View Full Version : Auf Wiedersehen to a proud warrior

04-08-2005, 11:18 PM
14 March, 1942. 22:00 hours. Having completed my patrol of grid sector AL33 and finding nothing, I have moved away in search of allied shipping to destroy. The center of grid square AM has always been busy with allied convoys, but intelligence has told us that more convoys are now leaving England bound for Murmansk, to supply the Russians. We have moved north of England, in search of these convoys. Weather has been terrible the past week, 54 km/h winds, heavy rain and mist, visibility 400 meters at best. We are spending at least half the time submerged, using the hydrophones to detect things we cannot see, and the rest of the time, running this new FuMO 29 Seetakt radar that was installed during our last refit. We are currently travelling east along the border between squares AM and AE, as I have seen several British warships in this region before. BdU relayed a report of a merchant heading this way, another U-boot lost him in the murk. If the last reported course and speed were correct, we should be close. I have ordered us to dive to periscope depth to search with the hydrophones.

22:30 hours. The sound man has reported 7 warships at roughly 270 degrees. This many ships together might be a task force, or convoy escorts moving to take up stations. They are closing, so I have adjusted our course in an attempt to intercept them. It is difficult to do submerged, but initial course track from the hydrophones seems to indicate they will be coming very close, and the weather makes it too dangerous to go looking for them on the surface.

23:00 hours. The course tracks have resolved themselves somewhat. They are bound almost due south. It appears to be 4 ships in a line, with two to the west and one to the east of the line. A look around with the attack periscope has revealed that the weather has finally broken. Visibility is much improved, and the lead ship should be approaching visible range soon.

23:08 hours. Lead ship identified as a Hunt I class destroyer, a little over 4000 meters away. Course appears to be aproximately 175 degrees. They appear to be bound for the north coast of England.

23:09 hours. Second ship in view. Nelson class battleship! This is not a convoy escort, and far too juicy a target to pass up. The task force is moving quickly, at 21 knots. I will try to close as best I can. Initial estimates are that I will not be able to approach to less than 1500-2000 meters before the battleship passes my position.

23:12 hours. We have closed to approximately 1800 meters. Firing two torpedo spread of T1 torpedoes, with a 2 degree angle of separation, depth 12 meters, set for magnetic detonation. The two ships following the Nelson have resolved themselves as J class destroyers, as is the one to the east. The two ships west are C class destroyers, and their course is almost over the top of our current position. I cannot stay at periscope depth. I must dive and try to avoid them.

23:14 hours. Both torpedoes explode, no sound of impact. Running time was very close to projected. Did we hit the target? Current depth is 40 meters, rigged for silent running, and still going deeper. Escorts have started ASDIC in an attempt to locate us.

23:20 hours. We were picked up by their ASDIC, at least for a time. A crash dive to 100 meters, knuckle to port, and a decoy release seems to have thrown them off. Currently heading on course 270 at 3 knots, trying to slip through a gap in coverage. We suffered one slight hit from a wasserbomb, but suffered no flooding or hull damage. Damage appears to be confined to minor damage to the guns outside the pressure hull. Enemy still dropping depth bombs behind us.

23:40 hours. Slipped away from the enemy destroyers, making a gradual turn to the south. Have picked up one warship on hydrophones, moving very slowly, almost due east of our current position. I think we have crippled the battleship. Will continue our turn towards the east and attempt to close. Enemy destroyers have lost us. Their depth bomb pursuit has moved off towards the south, nearing the edge of visual range now. I am ordering us up to 40 meters depth.

23:50 hours. Slow warship contact barely moving. Enemy escorts now well to the south; sonar man estimating closest is well over 7 kilometers. I am ordering us up to periscope depth to observe.

23:54 hours. Reached periscope depth. Nelson battleship lying dead in the water, approximately 2000 meters away, listing slightly to starboard. Escorts continue to move off to the south, still dropping depth bombs. I wonder what they are chasing. We are maneuvering for a coup de grace.

15 March, 1942. 00:10 hours. Nelson still dead in the water, but not abandoned. Searchlights are active and scouring the sea. I had intended to use the stern tube for the killing shot, but while close I had the misfortune to raise the periscope just as one of the searchlights moved over the area. We have absolutely been detected. Sound man is reporting escorts have stopped their depth bombing and are racing north. Firing a single torpedo, T1, depth 6 meters fused for impact, at the base of the funnel. Diving to 100 meters again, and racing north to evade.

00:12 hours. Torpedo impact. Sonar hears massive flooding on the battleship, and alarms. They appear to be abandoning the ship. We mark this one down as a kill.

00:50 hours. Escorts did not pick us up. They appeared to be making an effort to screen the rescue of survivors, rather than hunting for us. We have returned to periscope depth. Escorts have taken aboard all survivors, and are now moving to the south at approximately 25 knots speed. Nelson still on the surface, list to starboard more pronounced now.

00:54 hours. I must be crazy. I have ordered us to surface and approach the still floating wreck. Seas are too rough to man the deck gun, but there may still be crewmen aboard the battleship. If so, and we are spotted, we could be in serious trouble.

01:00 hours. Nelson completely abandoned. We approached to within 100 meters of the wreck, and have not been fired upon. Neither are the escorts returning. Several of the crew have taken photographs as keepsakes.

1:20 hours. We take our leave of the Nelson. It's been well over an hour since the last torpedo strike, and the ship is still afloat. I wonder how long before it slips under. I debated using another torpedo to finish her off, but in the end, I decided not to. Auf Wiedersehen.

04-08-2005, 11:23 PM

04-08-2005, 11:29 PM
Nice post Quillian !

heeeeey LOL you got a Nelson Class.

I have to say I am a bit jealous of your achievement but congratulate you on your success.

The images are a bit too dark to distinguish what you were viewing though.


04-08-2005, 11:36 PM
impressive http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

in all my time patrolling the atlantic, i've never seen a battleship yet! luck must be on your side

04-09-2005, 07:46 AM
Great story! Felt like being there! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

04-09-2005, 07:56 AM
Brightened up the last four pics a little, Red. Was afraid to go any brighter, as it was already starting to distort them somewhat. I'm not good enough with Photoshop to brighten the in-scope view without messing up everything else. As to the story, there is very little embellishment there. The crew obviously did not abandon the ship, since lifeboats aren't implemented, and the destroyers gave up on the depth charges and moved off south before I approached for the coup de grace, but other than that, it was pretty much the way I wrote it.

04-09-2005, 08:07 AM
Sure! Using the own imagination is part of the immersion. Always has been, in this genre anyway. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

04-09-2005, 08:12 AM
Good work there! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif
Like some others I have never seen any warship other then destroyers and other small crafts.

04-09-2005, 09:49 AM
I've run into 3 Battleships total and sent them all to the bottom. Two KGV types and either the Nelson or the Rodney, however I confess all kills were in a XXI boat, which made positioning a lot easier for the initial shot...

My kill on the Nelson type was achieved with two torpedoes which... 1 straight in the Engine Room, the other directly underthe middle turret... Both shots were lucky as I had fired two torpedoes in spread hoping to slow it down so I could fire four at a more stationary target.

The reason I go into detail is I was just wondering... is that possible that a hit in the engine room and under the middle turret would take down the Nelson, I mean there is a powder magazine there, but would a single torpedo do the trick, expecially if the ships high in the water.

04-09-2005, 11:01 AM
Excellent report! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

04-09-2005, 12:31 PM
The reason I go into detail is I was just wondering... is that possible that a hit in the engine room and under the middle turret would take down the Nelson, I mean there is a powder magazine there, but would a single torpedo do the trick, expecially if the ships high in the water.[/QUOTE]

I haven't been able to find one. I snuck into Scapa Flow last night with my IIA during the second patrol of the war (I restarted my campaign so I could go through on post-1.2 100% realism, i.e. sans WEP officer). Lined up with a perfect three shot salvo at 500m with 3 mag torps running at 11m. All three hits and she began listing to the stern, but nothing more. Reloaded and fired three more at a 5 point spread, set to 5m impact (in hopes of discharging a magazine). All hit and she settled to the bottom, but I never got to see her explode like those cargo ships typically due. Bummer.

04-09-2005, 02:18 PM
Nice Job quillan

04-09-2005, 04:41 PM
Nice work!

So far the only non-destroyer warships I've seen were a stationary LC, a Dido in Scapa Flow and a Fiji in Loch Ewe....they're dead now http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif