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JU88
10-17-2005, 05:32 AM
For me its easy, I would want to be aboard a British Submarine!!

Heres why...
They rarley ventured out too far from home and the out of umbrella of RAF air cover.

Destoyers? what destroyers? heh German suface warships were few and far between compared to that of the Royal navy. (Thanks to the Treaty of Versille)

Uboats, pah!!! only about 3 british subs were ever sunk by Uboats, while about 30 or so Uboats were sunk by british subs, anyway the Uboats were mostly delt with buy costal command and the Royal Navy.
On top of that, the British Submarines out classed the Uboats in most areas, they were faster and had superior torpeedos that didnt bounce half the time they hit home....

The luftwaffe??? dont make me laugh, Goering didnt even bother to cover The uboats asses while they swam though the bay of Biscay. (ok so he sent them a few a Ju88s just to stop Donitz from moaning.) I doubt Goering even acknowleged the existence of British Submarines.

The only worry to keep me awake at night in a British Submarine would be....
Boy, I hope we dont collide with another ship or have some other accident.

and..... I hope a we dont get Depth charged by an RAF/CC air crew with bad eyesight and a recognition manual with its uboat pages missing.

JU88
10-17-2005, 05:32 AM
For me its easy, I would want to be aboard a British Submarine!!

Heres why...
They rarley ventured out too far from home and the out of umbrella of RAF air cover.

Destoyers? what destroyers? heh German suface warships were few and far between compared to that of the Royal navy. (Thanks to the Treaty of Versille)

Uboats, pah!!! only about 3 british subs were ever sunk by Uboats, while about 30 or so Uboats were sunk by british subs, anyway the Uboats were mostly delt with buy costal command and the Royal Navy.
On top of that, the British Submarines out classed the Uboats in most areas, they were faster and had superior torpeedos that didnt bounce half the time they hit home....

The luftwaffe??? dont make me laugh, Goering didnt even bother to cover The uboats asses while they swam though the bay of Biscay. (ok so he sent them a few a Ju88s just to stop Donitz from moaning.) I doubt Goering even acknowleged the existence of British Submarines.

The only worry to keep me awake at night in a British Submarine would be....
Boy, I hope we dont collide with another ship or have some other accident.

and..... I hope a we dont get Depth charged by an RAF/CC air crew with bad eyesight and a recognition manual with its uboat pages missing.

Dragos_Mateescu
10-17-2005, 05:46 AM
That would be HMS Dido.

doug.d
10-17-2005, 05:56 AM
Careful what you wish for, you might get it. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

British sub losses of WWII (http://web.ukonline.co.uk/chalcraft/sm/losses.html)

Myself? I think I'd have preferred to serve on the ship to shore harbour launch and wave all the "dead men walking" bye bye. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

JU88
10-17-2005, 06:09 AM
AHA that proves my point!! that list is 76 sub fates long, thats under 100 subs lost for the whole of the war, and half of those 76 were mined, sunk by friendly fire and other silly accidents....
oh and the x-craft dont count, that was a one off suicide mission to mine the tirpitz.
I am more likely to be killed by a car today than die aboard a brit sub in ww2.

Ok ok Ill be more realistic I would want to be aboard a british submarine that WASNT patrolling in the meditaranian (where most of them were lost)

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paulhager
10-17-2005, 07:27 AM
The USS Missouri.

Dominicrigg
10-17-2005, 07:36 AM
The Hood for me http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

No I dont have a death wish.

I would stop Holland from making his 2 hour detour which made him have to come in from behind and only use front guns, when he had been given perfect info to attack from the front with broadside.

I would tell them straight away Bismarck was the rear ship as they swapped position during the night, and also tell them to keep steaming at the bismarck instead of making the turn to run parallel. Then keep my fingers crossed http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_redface.gif They couldnt possibly do a shot like that twice could they?

If im not allowed to change history then i would be on the King George the V or Rodney, to get revenge for the Hood and finish the Bismarck. I dont think i would like to be on a sub or Uboat in real life.


ps ju88. Not *****ing or anything because i have broadband and it doesnt affect me but whats going on with your picture? Its massive when i open the page and takes up the whole screen for a second, then shrinks to normal size lol. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

CRSutton
10-17-2005, 10:06 AM
I am thinking perhaps something anchored stateside that is not going anywhere. Perhaps a tender or an ice cream manufacturing ship.

joeap
10-17-2005, 11:08 AM
Some of you are yellow bellies. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif (joke)

winslynn
10-17-2005, 11:11 AM
Well my father was on a DD that was on the picket line off Okinawa and the Kamikazes always went after them first.The DD next to his took a direct hit and they had to take all the mangled wounded on board his ship,rattled his nerves something terrible.
His good friend was on the crusier Atlanta when the Japs topedoed it,he was one of only several survivors.Then when he was rescued they handed him a rifle and put him with the Marines on Guadalcanal for a while,out of the frying pan and into the fire.
His other friend was in the Coast Guard and spent the war years saving boaters and such on the Great Lakes.
Looks like a coast guard cutter was safest and nicest duty.

Paul_K
10-17-2005, 12:51 PM
Although I'm British, I'd have liked to serve aboard something in the US Pacific fleet. When you look at photographs of Ulithi anchorage, and the mass of major warships there, it brings home how powerful the USN was by 1945.

So, an Iowa-class battleship or Essex-class carrier for me. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Dennis____
10-17-2005, 12:56 PM
something that didnt get sunk! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

StellarRat
10-17-2005, 01:07 PM
It wouldn't be a sub that's for sure. I think a US battleship would be just fine. I don't think we lost any after Pearl Harbor.

The_Silent_O
10-17-2005, 02:01 PM
The USS Comfort...just think of all the nurses!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif

http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/ships/dafs/AH/ah6.html

Fekin_Von_dEtRi
10-17-2005, 02:36 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Dominicrigg:

ps ju88. Not *****ing or anything because i have broadband and it doesnt affect me but whats going on with your picture? Its massive when i open the page and takes up the whole screen for a second, then shrinks to normal size lol. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Same, here.

Anything that didn't get shot at would of done me just fine.

doug.d
10-17-2005, 03:44 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by joeap:
Some of you are yellow bellies. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif (joke) </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Absolutely. If I were on a U-boat in WWII my legs would wobble so much, the BOAT would get seasick. No more silent running, my knocking knees would give us away. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

WilhelmSchulz.-
10-17-2005, 04:18 PM
SS 237-The USS Trigger, or SS 420-USS Tirante. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Yen Lo
10-17-2005, 05:06 PM
Large Fleet Carrier in the Pacific, nothing like traveling in style!! Or possibly in a Battleship in Jesse Oldendorfs line that kicked the carp out of the japanese in the philipines in 1944!

DiveDevil
10-17-2005, 05:35 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">The USS Comfort...just think of all the nurses!!! Heart Heart </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

You said it brother http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Acunnon
10-18-2005, 11:50 AM
The U.S.S. Wisconsin or a pilot on the U.S.S. Hornet

KZS_Tartarus
10-18-2005, 03:52 PM
Light cruiser! Big enough to be a 'real ship', one that matters, and is not seen as expendible, yet small enough to get to 'do stuff'. That 'stuff' could be anything from patrolling the Denmark straight for large warships, trolling for blocade runners in the South Atlantic, escort convoys in the Med, accompany the fleet in the major operations, lead a destroyer force in an attack on coastal forces... They were typically capable and well balanced ships, unlike their well armed but thin-skinned heavy siblings (excepting the Hipper class), with a varied armament making for multiple capabilities. Generally fun and impressive ships, IMHO!

I wouldn't want to serve on a warship in a war... But even less would I want be in a war and serve on a ship that didn't partake in the battle!

Best,
- B

panthercules
10-18-2005, 10:20 PM
PT Boat (USN) - short missions, spending most of your time on shore rather than at sea for months at a time, lots of action but relatively safe - out of somewhere around 10,000 plus men who served on US PTs, only about 300 were killed, so the percentage loss rate was a pretty favorable 3% or so (at least compared to the U-bootwaffe, anyway).

Plus, if you happened to catch a ride with a young Lieutenant named Kennedy, you got to get your name in a famous book and movie http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

CRSutton
10-19-2005, 09:06 AM
Well, I tell you what. It certainly would not have been on a merchant ship. I sailed with the Seafarers Internation Union for a decade in the seventies and eighties and got an earful of stories about life in the merchant marine during WWII.

The per-capita death rate was only exceeded by the marine corps. Not a healthy enviroment at all.

lecek
10-19-2005, 09:18 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Dominicrigg:
The Hood for me http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

No I dont have a death wish.

I would stop Holland from making his 2 hour detour which made him have to come in from behind and only use front guns, when he had been given perfect info to attack from the front with broadside.

I would tell them straight away Bismarck was the rear ship as they swapped position during the night, and also tell them to keep steaming at the bismarck instead of making the turn to run parallel. Then keep my fingers crossed http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_redface.gif They couldnt possibly do a shot like that twice could they?

If im not allowed to change history then i would be on the King George the V or Rodney, to get revenge for the Hood and finish the Bismarck. I dont think i would like to be on a sub or Uboat in real life.


ps ju88. Not *****ing or anything because i have broadband and it doesnt affect me but whats going on with your picture? Its massive when i open the page and takes up the whole screen for a second, then shrinks to normal size lol. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hood needed to steam head on for a while. From long range shells come in from a steeper angle. Hood needs to close the range to a point where broadside shots would hit the belt armor not the deck armor.

192nd_Erdem
10-19-2005, 11:59 AM
Definitely Bismarck or Yamato.Big journeys,big guns and many enemies to deal with,what more I could want? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

The_Silent_O
10-19-2005, 12:14 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by 192nd_Erdem:
Definitely Bismarck or Yamato.Big journeys,big guns and many enemies to deal with,what more I could want? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Ahem...both of those "Giants" lie many fathoms under the sea...big armor and big shells don't get you anything...gunnery radar...Priceless!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Surigao_Strait