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Wyrmo
11-03-2005, 12:54 PM
Whilst patroling west of africa, I got a radio-report of a large convoy, heading east.
I immediatly plotted a new course to intercept it, and at around midnight, local time, I made sound contact. Indeed, it was a large convoy. I moved into position and went silent, waiting for the convoy to place itself in a good position. When I felt the time was right, I poked up my periscope to take a look and plan my attack. It was then I noticed her.
In the middle of the convoy, impossible to miss: A huge passenger liner, just begging for fish http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Positioned in the middle of the convoy (ships both fore and aft) I launched a full 6-torpedo attack. A T3 took a keel-shot and blew appart. A C3 took another keel-shot. Behind me, two victory-ships took one engine-room hit each, one of them sunk immediatly. The liner took a fish in the keel and another below the aft.

http://draconiz.herno.net/SH3/liner1.jpg

A fire broke out on the aft deck, and she started to lean a bit to starboard.

http://draconiz.herno.net/SH3/liner4.jpg

After a somewhat sucessfull first strike I could see incoming escorts, and several of the merchant started blasting away in my direction with their guns. I decided it was time to leave. I ordered a crash-dive and took my boat down to 70m where I ordered silent running. I kept going down to about 140m, still outdiving any depthcharges.

I could hear sinking-sounds from one of the victories, but I had no time to rejoice over it. Those escorts had me nailed. Depthcharge after depthcharge was thrown into the sea, and I kept manuvering, going from full speed to slow speed to all stop, ruddering port and starboard like a mad man. A few hits knocked out all my flak as well as my radar and radio-antenna. Eventually, after two decoys and about 30 minutes of bombarding I managed to loose my followers and began to disengage.

Now I had time to start reviewing what my attack had accomplished. Both victories had apparently been destroyed, as well as the T3. The C3 and the liner however, had continued with the rest of the convoy at standard cruise-speed. I felt that I could not give up that liner.

I plotted a course that would take me several kilometers south of the convoy and overtake it at a safe distance. Roughly 2 hours later, I made my approach, but got spotted by the southern escorts. Somewhat tired of those pesky destroyers, I decided to lay a trap for them. They had after all, damaged my precious boat.

Two fletchers made their approach, zig-zagging in some hope to avoid eventual torpedoes. I positioned myself so I had a clear shot towards both of them with my stern tubes and waited for them to come in range, running silent. As the first fletcher came within 700 meters I plotted a shot that should hit if it continued it's zig-zag. My predictions proved true, and I was awarded with a big explosion as the fish blew directly below the munitions storage. One less Fletcher.
The second one changed its course. I fired my second fish and hoped to be lucky. Lady luck was with me, and by accident, he manouvered his ship into the path of my fish.
A nice hit in the fore area brought him to a halt, and soon he went down.

Now, I had to manouver away to avoid any other escorts that might have been alerted by the loss of two fletchers, and they sure came. But by the time they arrived, I was long gone and once more trying to get into ambush-position of the convoy. At around 4:30, local time, I once again had my prey in sight.

I couldn't take the risk of her escaping again, so I launched one torp into her engine-room. I also targeted a T2 as well as a victory-ship, saving my last loaded tube for an eventual follow-up on the liner.

I was awarded with an exploding tanker and hits on both the victory and the liner. Both still floating, I launched my forth torpedo at the liner before once more crash-diving to safety from a hail of incomming fire from the remaining trigger-happy merchants in the convoy.

As I made my escape, I could verify that my plan had worked. Both the liner and the victory was dead in the water, and now I only needed to hide long enough for the rest of the convoy to sail away.

Staying hidden at 150m for roughly an hour, I decided it was safe to surface and take a look. I had only one torpedo remaining, so I targeted the fuel-compartment and hoped for the best.

I scored a hit, and my man at the sonar-station soon reported her going down.

Now all that remained was to finish off that lone crippled victory.

I surfaced my boat and quickly manned the deck-gun.

So far, undetected, I engaged flank speed and made my approach. Aware of the heavy weaponry on the victories I knew it was important to finish it quickly, so I took personal control of the gun and lobbed a few shells at her, scoring several hits under the waterline. Soon, grenades started falling in the water all around us, but then the return-fire abruptly stopped. A few seconds later I could see her begining to capsize, and I ordered my crew to disengage and set a course for home. The battle was finally over, and it was another crushing sucess for the 2nd flottilas most renowned U-boat crew.

http://draconiz.herno.net/SH3/liner5.jpg

http://draconiz.herno.net/SH3/liner6.jpg

Direct hit!

http://draconiz.herno.net/SH3/liner7.jpg

Burning badly and leaning heavily to starboard.

http://draconiz.herno.net/SH3/liner8.jpg

Finaly, it looks like she's going down!

http://draconiz.herno.net/SH3/liner9.jpg
Bye bye, and thanks for all the fish http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif


http://draconiz.herno.net/SH3/99338.jpg
SOOOOOOOO CLOSE.
Can I start a 99338-tonne club? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

mrky
11-03-2005, 01:43 PM
niiice


very very nice

quite an accomplishment

chek out my convoy thread if u havent already

a modest victory compared to urs, but still 14 less brit ships afloat http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif

Coolhand2005
11-03-2005, 02:15 PM
Not to nit-pick such an outstanding accomplishment but I do believe she is listing to starboard not port.....CH http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

WilhelmSchulz
11-03-2005, 02:45 PM
Nice one. And I liked the Part from Hichhikers Guide to the Galaxy part too. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

Wyrmo
11-03-2005, 02:52 PM
Originally posted by Coolhand2005:
Not to nit-pick such an outstanding accomplishment but I do believe she is listing to starboard not port.....CH http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I'm a lousy seaman. I always have them mixed up http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

(gonna edit original post now)

Ratek
11-03-2005, 02:59 PM
Originally posted by WilhelmSchulz:
Nice one. And I liked the Part from Hichhikers Guide to the Galaxy part too. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif
I can't seem to find the reference... At best I can link the ambush to the part with the Police-tribes. And that is very very far out.

Anyway... Nice you bagged a liner. Not very costeffective in terms of torpedoes, but very much worth it.

WilhelmSchulz
11-03-2005, 04:05 PM
Originally posted by Wyrmo:
Bye bye, and thanks for all the fish http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif In the Begining of the movie a bunch of donfins sang, "So long and thanks for all the fish". http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

Ratek
11-03-2005, 07:19 PM
To not notice that is horrible for a persopn who has read the book(s). http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

WilhelmSchulz
11-03-2005, 07:53 PM
Originally posted by Ratek:
To not notice that is horrible for a persopn who has read the book(s). http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif Books??? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

Ratek
11-03-2005, 08:10 PM
Originally posted by WilhelmSchulz:
Books??? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif
Don't tell you didn't know there is giant book called The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide, or at least that there is also a book called The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
The former is a collection of the latter, The Restaurant at the end of the Universe, So Long and thanks for all the Fish and about three other 'books' along with a minor story called Young Zaphod Plays it Safe.

Trust me, you laugh your rear off alone. The movie is good, but this is just sillygood.

doug.d
11-03-2005, 10:43 PM
Congrats Wyrmo. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Surely you could have found a small ship to sink with the deck gun for the 100k? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/354.gif

Wyrmo
11-04-2005, 01:42 AM
Originally posted by doug.d:
Congrats Wyrmo. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Surely you could have found a small ship to sink with the deck gun for the 100k? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/354.gif

Well, in a damaged sub without flak, radar and radio and with hunter-groups swarming the area I had no intention of staying. And, I was running low on fuel.
I think a real U-boat captain would have made the same decision.

But to be honest, I didn't think about that http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif