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JU88
08-10-2005, 04:51 AM
This took place during convoy attack, Its 1942 and im in an fully upgraded IXB.


0927 8/7/42
after a making the long haul over to my patrol grid in CB, I found nothing, I received several convoy reports, by they were to far away.

1101 10/7/42
Got jumped by aircraft whilst leaving my patrol grid of the coast of Halifax, a mixture of 3 hurricanes followed by 3 Sunderland€s zeroed in on my boat, Since I have a heavy flak and two C30s I put up a good fight and shot all but 1 hurricane down with out sustaining any serious damage. (Hull integrity 96%)

Moments later.....
A massive wave of 8 Catalina€s jumped me - at this point I was running low on AA rounds, I had about 1000 shells in each C30, after taking down one Catalina I crash dived while they were circling to make a second pass, and shook them off.

1730 10/7/42
Another convoy contact report, this time a merchant task force leaving the channel behind Sidney and Halifax, (oddly enough this convoy route is not marked on the map?) I am in a good position but will have to wait at least 2 days before it reaches me. I am worried it might change course and I will lose it, but I don€t want to go in to allied airspace again, I€ve had enough of planes for one day, and low on AA ammo.

2311 10/7/42
Sound contact! Appears to be a lone C3 moving away from me, It€s about 15km away, I haven€t sunk anything yet so I decide to peruse it- with my upgraded IXB capable of 21knots.
As it looms out of the darkness I decide to make a deck gun attack, since Imp facing its rear and well out of its forward guns firing arc. I close to 2500 meters, but quickly realize me and my prey are not alone...

2 Sunderland€s swoop down from the night sky and drop there load before I can get under Alarmmmm!!! I take a hit while crash diving, bow quarters damaged and worst of all, my deck gunner was caught in the blast and is killed instantly. Just as I dive I get a radio update on the taskforce, its still on the same SSE course.

0646 13/07/42
At last the convoy looms in to view, with the sun rising behind me I dive to periscope depth, There are mostly C2s and c3s, 3 T2s and a T3. Only 3 escorts in a triangle formation around the convoy, a lone Clemson DD up front and 2 corvettes at the rear, so I decide to engage them first. The only down side is the weather, although visibility is clear -winds speed are 15m.

I launch at the Clemson at a perfect 90 degree angle and at 900 meters, he€s not even zigzagging - so he€s easy meat, after a fantastic display of pyrotechnics he goes to the bottom.

There nearest corvette is now closing on me fast at 3000 meters, I have just enough time to swing my boat around 90 degrees to port to my stern is facing him.
It€s hard to get a lock on him with the huge waves covering my scope, at 1100 meters I fire both my stern tubes at him in a spread, and he zigzags right in to the first fish... Boom! The second one misses by far. As he slips beneath the waves I hear his first and last PING! - Too little, too late my friend..

After taking a moment repositioning my self to face the convoy, I raise my scope to see most of the convoy has passed me by, hell is breaking loose at the rear, with ships heading in all different directions, but I am manically searching for the second flower corvette It still a good 4000 meters away and trying to get through to my position, but stuck in a traffic jam...
After setting up my shot I notice something is wrong, the corvette is only traveling at 2 knots, further examination reveals its is half sunk by the waves! it even pops up in the event camera as sinking but it still stays afloat, I move closer to take a shot anyway I still want credit for its demise.

I fire at 1000 meters, with a fish at shallow depth (Im using impacts dues rough weather) the smirk is quickly wiped off my face at the torpedo closes in, BONK!!!ARRRGGGH it€s a dud! What now I don€t want to waste another fish on him and it€s too rough to use the deck gun... In my frustration I make the crazy decision to ram him, most of the armed merchants are at 2000 meters or more, so I decide to risk it...

I surface at flank speed and head to the bridge where I control the rudder so as not to miss, he spots me and opens up on me with his AA gun, but his aim is poor and weather is worse. Other merchants are also opening up on my boat but are achieving similar results.

I turn my sub towards his stern; the waves are so huge I can only see him intermittently. I hit him at 21 knots and the nose of my sub is on his deck - metal screeches as my sub rides over his sunken stern.
Still on the bridge I can see the astonished AA gunner on the corvette staring back at me....probably too shocked to fire now.

But all to no avail, he still won€t sink! he fired his forward gun at me, as I move away from him, I take a hit from a nearby C2 and dive once again.
I turn around and decide I€m going to sink this corvette if it kills me and set up another torpedo attack, but then I notice a lone T2 (a straggler) heading my way, I throw engines in to reverse and adjust my shot for that instead, its not like the corvette is going anywhere....

I aim for the T2s fuel bunker, as it passed between me and flower, I launch at 800 meters. I watch it in the event camera, as it approaches I realize it might miss, the T2 seems to have increased its speed to catch up with the rest of the group. I all most scream as the fish glances of the T2s screws, knocking it off its course by about 10 degrees -but its still going! I check the TDC screen to track is path, and to my utter amazement It heading straight for to the crippled corvette which is 800 meters and to the right of the T2. I figured even if it does reach it, it will miss as its running depth is set to six meters unless it...... my thoughts are interrupted by "Torpedo Impact!" the corvette finally goes down, and I am completely speechless!!

JU88
08-10-2005, 04:51 AM
This took place during convoy attack, Its 1942 and im in an fully upgraded IXB.


0927 8/7/42
after a making the long haul over to my patrol grid in CB, I found nothing, I received several convoy reports, by they were to far away.

1101 10/7/42
Got jumped by aircraft whilst leaving my patrol grid of the coast of Halifax, a mixture of 3 hurricanes followed by 3 Sunderland€s zeroed in on my boat, Since I have a heavy flak and two C30s I put up a good fight and shot all but 1 hurricane down with out sustaining any serious damage. (Hull integrity 96%)

Moments later.....
A massive wave of 8 Catalina€s jumped me - at this point I was running low on AA rounds, I had about 1000 shells in each C30, after taking down one Catalina I crash dived while they were circling to make a second pass, and shook them off.

1730 10/7/42
Another convoy contact report, this time a merchant task force leaving the channel behind Sidney and Halifax, (oddly enough this convoy route is not marked on the map?) I am in a good position but will have to wait at least 2 days before it reaches me. I am worried it might change course and I will lose it, but I don€t want to go in to allied airspace again, I€ve had enough of planes for one day, and low on AA ammo.

2311 10/7/42
Sound contact! Appears to be a lone C3 moving away from me, It€s about 15km away, I haven€t sunk anything yet so I decide to peruse it- with my upgraded IXB capable of 21knots.
As it looms out of the darkness I decide to make a deck gun attack, since Imp facing its rear and well out of its forward guns firing arc. I close to 2500 meters, but quickly realize me and my prey are not alone...

2 Sunderland€s swoop down from the night sky and drop there load before I can get under Alarmmmm!!! I take a hit while crash diving, bow quarters damaged and worst of all, my deck gunner was caught in the blast and is killed instantly. Just as I dive I get a radio update on the taskforce, its still on the same SSE course.

0646 13/07/42
At last the convoy looms in to view, with the sun rising behind me I dive to periscope depth, There are mostly C2s and c3s, 3 T2s and a T3. Only 3 escorts in a triangle formation around the convoy, a lone Clemson DD up front and 2 corvettes at the rear, so I decide to engage them first. The only down side is the weather, although visibility is clear -winds speed are 15m.

I launch at the Clemson at a perfect 90 degree angle and at 900 meters, he€s not even zigzagging - so he€s easy meat, after a fantastic display of pyrotechnics he goes to the bottom.

There nearest corvette is now closing on me fast at 3000 meters, I have just enough time to swing my boat around 90 degrees to port to my stern is facing him.
It€s hard to get a lock on him with the huge waves covering my scope, at 1100 meters I fire both my stern tubes at him in a spread, and he zigzags right in to the first fish... Boom! The second one misses by far. As he slips beneath the waves I hear his first and last PING! - Too little, too late my friend..

After taking a moment repositioning my self to face the convoy, I raise my scope to see most of the convoy has passed me by, hell is breaking loose at the rear, with ships heading in all different directions, but I am manically searching for the second flower corvette It still a good 4000 meters away and trying to get through to my position, but stuck in a traffic jam...
After setting up my shot I notice something is wrong, the corvette is only traveling at 2 knots, further examination reveals its is half sunk by the waves! it even pops up in the event camera as sinking but it still stays afloat, I move closer to take a shot anyway I still want credit for its demise.

I fire at 1000 meters, with a fish at shallow depth (Im using impacts dues rough weather) the smirk is quickly wiped off my face at the torpedo closes in, BONK!!!ARRRGGGH it€s a dud! What now I don€t want to waste another fish on him and it€s too rough to use the deck gun... In my frustration I make the crazy decision to ram him, most of the armed merchants are at 2000 meters or more, so I decide to risk it...

I surface at flank speed and head to the bridge where I control the rudder so as not to miss, he spots me and opens up on me with his AA gun, but his aim is poor and weather is worse. Other merchants are also opening up on my boat but are achieving similar results.

I turn my sub towards his stern; the waves are so huge I can only see him intermittently. I hit him at 21 knots and the nose of my sub is on his deck - metal screeches as my sub rides over his sunken stern.
Still on the bridge I can see the astonished AA gunner on the corvette staring back at me....probably too shocked to fire now.

But all to no avail, he still won€t sink! he fired his forward gun at me, as I move away from him, I take a hit from a nearby C2 and dive once again.
I turn around and decide I€m going to sink this corvette if it kills me and set up another torpedo attack, but then I notice a lone T2 (a straggler) heading my way, I throw engines in to reverse and adjust my shot for that instead, its not like the corvette is going anywhere....

I aim for the T2s fuel bunker, as it passed between me and flower, I launch at 800 meters. I watch it in the event camera, as it approaches I realize it might miss, the T2 seems to have increased its speed to catch up with the rest of the group. I all most scream as the fish glances of the T2s screws, knocking it off its course by about 10 degrees -but its still going! I check the TDC screen to track is path, and to my utter amazement It heading straight for to the crippled corvette which is 800 meters and to the right of the T2. I figured even if it does reach it, it will miss as its running depth is set to six meters unless it...... my thoughts are interrupted by "Torpedo Impact!" the corvette finally goes down, and I am completely speechless!!

bogusheadbox
08-10-2005, 05:23 AM
Now that was a lucky torp shot.

Its so frutrating to see on the event camera a torp that bounces off or misses. Glad your fish decided to have another go.

Nice one mate.