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Mylo42
10-20-2005, 07:49 PM
After many, many successful patrols (granted, it's only '42), I finally got sent to a watery grave.

Out in the mid Atlantic in my Type IXB, I found my self smack dab in the middle of a convoy. Problem was, it was blacker than the ace of spades out with high winds and light fog......not horrid, but not great visibility either. According to the hydrophone, contacts were all around and VERY close. The darn scope kept dipping below the waves, making bad visibility that much worse. I decided to bump up my depth to 8M. Not sure what happened, but my IXB surfaced RIGHT to the flank of an escort destroyer. I tried to crash dive but, that destroyer filled me full of holes quicker than a swiss cheese factory. DEATH SCREEN All hands lost. (I hate that Death screen, so anti climactic). Such a **** death too.

Mylo42

Kaleun1961
10-20-2005, 07:54 PM
Tough break, Mylo. Those IXB's are unwieldy tubs, aren't they? In bad visibility like that with a convoy, I've learned to play it safer, stay under and let the hydrophone guy do the work for me. It's about time he gave some payback for his cushy job.

Mylo42
10-21-2005, 08:01 AM
Kaleun,

Ya, I always let my hydrophone guy call out the contacts. He was calling out so many, from so many different bearings, I knew I was in the middle. I kept looking and looking through the scope with no luck. Finally, I said, "I've got to take a listen and see what we've got". The contacts were LOUD, as in, right there. That's when I hurried back up the tower. Frustrated by the waves splashing up over my scope, I figured another M or so would get it up out of the water enough to see. I was not expecting the boat to surface.

Blam blam blam. Tracers filled the air and I was toast.

Mylo42.

ILikePortillos
10-21-2005, 08:24 AM
Originally posted by Mylo42:
Kaleun,

Frustrated by the waves splashing up over my scope, I figured another M or so would get it up out of the water enough to see.

There you go, I've highlighted the key words. Similar thing happened to me when I lost my first boat. You get antsy, you get impatient, you get killed.

Sorry to hear about it. Just out of curiousity, do you remember what patrol grid you where in?

The_Silent_O
10-21-2005, 08:28 AM
Originally posted by ILikePortillos:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Mylo42:
Kaleun,

Frustrated by the waves splashing up over my scope, I figured another M or so would get it up out of the water enough to see.


Sorry to hear about it. Just out of curiousity, do you remember what patrol grid you where in? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

How devious, Portillos...trying to make profit off of another's death! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif

ILikePortillos
10-21-2005, 08:41 AM
How brash! I was simply asking so that I may place a wreath over the site.

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The_Silent_O
10-21-2005, 08:44 AM
Portillos,

OOPs...Okay sorry, lemme go get my wreath (and some extra torpedoes) and head over that way also...

Kaleun1961
10-21-2005, 09:11 AM
Here's a tactic I like to use in low visibility conditions. Often you can only see about 300-400 metres. If you are using auto-targeting, you can swivel your scope or UZO while repeatedly clicking the "L" key. Sometimes this will temporarily lock up a target that you cannot see with your eyes. If you are using map updates, this will place a gray ship icon on the map. The problem is it will only lock up for a few seconds. You have to keep repeating the process until it is near enough for the lock to stay on. Then the ship icon will turn red, or green if it is neutral.

Using this tactic I've been able to find targets over 1 km away when visual conditions were less than 400 metres.

ILikePortillos
10-21-2005, 11:04 AM
Originally posted by The_Silent_O:
Portillos,

OOPs...Okay sorry, lemme go get my wreath (and some extra torpedoes) and head over that way also...

Cool. I'll bring some extra cases of wine and beer, you bring your Marlena Dietrich records, and we'll tie these two boats together like a couple a conoes and party Mid-Atlantic style! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif Respectfully of course. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif

The_Silent_O
10-24-2005, 08:58 AM
Originally posted by ILikePortillos:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by The_Silent_O:
Portillos,

OOPs...Okay sorry, lemme go get my wreath (and some extra torpedoes) and head over that way also...

Cool. I'll bring some extra cases of wine and beer, you bring your Marlena Dietrich records, and we'll tie these two boats together like a couple a conoes and party Mid-Atlantic style! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif Respectfully of course. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Don't forget the sun tan lotion and tiny umbrellas for the tropical drinks... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

...Onkel Karl would be so proud of the way we shadow convoys this way! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif