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ILikePortillos
10-10-2005, 09:42 PM
Well, we left Lorient in good weather on the afternoon of September 23, 1941. The late September weather was pleasant. It was almost a joy to get back to sea. That is, until we reached Spain.

This summer and fall has produced some of the worst weather we've seen. Our patrol sector was CG-44, and we made it there without incident, other than some seasickness from a couple of new Petty Officers we picked up during our last leave.

After patrolling our sector for the mandatory period, we set a zigzag course for France, with a couple of patrol patterns linked along the way. On the morning of the 27th, we picked up a radio transmission from a British freighter named the Walter Briggs. They requested a weather report.

We moved to intercept their supposed course and submerged. After picking up their signal, we had a hard time trying to determine what kind of ship this was. After some trailing and eventually surfacing, we were met with something we hadn't seen before.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y282/ILikePortillos/Friedrich%20Weiss/SSWalterBriggsSails9-27-1941.jpg

There before our eyes was a 17+ ton freighter, cutting through the waves! We fired 4 torpedoes. Two of them (electronic) detonated prematurely, 1 missed, but the other made a direct hit amidships, and the great boat split in two, sliding beneath the waves in a twisted spiral.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y282/ILikePortillos/Friedrich%20Weiss/SSWalterBriggsBreaks9-27-1941.jpg

We continued on and made it back to base on the 1st of October, in a driving rain that had been with us for days. The two gentlemen pictured are a couple of buddies of mine. The officer and I served together on our last assignment. They're out there waiting for us when we get back, no matter what the weather!

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y282/ILikePortillos/Friedrich%20Weiss/BravingTheRain10-1-1941.jpg

Speaking of weather, I still love the way the thunder sounds when the storm is building, before it begins to rain.

Anyway, we're back in base now. I got a few medals for myself and the crew, we hired another petty officer to fill out our roster, and we had an "Ace of Spades" painted on the conning tower.

Now, to go rendezvous with my French girlfriend. . .I've been away at sea for a long time.

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

P.S. Just took in the new Wallace and Grommit movie. . .good stuff.

ILikePortillos
10-10-2005, 09:42 PM
Well, we left Lorient in good weather on the afternoon of September 23, 1941. The late September weather was pleasant. It was almost a joy to get back to sea. That is, until we reached Spain.

This summer and fall has produced some of the worst weather we've seen. Our patrol sector was CG-44, and we made it there without incident, other than some seasickness from a couple of new Petty Officers we picked up during our last leave.

After patrolling our sector for the mandatory period, we set a zigzag course for France, with a couple of patrol patterns linked along the way. On the morning of the 27th, we picked up a radio transmission from a British freighter named the Walter Briggs. They requested a weather report.

We moved to intercept their supposed course and submerged. After picking up their signal, we had a hard time trying to determine what kind of ship this was. After some trailing and eventually surfacing, we were met with something we hadn't seen before.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y282/ILikePortillos/Friedrich%20Weiss/SSWalterBriggsSails9-27-1941.jpg

There before our eyes was a 17+ ton freighter, cutting through the waves! We fired 4 torpedoes. Two of them (electronic) detonated prematurely, 1 missed, but the other made a direct hit amidships, and the great boat split in two, sliding beneath the waves in a twisted spiral.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y282/ILikePortillos/Friedrich%20Weiss/SSWalterBriggsBreaks9-27-1941.jpg

We continued on and made it back to base on the 1st of October, in a driving rain that had been with us for days. The two gentlemen pictured are a couple of buddies of mine. The officer and I served together on our last assignment. They're out there waiting for us when we get back, no matter what the weather!

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y282/ILikePortillos/Friedrich%20Weiss/BravingTheRain10-1-1941.jpg

Speaking of weather, I still love the way the thunder sounds when the storm is building, before it begins to rain.

Anyway, we're back in base now. I got a few medals for myself and the crew, we hired another petty officer to fill out our roster, and we had an "Ace of Spades" painted on the conning tower.

Now, to go rendezvous with my French girlfriend. . .I've been away at sea for a long time.

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

P.S. Just took in the new Wallace and Grommit movie. . .good stuff.