guesstimating the destroyer and merchants turned to warships pass my bow at only about 300-400 meters. I fire 4 torpedoes and hit only one auxiliary cruiser. Destroyer depth charges me for 4 hours before I finally manage to slip away.

After surfacing (I almost could swear tasting the fresh sea air IRL after so many hours underwater) I resume my course to SW where the map says is a known convoy route. Few hours later I get a radio contact report about a convoy southeast of Rockall Bank heading probably to Irish Sea. And the best part is that it is only hours away from the boat's current location. I'm really starting to get excited, it's my first real convoy. Some map work and diesels red hot, ahead full.

Watch officer spots the convoy just before dark and I decide to trail it for now, to get better readings and to prepare my ambush better after the last botched attempt. It's hard to get good guesstimates at long range, but they're heading west and it's about 5 columns, so maybe ~25 ships or so and a single destroyer at the front (or so I thought). At this time I have 7 torpedoes left in front. I'm thrilled, but also the convoy seems just so big a target, how am I going to handle this?

I trail them for the night slowly getting into a position to attack. During daytime I decide to make an attempt at periscope depth. I change my course and slowly start to make my way to a course intersecting convoys course. I let the escort in front to slip to my right while making my way to more juicier parts of the convoy. Torpedoes set for impact pistol I base my calculations for a large merchant in front of me. I fire 4 torpedoes and manage to watch 3 hits, ammunition ship blows like a crate of fireworks. Dive is ordered to 160 meters. All 4 torpedoes hit, but only 3 ships go down. I get the large merchant, a medium tanker and an ammo ship.
Escorts start hunting my boat. Turns out that there were 2 destroyers. They depth charge me for hours before finally heading back to the convoy, U-47 doesn't even get a scratch.

Time to surface to reload and recharge and to prepare ambush #2. This time it's going to be a surface attack. So again I track them from the distance. This part of the game just rocks like everything else: Watching, waiting a good moment, planning, literally hunting them.

Finally darkness arrives. I can see why advacements in radar were fatal for U-boats, my only ally is stealth, escorts just outspeed, outgun and outarmor an U-boat. Approach goes similarly than last time, but on the surface. Again I target a large merchant and fire three torpedoes to three targets. Again 3 hits, but only get the large merchant and a passenger/cargo. Don't know why I targeted the last one, but I was acting in a hurry. At this moment I am not spotted, but they're turning on those powerful lights. Trying to get away with diesels, maybe the night will protect me, but not long and U-47 is spotted and fire starts to rain at my position. So, ALAAAARRRRMMM! Again the familiar game of hide and seek starts. This time I'm not so lucky as depth charges almost rip out my conning tower. All periscopes and radio antenna destroyed. After a few hours other destroyer heads back to convoy and other still hunts me, but has probably expended all depth charges and later it also leaves. Just have to say how good sound stage is in this game, immersion is really good underwater.

When I surface, the convoy is gone, but I still see the large merchant defiantly pushing forward bow almost below the water. I align the boat for a rear torpedo. Luckily UZO is still intact. One final torpedo finishes the large merchant and she's going to the bottom (didn't see sailors swimming towards me :)). Time to get out of there at flank speed. The other destroyer returns to look for me, but this time I am far enough away. Searchlights are visible in the horizon for a time.

Periscopes and radio antenna destroyed and all forward torpedoes used and only a few remaining in the back tubes. I need to get back to the base. After uneventful return journey I get back to Wilhemshaven, where medals are handed by the bucket. Total tonnage for the patrol: 53090t and 6 ships sunk.

Kaptlt.Endrass 06-04-14 04:37 PM

Halfway through the war. Started August 39 and I've moved to Bergen for the rest of the war in late 43. I plan on staying alive for the war's end. Ready to buy the Type XXI when I can.

Zosimus 06-05-14 08:42 AM

Although I have just recently started playing the game, I am pleased to say that I have completed 5 patrols (once I got the hang of it). The last two patrols were with a new U-boat–the VIIB. I must say that this is a very sweet ship. On my most recent patrol I was assigned to a patrol on the west side of Ireland, but before I could get there I sunk 5-6 ships! By the time I finally made it to my patrol zone I was down to 4 torpedoes in the bays and I was struggling to figure out how to get the external torpedoes inside for loading.

No sooner did I get to my patrol zone (The Northwestern corner) but I got a radio report of a ship to the north headed west (my way) so with a sigh I headed up and sunk it. The only real problem is the aircraft, though I did shoot one of them down. I think I should have trained someone on flak guns before now–none of my guys have the knack, I'm afraid. I got two iron crosses, and a buttload of u-boat badges to hand out to my crew. What good are they? I don't know, but I decorated the engine guy, the sonar guy, and the deck gun guy and then stared stupidly at the rest of them. I'm sure most people are doing wonderful work on the boat, but I'm not sure how to decide among them. Luck of the draw, maybe.


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