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Magic452
05-21-2010, 10:56 PM
Last two patrols have been anything but interesting, good tonnage but nothing all that great.

That changed today.
Just arrived at my assigned area in the Luzon Strait form Brisbane. 6 July '44.
Had encountered a 3 ship convoy earlier moving fast, got a good position and was really disappointed to find a small troopship and two escorts. Got the little sucker and got away clean. 1700 tons I believe. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Radar picked up 4 contacts running line astern at 17 knots just ahead of me at about 280.
Heading NE. They were about 5 miles ahead of me.
Rang up flank speed and took off in pursuit thinking of maybe a couple of troop ships and two escorts. Seen this many times.

Problem was very heavy seas, rain and next to no visibility. With the storm I was only to make 17 to 18 knots but I was slowly catching them. They weren't zigzagging but maintaining course and speed. As I finally got a little ahead and they turned north and put me a bit behind again. This is after a 170 nm. chase at flank speed.

Just after they turned radar picked up two more contacts north east of me at 12 knots, heading my way. I figured that it was one of those hunter killer destroyer things, been seeing quit a few lately. I plotted their course and figured I had just enough time to get past them, cutting it very close but the storm cut visibility down so much I risked it. Probability had no more than 4 miles clearance.

The turn did some good as I was now able to make 19 to 20 knots, so I was able to get a good position somewhat more quickly just as they were going between the small islands just east of Formosa some 325 nm. after I first sighted them.

The storm was raging the whole time but as I set up my position it seemed to brake some and visibility improved quickly.

Expecting two troopships and two escorts you can imagine my surprise when I saw 4 liners and NO escorts. I had set up very close thinking about poor visibility and was not in a good position for what I found. That close and the ships were 1500 yards apart made for a difficult shoot. Targeted the first liner a 9400+ ton Horai Maru with three bow torpedoes. All found their mark but as I was a little slow getting a solution on the second I withheld my fire as they started to turn away.

I was able to see good enough by this time I could tell that none of the remaining three were armed. "Battle Stations surface" I yelled.
Chased them down one at a time and racked up one more Horai Maru, 9390 tons and two Kitrain Marus at 6700+ tons each.

A 325 nm. at flank chase eat up a lot of fuel and use most all my deck gun ammo but it sure was fun. I love this kind of stuff.

Magic

Magic452
05-21-2010, 10:56 PM
Last two patrols have been anything but interesting, good tonnage but nothing all that great.

That changed today.
Just arrived at my assigned area in the Luzon Strait form Brisbane. 6 July '44.
Had encountered a 3 ship convoy earlier moving fast, got a good position and was really disappointed to find a small troopship and two escorts. Got the little sucker and got away clean. 1700 tons I believe. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Radar picked up 4 contacts running line astern at 17 knots just ahead of me at about 280.
Heading NE. They were about 5 miles ahead of me.
Rang up flank speed and took off in pursuit thinking of maybe a couple of troop ships and two escorts. Seen this many times.

Problem was very heavy seas, rain and next to no visibility. With the storm I was only to make 17 to 18 knots but I was slowly catching them. They weren't zigzagging but maintaining course and speed. As I finally got a little ahead and they turned north and put me a bit behind again. This is after a 170 nm. chase at flank speed.

Just after they turned radar picked up two more contacts north east of me at 12 knots, heading my way. I figured that it was one of those hunter killer destroyer things, been seeing quit a few lately. I plotted their course and figured I had just enough time to get past them, cutting it very close but the storm cut visibility down so much I risked it. Probability had no more than 4 miles clearance.

The turn did some good as I was now able to make 19 to 20 knots, so I was able to get a good position somewhat more quickly just as they were going between the small islands just east of Formosa some 325 nm. after I first sighted them.

The storm was raging the whole time but as I set up my position it seemed to brake some and visibility improved quickly.

Expecting two troopships and two escorts you can imagine my surprise when I saw 4 liners and NO escorts. I had set up very close thinking about poor visibility and was not in a good position for what I found. That close and the ships were 1500 yards apart made for a difficult shoot. Targeted the first liner a 9400+ ton Horai Maru with three bow torpedoes. All found their mark but as I was a little slow getting a solution on the second I withheld my fire as they started to turn away.

I was able to see good enough by this time I could tell that none of the remaining three were armed. "Battle Stations surface" I yelled.
Chased them down one at a time and racked up one more Horai Maru, 9390 tons and two Kitrain Marus at 6700+ tons each.

A 325 nm. at flank chase eat up a lot of fuel and use most all my deck gun ammo but it sure was fun. I love this kind of stuff.

Magic

MWolfe1963
05-26-2010, 03:27 PM
Four liners and no escorts....happy times.