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3.JG51_Molders
08-05-2005, 03:28 PM
Hey SH3 entusiasts! I recently gave up on the Type IIA campaign I had earlier and moved to 1940 with the Type VIIB and the 7th Flotilla. Here goes a recolaction of the events that happened in my three day patrol, times aren't accurate but the events are.

October 2nd 10:42 AM, 1940
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Left port St. Naz. for a long patrol to BF 15. At ahead slow

12:00PM
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Ordered ahead Full and took most direct route to BF 15.

6:00PM
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Encountered enemy Coastal merchant SSW of BF 15. Dived to Periscope depth. Fired Torpedo 1 at 5000m. Scored direct hit midships, ship sank within one minute.

October 3rd, 12:30AM, 1940
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Arrived in BF15. Ship spotted on starboard beam, 7000m. Discovered ship was part of a convoy with about 20 merchant vessels and four escort destroyers. Heading NNE. Intercept course at SSE.

1:20AM
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Fired Tubes 1 at Troop Transport from 6000m. Fired tubes 2 at C2 Cargo from 7000m Fired Tubes 3 at Large tanker from 6500m. Fired Tubes 4 at Coastal Merchant 5600m.

1:30AM
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Scored direct hit midships on Troop transport. On fire, sinking. Scored direct hit on Cargo ship, broke up at midships. Sinking. Scored direct hip on aft of Tanker, still floating. Last torpedo missed.

1:32AM
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Lead escort has searchlight turned. Searching for me. Escort on right side of convoy making quick circles and flashing searchlight.

1:40AM
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Tube 1 reloaded, fired at C2 Cargo. Direct hit at midships, sinking. Escorts still searching, now 1500M away. Ordered ahead slow and set course for the middle of the convoy running perpendicular to middle merchant.

1:50AM
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Tube 2 reloaded, fired at Tanker in middle. Scored a direct hit ahead of midships. Sank exploded and sank witin one minute.

2:10AM
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Now at rear right corner of convoy, near rear escort. Following behind and to the right of last merchant, 1200M. All tubes loaded. Fired Tubes 1 through 4 into the middle and left side of convoy. Scored two direct hits, ships still afloat. Rear escort active and searching. Turned course due South and remained at Silent speed.

3:00AM
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Destroyers have lost me, have surfaced to radio contacts and patrol results. Beginning to load external reloads.

3:10AM
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Two load merchants sighted off the port beam, 6000m, closing. Ordered crew to man deck gun and fire at C2 Cargo ship when within 2000m.

3:15AM
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C2 Cargo on fire, sinking after scoring multiple hits to water line and command deck. Targeting Coastal merchant at 2000m.

3:18AM
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Merchant dead in water after scoring multiple hits to command deck, top deck and water line. On fire, burning bright.

3:20AM
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Merchant sank while on fire, returning to course.

4:00AM
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External torpedos loaded in tubes 1 and 5 respectivily.

7:00AM
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Ship spotted on horizon. On close inspection, nationality is U.S. and neutral. Broke off engagment.

10:00AM
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IN BF15 spotted load ship 5600M. Ship spotted us.

10:05AM
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Dived to periscope depth at 3500M. Fired tube 1. Torpedo 1 missed. Turned course to match parallel and fired rear tube. Missed.

10:07AM
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Opened fire with deck gun at 1500M. All HE shells expended at this point. Using AP shells.

10:15AM
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Ship is on fire, dead in water after multiple hits to command deck and water line. Exploded and sank within one minute. Returned to BF 15

10:40AM
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Reported complete list of contacts and patrol status to HQ.

11:20AM
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Ordered RTB.

October 4th, 10:30AM, 1940
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Arrived in port


In case your wondering, the patrol was played on 80% realism with the expecption of manual targeting, external view, and event camera. Doesn't that type VIIB kick ***? :-P

magick1971
08-06-2005, 10:28 AM
Very good job! well donehttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

3.JG51_Molders
08-08-2005, 12:39 AM
Well something to add to the log above. On my third patrol, I had a very interesting run down of events. I never did manage to reach my grid, as I always found a juicy merchant a few KM from my position. Amazingly with no escort, how bold they were. All ships engaged were enemy. Here goes:

December 6th, 1940, 10am
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Sailed from home base, St. Nazaire bound for Grid AN52 off the English East coast.

December 7th, 1940, 9:57am
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Ship spotted, later identified as a merchant. Fired torpedo from 5000m.

10:05am
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Torpedo struck just after midships. Ship on fire. Surfaced for deck gun attack at 3000m.

10:10am
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Ships bow blew clean off. Assumed hit ammo compartment.

December 8th, 1940, 7:17am
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Ship spotted. Identified as a coastal merchant. Same routine as before. Dived to fire torpedo from 4000m.

7:23am
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Torpedo struck aft, assumed engines dead. Surfaced and attacked ships water line with deck gun.

7:25am
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Ship sinking.

December 9th, 1940, 12:36am
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Ship spotted. Identified as a coastal merchant. Dived to periscope depth and engaged. Fired torpedo from 3500m.

1am
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Torpedo struck aft compartment, engines dead. Ship is sinking to aft.

5:46am
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Ship spotted. Identified as small merchant. Dived and engaged. Fired torpedo at 5000m.

5:50am
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Ship is struck at midships, still afloat. Surfaced and engaged with deck gun.

6am
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Ship on fire, command deck is hit. Ship dead in water. Fired a few more shells into the water line before she exploded and sank.

7am
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First enemy warship encountered. Identified as a V and W class destroyer. Fired rear tube from 3500m.

7:05am
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Can you believe the torpedo missed his engine compartment by less than a foot ? Enemy warship engaging. Ordered ahead slow and silent speed. I only have 15m of depth below my keele, so I'm not looking forward to him finding me.

7:07am
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Destroyer is circling north of my position, dropping depth charges. Destroyer is seen heading my direction.

7:10am
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Destroyer is 100m away. Sailing right by me. Dropping depth charges. (How he came so close to finding me while I was originally 3500m away at SS and speed slow was amazing).

7:15am
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Maintained SS. Destroyer has lost us.

Surfaced to recharge batteries and load external bow torpedo into reserve slot.

7:20am
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Visual contact approaching. Identified as 6 Hurricane fighter bombers. Ordered full left rudder and ahead flank. Ordered watch officer to man the flak gun. (As my flak gunner was missing all the Hurricanes, I took a personal role in teaching those planes that did barrel rolls and loops over my u-boat a lesson).

7:21am
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Fired upon Hurricane right over my uboat. Scored a direct hit on the engine. Hurricane is seen crashing into the water. The other hurricanes are dropping depth charges all around me, luckily none of them came close to damaging my pressure hull.

7:30am
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Two warships seen on the horizon, approaching. Ordered periscope depth, SS and ahead slow. Changed course to run away perpendicular. Warships indentifed as twin Hunt II class.

7:35am
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Fired rear tube at closest destroyer, 1000m. (The torpedo bounched off his rudder and kept going in the direction I originally fired it at. Now that made me really P.O.) Destroyers appear to have no bearing on our position. Dropping depth charges.

7:40am
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Destroyers have broken off.

7:50am
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Re surfaced to recharge batteries, and reload the external bow and stern reserves.

10:30pm
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As I was low on torpedos and ammo, I ordered a course back to St. Nazaire. Ship spotted on horizon, identified as a C3 cargo ship. Dived and enagaged.

10:50pm
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Fired torpedo at 2000m

10:52pm
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Torpedo struck at midships. Surfaced and engaged with deck gun at 1000m.

10:54pm
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Ship exploded at midships. Snice the water wasn't more than 20m deep, the bow and stern were sticking out of the water.

11pm
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Now with only 2 torpedos left in the bow, I decided to set a course for one of the English naval ports.

11:30pm
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Only 20km out I spotted a C2 Cargo ship leaving port. I dived to periscope depth with only 5m from my keele to the sea floor, talk abotu a tight squeeze.

11:45
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Fired torpedo at 5000m

11:53
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Torpedo struck in the bow section. Surfaced and ordered engagment using the deck gun at 2000m.

11:57pm
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Cargo ship is hit at midships and explodes. The water here is only 15-20m deep, so once again the bow and stern stick out the water. I set course for the harbour. I sailed about 60m from the bow of the ship, quite a sight.

12:05am
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Destroyer spotted guarding the entrance. Broke off course and headed for the last naval port before heading back to St. Nazaire. I had one torpedo left.

December 10th, 1940, 7am
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This was the pinacle of my patrol. About 20km from the harbour entranced, enemy warship, later identifed as a armed twraler guarding the entrance. Ordered SS and ahead slow to get by. It worked.

8:40am
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I approached the harbour from the south, about 1.5km from the entrace. I looked through my UZO to find a juicy target in the harbour. There were three coastal merchants docked inside the main section of the harbour, to difficult to get with a torpedo. I did find a t2 tanker with its big rear end sticking out and what looked to be like a clear path to get a torpedo through.

8:40am
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Positioned u-boat outside the entranced. LOS is clear with no surface obsturctions. On closer inpsection of the entrance I was infront of, I was about 400m from a mine field, and about 600m from the submarine net. Fired last torpedo. Torpedo is seen passing the right lighthouse entrance, just passing above the submarine net and mines. Track looks good to hit the tanker.

8:43am
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Tanker is hit at midships and breaks into two. The depth isn't very deep so the tanker is on fire with both ends sticking out. Enemy has spotted us. Charted course back to St. Nazaire at ahead flank.

8:50am
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Ship spotted. Identified as a coastal merchant. Since I have no torpedos left, I surfaced and engaged with deck gun. Here is where I realized, 2000m from the target, I had no ammo left for the deck gun. Very reluctant, I dived and returned to course.

8:53am
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Warship spotted, identified as a Hunt II class. Ordered ahead slow and SS. I slipped right by him, won't he be in for a surprise when he gets into port.

9:30am
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Satisfied the destroyer has lost us, have surfaced to recharge batteries.

9:35am
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British torpedo boat is seen to engage within 1000m. Orered crash dive to 30m. No crew were injured.

9:50am
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Resurfaced only to find that **** torpedo boat on my rear again. Crash dived to 20m.

11:30am
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Satisfied the torpedo boat has lost us, have resurfaced to recharge batteries. From here it was routine all the way back to St. Nazaire.

And just to prove my case:

My log

http://www.geocities.com/the_377th/uboatlog.JPG

The poor tanker that got picked off at port. The British will think twice about being safe in port. Behind the tanker you can see the inlet that I fired my torpedo from. here is where the mines and sub net was.

http://www.geocities.com/the_377th/tankerowned.JPG


The patrol was played on 75% realism with the exception of manual targeting, external view, and event camera.