TMO 1.7...100 realism(only external enabled for screenshots, do not use it during battle) April-May 1944...USS Seal, Salmon Class out of Fremantle, third patrol.Departed April 27 for Area just off Manila.
After an uneventful transit and stop a Mios Woendi for fuel in order to stay on station longer, arrived in early May.Second day in patrol area, heavy air contacts, dove 3 times.A pair of Zeros appeared on the radar suddenly, forcing me to crash dive...as I was passing 140 feet, bombs exploded close aft...causing fairly heavy damage.
All four torpedo tubes damage, one destroyed, 18 percent hull damage.Port prop shaft slightly damaged.Hell of a thing to deal with second day in area.
After repairs, decided to stay in area.Although with one aft tube damaged beyong repair.
After a few days of nothing, contacted a freighter leaving manila bay...sank it in night surface attack.After dawn in two seperate attacks, sank two mid sized freighters with torpedos.
On May 8th I contacted a fast moving, unescorted convoy of three troopships(2 Horai Marus and one Kitrin Maru)...sank two with Mark 18s, one with deck gun)
On May 9th I spent hours chasing a convoy contact report but due to heavy air cover was forced to dive.
Finally at midnight on May 10th...radar made contact with what turned ou to be a large convoy.I prepared for a night surface attack but as they reached the firing point, convoy zigged away, forcing another set up.It was after daylight when I attempted my first periscpe attack but again the convoy zigged.After a high speed run to get into position, was ready again.
As I prepared to fire all four bow tubes with Mark 18's, the convoy zigged again, but not all was lost, while zigg messed up my bow shot, if I brought my stern to bear, could get a stern tube shot with my 3 working stern tubes, so I did just that and fired from 1500 yards, soon 3 Mark 18's were on their way to a Buzyun Maru tanker...one ran deep but other two hit home and the tanker exploded and quickly began to sink.
The two DD's came in fast pinging as I went to 250 feet...test depth.I was weary of taking her much deeper due to the hull damage, but with dead calm seas, the DD's had optimal sonar conditions.
I ordered half a knot, full right rudder and 300 feet.After 5 hours and many close charges(some minor damage) they DD's gave up.I surfaced and gave chase, contacting the convoy again.
I passed it and then waited until dark to attack for night surface.
Around 1900, with no moon in the sky, set up for my night surface attack with my last six bow torpedos(four in tubes, two in reserve, salmon only has four forward and after tubes, all aft except the one in the damaged tube expended)
The convoy zigged again , forcing me to reposition myself and throwing my "perfect timing" off...instead of getting a non moonlight attack, a nearly full moon was soon in the sky.However, I have full attacks off in moonlight before so decided to chance it, besides it wasnt a full moon.
As the the convoy passed in front of me at a range of 2800 yards, I prepared to fire on another Buzyun Maru tanker.The forward escort had already passed when apparently some sharp eyed lookout spotted me, even though I was dead in the water.I trained the TBT towards the escort to check it out of habit and noticed it was heading my way with a "bone in its teeth"...a rather impressive bow wake.DD's often do this when they have spotted nothing so I kept an eye on him and my finger on the crash dive key, I knew he was coming for me when I saw the flash and ordered crash dive.Soon a splash of water that could only be a missed shot landed near.I ordered right full rudder to turn into him to give him a smaller target while diving.As we passed 29 feet, BOOM...not a direct hit but a shell landed close enough amidships to put a hole..pressure hull was not damaged thankfully but hull damage did go up to 24.As we turned into him I ordered periscope depth and bow tubes open.I reset the TDC and decided to try a Down The Throat torpedo shot on this DD...to avoid a working of with two DD's in still dead calm seas.This was not to be though, he closed the range too fast.I ordered deep dive at flank speed as he sped over and dropped charges....6 charges exploded around me, shaking the boat but causing no damage, they were set too shallow.
Once at 250 feet, I began my slow but effective evasion tactic.1/2 knot speed, right full rudder, then left full rudder, continuing to alternate.This worked a while but I was forced to 300 feet, as deep as I would go with current hull damage.
One DD dropped a large pattern and all missed but one lucky one landed close enough to bow to cause hull damage to go to 30, severely damage bow tubes, cause flooding in forward torpedo room, destroyed forward dive planes transmission and few other minor things)
soon I was sinking below 300 feet and forced to order ahead 1/2 and a a clim to 200 feet, while repairs were made to stop flooding.After a fight to keep the boat up and avoid charges, flooding was stopped and water pumped out.Slowly control returned to the sub.After 3 more hours of evasion and more depth charges, including some very close ones(TDC, port prop shaft, TBT, deck gun, aft 20 MM AA gun, rudder transmission destroyed)
I surfaced after dawn and set course for home, my boat was a wreck, surprised I survived.I finally made it home with seven ships down for just over 40,000 tons.
Here are some of the scars I came back with.
This the "near miss" from the DD's guns...
These are from the depth charge that landed forward....after surfacing I found out it was worse than I thought.