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Goose_Green
03-25-2006, 03:56 PM
After making a successful maiden patrol and registering over 110K tons of shipping, I was looking forward to making another sussessful patrol into the Atlantic. Here follows the first part of the patrol.

Patrol # 2
Type IX U-107
Departed Wilhelmshaven on November 12th 1939
Patrol Grid AM51

U-107 Makes her way accross the calm North Sea

http://img398.imageshack.us/img398/489/14mp.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Nov 18th AM
After leaving port on the 12th the crew settled down for a long patrol that would take them around the Shetland Islands towards the designated patrol grid north, north west of Ireland. Whilst in the North Sea I decided to take a closer look and have a nosey around the English ports on the East coast and see what ripe targets could be found - My destination this time was Hartlepool.

I found 2 C2 Cargoes and 3 Small Merchants while the Royal Navy had three patrol vessels in the area. I managed to sneak past the patrol vessels and came across my first target of the night - a C2 at the outer edge of the harbour. I launched just one torpedo which hit amidships and soon forced the ship to sink in the shallow water (and I suprisngly got the credit for it). Encouraged by this good fortune I ventured deeper into the harbour where I found the second C2. After positioning my boat I released one torpedo from my rear launcher, the torpedo hit with devastating results right alongside the quayside!

http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/5770/26xq1.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Having savoured my second kill of the night and with morning soon approaching I decided to leave Hartlepool. When conditions were favourable I surfaced to clean the air within the boat, recharged my batteries as well as putting enough distance from my boat and the harbour before day break.

The carnage at Hartlepool

http://img398.imageshack.us/img398/6951/35fj.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Nov 18th PM
The weather for the next day was perfect - seas very calm, no wind and excellent visibility. My watch crew soon spotted another target, a Large Cargo which was soon sent to the bottom with one torpedo expended.

The SS British Loyalty breaks in half

http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/36/45ew.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Nov 21 AM

While submerged my Hydrophone operator heard screw sounds which he soon identified as a lone Merchant. This one a lone C2 Cargo, after taking the time to establish his course and speed I positioned the boat for a a submerged attack, again one torpedo was despatched with devastating results. Result 1 more ship sunk, this one for 4000 tons.

Having made my way around the Shetland Islands I made contact with several merchants unfortuantley I was in no favourable position to attack and I was forced let them go with much reluctance.

I soon reached my Patrol Grid of AM 51 on November 26th and stayed in the grid until the 28th. The next day I found another Large Cargo which was soon sent to the bottom to the cost of one torpedo.

U-107 on the surface in her patrol area

http://img398.imageshack.us/img398/1360/56xw.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Dec 1st

The waether soon changed with winds at 13 knots, overcast, and fair visibility. Whilst in AM53 one of my eagle eyed watchmen soon spotted a large convoy, this time I was in a fantastic position. I quickly sent off a Sighting Report to BDU and began final preperations for the attack. With the crew at battle stations I soon made my way well within the convoy and decided that the T3 tanker would be my first victim. I laynched 1 torpedo which evidently failed to work, I soon sent another this time set a 3 metres and with an impact fuse - No mistake, the T3 exploded into a massive fireball.

With the convoy now alert to a U Boat within it's midst, all the ships began to weave making further attacks that more difficult. However I spied an Auxillary Cruiser, and with the prospect of 13K of tonnage I decided it was worth an attack. I sent just another torpedo set with an impact fuse, and with no mistake this time the ship blew up and soon sank.

HMS Esperance Bay is torpedoed

http://img398.imageshack.us/img398/5706/68wb.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Convoy escorts fire star shells in vain attempt to find the hidden attacker

http://img398.imageshack.us/img398/8055/73cj.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

With the convoy to my starboard side and with no chance of making anymore immediate attacks, I decided surface behind the convoy establised it's course and move myself to the convoy's port side and safely haul ahead of the convoy and set up for another attack.

I soon hauled ahead of the convoy and got myself into position to attack, my target this time was a T2 tanker which was soon sent to the bottom amazingly with just one torpedo launched - I didn't expect to kill it with one shot as they are quite a hard target to sink.

The Convoy soon scattered and with daylight fast approaching I decided it was time to move back west and with more sea room.

While on the way I encountered another C2 Cargo, again 1 torpedo was launched with impact fuse setting and aimed at the engine room - kaboom! The ship quickly sank.

SS Sweepstakes explodes after hit by torpedo

http://img74.imageshack.us/img74/1423/94nq.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Patrol report to be continued when patrol completed.

Comments and suggestions welcome as this is the first time I have made such a post.
And thanks for reading!

Goose_Green
03-25-2006, 03:56 PM
After making a successful maiden patrol and registering over 110K tons of shipping, I was looking forward to making another sussessful patrol into the Atlantic. Here follows the first part of the patrol.

Patrol # 2
Type IX U-107
Departed Wilhelmshaven on November 12th 1939
Patrol Grid AM51

U-107 Makes her way accross the calm North Sea

http://img398.imageshack.us/img398/489/14mp.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Nov 18th AM
After leaving port on the 12th the crew settled down for a long patrol that would take them around the Shetland Islands towards the designated patrol grid north, north west of Ireland. Whilst in the North Sea I decided to take a closer look and have a nosey around the English ports on the East coast and see what ripe targets could be found - My destination this time was Hartlepool.

I found 2 C2 Cargoes and 3 Small Merchants while the Royal Navy had three patrol vessels in the area. I managed to sneak past the patrol vessels and came across my first target of the night - a C2 at the outer edge of the harbour. I launched just one torpedo which hit amidships and soon forced the ship to sink in the shallow water (and I suprisngly got the credit for it). Encouraged by this good fortune I ventured deeper into the harbour where I found the second C2. After positioning my boat I released one torpedo from my rear launcher, the torpedo hit with devastating results right alongside the quayside!

http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/5770/26xq1.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Having savoured my second kill of the night and with morning soon approaching I decided to leave Hartlepool. When conditions were favourable I surfaced to clean the air within the boat, recharged my batteries as well as putting enough distance from my boat and the harbour before day break.

The carnage at Hartlepool

http://img398.imageshack.us/img398/6951/35fj.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Nov 18th PM
The weather for the next day was perfect - seas very calm, no wind and excellent visibility. My watch crew soon spotted another target, a Large Cargo which was soon sent to the bottom with one torpedo expended.

The SS British Loyalty breaks in half

http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/36/45ew.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Nov 21 AM

While submerged my Hydrophone operator heard screw sounds which he soon identified as a lone Merchant. This one a lone C2 Cargo, after taking the time to establish his course and speed I positioned the boat for a a submerged attack, again one torpedo was despatched with devastating results. Result 1 more ship sunk, this one for 4000 tons.

Having made my way around the Shetland Islands I made contact with several merchants unfortuantley I was in no favourable position to attack and I was forced let them go with much reluctance.

I soon reached my Patrol Grid of AM 51 on November 26th and stayed in the grid until the 28th. The next day I found another Large Cargo which was soon sent to the bottom to the cost of one torpedo.

U-107 on the surface in her patrol area

http://img398.imageshack.us/img398/1360/56xw.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Dec 1st

The waether soon changed with winds at 13 knots, overcast, and fair visibility. Whilst in AM53 one of my eagle eyed watchmen soon spotted a large convoy, this time I was in a fantastic position. I quickly sent off a Sighting Report to BDU and began final preperations for the attack. With the crew at battle stations I soon made my way well within the convoy and decided that the T3 tanker would be my first victim. I laynched 1 torpedo which evidently failed to work, I soon sent another this time set a 3 metres and with an impact fuse - No mistake, the T3 exploded into a massive fireball.

With the convoy now alert to a U Boat within it's midst, all the ships began to weave making further attacks that more difficult. However I spied an Auxillary Cruiser, and with the prospect of 13K of tonnage I decided it was worth an attack. I sent just another torpedo set with an impact fuse, and with no mistake this time the ship blew up and soon sank.

HMS Esperance Bay is torpedoed

http://img398.imageshack.us/img398/5706/68wb.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Convoy escorts fire star shells in vain attempt to find the hidden attacker

http://img398.imageshack.us/img398/8055/73cj.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

With the convoy to my starboard side and with no chance of making anymore immediate attacks, I decided surface behind the convoy establised it's course and move myself to the convoy's port side and safely haul ahead of the convoy and set up for another attack.

I soon hauled ahead of the convoy and got myself into position to attack, my target this time was a T2 tanker which was soon sent to the bottom amazingly with just one torpedo launched - I didn't expect to kill it with one shot as they are quite a hard target to sink.

The Convoy soon scattered and with daylight fast approaching I decided it was time to move back west and with more sea room.

While on the way I encountered another C2 Cargo, again 1 torpedo was launched with impact fuse setting and aimed at the engine room - kaboom! The ship quickly sank.

SS Sweepstakes explodes after hit by torpedo

http://img74.imageshack.us/img74/1423/94nq.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Patrol report to be continued when patrol completed.

Comments and suggestions welcome as this is the first time I have made such a post.
And thanks for reading!