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Bubblehead1948
09-15-2005, 08:23 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif I've had about six encounters with convoys; all of them disasters, with little except damage to show for it. However, the most recent took place in the waters between Ireland and England. Here convoy activity is frequent.

I got a message with its approximate location.
I clumsily plotted a course for interception, and in time, spotted the inevitable entertainment director; a V&W destroyer. **** thing was moving in my general direction, alone, sniffing around like a bloodhound. Normally, I avoid destroyers like cheap whiskey, but lately I've become fed up with the arrogant little pukes. It was clear that he knew I was in the area, but had no firm aquisition.
--and he was slowly circling. Big mistake.

I stopped engines. already had people at their posts. Set 2 fish for minimum depth magnetic.
I loosed one at may be 430 meters. As he puttered around at perhaps eight knots, the fish connected and broke off one third of its length from the bow. My first destroyer kill ever. With the welcoming comittee out of the way, I focused on the absolute rash of propeller activity the hydrophones detected ahead but out of visual.

After perhaps thirty minutes another destroyer became visible with what looked like the entire merchant marine behind it.

This time I had some things going for me. It was early dawn; quite light enough to see silhouettes, but dark enough to make periscopes difficult to spot --and it was deep. I slipped under the new destroyer at 53 meters. Oh, he tried to depth charge me all right, but me at flank speed, well those cans couldn't fall fast enough to get close.

Once beyond him, I went to silent running and ahead slow. I came up to periscope depth deliciously close to the most dense convoy I had ever seen, and the destroyer had lost any contact with me. But he was trying hard to get it back. It made the mistake of crossing my wake at just over 300 yards. I barely had time to set depth and fire one out of the stern tube. It caught him in the stern quarter. The wretched thing didn't sink, but his enthusiam, along with speed, was greatly reduced.

I dove again at high speed with the idea of coming up in the midst of the convoy. I sure did. I Knew I was there when at 15 meters depth I heard the shrieking of metal as the keel of a small freighter dragged across the rear deck like a violin bow. In a panic, I ordered all stop expecting water tight fittings to start popping. Didn't happen, and the screeching eventually ceased. I listened to the propeller thrash fade away.

I got up to where I could look around, and quickly realized there was another fresh destroyer moving in. I'm not elequent enough
to describe what followed, but I'll make an analogy: It was like being in the midst of a barroom brawl with about sixteen terrified customers crashing about, and two armed cops trying to restore order; one of them wounded, and really pissed!

In the melee that followed, I at one hand was trying to line up rediculously close range shots at a wild variety of fleeing tubs, while trying to avoid getting depth charged and my scope shot out.

During the mad gyrations I was sideswiped by a fleeing frieghter as I was lining up on a T3.
A lot of superficial damage was sustained, but nothing that led to an immediate problem.

When it was over I had nothing left but two
fish; one in the stern and one forward; neither loaded. I had fired a stern torpedo at a destroyer in an attempt to get it off my back. It missed.

By this time, all I could see was fat sterns moving off in every direction, and the water splitting bow of that ****ed destroyer dangerously close again.

I had had enough. I went deep and resumed silent running. I shook off the tin can, and
headed south.

Score:

Two t3s; one American, and technically
neutral. (yeah right) Its early 1941.

One v&w sunk, and one damaged.
total tonnage sunk: around 22000.

I'm worn out, but gratified.

Messervy
09-15-2005, 08:48 PM
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....Not eloquent enough..... did you at least took time to read what you had written......brilliant stuff! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Bubblehead1948
09-15-2005, 09:21 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif Thanks. I can now at least join the ranks of those who managed to sink something while engaged in those target rich environments called convoys.

infacto
09-16-2005, 06:17 AM
What are you talking about, great read.loved it

Cheers Infacto

Chrystine
09-16-2005, 07:07 AM
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I€m not immune to playing the role of an echo€¦ http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Great read, & good stuff!
Congrats on your 1st DD kill €¦ I made it my €˜profession€ in my last Career. Hate those cuss€s!

&nd, when all is said and done, it is just perversely jolly-good fun to throw a huge convoy into complete disarray€¦ http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
Good tonnage racked-up is a bonus.
Surviving is a requirement.

Best,
~ C.

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FI-Aflak
09-16-2005, 08:35 AM
man, a convoy in '39 I found, two destroyer escorts. Bad weather let one sneak up on me so I was really shallow when he started dropping charges, I gauged my best option to get shallower so they'd go off below me. Que a minute or two of sheer terror as I went tear-assing across the surface at flank speed, 5-inch shells flying every which way. I was making a break for the convoy, and the shelter of the ships.

It was perhaps the most bizarre convoy attack I've ever made. I'm at flank speed on the surface, weaving around ships to keep the destroyers of the other side of them, firing a torp at a cargo ship or an escort whenever I though I had a guarunteed hit. never go the escorts, but I nailed 3 C2's, and 2 coastal merchants. Took a fair amount of damage, but nothing that really bothered me. I was worried when they got the deck gun but the weather stayed bad for that entire patrol so it wasn't really an issue. Lots of fun, for sure. I'm fairly certain that the destroyers sank a couple of their own ships, which was mildly amusing. I escaped by hiding next to a crippled C2 at silent and periscope depth. Waited something like 6 hours for the convoy to move on with its escorts, then turned to leave, but not before I treated the C2 to a finishing blow from the stern tube.

Mylo42
09-16-2005, 09:22 AM
Bubble,

Great piece of creative writing. You could have told the same story in one short little paragraph but you had the "decency" to entertain us with a cool story. I was intently reading, wondering what was going to happen next.

Good work. A screen shot or two would have been icing on the cake.

Mylo42

Bubblehead1948
09-16-2005, 09:20 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Thanks all. Yeah, screenshots. Next time I'll try to have the presence of mind. This time I was sweatin' too many bullets to
grab some.

Just in case anyone is curious:

I'm running a type VIIB; U-51.
Currently based out of L'orient.
@ 74% realism.

Mylo42
09-17-2005, 11:05 AM
I think it's pretty cool how this game has really tapped into some creative talent in many of us.

Look at all the writers and film makers among us. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Mylo42