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paulhager
01-25-2006, 08:42 PM
I encountered a bug on this patrol. I docked at Narvik at the end of M-15, and then played 2 patrols with the U-361 before upgrading to a XXI, the U-2505 (see thread of the U-2505€s patrol). Returning to this career, I got the screen for Narvik but when I sailed, it was from Bergen. The only thing I can figure is that switching from a career in which a patrol originated from Bergen to the career where the patrol was supposed to start in Narvik caused Narvik to be replaced.

In any case, I departed Bergen 17 Feb.
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I reached my patrol zone and after a few days, picked up a convoy approaching on the hydrophone. I was fairly close to the convoy€s axis of advance so I snorkeled into attack position.
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For this patrol, I had decided that I would be judicious in my use of Wrens. I was only going to shoot at the southern escorts and ignore the rest unless I was immediately threatened by one. Accordingly, I used my stern tubes and targeted the corner C3 with a Wren. The corner J-Type was returning to station as I made my shot, and it was passing roughly 1,000 meters in front of me, so I targeted it with the Wren in Tube IV and then dove the boat. The C3 was hit and the J-Type immediately turned and made a high speed run in my direction. I was passing 40 meters when it sailed past €" presumably the Wren was hard on its tail.
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For whatever reason, no escorts approached €" they were milling around at the front of the convoy. I was at around 100 meters depth when the Wren finally caught the J-Type.
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The C3 was put dead in the water so I circled back and sank it at the cost of two more torpedoes.
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I surfaced and set a contact report to BdU.
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During the engagement, the SO picked up a lone merchant at long range to the south. As I set course to sweep around the convoy to the south and get in front, my radar detector went off €" an escort was coming. I turned south and submerged, going on the snorkel. In eluded the escort, I found myself in position to attack the lone merchant €" a C2. Eventually I sank it and resume my end-around maneuver. I had expended 8 torpedoes for 2 cargo ships and a DD.
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I finally got into position to attack during the brief period of daylight. I targeted 2 cargo ships €" a C3 and C2 €" that were overlapping and the lead T2. Two of them were targeted with FaT€s. I figured that even if I missed there was a good chance the FaT would get a hit. In the event I hit all three ships, damaging two badly enough that they fell out of the convoy. In this picture, you can see the C3 I hit down by the bow as a Ju-87 that had just appeared on the scene is shot down. That plane was, to my knowledge, the only plane to show up.
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While I was trying to get into position, an escort came sniffing around. I dispatched it with a Wren and then finished off the two cargo ships.
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Sinking those ships brought another escort, which detected me as I was snorkeling away. As the Tribal commenced its attack run, I fired a Wren and crash dived. When the Wren hit, I cancelled the dive and surfaced.
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At this point I had fired 17 torpedoes to sink 4 cargo ships and 3 escorts. This poor result reflected a Wren that predetonated and a Wren that wandered away from the targeted escort and went on to hit a C3 without damaging it. If I was going to get anything out of this patrol, I€d have to get a couple of tankers.
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I got into position and prepared for what I expected would be my last attack. Here€s a shot of the smoke off the T2 as the convoy approached. The sun was low on the horizon, which gave everything a pinkish hue.
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I targeted the 2 T3€s and the T2 with my 3 remaining conventional torps. I got one of the T3€s.
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I had made the shots at close range in order to have a reasonable chance of getting hits (I had no FaT€s left). As a result, the lead J-Type was all over me. I had released a decoy at 50 but the J-Type appeared to ignore it and started pinging away. Here€s the J-Type making its attack run.
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To my surprise, instead of attacking me, it sailed past and dropped its depth charges in the general vicinity of the decoy. While it was depth charging, I released a second decoy at 100 meters and continued the dive to 200 meters.
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After a few depth charge attacks on one or the other decoy, the escort returned to the convoy. The T2, though on fire, sailed on.
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The end result was mediocre at best.
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I returned to Bergen 27 February.
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