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Old 12-30-2013, 07:42 PM   #4561
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U-2502 - XXI - Oberleu z.S. Müller - Oct. 131948 1944 - AM34 - Patrol 6

We're in the deep s*** now. Left bergen on the 8th and proceeded north of the Shetlands for the assigned patrol area BF16. That is in the Bristol Channel approaches. Took with us no less than six homers.

Ambushed some subhunters on the way till we hit upon a Southampton class cruiser with one escort north-east of the Hebrides. Launched a homer towards the escort on a distance of about 1.500 meters. It hooked on nicely. Before that I had veered out to starboard to get an angled shot at the cruiser when it passed us. The escort, a Captain, went down. Before that I noticed that we did not get up in speed on the E-engines, they had worked fine untill then. It didn't matter at the time because the cruiser continued right ahead and we gave it 3 torps on magnetic fuze under its port side. Went down in minutes.

After surfacing and checking the propulsion system it showed that we don't get any speed on the diesels, either. Max. 3 knots submerged, 4-5 knots surfaced. With or without schnorkel makes no difference. I have set a straight northerly course to get as far away from the air patrols as possible.

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Old 12-30-2013, 10:31 PM   #4562
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Commander U-65

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Patrol: From 04OCT1940-23NOV1940. Set out directly west toward the Hudson Strait for commerce raiding and anti-shipping operations. First trans-Atlantic patrol. Confirmed a total of 45000GRT for 17 torpedoes and 57 rounds of 88mm deck gun ammunition. Came under attack by tanker, maneuvered into position and sunk with rear tubes. Pictures confirm some of the kills, but there were more that I forgot to screenshot.

Large Merchant in the Hudson Strait


Map of the Hudson Strait. Excellent hunting grounds! Uncharted territory!


Sunk a Canadian tramp steamer in the Hudson Strait


Confirmed kill on Tramp Steamer


Tonnage roster. There's a few more that aren't included in here



Debris after the sinking


One Large Tanker sighted! I ended up sinking him with my rear tubes


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Old 12-31-2013, 05:31 AM   #4563
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Default Parallel Universes and an Out-Of-Body Experience

So this was my fifth patrol.

Good hunting, all in all, a bunch of small and medium merchants, quite a few torpedo boats, lately, and two convoys. It was the night of the second convoy when I discovered the cat and all that weirdness started - or maybe it had started already when Schrödinger managed to bring the kitten aboard. Hid it well, too (and I am quite sure that other sailors helped in hiding her, too). Cat's name was Cassandra, I remember quite clearly.

We lay there waiting for the convoy, one destroyer had already passed, a big fat juicy ammo ship right in front of us - whooosh, two eels, two hits !

Another big ship coming up, two eels - whoosh, two hits.

But then I heard the crew mutter: "bad omen ... cat dead ... bad ... bad" Hey guys we are trying to survive here, forget about the stupid cat!. Two escorts above us, depth charges - go deep, go silent. 120m. Lay low. They took turns in attacking: one escort dropped the DCs, the other listened. Then - ping, ping. And another attack. And another. We died.

I woke up in what must have been a parallel universe. Same patrol. Same boat. Even the cat was there! I asked Schrödinger about the cat's name. "Cat's Sandra, Sir!" he replied. Hm. But there were more pressing matters than a cat's name - the convoy! Same convoy - ammunition ship: two hits, large tanker - two hits. Sonar guy says there is only one escort coming after us, still 1000 m away, let's dive, fast! Trying to stay below the convoy, we must have come too close to our last kill: at 100m depth we are taking damage - but there were no depth charges in the water! Debris, maybe ? Anyway, damage is only minor, dive to 130 m. This time we keep moving: flank speed when we can hear the destroyer, slow when he's moving away. Only three DC runs and none of them really dangerous. Destroyer leaves. Cat is alive and well, so are we.

Until ... that foul weather near Helgoland: wind at 28 knots, 4-5 m waves. Not too bad, actually, just no weather for the deck gun so we head straight for home. Time compression 256. Watch that circle move slowly SE. Suddenly: the "end patrol" screen. ???? took a while before I saw the message: "you are dead. career abandoned". Only clue SH3 gives me is this: " ... flooding ". I don't have the foggiest idea why we were suddenly dead. SH3 commander is set to drop to TC 1 or 0 when there are ships or airplanes nearby, there is 10-12m of water below keel. I guess it was just that we had to switch back from that other universe by way of dying again?

Is it always like this when you start a patrol on Dec.24 ?

regards,

OLt. z.S. Helmut

Patrol results
Crew losses: 0
Ships sunk: 10
Aircraft destroyed: 0
Patrol tonnage: 69392 tons

Complete Log here: CaptLogPatrol5
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Old 12-31-2013, 05:52 AM   #4564
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There are some minefields round the heligoland area. I got caught with that once aswel. As for the cat on board, bad omen, and a female on board, even worse!!!! Good reading

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Old 12-31-2013, 11:24 AM   #4565
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Default Last fish Last big kill

I'm ending my 25th patrol. It's mid Dec 43. I plan to back in port for Christmas.

I have but one fish left in a forward tube.

What do you know.... Radio contact large convoy just west of me heading for me.

Part of me says...You have one torpedo, this is going to be a well escorted convoy. Do you want the risk or just sail on and find a solo strageler to sink on the way to port.... Or do you risk it?

They gave me torpedoes to use on enemy shipping... I turn west and tell my crew we are going in!

My sound man tells me of 7 escorts and a warship in the middle of the convoy? What could be in the middle? I proceed with caution.

When in position I raise my scope ever so little and there it is... A Bogue class escort carrier!

Ah the frustration... Only one torpedo. Must make it count. Target for hull impact at 6m depth just behind the bow area..

Fish away now crash dive! We're going to have LOTS of company in a few minutes.

My reward? "She's going down!" Yes one fish the last fish bags me a 15k ton escort carrier and I slink off out of the midst of the convoy to head home victorious...

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Old 12-31-2013, 02:53 PM   #4566
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U-2502 - XXI - Oberleu z.S. Müller - Nov. 060629 1944 - AN13 - Patrol 7

Left Bergen on the morning of the 3rd.

We came back safely from Patrol 6 by taking a wide northerly detour to avoid air patrols after our major loss of propulsion power - diesel and electric. These constant malfunctions are getting tiresome. If we had met any enemy forces on the return trip we would have had serious problems with defending ourselves. We also brought back a dozen unused torpedoes which is not very popular with the brass.

This patrol has worked out nicely, the boat works fine. Set the course to cross into the Alantic South of the Shetlands. Stopped for a period in the sound to see if any traffic showed up. It did - among them a fat little convoy with three ships.

Continuing westward a report on a large convoy, heading south-west, ticked in. North-East of the approaches to the Hebrides Channel we picked up the radar emissions of its escorts. We submerged and are now awaiting its arrival. The point escort has just passed behind us but he is suspicious, he has been dropping d/c's at the point we went under. He had obviously registered us on his radar. I had a homer ready for him if he discovered us but it seems he is moving on. I shall certainly get use for that homer later. It's a large convoy!

Fred

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1. Fat little convoy of three ships
2. Scoresheet so far





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Old 12-31-2013, 09:26 PM   #4567
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U-2502 - XXI - Oberleu z.S. Müller - Nov. 09 1944 - Bergen - Patrol 7

Arrived back in Bergen this morning. This was the first satisfactory patrol since the first one and also the only with no malfunctions on the boat. However, we have never had an operational radar. I do not put too much importance on that as we all the time see how radar reveal the presence of the enemy. The only use would be in bad weather or the dark but with the submerged speed and endurance on this boat we may as well operate submerged and use our sonar under such conditions. The schnorkel should only be used in the dark and at a low speed as its wake can be observed by airplanes in daylight and the diesels veil our own sonar, at the same time increasing the enemy's potential to hear us.

The attack on the convoy, it wasn't that big, went quite well even if some time and many torps were used to keep the escorts away. We used all our torps except 1 Zaunkønig for self-defense on the return voyage.

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Old 01-01-2014, 07:05 PM   #4568
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Just after finishing a 40000t patrol with wild forays into CG9x and the Portuguese coast, I tried to reload to discover that the entire save is apparently corrupt since it keeps crashing on my loading attempts.

Oh well, now for another campaign...
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Old 01-02-2014, 07:23 AM   #4569
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There are some minefields round the heligoland area. I got caught with that once aswel. As for the cat on board, bad omen, and a female on board, even worse!!!!
Ah ! That explains it, of course. Thanks for the information about the minefield, I'd never have guessed - so close to "home". Now that I knew where to look, I found a thread about it, too: seems that I'm not the only one that sailed through these minefields completely unawares ... (http://www.subsim.com/radioroom/showthread.php?t=146889 and http://www.subsim.com/radioroom/showthread.php?t=148595)

I found the solution to the other puzzle, too: damage without enemy action. Ahem, if we had proper nautical charts on board, I'd have seen at first glance that the Celtic Sea is only between 50 and 100m deep in many places. I guess we probably hit the sea bottom

Helmut

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Old 01-02-2014, 10:23 AM   #4570
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Still working on manual attacks. I almost hit a ship on this patrol!

because I was submerged and running flank. damn schooners.
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Old 01-02-2014, 10:26 AM   #4571
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if we had proper nautical charts on board, I'd have seen at first glance that the Celtic Sea is only between 50 and 100m deep in many places. I guess we probably hit the sea bottom
You can also ping for depth by going to your nav officer and clicking the icon that looks like a U-boat hull with a line under it and an arrow pointing down. Add the number you get from your Nav Officer to your current depth, and that's the depth to the bottom! Now you can ride just above, or if you have GWX2.1 bottom fix (I don't think there's one for GWX3) you can rest right on the bottom without taking damage.
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Old 01-04-2014, 01:05 PM   #4572
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U-2502 - XXI - Oberleu z.S. Müller - Nov. 231041 1944 - Bergen Approaches - Patrol 8
We left Bergen this morning for patrol area BC33. The boat has been properly checked out - all systems go. I have taken onboard 7 homing torpedoes for self-defence. Plan to get undetected to the patrol area and use everything on one large convoy, no small fish.

The war is going bad. In october we lost 12 boats for 1.700 tons shipping sunk.

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1. Vorpostenboot escorted us out to the North Sea
2. A Type XXIII left Bergen at the same time.







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Old 01-04-2014, 02:49 PM   #4573
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Admiral Scheer, Septemper 3rd, 1939. We left Wilhelmshaven at midnight on the first and are currently heading towards the entrance of St George's Channel to conduct raids on British shipping. We spotted a tramp steamer on the 2nd but it was Norwegian and didn't attack though Bernard thought we should. Will update if anything happens.


Admiral Scheer, Septemper 4th, 1939. Sunk a small Polish freighter in grid AN 47. We are continuing towards the entrance of St George's Channel and will continue to update as events require.

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Old 01-05-2014, 01:07 PM   #4574
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Admiral Scheer, Septemper 3rd, 1939. We left Wilhelmshaven at midnight on the first and are currently heading towards the entrance of St George's Channel to conduct raids on British shipping. We spotted a tramp steamer on the 2nd but it was Norwegian and didn't attack though Bernard thought we should. Will update if anything happens.


Admiral Scheer, Septemper 4th, 1939. Sunk a small Polish freighter in grid AN 47. We are continuing towards the entrance of St George's Channel and will continue to update as events require.
Cool, Admiral - some pictures?

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Old 01-06-2014, 10:42 PM   #4575
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allright...
my second campaign has startet again 100%

we are now in the atlantic north west of england in the deep zone
my crew didnt saw so far the enemy
we are high motivated with the currently best brand new u-boat the viic and got our own rules at sea
we will never use the funk communication and only surface at night

me and my crew still ask us why so many country´s declartion of war against our beautiful country...
all what we currently do is to be very carefully waiting and of course listen to music
watch this

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