After hours of investigation, it seems that the lack of posting on the Silent Hunter forum and the anticipated capitulation of the Japanese Empire are heavily intertwined. The members of the forum have apparently been so busy sinking Tojo's little toy boats that they havent been able to report to ComSubPac soes to get thier messages posted. Field reporter Dewey Nowitt asked some of the skippers about thier experiences:
TheMuseOfFire: "I gotta get a new crew when I get back to Pearl. This one keeps trying to torpedo thier own sub!"
reddeath267: "I swear, if I see another merchant, I'll puke. I've sunk so much merchant tonnage, I could build me my own warship to sink."
dgrayson: "Submarine? War? Japanese? Huh?
GatorSub1942: "I think I'd have better luck sinking the big tankers with a flare gun. These Mk 14's just dont do the job!"
Celeon999: "......I know nothing. Nothing!....."