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paulhager
06-19-2011, 08:40 AM
Final, because it was the 9th patrol and I decided to go no further. I'm commenting on this patrol only because:
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<LI>I sank the Yamato...again. Over the last several careers, I've suddenly begun encountering the Yamato with fairly high frequency. This time, a report came at 0100 on the 21st that an IJN TF would be 180 nm NNW of Truk on the 24th. I was in transit to my first objective from Midway so it was easy to divert. The TF turned out to be the Yamato and two escorts. I made a daylight, submerged attack and sank the Yamato with 10 Mark 18's.
<LI>After a refit, I headed to the first objective. On 5 January, still a couple of days shy of the objective, a storm hit. It continued until 22 January! During that interval, I attacked and sank 7 ships. Most were sunk with gunfire. I did make a couple of radar only torpedo attacks and sank targets. This included an attack on a convoy in which I sank an escort with gunfire.
<LI>I was never able to achieve my goal of conducting a night surface attack at short range using electrics.
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So, there you have it. I still haven't been able to determine if my refinements to the night surface attack now make a short range, all-electric attack feasible.

paulhager
06-19-2011, 11:34 AM
I debated with myself about starting another career...and won! (How could I lose?) Enter LCDR Dana Andrews (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000763/). I was finally able to lauch a close range surface attack in light winds. It was a poorly executed attack, chiefly because I forgot that I had two electrics in tubes 5 and 6 (I was underslept last night). Even with the lousy execution, I bagged a cargo ship and a CVE that was acting as ASW cover. After completing the attack I withdrew and am preparing to make a second attack, also at night.

I'll post on this in due course.

paulhager
06-22-2011, 03:16 PM
In looking over previous careers, I note that while returning to base from Patrol 4 of Chuck Heston (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/6421019045/m/4161020229), I spotted the Yamato on 22 December 1943. It was almost certainly the same small TF but farther north and east. So, I think we can say with some certainty that with TMO 2+ and RSRD, the Yamato is sailing to Truk pre-Christmas 1943.

denis4510
06-24-2011, 12:43 AM
I confess to sinking the Yamato in harbour in Truk when it wasn't looking http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif and in bad weather - patrol boats have a harder time finding you - easier to hit when it is still and took all the front torps and turned around a put in a few from the rear as well during my escape. Have to go in decks awash. Use the long distance slow torps.
There are often carriers there and BBs as well but you only get the opportunity to pick one of two before you need to make your escape. Sometimes you can pick off a merchant or two as well on the way out.

EDIT: BTW I often debate with myself - the only time I win the debate. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

MWolfe1963
06-24-2011, 07:26 PM
Paul, have you ever found or attacked the large TF leaving Truk I think late 43 going to..spelling, Etenwetok, near Tarawa. The group heads from Truk to Etenwetok, despawns and respawns there and goe's a few 100nms towards Wake then back to Truk. Has many escorts set to vet, so a fun group.

I didn't realize they sent a large TF there, but they did to respond but the US wasn't there. It may be the largest single TF in the game and has both Y's, other BB's and carriers in one group.

paulhager
06-24-2011, 08:30 PM
Originally posted by MWolfe1963:
Paul, have you ever found or attacked the large TF leaving Truk I think late 43 going to..spelling, Etenwetok, near Tarawa. The group heads from Truk to Etenwetok, despawns and respawns there and goe's a few 100nms towards Wake then back to Truk. Has many escorts set to vet, so a fun group.

I didn't realize they sent a large TF there, but they did to respond but the US wasn't there. It may be the largest single TF in the game and has both Y's, other BB's and carriers in one group.

No, have never encountered. I believe you are talking about Eniwetok Atoll (http://www.avgeeks-footage.com/wp/1950s-hydrogen-bomb-test-footage/), where the first H-Bomb was detonated.