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Laird_Vanguard
04-20-2005, 03:08 PM
My first combat story I thought I would share with you all. I have had ones previously but I have been too busy playing.

September 1940. The happy time is in full swing and myself as the proud Kaleu of U-53 has just been transferred to the port of St Nazaire. It is my 10th patrol to date, and I am up there with the likes of Prien and Kretschmar in my effectiveness. Receiving my orders to proceed to grid square BE11 I chug out of port wondering what the gods have in store for me this time round.

Bad weather it seems. The U-boat is bobbing up and down like a cork in a bathtub. Rain squalls but the visibility is not too shabby, Maybe 1-1.5km tops. Cursing to myself I could run over a King George Battleship in this weather and not even realise it. Heading to my patrol zone I am just crossing the 10o west of the Bay of Biscay when I receive a radio contact report about a convoy heading South West at 5kts and only 2 grid squares away from my current location.

Plotting an interecept course and bringing her up to standard speed (I think the crew got pissed at me throwing them about) I was able to intercept the convoy amidships at around 1500 hours. Now although it was daytime the weather was that dull I was able to sneak up to the convoy at Ahead 1/3 to 2km. The escort comprised of 1 Destroyer and 2 Armed Trawlers and had about 20-25 ships in all. Diving to periscope depth I picked out two T2 tankers, plotted and shot two fish apiece at them, Both hits although one torpedo went array and hit a Costal Merchant acting as the convoy's outer screen. Speeding up to Ahead Standard I then picked my way into the convoy to reload the fish and also pick some more targets.

Due to the poor weather I was able to keep pace with the convoy as due to the waves they were only able to keep in formation at 4kts maximum. The escort was going nuts trying to find me but the weather made the Hydrophones useless and they did not appear to be equipped with Asdic. Ah but what of the close shave part?

Well I was keeping my own unique formation in the convoy whilst my torps reloaded! the convoy was starting to zig-zag a fair bit so I was having trouble keep station and thus became very focused on that task to my error. I then got a hydrophone report from my sonar guy saying Warship closing. Flicking to external view to see who the hell it was I noticed to my horror that the destroyer was about 10 m off my Starboard Beam. Diving quickly to 20m to duck away from him I was very relieved to have escaped his notice. The other close shave I had wa s abit too close in that a C2 zagged when I though it was going to zig, had to take evasive diving action but damaged my attack scope int he process.

Final Result? All torpedoes shot for 30,218 tonnes (I did have a couple of misses). And patrol area not reached!

Regards,

Laird_Vanguard
04-20-2005, 03:08 PM
My first combat story I thought I would share with you all. I have had ones previously but I have been too busy playing.

September 1940. The happy time is in full swing and myself as the proud Kaleu of U-53 has just been transferred to the port of St Nazaire. It is my 10th patrol to date, and I am up there with the likes of Prien and Kretschmar in my effectiveness. Receiving my orders to proceed to grid square BE11 I chug out of port wondering what the gods have in store for me this time round.

Bad weather it seems. The U-boat is bobbing up and down like a cork in a bathtub. Rain squalls but the visibility is not too shabby, Maybe 1-1.5km tops. Cursing to myself I could run over a King George Battleship in this weather and not even realise it. Heading to my patrol zone I am just crossing the 10o west of the Bay of Biscay when I receive a radio contact report about a convoy heading South West at 5kts and only 2 grid squares away from my current location.

Plotting an interecept course and bringing her up to standard speed (I think the crew got pissed at me throwing them about) I was able to intercept the convoy amidships at around 1500 hours. Now although it was daytime the weather was that dull I was able to sneak up to the convoy at Ahead 1/3 to 2km. The escort comprised of 1 Destroyer and 2 Armed Trawlers and had about 20-25 ships in all. Diving to periscope depth I picked out two T2 tankers, plotted and shot two fish apiece at them, Both hits although one torpedo went array and hit a Costal Merchant acting as the convoy's outer screen. Speeding up to Ahead Standard I then picked my way into the convoy to reload the fish and also pick some more targets.

Due to the poor weather I was able to keep pace with the convoy as due to the waves they were only able to keep in formation at 4kts maximum. The escort was going nuts trying to find me but the weather made the Hydrophones useless and they did not appear to be equipped with Asdic. Ah but what of the close shave part?

Well I was keeping my own unique formation in the convoy whilst my torps reloaded! the convoy was starting to zig-zag a fair bit so I was having trouble keep station and thus became very focused on that task to my error. I then got a hydrophone report from my sonar guy saying Warship closing. Flicking to external view to see who the hell it was I noticed to my horror that the destroyer was about 10 m off my Starboard Beam. Diving quickly to 20m to duck away from him I was very relieved to have escaped his notice. The other close shave I had wa s abit too close in that a C2 zagged when I though it was going to zig, had to take evasive diving action but damaged my attack scope int he process.

Final Result? All torpedoes shot for 30,218 tonnes (I did have a couple of misses). And patrol area not reached!

Regards,