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Old 11-21-2021, 12:41 AM   #6031
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Status Report: 08/21/1941
Position: CG94
Torpedoes Left: 3
Cargo Ships Sunk: 7
Warships Sunk: 2
Total Tonnage: 42,005


Patrol Grid CH75 for 24 Hours Complete. Will be returning back to base in a few days...

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Old 11-21-2021, 04:06 AM   #6032
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Default U48 - Type VIIb - 2nd patrol - part 3

January 5, 1940 Grid AN26
0022 U48 is now SSE of Lerwik and just got a sound contact west of us. Weather got worse: overcast, no rain yet but strong winds and huge waves. We are surfacing to get closer to the target and identify it. Must be careful though, there could be warships in this area.

0048 Ship spotted! It's barely visibile against the sky background...she is on a southward course...changing our own course slightly to SSW to position ahead of her...

0057 U48 is now diving...target is moving at 7 knots and looks like a Granville freighter...but it's still difficult to be sure...

0101 It's a Granville...will shot one eel, impact pistol, aiming for the bow.

0108 Torpedo is away...hopefully not a dud...Impact!...a bit forward but it started a nice fire...ahead full and going on parallel course

0117 She has slowed down and her nose is often under the waves, no more fire but still a lot of smoke

0140 Secondary explosions are rocking her and debris are spraying around! Down she goes!
Grid AN26 SS Victoria City (Granville-type Freighter), 4707 tons. Cargo: Phosphates. Crew: 70. Crew lost: 67

0236 Sound contact! A warship moving fast coming from the south...possibly investigating the area for survivors? Should pass some distance behind us but let's go on silent running...better safe than sorry

0252 that warship kept running northward and we didn't manage to get into visual contact...but looking at her speed it's probably a destroyer. Surfacing and moving away from this area.

1038 Ship spotted! NW of our position and coming our way at 6/7 knots. U48 is diving to periscope depth, weather is still the same so we cannot use our deck gun.

1102 Target is a british tramp steamer...it's a bit of a waste to use a torpedo on such a small target but I'm not going to waste an opportunity...raising the scope...aiming at the bow, impact pistol...fire!...down scope...Impact! Right under the mast, huge fire! Looks good. Lower the boat to 18 meters...in this choppy condition we risk to broach the surface and we are very close...going on parallel course.

1135 We've been hearing explosions for a while and now she is sinking
Grid AN12 SS Isac (Tramp Steamer), 1829 tons. Cargo: Coal. Crew: 32. Crew lost: 6

2213 Ship spotted straight ahead! Dive to periscope depth!

2216 Think we made it before they could spot us...target still on previous course, not zigzagging, no searchlights...looks like a granville roughly heading SE...it appeared out of nowhere...visibility is really poor...U48 is now turning hard to port and going full to get into a proper firing position...will use our stern tube.

2218 British Granville-type Freighter...speed should be about 7 knots...aiming at bow mast...opening tube...fire!...hard to port, let's turn around and try to get a solution for our forward tubes, I'm not that confident on this attack...impact! Just behind the funnel...must have underestimated her speed...no visible fire...let's shadow it.

2237 She is slowing down and lokks a bit lower on the water even if with these waves it's difficult to be sure.

2302 She is dead on the water and listing heavily to the starboard. U48 is circling her like a shark.

2315 Secondary explosion and big fire now visible on her stern deck...looks good

2346 Grid AN12 Ship sunk! SS Zarian (Granville-type Freighter), 4708 tons. Cargo: Coal. Crew: 45. Crew lost: 22
U48 is now surfacing and leaving the area. We will soon get to our assigned patrol area.
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Old 11-23-2021, 03:14 AM   #6033
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Default U48 - Type VIIb - 2nd patrol - part

January 7, 1940 Grid AM34


0622 We completed our assigned task in Grid AN11, spent 24 hours there and we met but a lone fishing boat sailing NE. Weather conditions were, and are, still pretty poor so we let her go. I'm not going to waste a torpedo on such a target.
The lives of those fishermen were saved by nothing but clouds, wind and rain...if you think about it it's terrifying...nothing but chance, really.
U48 is now sailing on the surface to recharge batteries and about to enter grid AM34.
The plan is to spend some time patrolling nearby Stornoway and find some worthy target there.


1011 Sonar reports a sound contact: merchant, medium speed, long range but closing...look like a vessel going NE...changing our course to SE to get ahead of it...no visual contact yet, it's not raining anymore but visibility still poor.


1023 Ship spotted...seems a small vessel...too far away to properly identify...speed 9 knots...increasing our speed to get closer to her plotted course...


1032 Look like a coastal freighter...it's a pity we cannot use our deck gun, using a torpedo on such a small target...oh well, it's still a target...slowing down and slightly adjusting our course...


1039 She is zigzagging now! Either they spotted our scope or our turret broached the surface...matters not, we are close and won't miss: fire!...won't be long...impact!...got her almost under the funnel...small fires and lot of smoke...looks promising...


1053 She is sinking! She slowed down and kept burning for the last few minutes, getting lower and lower on the water...Warship contact from NE of us, changing course to NW and leaving the area submerged.
SS Frey (Coastal Freighter), 1869 tons. Cargo: Steel. Crew: 24. Crew lost: 19


1104 Destroyer on the crime scene, but too late, we are away. Will wait till she is out of visual range and then surface again.
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Old 11-25-2021, 03:51 AM   #6034
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On 18 November, the British have launched a large scale offensive in North Africa (Operation Crusader), in relief of the besieged city of Tobruk, which requires every available uboat east and west of Gibraltar. Consequently, all Atlantic operations will be cancelled until the end of November.

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Today, very strong enemy air cover is reported in the Bay of Biscay, in Qu.BF40. In the future, boats need to plan for extended submerged cruises during outbound and inbound transit through the Bay of Biscay.

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Old 11-25-2021, 06:47 AM   #6035
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Today, very strong enemy air cover is reported in the Bay of Biscay, in Qu.BF40. In the future, boats need to plan for extended submerged cruises during outbound and inbound transit through the Bay of Biscay.


Learned that well in one of my "experimenting" careers...surfaced...aircraft spotted us...diving...surfaced...aircraft spotted us...diving...I was stuck in an endless loop till my crewmen hijacked the submarine, shot me from stern tube and diserted for Cuba beaches
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Old 11-25-2021, 07:39 AM   #6036
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Default U48 - Type VIIb - 2nd patrol - part 5

2216 Very faint sound contact south of us...seems to be heading NE...we will try to cut ahead of it and intercept...sky is overcast but at least it does not rain and yet it's very dark so we shall make good use of our sonar and dive frequently to keep track of our target.

January 8, 1940 Grid AM34

0006 We have been diving couple more times in the last 2 hours to track her and U48 is now at periscope depth, our quarry is moving slowly into our laps, it's barely visible in this darkness so I can't identify her yet...while we wait for her to get closer I'll determine her speed...probably 6 knots.

0011 Our prey is an ore carrier, a worthy prize, and moving at 5 knots...we are crawling at 2 knots and getting very close...plan is to shot a two torpedoes salvo....5 degrees spread...impact pistol...running fast..depth 4,5m...opening tubes...fire!...torpedoes away...start reloading tubes...should get impact in a couple of seconds...Impact!...and again!...Woo-hoo!..Two hits, small fire on forward deck...time to wait and see

0024 Secondary explosions going on and...she is sinking...nice! It took a lot of work to track her down but it was worth the effort.
SS Port Auckland (Ore Carrier), 8913 tons. Cargo: Iron Ore. Crew: 74. Crew lost: 36

1235 Sound contact...warship moving fast...coming almost straight at us...changing course to increase the distance...perhaps we can manage to get a glimpse of her

1247 there are three warships contact coming our way...we should get a visual contact quite soon...what's going on here?

1254 What do we have here...leading ship is a destroyer...the two behind are bigger...auxiliary cruisers perhaps?...I'm regretting the decision to keep our distance...

1259 An A&B destroyer with two auxiliary cruisers...I thought to move out of sight, surface and rush ahead to intercept them but they are going fast...about 15 knots...not possible...resuming previous course...I'll surface in a little while and report them to BdU, perhaps someone else can sink these beauties...

2216 Ship spotted straight ahead and coming our way!...weather conditions improved so we can now use our deck gun...let's see what our prey is...

2222 It's a medium cargo going 6 knots...U48 is now diving for a stealthy approach...the plan is to shot one torpedo and finish things up with our deck gun.

2228 G7a set for fast running, magnetic pistol, depth 10 meters...opening tube...aiming for the bow...fire!...ahead full, turning for parallel course...ready to surface and man the guns...impact! Right in the middle, no visible fire...let's wait a bit...either I miscalculated her speed or made a mistake with the AOB...surface the boat!

2232 This british medium cargo took quite a few shells but is now sinking. U48 is moving away from this area running full on the surface. We are down to 6 torpedoes so I think it's time to start our trip back. I bet we will soon find targets to shot at.
SS Wacosta (Medium Cargo), 5115 tons. Cargo: Machinery. Crew: 53. Crew lost: 15
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Old 11-27-2021, 03:38 AM   #6037
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Default U48 - Type VIIb - 2nd patrol - part 6 - On the way back

January 9, 1940 Grid AN15

1512 U48 is now diving after having spotted a cargo ship almost straight ahead...we are changing course to south to get closer to her projected course

1517 Target is a Granville freighter, cruising SW at 8 knots...we are going to use a single torpedo...should be enough to send her down.


1523 we are in a very good position right now...she is about 500m away...aiming at her bow...fire!...torpedo running...Impact!...a bit more amid ship then intended...no visible fire...let's lower our periscope and shadow her...

1546 She has slowed down to 4 knots and has an heavy nose...

1654 Granville is now barely crawling at one knot, nose is often submerged and she is smoking now...possibly an internal fire is going on...let's be patient


1812 she is dead on the water, waves are washing her forward deck and smoking but still refuses to sink...getting ready to launch one more torpedo...wait...she is sinking! At last! It's been 3 hours...changing course to NE and resuming our trip back home.
SS Imperial Valley (Granville-type Freighter), 4709 tons. Cargo: Copper Ore. Crew: 74. Crew lost: 48

2022 Sound contact! Merchant moving slow and closing somewhere NE of us...let's surface for a quick dash...changing course to north...

2046 Down to periscope depth and sound contact is now east of us and much closer...let's wait a couple of minutes and see if we can spot her...raise attack periscope!

2049 there she is! Looks like it's coming straight to us...let's identify her and check how fast she is going

2057 Target is going 9 knots and seems to be another Granville...let's go back slow for a while to increase the gap a bit...

2109 she is about 600m out and we are ready to attack...wind picked up suddenly and aiming is not easy due to the waves...opening tube 2...let's go for the bow mast...fire!...it won't be long...a dud!...open tube 3!..fire!...Searchlight! she is zigzagging now but should not matter....Impact!...got her astern...huge fire going on!...lowering scope and shadowing...hopefully it will be enough...I hate duds...

2116 Secondary explosion on the Granville!...she has slowed down to 2 knots and is very low on her back now...

2126 Here goes the fireworks! This Granville is being dismantled by the explosions! Nice! Let's surface and run away from here.
SS Sheaf Crown (Granville-type Freighter), 4710 tons. Cargo: Aircraft. Crew: 54. Crew lost: 19

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Old 11-27-2021, 06:59 PM   #6038
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16/Jun/1941

Last patrol from my beloved Kiel.
Take care of my sweetheart until fate reunites us again.
Ordered to patrol grid ET41 and return to Brest.

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Old 11-28-2021, 06:05 AM   #6039
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Learned that well in one of my "experimenting" careers...surfaced...aircraft spotted us...diving...surfaced...aircraft spotted us...diving...I was stuck in an endless loop till my crewmen hijacked the submarine, shot me from stern tube and diserted for Cuba beaches

I can imagine ... not a bad choice ... yes, should get interesting as of next year ...
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Old 11-30-2021, 04:13 AM   #6040
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January 11, 1941 Grid AN14

0024 U48 is slowly making it's way back home. Weather is still windy and the waves don't make for a comfortable trip inside the boat...I think it's time to dive and stay down for a while to give the men some proper rest.

0348 Sonar contact! Warship closing at medium speed...talk about a proper rest...raising to periscope depth...let's see if we can spot her...

0357 not one but two warships...no visual contact yet...they are coming our way but not straight for us...let's wait for a while longer...

0408 Two destroyer going 15 knots...should pass some distance ahead of us...let's play it safe and move back slow...I don't want to tangle with them...

0419 destroyer are chugging along and getting away blissfully unaware of our presence...but we have a new sound contact NNE of our position...sounds like a merchant...we will wait till these guys are fully gone then surface and go investigate the new friend.

0526 U48 managed to intercept our merchant friend, our lookout just spotted it...we are in a good position already so we are diving now, I don't want to risk them spotting us and call for help.

0548 We are in a perfect position but also bobbing up and down in these huge waves so we must be carful not to broach the surface and get spotted...I've lowered the periscope and we are now going full at 20m to get even closer...we'll be back to periscope depth in a matter of seconds to raise the scope for a last check and fire. Target is a Granville type freighter yet again, that's three in a row. We will shot a single torpedo, impact pistol I guess.

0550 here we are...raise the scope...here is the target...let's adjust the AOB a bit...open the tube..aiming at mid ship...fire!...lower scope....tic tac tic tac...couple of seconds left...up the scope...Impact!...got her under the funnel...small fire going on...let's increase the gap and shadow her

0622 She is very slow now, about 2 knots, and waves are lapping her decks. Not burning anymore but still smoking...

0705 She is sinking now...another Granville goes down...let's resume our course to NE
SS Sheaf Mead (Granville-type Freighter), 4750 tons. Cargo: Textiles. Crew: 49. Crew lost: 48
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Old 11-30-2021, 07:11 AM   #6041
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Learned that well in one of my "experimenting" careers...surfaced...aircraft spotted us...diving...surfaced...aircraft spotted us...diving...I was stuck in an endless loop till my crewmen hijacked the submarine, shot me from stern tube and diserted for Cuba beaches


It happened to me once (I mean the airplanes keeping coming and coming again (and detecting my snorkel from far distance with radar), not the crew shooting me from stern tube ). It was near Scapa Flow, east coast of Scotland, maybe in 1943 or later...

A true nightmare...

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January 12, 1941 Grid AN43

0333 Very faint sound contact SE of us...rising to the surface and closing the gap.

0422 Small merchant vessel spotted straight ahead...seems like she is moving away from us...it will take a while to get into good firing position.

0617 Target is a coastal freighter moving 11 knots...that's why it took so long to get ahead of her...the good new is that weather improved and we can use our deck gun....we are changing course to cut in front of enemy ship...man the guns!

0624 they spotted us but we are close enough...open fire!

0631 Coastal freighter is a burning wreck...she is going down slowly now...let's move toward the Norwegian coast...we just have two torpedoes left, but if the weather holds we could make good use of our deck gun.
SS Adherity (Coastal Freighter), 1870 tons. Cargo: Military Vehicles. Crew: 22. Crew lost: 19

1212 Sound contact south of us...merchant closing at medium speed...let's change course to intercept...

1253 Grid AN34 Ship spotted! She is still far away and it's difficult to identify her properly. Still, it does not seem to be a big prey...guess our deck gun will be called in action once again

1338 Target is a British small merchant with no visible weapons. We made an underwater approach and now U48 is ready to attack. Surface the boat! Man the guns!

1347 Small merchant is exploding! She was engulfed in flames for the last couple of minutes and now she is going down quickly...clearing the area and moving back north.
SS Ciltvaira (Small Merchant), 2375 tons. Cargo: Iron Ore. Crew: 58. Crew lost: 40

1712 Sound contact...east of us...very faint...looks like it's moving southward...let's investigate

1757 Ship spotted! This one looks bigger and seems to be moving slow on a SSW course. Let's adjust our course to cut in front of her.

1823 U48 is diving now. Target is a Large merchant going 6 knots. Guess we will shot both our remaining eels. It's a worthy prey.

1841 We are in position now...opening tubes 1 & 4...fire!...both eels running...let's cross our fingers...Impact!...aaaaand...nothing else. A dud! Ahead full and hard to starboard to go on parallel course...there is a small fire on her forward deck...hopefully it's enough.

1927 She is not burning anymore and did not even slow down...we will use our remaining shells...surface the boat! Man the guns!

1933 We have no more deck gun shells and used some of our flak ammo too but this last merchant is sinking! U48 is now running full toward our base.
SS Memnon (Large Merchant), 10928 tons. Cargo: Military Stores. Crew: 110. Crew lost: 47

January 14, 1940 Kiel

0854 Weather has been horrible on our way back, cold and rainy almost all the way here but now the sky is clear and there is a gentle breeze welcoming us back.
U48 and its crew are ready to some well deserved relax and fun.

Patrol results
Crew losses: 0
Ships sunk: 14
Aircraft destroyed: 0
Patrol tonnage: 75188 tons
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Today, very strong enemy air cover is reported in the Bay of Biscay, in Qu.BF40. In the future, boats need to plan for extended submerged cruises during outbound and inbound transit through the Bay of Biscay.

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Thursday, 4 December 1941 - On leave

Dangerous Mine-Situation outside the Naval Bases in France, after the loss of U 206 (Opitz) - missing since 29 November (probably sunk on or about 30 November south-west of St. Nazaire, in approx. position 47.05N, 02.40W, by an air-laid mine in the British minefield "Beech", 46 dead, all hands lost)!

Boats must stay on the ordered approach paths and follow escorts in and out of the Western Naval Bases!

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August, 1943: U-343 lost at sea, BD39, to unknown causes. Aircraft reported in the area.
(Boat was actually hit by a FIDO in the game, but the German's didn't know about those at the time).
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Old 12-04-2021, 05:56 PM   #6045
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August, 1943: U-343 lost at sea, BD39, to unknown causes. Aircraft reported in the area.
(Boat was actually hit by a FIDO in the game, but the German's didn't know about those at the time).
Ouch. Are those possible to evade or you pretty much done once they are in the water?
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