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Foehammer-1
03-10-2010, 08:52 PM
(My apologies for not removing the dials on some pictures. Completely forgot!!)

First sail

My name is Kurt Donnerwettermann. I have graduated the U-boat school with an average mark of 7 (one needs 5 to be able to qualify for Kommandant of a U-boat). After spending long weeks in the tiny “canoe” boats in the Baltic, I was congratulated on my ability to strike at the practice convoys, and retreat when necessary.
At last, it happened! I have been issued a brand new VIIc boat, with a novice crew, but a strong core of veteran U-boat men. After commissioning in Hamburg, we have been assigned to the First Flotilla, and sailed on our first “shake down” cruise round the British Isles to Brest, France.

After a few weeks of preparations, we were finally ready for the first real combat patrol.

We have left Brest under cover of night, and headed out for open water.
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As we reached the 200m mark, I gave an order to a test dive. As the boat descended into the dark ocean, creaks and groans from the hull, squeezed by immense water pressure, were heard throughout the boat.
I have given an order to level out at 130 meters, since British depth charges have been reported to explode at a maximum depth of 120 meters. After we have surfaced, I opened my sealed orders. We were to patrol within safe distance of Gibraltar and intercept enemy ships going in or out of the Mediterranean.

We have spent about a week cruising at 6 knots, without even a puff of smoke appearing on the horizon. At last, a watch man has cried out “Ship spotted!” I ran to the bridge and saw a shape in the distance.
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We have set a parallel course and found that the unknown ship was travelling at about 7 knots. Because of bright daylight, we have accelerated to 17 knots and overtook the unaware ship. Submerging in front of it, we simply waited... Veteran crews have said that it is futile to attack a large ship with less than two torpedoes, so I have set two to impact pistols and let them fly
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First attack is a success! Both torpedoes hit, one amidships, one slightly ahead. The ship has started evasive maneuvers, but refused to sink. Seems that 2 torpedoes are not enough after all!
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The ship takes on water and seems to settle by the bow. The crew cheers, and a few minutes later I take a peek with a periscope again. Curses! Not only does the ship not lower lifeboats, it steams on in zig-zag patterns, crew busily putting out a few fires. I spot a deck gun and decide to play it safe. As the ship increases the distance between us, we surface. Deck gun crew races to the gun. Ralf, being the best gunner, places himself at the sight and screams for ammo. After several shots, he manages to score a hit on the enemy gun! Ready ammo explodes and obliterates the gun platform.
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Feeling less threatened now, we increase speed and catch up with the ship. Just in case, one crew member mans our twin flak gun. We are only a few days from port, and the thing hasn't had time to rust up yet. With the flak gun pointed in the ship's general direction and deck gun crew at the ready, we proceed onwards. All of a sudden, I hear a muffled cry from below. I glance over the side of the conning tower, and see Ralf and his two gunner mates dangling from their life lines, trying not to choke on salt water coming at them at 17 knots due to boat's motion. A wave has swept them off the gun. Since we are near the ship now, I order them to suck it up and climb back to the gun deck. At the same time, we slow down to 4 knots, to keep up with the ship.
Ralf fires off several more shots
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Finally, the 12th shell hits some vital part of a ship. Maybe it was a boiler. Bottom line, the ship explodes and breaks in two.
We wait for the debris to stop falling, and check out the area. No survivors. They should have abandoned ship and made use of those lifeboats they had.
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We move off to the Western approaches to Gibraltar, since we have only seen this one freighter in this area for the whole week. Only an hour or so later, another ship is spotted, headed on almost the same course. The Navigator plots its relative position as best as he can. We cannot make out the type of a ship due to the fog and distance, but one thing is for sure. This ship is big, and not some coastal steamer!
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We dive in front of the target. As the sound man reports the ship's approach, I take a peek with the attack periscope. Sure enough, this one looks like an identical copy of the one we just sank.
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We have had two steam and two electric torpedoes pre-loaded in our tubes. Since we have already used the two electrics on the first ship, I am forced to use steam torpedoes in broad daylight. Due to the likely event of the merchant's evasive maneuvers, we need to move in to 500 meters. However, calm seas would likely let them spot our periscope head easily. I decide to shoot from 1000 meters. We fire off two torpedoes in a 4 degree spread, in hopes to leave less room for evasion. They have spotted the wakes too late. No chance for them now!
The ship gives a hard to starboard, and increases speed.
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The first torpedo probably ruptures the boilers, breaking the ship's back.
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We move off to the West once again. Several hours later, yet another shadow is spotted. This one looks bigger than the previous two. I wonder if we have finally hit the winning streak. Since evening comes, I decide to shadow the target until night fall and attack from the surface.
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Nigh falls. We lose sight of the merchant. In case it has changed course, I order a dive. The hydrophone operator listens closely, and picks up propeller noise. The ship seems to be very close to us, according to the rapidly changing bearing. I raise the scope, but see absolutely nothing.
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Whatever this ship is, wherever it is, we will get it! Since it looked large, I order torpedo tubes 1 and 2 open. We then blow ballast and surface. I mount the UZO, and sure enough, there it is. A lare cargo ship.
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I set up a shot carefully. While shadowing the target, we have determined its speed to be about 7 knots. This allows us to shoot from longer range, to minimise the chance of being spotted. Furthermore, I order the boat down 2 meters, so only the tower sticks out of the water.
Finally, at a range of 1100 meters, we fire off two torpedoes.
Direct hit!
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Whatever the ship was carrying, it was sure flammable. We move off while the fire in the sea burns out.
There are survivors. We give them some medicine to help the burned victims, and move off.
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Thinking that it has been a while since we have checked in with BdU, we send off a current patrol report. Feeling proud as peacocks, we sail on, with three large British cargo ships sent to the bottom. This is a good start to an underwater career!
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After a stressful day, I lay in the bunk, getting some needed rest. All of a sudden, a shriek “Ship Spotted!” sends me hurtling through the boat and onto the bridge. Sure enough, another cargo, heading East, like the previous one. Luck has it that this is a small steamer. Surely, one torpedo would be enough!
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Decks awash, we fire off a steam torpedo. After some time, an explosion sends ripples through the water. Direct hit! It seems... The merchant sails on, however, beginning a wide turn. Have we hit it in the rudder?
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The Watch Officer, whose eyes are more accustomed to the dark, points out that there was something very wrong with that explosion. It has probably been a premature! Curses! This means we have to waste at least two torpedoes on this insignificant target! This is what the enemy crew must have seen!
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We are rather close to the zigzagging ship now. I set a torpedo to high speed, and, anticipating a probably “zag”, fire off by eye. Direct hit! The ship slowly settles by the stern.
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This leaves us with three torpedoes in the front tubes, and three for the stern tube. I wonder if this would be enough if we meet a convoy.
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Day comes. Another shadow is spotted. There is something wrong with this one. It has light coming out of port holes! This is a clear indication of a neutral. However, we have orders to check all neutrals for contraband. We give chase, our diesels straining to propel the boat at 17 knots. However, it is obvious that we have an insignificant speed advantage.
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After about an hour, three things became apparent. The “neutral” has spotted us. They have radioed our friends the Brits that they have spotted a U-boat.


And that our lookouts were too busy looking at the ship to watch the sky!!!

Must have been a great sight from that so-called neutral!

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Two Hurricanes swooped down from the sun, and dropped their payloads on us! And I thought those things were supposed to be used for air superiority!
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It's not all that bad, however! Either the shockwave or bomb splinters, something has hit the second Hurricane, and brought it down in flames! I wonder what the lead plane pilot must have thought. It was likely his bomb that killed his wingman.
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The immediate danger has passed, and we crash dive in case we get strafed. Better safe than sorry! This means we cannot show the neutral how displeased we are, but better to live to sail another day than get killed by a trigger happy pilot!
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I give the order to the Chief to level off at 80 meters.
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There is something wrong, however. The dive planes seem to be jammed. With the dive planes pointing downward, electric engines at ahead flank, boat at 30 degrees down and forward speed of 7 knots, we would plummet straight to crush depth!

I give the order to blow forward tanks and all stop for the engines. A crewman opens a valve for forward tanks. Air systems work fine, it seems, and the boat begins to rise.
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As the bow pitches up, I order ahead full with electric motors to help us get above the dangerous depth. It seems to work, and we rise to 50 meters.
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We stay at 25 meters for several hours, listening for any approaching warships. Seems everything is clear, so we surface. I have a talk with the lookouts, and we proceed onwards. They realise that the boat could have been lost due to their negligence. Let's hope this bright day will let them spot enemy airplanes from a safe distance!
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BdU radios us and notifies of a possible enemy contact in our vicinity. We are ordered to investigate and sink! I am very skeptical about attacking in daylight again, but orders are orders. We plot an intercept course and move off at 15 knots.
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A shadow is picked out shortly before noon. We seem to be in a good position to get ahead of it and dive. As the lookouts determine whether the ship is changing course, we are startled by a sudden roar of aircraft engines overhead. Two airplanes came out of the sun, and headed straight for us! As we all tumble down the hatch and the boat starts to dive, the buzzards drop their eggs on us.
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We dive away from danger and I ask for a damage report. It seems a few light bulbs have been broken due to shaking of the boat, and the crew has heard clanging of shrapnel against our hull, but nothing major seems to be broken. As we come up to periscope depth, I wonder if we might have ended up in a position to attack the freighter. Indeed we were! It was obviously distressed by all the bombs, but the zigzag course was easily predictable. It seems that this ship might be a munitions carrier. Because of the explosive nature of cargo the ship might be carrying, we only fire one torpedo. Direct hit!
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But there is no expected ear-splitting explosion! Several fires start, but the ship sails on. There seem to be no defenses, so we surface to assess the situation. Seems like the ship has not been severely crippled. We fire off the second last bow torpedo. It is another direct hit! But yet again, no direct effect. All of a sudden, we hear bullets whistling by, and some tracers landing far off.
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It seems that the ship has anti-aircraft weapons. But the gunners must be poorly trained, since their shots fall far and wide.
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We swing about, and I fire off the stern steam torpedo by eye. Torpedo gyro angle was about 45 degrees. The steering mechanism must have been damaged by the bomb concussions, since the torpedo went very wild, and missed the crippled ship.
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Cursing like a pirate who spilled a barrel of rum, I am forced to fire the last torpedo, an electric TII. To our satisfaction, it hits! This extra hole in the enemy hull must be enough to overcome their ability to pump water out of the ship. Slowly, it settles in the water, and goes down by the bow. The crew has enough time to evacuate. We have given them some water, and found out that the ship has been carrying boots, electronic equipment and signal flares, which probably caused the fire.
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It makes no sense to hunt with nothing but two stern torpedoes, se we head home. Maybe we can use those on a ship we find on the way back.
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As we near the Bay of Biscay, the weather turns worse. 11m/s wind and low cloud ceiling make it impossible for planes to attack us. Using this to our advantage, we spring ahead towards Brest at full power, engines smoking. We arrive at the entrance to the channel unmolested by airplanes or ships.
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On the way in, we are greeted by a German merchant, probably carrying our torpedoes.
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Ever so slowly, we pull into the refit dock, where the boat will be repainted, engines overhauled, and most noticeably, the stench of 40 men living in a steel cigar, cleaned out. Despite it being 11 in the evening, a band is playing Wir fahren gegen Engelland and nurses are throwing flowers. We are alive! And we have had a successful patrol!
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In the morning, I send off my typed report to Doenitz. A few days later, I am awarded the Iron Cross, First Class!
Time to spend the well-earned pay in the Brest entertainment district. We have heard these French girls are rather proficient in their own sort of art...

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I hope you've enjoyed this report http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif The next patrol is in the works, I am not sure how it will turn out

Foehammer-1
03-10-2010, 08:52 PM
(My apologies for not removing the dials on some pictures. Completely forgot!!)

First sail

My name is Kurt Donnerwettermann. I have graduated the U-boat school with an average mark of 7 (one needs 5 to be able to qualify for Kommandant of a U-boat). After spending long weeks in the tiny “canoe” boats in the Baltic, I was congratulated on my ability to strike at the practice convoys, and retreat when necessary.
At last, it happened! I have been issued a brand new VIIc boat, with a novice crew, but a strong core of veteran U-boat men. After commissioning in Hamburg, we have been assigned to the First Flotilla, and sailed on our first “shake down” cruise round the British Isles to Brest, France.

After a few weeks of preparations, we were finally ready for the first real combat patrol.

We have left Brest under cover of night, and headed out for open water.
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a176/Foehammer88/sh32010-03-0920-32-24-75.png

As we reached the 200m mark, I gave an order to a test dive. As the boat descended into the dark ocean, creaks and groans from the hull, squeezed by immense water pressure, were heard throughout the boat.
I have given an order to level out at 130 meters, since British depth charges have been reported to explode at a maximum depth of 120 meters. After we have surfaced, I opened my sealed orders. We were to patrol within safe distance of Gibraltar and intercept enemy ships going in or out of the Mediterranean.

We have spent about a week cruising at 6 knots, without even a puff of smoke appearing on the horizon. At last, a watch man has cried out “Ship spotted!” I ran to the bridge and saw a shape in the distance.
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We have set a parallel course and found that the unknown ship was travelling at about 7 knots. Because of bright daylight, we have accelerated to 17 knots and overtook the unaware ship. Submerging in front of it, we simply waited... Veteran crews have said that it is futile to attack a large ship with less than two torpedoes, so I have set two to impact pistols and let them fly
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First attack is a success! Both torpedoes hit, one amidships, one slightly ahead. The ship has started evasive maneuvers, but refused to sink. Seems that 2 torpedoes are not enough after all!
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The ship takes on water and seems to settle by the bow. The crew cheers, and a few minutes later I take a peek with a periscope again. Curses! Not only does the ship not lower lifeboats, it steams on in zig-zag patterns, crew busily putting out a few fires. I spot a deck gun and decide to play it safe. As the ship increases the distance between us, we surface. Deck gun crew races to the gun. Ralf, being the best gunner, places himself at the sight and screams for ammo. After several shots, he manages to score a hit on the enemy gun! Ready ammo explodes and obliterates the gun platform.
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Feeling less threatened now, we increase speed and catch up with the ship. Just in case, one crew member mans our twin flak gun. We are only a few days from port, and the thing hasn't had time to rust up yet. With the flak gun pointed in the ship's general direction and deck gun crew at the ready, we proceed onwards. All of a sudden, I hear a muffled cry from below. I glance over the side of the conning tower, and see Ralf and his two gunner mates dangling from their life lines, trying not to choke on salt water coming at them at 17 knots due to boat's motion. A wave has swept them off the gun. Since we are near the ship now, I order them to suck it up and climb back to the gun deck. At the same time, we slow down to 4 knots, to keep up with the ship.
Ralf fires off several more shots
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Finally, the 12th shell hits some vital part of a ship. Maybe it was a boiler. Bottom line, the ship explodes and breaks in two.
We wait for the debris to stop falling, and check out the area. No survivors. They should have abandoned ship and made use of those lifeboats they had.
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We move off to the Western approaches to Gibraltar, since we have only seen this one freighter in this area for the whole week. Only an hour or so later, another ship is spotted, headed on almost the same course. The Navigator plots its relative position as best as he can. We cannot make out the type of a ship due to the fog and distance, but one thing is for sure. This ship is big, and not some coastal steamer!
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We dive in front of the target. As the sound man reports the ship's approach, I take a peek with the attack periscope. Sure enough, this one looks like an identical copy of the one we just sank.
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We have had two steam and two electric torpedoes pre-loaded in our tubes. Since we have already used the two electrics on the first ship, I am forced to use steam torpedoes in broad daylight. Due to the likely event of the merchant's evasive maneuvers, we need to move in to 500 meters. However, calm seas would likely let them spot our periscope head easily. I decide to shoot from 1000 meters. We fire off two torpedoes in a 4 degree spread, in hopes to leave less room for evasion. They have spotted the wakes too late. No chance for them now!
The ship gives a hard to starboard, and increases speed.
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The first torpedo probably ruptures the boilers, breaking the ship's back.
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We move off to the West once again. Several hours later, yet another shadow is spotted. This one looks bigger than the previous two. I wonder if we have finally hit the winning streak. Since evening comes, I decide to shadow the target until night fall and attack from the surface.
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Nigh falls. We lose sight of the merchant. In case it has changed course, I order a dive. The hydrophone operator listens closely, and picks up propeller noise. The ship seems to be very close to us, according to the rapidly changing bearing. I raise the scope, but see absolutely nothing.
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Whatever this ship is, wherever it is, we will get it! Since it looked large, I order torpedo tubes 1 and 2 open. We then blow ballast and surface. I mount the UZO, and sure enough, there it is. A lare cargo ship.
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I set up a shot carefully. While shadowing the target, we have determined its speed to be about 7 knots. This allows us to shoot from longer range, to minimise the chance of being spotted. Furthermore, I order the boat down 2 meters, so only the tower sticks out of the water.
Finally, at a range of 1100 meters, we fire off two torpedoes.
Direct hit!
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Whatever the ship was carrying, it was sure flammable. We move off while the fire in the sea burns out.
There are survivors. We give them some medicine to help the burned victims, and move off.
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Thinking that it has been a while since we have checked in with BdU, we send off a current patrol report. Feeling proud as peacocks, we sail on, with three large British cargo ships sent to the bottom. This is a good start to an underwater career!
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After a stressful day, I lay in the bunk, getting some needed rest. All of a sudden, a shriek “Ship Spotted!” sends me hurtling through the boat and onto the bridge. Sure enough, another cargo, heading East, like the previous one. Luck has it that this is a small steamer. Surely, one torpedo would be enough!
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Decks awash, we fire off a steam torpedo. After some time, an explosion sends ripples through the water. Direct hit! It seems... The merchant sails on, however, beginning a wide turn. Have we hit it in the rudder?
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The Watch Officer, whose eyes are more accustomed to the dark, points out that there was something very wrong with that explosion. It has probably been a premature! Curses! This means we have to waste at least two torpedoes on this insignificant target! This is what the enemy crew must have seen!
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We are rather close to the zigzagging ship now. I set a torpedo to high speed, and, anticipating a probably “zag”, fire off by eye. Direct hit! The ship slowly settles by the stern.
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This leaves us with three torpedoes in the front tubes, and three for the stern tube. I wonder if this would be enough if we meet a convoy.
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Day comes. Another shadow is spotted. There is something wrong with this one. It has light coming out of port holes! This is a clear indication of a neutral. However, we have orders to check all neutrals for contraband. We give chase, our diesels straining to propel the boat at 17 knots. However, it is obvious that we have an insignificant speed advantage.
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After about an hour, three things became apparent. The “neutral” has spotted us. They have radioed our friends the Brits that they have spotted a U-boat.


And that our lookouts were too busy looking at the ship to watch the sky!!!

Must have been a great sight from that so-called neutral!

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Two Hurricanes swooped down from the sun, and dropped their payloads on us! And I thought those things were supposed to be used for air superiority!
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It's not all that bad, however! Either the shockwave or bomb splinters, something has hit the second Hurricane, and brought it down in flames! I wonder what the lead plane pilot must have thought. It was likely his bomb that killed his wingman.
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The immediate danger has passed, and we crash dive in case we get strafed. Better safe than sorry! This means we cannot show the neutral how displeased we are, but better to live to sail another day than get killed by a trigger happy pilot!
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I give the order to the Chief to level off at 80 meters.
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There is something wrong, however. The dive planes seem to be jammed. With the dive planes pointing downward, electric engines at ahead flank, boat at 30 degrees down and forward speed of 7 knots, we would plummet straight to crush depth!

I give the order to blow forward tanks and all stop for the engines. A crewman opens a valve for forward tanks. Air systems work fine, it seems, and the boat begins to rise.
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As the bow pitches up, I order ahead full with electric motors to help us get above the dangerous depth. It seems to work, and we rise to 50 meters.
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We stay at 25 meters for several hours, listening for any approaching warships. Seems everything is clear, so we surface. I have a talk with the lookouts, and we proceed onwards. They realise that the boat could have been lost due to their negligence. Let's hope this bright day will let them spot enemy airplanes from a safe distance!
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BdU radios us and notifies of a possible enemy contact in our vicinity. We are ordered to investigate and sink! I am very skeptical about attacking in daylight again, but orders are orders. We plot an intercept course and move off at 15 knots.
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A shadow is picked out shortly before noon. We seem to be in a good position to get ahead of it and dive. As the lookouts determine whether the ship is changing course, we are startled by a sudden roar of aircraft engines overhead. Two airplanes came out of the sun, and headed straight for us! As we all tumble down the hatch and the boat starts to dive, the buzzards drop their eggs on us.
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We dive away from danger and I ask for a damage report. It seems a few light bulbs have been broken due to shaking of the boat, and the crew has heard clanging of shrapnel against our hull, but nothing major seems to be broken. As we come up to periscope depth, I wonder if we might have ended up in a position to attack the freighter. Indeed we were! It was obviously distressed by all the bombs, but the zigzag course was easily predictable. It seems that this ship might be a munitions carrier. Because of the explosive nature of cargo the ship might be carrying, we only fire one torpedo. Direct hit!
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But there is no expected ear-splitting explosion! Several fires start, but the ship sails on. There seem to be no defenses, so we surface to assess the situation. Seems like the ship has not been severely crippled. We fire off the second last bow torpedo. It is another direct hit! But yet again, no direct effect. All of a sudden, we hear bullets whistling by, and some tracers landing far off.
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It seems that the ship has anti-aircraft weapons. But the gunners must be poorly trained, since their shots fall far and wide.
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We swing about, and I fire off the stern steam torpedo by eye. Torpedo gyro angle was about 45 degrees. The steering mechanism must have been damaged by the bomb concussions, since the torpedo went very wild, and missed the crippled ship.
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Cursing like a pirate who spilled a barrel of rum, I am forced to fire the last torpedo, an electric TII. To our satisfaction, it hits! This extra hole in the enemy hull must be enough to overcome their ability to pump water out of the ship. Slowly, it settles in the water, and goes down by the bow. The crew has enough time to evacuate. We have given them some water, and found out that the ship has been carrying boots, electronic equipment and signal flares, which probably caused the fire.
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It makes no sense to hunt with nothing but two stern torpedoes, se we head home. Maybe we can use those on a ship we find on the way back.
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As we near the Bay of Biscay, the weather turns worse. 11m/s wind and low cloud ceiling make it impossible for planes to attack us. Using this to our advantage, we spring ahead towards Brest at full power, engines smoking. We arrive at the entrance to the channel unmolested by airplanes or ships.
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On the way in, we are greeted by a German merchant, probably carrying our torpedoes.
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Ever so slowly, we pull into the refit dock, where the boat will be repainted, engines overhauled, and most noticeably, the stench of 40 men living in a steel cigar, cleaned out. Despite it being 11 in the evening, a band is playing Wir fahren gegen Engelland and nurses are throwing flowers. We are alive! And we have had a successful patrol!
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In the morning, I send off my typed report to Doenitz. A few days later, I am awarded the Iron Cross, First Class!
Time to spend the well-earned pay in the Brest entertainment district. We have heard these French girls are rather proficient in their own sort of art...

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I hope you've enjoyed this report http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif The next patrol is in the works, I am not sure how it will turn out

VONHARRIS
03-11-2010, 01:36 AM
Very nice narrated report. I enjoy reading it.
Thank you

Dron22
03-11-2010, 01:39 AM
Thanks a lot for the interesting report. That's what I like about SH3 is that you never know how a patrol will turn out, a total success or complete disaster. Have you been watching that Russian film called Convoy PQ-17? I saw in one of your older patrol stories you mention a line from that film at some point.
And which mod are you using here?

Foehammer-1
03-11-2010, 05:08 AM
Yes I have seen that movie. Not the greatest one, could have been done much better. The book was written much better, in my opinion.
If I used a line from there, it was unintentional...

I am using WAC 3.0 here.

Dron22
03-11-2010, 05:56 AM
Yes, there were lots of scenes that seemed pointless for the film also. I have not read the book. Pikul is a good writer, but I think for someone who writes historical books he is too pro-Soviet, it's ok for writers to be patriotic but Pikul is not always very objective in most of his books. I cannot remember in which patrol report you used a line from the film, but it was from the scene where the U-boat torpedoes a lone ship from close range and the explosive wave hits the submarine too and the XO tells the captain: "Ralf kakogo cherta ty strelyayesh s takogo rastoyniya shto nas kontuzit ot svoikh torped".
I don't think I heard about the WAC mod yet, thanks. I am quite new with Silent Hunter games and have not tried any mods yet, will do maybe when I am done with exams at uni.

StarFinder1942
03-12-2010, 10:23 AM
Interesting yes, but like the tutorial mother Ubisoft never gave us. U B Noo B friend.

Foehammer-1
03-12-2010, 12:42 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by StarFinder1942:
Interesting yes, but like the tutorial mother Ubisoft never gave us. U B Noo B friend. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Firstly, next time you insult someone, please look at their join date

Secondly, please grow up. If you have nothing to say, don't say anything

Thirdly, you should read the whole thing before you comment. Specifically the captain's FIRST TIME on the Front part. Of course he will shoot from afar

If you don't appreciate it, you can keep your mouth shut.

Thank you!

Celeon999
03-16-2010, 03:40 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Donnerwettermann </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Ok Foe .. now you have to explain where you got that name from http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Dron22
03-16-2010, 05:07 PM
Does Donnerwettermann actually mean something like Stormy Weather Man?

Celeon999
03-17-2010, 04:31 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Dron22:
Does Donnerwettermann actually mean something like Stormy Weather Man? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Literally translated yes.

But Donnerwetter is rather a expression of total astonishment. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

"DONNERWETTER !" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

andy3536
03-17-2010, 03:19 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Time to spend the well-earned pay in the Brest entertainment district. We have heard these French girls are rather proficient in their own sort of art... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Surely, that's where the story get's more interesting http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

Nice one Foe http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

DarthVader375
03-18-2010, 01:23 PM
I can always appreciate a well written storyline. Thanks for the story Foe.

Foehammer-1
03-22-2010, 06:57 PM
Foe was going to write a second one, but things got in the way...

End of term at uni is a bit stressful time.

I have tried to do a patrol, but fell victim to an unknown to me WAC 3.0 bug... Basically, got bounced by a plane in time compression while shadowing a convoy on the surface, took some damage and flooding in electric engine room.

The crew have fixed the leak in a day or so, but the water just wouldn't get pumped out... Additionally, WAC has made it so that a tiny amount of water drags the boat down like several tons of weight, and the boat is unable to hold any depth except at ahead full... Won't make much use while hunted by escorts.

Too bad, the convoy had three cruise liners and a cruiser http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

I'm sure the community will forgive me if we... umm.... skip that patrol like nothing happened http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> quote:
Donnerwettermann



Ok Foe .. now you have to explain where you got that name from </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I have once made fun of a telemarketer by making him repeat himself over and over, and finally signing up for some offer with a made up address, and a name Kurt Donnerwettermann.. spoken with my best German accent, of course http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
Then I remembered that when I tried to come up with a random German name http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif