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vonPletz
10-17-2005, 10:32 AM
First patrol using RUB 1.44 and SH3 Commander.
Asigned to patrol GS BE33, 8 days out from Kiel.

Mid November 1939,weather is bad, winds @ 15m , vis nill, fog etc.

Only 1 lone merchat sited and sunk http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Suddenly my SO sys "Warship, long range 348"
Where is he, can't see anything.

Start closing slowly when suddenly an entire TF comes over the horizon http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Right in the middle is a British AC carrier, a couple of crusiers and the usual mess of destroyers and escorts.

Still too far for a good shot so I work in closer. Visability is still nil so I stay on the surface as I approach.

Get within 3500m when suddenly shells start wizzing overhead!!
Where did that come from....

Crashdive!!!, "All ahead flank"

I turn toward the last bering I had on the AC carrier as my WE plots a solution.

Open tubes 1 to 4 and shot.

All the while the escorts are dropping wasserbombs and they are getting a little to close for comfort.

Time to go deep and get out of there.

I lose the escorts and creep away watching my stopwatch and waiting for a hit.

Boom, Boom, Boom.

3 explosions are heard, question is what did I hit?

Come back to periscope depth and I see the carrier steaming away with some damage to her stern. And a large warship is dead in the water, sinking by the bow.

Looks like the crusier took 2 torpedoes sheilding the carrier.

TF head off over the horizon and I lose contact.

Still on patrol....

vP

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vonPletz
10-17-2005, 10:32 AM
First patrol using RUB 1.44 and SH3 Commander.
Asigned to patrol GS BE33, 8 days out from Kiel.

Mid November 1939,weather is bad, winds @ 15m , vis nill, fog etc.

Only 1 lone merchat sited and sunk http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Suddenly my SO sys "Warship, long range 348"
Where is he, can't see anything.

Start closing slowly when suddenly an entire TF comes over the horizon http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Right in the middle is a British AC carrier, a couple of crusiers and the usual mess of destroyers and escorts.

Still too far for a good shot so I work in closer. Visability is still nil so I stay on the surface as I approach.

Get within 3500m when suddenly shells start wizzing overhead!!
Where did that come from....

Crashdive!!!, "All ahead flank"

I turn toward the last bering I had on the AC carrier as my WE plots a solution.

Open tubes 1 to 4 and shot.

All the while the escorts are dropping wasserbombs and they are getting a little to close for comfort.

Time to go deep and get out of there.

I lose the escorts and creep away watching my stopwatch and waiting for a hit.

Boom, Boom, Boom.

3 explosions are heard, question is what did I hit?

Come back to periscope depth and I see the carrier steaming away with some damage to her stern. And a large warship is dead in the water, sinking by the bow.

Looks like the crusier took 2 torpedoes sheilding the carrier.

TF head off over the horizon and I lose contact.

Still on patrol....

vP

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

Maj_Solo
10-17-2005, 11:05 AM
So great when it happens. Was outside the south east tip of Ireland in 44. Diving and evading DDs that I assume wanted to have a bite at me after each marchant I sunk in the area. Hear another DD coming from the open ocean from south west. Then aircraft approached and sounded and flew in a way they had done once outside scapa flow. So I thought interesting and dived and stopped.

Turning on time acceleration I saw there were no drift in target direction so I thought he allready new where I was. But time pasted and no DD, instead the sound changed so I could hear serveral more DDs.

He he, I didn't have to move the boat one inch, I just sat there and rolled my thumbs and waited. And there came the escort carrier. So finally I go to see one in the campaign too. I sunk two DDs and the carrier and then danced with 4DDs of which I sunk a V&W and then continued driving and turning until rear fish was ready and sunk a Hunt, and then for some reason I was sunk, I really don't know how but I was sunk.

Still have to try and make it to the end of the war. Spitting in my hands and rubbing them conjuring another boat and starting a new career.

But don't you just love these moments, you run around and sink ships for months experiencing the same old same old. And then we have these "SHIII moments" that makes you smile and forget all worries in this world. It is a high that last atleast to the next morning.

Kaleun1961
10-17-2005, 01:38 PM
I agree with you on that, Solo. My most memorable task force encounter was the one that got me into the 100K Club. I simultaneously torpedoed two battleships and a cruiser. The cruiser got away, but I was able to catch up to the injured BB's and sink both of them. I don't brag too much about them, as I was using the WO, not manual targeting, but still, it was a thrill just getting into position so that I was able to fire on all three within a few seconds using all five tubes, then imagining the face of the escort commander as five torpedoes hit his charges. Lovely stuff!

blastomatic1759
10-17-2005, 05:45 PM
youre to be so lucky , the ones HQ have been calling task forces have been nothing but convoys with at least 4 destroyers guarding them , for some reason the battleships and aircraft carriers hide from me. i did see a battleship once in the med. but something bad happened that involoved mad destroyers and my boat went to the bottom and was never heard from again. theyve better be glad i wasnt in U124, or they woulda been toast.

Chrystine
10-17-2005, 06:29 PM
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Great stuff!

As you gentlemen discuss these €˜SH III moments€ I also can€t help thinking of something I€ve said more than once to my husband.
I often think of that line from the Movie Apollo 13 (prior to the mission) when the crew is being interviewed and some reporter asks something about flying a routine mission to the moon.
Is it €˜Buzz Aldrin?€ (Can€t remember now exactly) who says: €œI assure you, there is nothing routine about flying to the moon.€

I feel much the same about every single patrol I€m on.
There is no €˜routine patrol.€ Not for me.
There is always enough variation to keep & make each patrol very unique €" even the most mundane encounters are not €˜routine€ in the conventional sense.
&nd then there are also on those rare occasions those truly €˜unique€ moments €" such as described so marvelously above by vonPletz, where things really get exciting in an instant and a big way€¦

€œGreat game http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif €œ

..It really is!

Best,
~ C.

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