View Full Version : Woohoo! Sank my 1st liner!

03-26-2007, 11:40 PM

Just gotta share:

Left Lorient on Oct.26th 1940 to patrol BE99. The weather was so bad there that out of all the contact reports we got, we only managed to intercept & sink a single C3 cargo. So after our 24 hours were up, I decided to check out AM19 again (where we had great luck on our last patrol).

When we reached AM19, the weather was still rough, but at least we had visibility & almost immediately we came across a C2 & sunk it. A short while later on Nov.11th, we got a contact report on a large enemy convoy just North of us heading East. We surfaced & ran full speed ahead to AM18 & set up position to intercept.

I picked up the convoy via hydrophone before August (the operator) did. (I swear, sometimes I wish there was a "strangle crewman" command.) I don't see how he couldn't hear it because it was so loud! He finally did, but it was ridiculously loud by then. But I give him credit, after he picks something up, he stays with it until it is completely gone.

The convoy finally comes into view. The weather is still too rough to use the deck gun. I watch to see how many escorts there are. While doing so, I'm able to identify some C3s, some tankers & a liner! There are 3 escorts I can see... 1 in front & 1 on each side... maybe a 4th at the rear. I decide it best to attack what merchants I can & try to slip away. Normally, I might would attack 2 escorts. My prior experiences don't suggest taking on more than 2. (I could potentially use up all my torpedoes on them.) So I plot a course straight into the convoy to attack the liner 1st.

We're sitting on pins & needles as the Clemson (lead escort) passes by within 500Ms of us. We feel relieved as it continues on. We steer into position between columns & wait. Everything is frantic in preparation; checking the TDC, tubes opened, keeping the crew quiet (even put August to rest), making sure the periscope isn't sticking up too high, etc.

The T2 in front of the liner passes by @ 420Ms; our angle should be perfect. I quickly scope around 360 to see what is going on around us. If I act quick enough, I can fire on a C3 behind us & then fire on the T3 following the liner as it passes by. The liner starts passing by within 390Ms. I target the area between fuel & engine room. At 320Ms range it is a perfect setup. Fire tube 1! I want to fire tube 2 also, but experience tells me to wait & see what happens 1st. Impact & the fuel bunker ignites!

Turn scope 180. Get a fix on the C3. Coastal merchant in the way. Wait for him to pass. Locked... Fire tube 5! Turn scope back to 10 degrees & prepare for the T3. I hear the torpedo from tube 5 impact & then nothing else. Damaged him, nothing more.

I select tube 2 (just prepared) & target the T3's fuel bunker. (Now I'm starting to worry about the escorts. I must back up to guarantee having enough room to arm the torpedo.) At 315Ms range, I fire tube 2. Impact & another 1-shot kill!

Ahead slow. Hard to starboard. Time to make our exit! I begin to contemplate the awful rain of depth charges that surely awaits us & think how stupid this probably was. Ahead, I see an American C3 loaded with aircraft bringing up the rear of the 1st column. Scope down, set tube 3, scope up, wait for small tanker to get out of the way, range 1500Ms... Fire tube 3!

Scope down, dive to 50Ms, course 180, speed 1 knot. I put August back on his post & listen for warships. He locks onto what should be the Clemson; bearing 290 & closing... moving away... closing... moving away... closing... Somewhere in the midst of this, we hear the torpedo from tube 3 impact & hear secondary explosions. Warship moving away... away... away... (I go to time compression.) Away... away... Finally they're gone! AFAIK, the other escorts didn't even come close. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif Surfaced & report sent. And that is where I'm at so far.

03-27-2007, 05:50 AM

Good Job! The closest I ever got to sinking a
liner was near the North entrance of the Irish
Sea in pea soup. I came upon a blip on the
screen that was moving fast, but it wasn't a
warship. Before I could get into position a
white liner with blue pinstrip came out of
the fog and disapeered before I could fire
any of my fish. I was really disapointed at
the lost opportunity! It seems every time I
come across a convoy etc. at near the North
entrance, it's foggy and the weather's bad.
Again, good hunting!


03-27-2007, 07:07 AM

03-27-2007, 09:02 AM
@danurve, nice one there!

Congrats on the first liner, isn't it a great feeling? I sank my first one after nearly a year of playing, I was satisfied with that one...

03-27-2007, 09:32 AM
@ danurve
That's great! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif Sorry, I got caught up in the moment I guess.

03-27-2007, 12:58 PM
As the Mod who runs the Screenshot Comp - I have one thing to say Stingray - I think you can guess...


We've not had many Liners in the least few months. I'd even go so far perhaps as to suggest youreload the patrol and sink it again, with screenhots? Well done anyway, it is indeed a great feeling bagging your first Liner http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

03-27-2007, 04:13 PM
Well, my screenies of this would be periscope view only. I run a separate career (if you can even call it that) for the screenshot competition.

However, if I can copy my career & rename it, I'll give it a shot. Hate to reload prior saves unless a time compression accident or something else really stupid happens. Plus I think I'd be lucky to achieve the same results & emerge unscathed a 2nd time.

03-27-2007, 09:32 PM
It's definitely a good feeling to sink that liner...I wonder if that is a bad thing. I remember when I came across my first. I was patrolling the western approaches, I had only 1 torpedo left in the aft tube and was heading back to Wilhelmshaven via the North sea route. I barely was on my way back when I came across a liner moving very fast. I went ahead flank on the surface during day, didnt think I would hit her or even if I did come close to sinking it, just wanted to burn a torpedo. She began zig-zagging when she saw me, but I lined up a shot at close range and hit the fuel tanks...excellent kill, actually surprised me, man it felt good. Got the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds on that patrol.

03-28-2007, 11:56 PM
OK, copying my career worked so I can continue it as-is without guilt. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif I tried to edit the GameplaySettings.cfg file to see if I could get external view to work but no luck. I guess whatever your settings are going into a patrol are locked-in until the next patrol. (Also noticed my edit for boat # didn't take this time around. Weird...) Anyway, I must say that it still felt funny reloading even just to get the screenshots. And I was right, it took me a couple of tries to get it as close as possible to the way it happened the 1st time. So you'll have to excuse the discrepancies between the screenies & my story above (ranges, etc.)

So here they are in their somewhat cheapened glory:


03-29-2007, 08:30 PM
Damn fine job. The pics are great. We get to visually share in your victory. Nice.


03-29-2007, 09:20 PM
I've noticed that there are two different paint schemes for the liners. Is there something to that, or is it just cosmetic?

By the way, nice kill http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Reminds me of when I encountered a lone liner in the English Channel in perfect night weather in October '44, going only 5 or 10 knots. Ah, that was a good time...