View Full Version : Score one for the Ruptured Duck! ...SANK THE ILLUSTRIOUS

03-24-2007, 08:56 AM
The "Ruptured Duck" (U-150) is off the western coast of Ireland in the Spring of 1940, and this patrol has been going OK. (Sank one large merchant with two torpedoes, sank a passenger/cargo with another fish, and I let Socko shoot up four small coastal vessels with the 20mms.)

I'm off watch, trying to grab a little sleep, and feeling pretty good about things, when suddenly, here's the radio guy yanking on my sleeve and waiving a contact report in my face: ....I grab the report, smack him, and order him to "switch to decaf!".

Hmmmm........., Intel says there's a warship in our area: ...I get up and go to the Nav Station. Looking at the charts I see that it's REALLY in our area!! Not just "in the area", not just "down the street", but right next door selling war bonds!

I race to the bridge to make sure the watch isn't on the aft deck playing shuffleboard again.

Much to my relief, I find them all at their stations, and three out of the four are even awake. I take a good look around for myself, and satisfied that nothing is visual yet, I order us to periscope depth, and head for the hydrophone station.

The operator is sitting at his station (surprise!), with headphones on and a dreamy look on his face: ......Suspicious, I pull one of the earpieces away from his head and listen. Sure enough, ....he's listening to his collection of favorites! (Current selection playing: "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy, ...I've got love in my tummy"!)

I relieve him, and inform him that he's on report. He shuffles off dejectedly. I turn to the Chief and instruct him to tell Socko that I just promoted the sonar guy to First Officer.

I take the sonar station myself, and start sweeping: .....Almost immediately I am hearing sound contacts that are obviously warships; ....lots of warships. Looking at the plots, I count at least eleven ships. From their frenzied, mindless patterns, I figure that at least eight of them are escorts.

Thinking about it, I realize that this is both good news and bad news: .....Eight escorts imply a really important target: .....That many escorts also means that we're going to die.

....I briefly consider simply listening to "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy, ...", and forgetting the whole thing.

I snap out of it, with my resolve hardening: .....I have my Duty to do! (...and besides, if I pass this one by, Socko will probably murder me in my sleep.)

The sound plots now indicate that the Task Force is less than 12,000 meters away, so I assign some petty excuse for an officer to the hydrophones, and take my place at the periscope.

Visibility is good, but the wind is up, and the Sea is rough. We have to set for "Ahead 1/3" just to be able to maintain depth. I start sweeping, hoping to catch a glimpse, and soon I am rewarded. The first thing I see is the Escort Screen. (Screen! .....That's a joke! .....a screen is something you can see through: ....this was more like a wall!)

I start sweeping for whatever the escorts are guarding; ...and soon I find them. A Dido, and then five degrees to the left, a second Dido, and just to the left of that; ...THE ILLUSTRIOUS !!!!!!

The Task Force is at a bearing of 225 degrees, and they are running a course of 045, with no zigging: They are headed straight for us. I order "back standard" in the hope of avoiding a straight-on bow shot.

The Illustrious is now about 8500 meters away, and only visible in short glimpses; but I can tell that she's holding a straight course at 17 knots. There's no chance of just sitting and waiting for a classic "good shot": ....too many escorts. Glory and Duty notwithstanding, ....I'd like to survive this.

I say to myself; "Aw, what the heck", (or something like that) "This isn't Vegas, but I think I'll gamble anyway." .....So, at a range of 8000 yards, during one of my occasional glimpses of the Illustrious, I fire my last two "steamers", set for long range, with magnetic exploders "on", and a running depth of 9 meters.

As the second fish left the tube, I scream "ALLLAARRRMMM", and order us to 100 meters. I figure the only chance we have is to get deep and quiet before the DDs realize that there is an attack under way.

The predicted torpedo run time was over four minutes, and Socko spent the whole time telling me what an idiot I was for not having more torpedoes on board:
...I was about to ask him where I was supposed to have put them; ....but I stopped in time, realizing that I didn't really want to hear the obvious answer.

To my everlasting amazement, both torpedoes not only made it to the target, (one apparently passing right under an escort) but both of them actually went off! Within minutes we were hearing the unmistakable death rumbles of a big ship. In spite of being rather busy, I managed to get one picture.


Socko was demanding that we surface so that he could "finish off" the DDs: ....I stuffed him in my underwear drawer, and wedged it shut with the rusty bayonet the cook usually uses to chop meat and stir soup.

We stayed at 100+ meters, running silent, for more than ten hours before the DDs finally left: ....apparently satisfied that they had created a ten mile wide "Sea Life Free Zone" with all the DCs they dropped. (Lucky for them this is 1940! .....Just Imagine what Greenpeace would say!)

As I slipped back into my bunk for some well earned sleep, only one thing was troubling me: ....According to the Chief's report, no one seemed to be able to find our new First Officer.


03-24-2007, 09:01 AM
Thats awesome! I havn't seen the ilustrius anywhere yet http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

So far I've only seen the Hood Moored in Scapa

Great read too http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

03-24-2007, 09:35 AM
an 8000 yard steam magnetic shot, and both hit...with a confirmed carrier kill...will you go with me to Vegas your next shore leave? I've got a crisp dollar bill handy....

03-24-2007, 09:42 AM
Good Read - Good Kill http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif


03-24-2007, 09:55 AM

I'm not sure that would be a good idea; .....I suspect that shot used up all the luck I have left! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif


03-24-2007, 10:30 AM
LOL nice one, ive not seen much in the way of big warships either. Except a nelson class battleship anchored in loch ewe, dont know if it was the Nelson or Rodney.

03-24-2007, 12:01 PM
Nice kill! You beat my personal long range record of 7500 metres on a destroyer.

03-24-2007, 12:17 PM
Thanks Kaleun1961, ...but I'll be the first to admit that skill had nothing to do with it: ....It was strictly a "Hail Mary" play!


03-24-2007, 12:30 PM
Manual or autotargeting? Mine was an auto shot.

03-24-2007, 12:53 PM
I "cheated" and used the auto utility.


03-24-2007, 12:56 PM
I loved it. Hail, hail the Ruptured Duck. What a shot. Loved the action report too. Had no idea your former hydrophone operator was an Ohio Express fan. Don't forget to open your sock drawer after a while - all the socks will be incited to riot, led by you know who. And beside, cookie needs the bayonet back. Something about sticky dumpling soup to celebrate the sinking.....


03-24-2007, 05:43 PM
Awesome kill, hope you got some decent shore leave and parade in a mercedes through the Brandenburg Gate back in Berlin!

03-25-2007, 09:52 AM
In the spirt of the Ruptured Duck Miracle Shot, I attempted something similar last night. I detected a Pyro ship 15000 meters out. Could not get a lock on (autocalc on) untill around 13500 meters. Set up 2 steam mag torps at 10 meters and patiently (HAH) waited ..

At 12000 meters (give or take 25) I fired the two torps, around 7-10 seconds apart, and waited. 10 minutes!!! later, they hit dead on target! By that time, I had closed to 8000 meters or so, but the torps *were* fired at 12k...wish I had thought to get a screenie.

Ok, so it was not the Illustrious (only got 6780 tons) but *I* still think it was cool!

Now, on to Alexandria, and see what I can find there!

03-25-2007, 10:00 AM
Fired at 12000 meters!!! .....Nice shootin' Tex! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif


03-25-2007, 08:57 PM
Nice read! Scratch one flat top!

03-26-2007, 04:26 AM
Have you ever suggested to Socko that Fame and Fortune could be his, if he ghostwrites something alond the lines of "A Day in the Life of a Sock?"

sort of a complilation of his war patrols ... hand him a typewriter with nothing but red ink, should keep him happy for a little while, glorifying his prowess as Captain of the Ruptured Duck

(and would give us access to all the stories!)

03-26-2007, 04:54 AM
I think Socko would prefer to be given command of the Deck gun instead of a typewriter lol

03-26-2007, 06:26 AM
Just got the Rodney, once again she had no main deck guns, fired off 4 torps for 34000 tons

03-26-2007, 07:09 AM

Well done. My favorite Quote:

"...I was about to ask him where I was supposed to have put them; ....but I stopped in time, realizing that I didn't really want to hear the obvious answer." Brought a smile to my face.

I am working on the last noob patrol before I close out SH3 and transition to SH4. It should be out sometime this week. I will also be posting in the April Short story competition if it comes to pass. Keep hunting. Yeet.

03-26-2007, 10:01 AM
Quality read & well done http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif