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Keuchel
03-13-2006, 10:12 AM
I'm aware this story has been told many times before, but it was still special for me, so I hope you enjoy it. I started late August 1941, on my 11th Patrol for the 7th Flotilla. Based out of Brest, I had a pretty easy patrol grid (BE) with my VIIB, and managed to nab a C3 on the way. After patrolling the grid for a day, I decided to head up to AM52 for better hunter grounds. Like Clockwork, the Convoy from America came in and I manuevered my sub into position. It was an odd Convoy, instead of straight lines they were arranged haphazardly, sometimes going in circles, making it very difficult to target. They were defended by a Clemson and a Corvette. My first try didn't go so well, and after firing 4 fish I didn't sink one boat, but managed to at least injure one into falling behind. I decided since the Clemson wasn't on to me I could try again, and did, looping around and then ahead of the Convoy once again. This time, I was much more successful, sinking a T2, and either 2 or 3 C3s ( I can't remember). By this point, I was down to about 4 fish I think, and decided to head home. The weather had been awful all patrol, and I missed several boats in the fog, but did manage to sink one small merchant from about 700 yards or so. On my way home, with only the 3 torps in the back, I dived and approached the three sonar contacts I had. The first was a small merchant- I figured I could do better, and was upset when the next one I pursued was only a tugboat. Luckily, I didn't give up, and when I approached the third contact, Right off the Coast of Ireland, to my amazement it was a Liner! The weather was clear, but with 15m/hour winds, so I couldn't man the deck gun. Undettered, I positioned my boat to make a shot. A Dud! I'm down to 2 torpedos. I wait for the reload, reposition (closer this time), set the depth to 1 meter under the keel, and fire. Success! I didn't sink it, but it's crippled and imobilized. Be nice if I had another torpedo handy! I eventually mark the Liner on my map, and then scoot out of the area because several planes have started to patrol to protect the liner. I get out of the area, get the torpedo out of the back, and sneak in for another shot. I set up the perfect 90 degree off bow shot, say a prayer, and fire it at 3 meters (she had started to list terribly, and I wasn't going to try a keel shot again) right in front of the rear smokestack (I wasn't positive of the weakpoints of that vessel, but I figured it was worth a shot). Satisfying explosion, nothing. I sigh, and start to steam home, and all of a sudden she starts to go under, her keel snapping in half! I buzz home, tickled pink, completely pleased with what I had accomplished. 62,000 tons of Allied shipping at the bottom of the sea, my largest patrol yet.

For those of you who are into techincal stuff, I have no Mods running, just the game straight out of the box (I did patch it from Ubisoft though). I run on 75% realism, with a stablized deck gun, "God's Eye" map updates, and WO assistance (I'll be damned if I'm going to do the job of everyone on my ship!)

Thanks for reading my Post, any comments are appreciated!

P.S. I'll post a screenshot of my patrol report if someone links me to how to do it, and just a small note, I sank the convoy ships by putting a single torpedo under their keel.

U734
03-13-2006, 11:07 AM
Congrats on successful patrol http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
You can upload your screens on www.imageshack.us (http://www.imageshack.us) , then copy their links (from line "Hotlink for forums") and paste them here http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

DBond99
03-13-2006, 11:43 AM
Originally posted by Keuchel:
(I'll be damned if I'm going to do the job of everyone on my ship!)




Good job on the patrol. The targeting observations are the Captain's job. Now, if you said I do not fire the gun because it's not the captain's job I can agree with that http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Stuntcow
03-13-2006, 12:13 PM
Congrats, After 2 careers with over 100 patrols, I still have not sunk a liner.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Zunked
03-13-2006, 01:46 PM
Nice job on the liner!! Just goes to show, never give up on a good sinking http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif