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Tomus
06-27-2005, 06:37 AM
I know everyone has asked for more harbour traffic and it has now been received and this is great especially for the home port, but what was the actually likelihood of U-Boats sailing into British naval bases and blasting cruisers and battleships to bits. I know Prien did it in U-47 and there were some smaller scale mimi-sub operations, but how many times did full size type VII's and IX's really get within striking distance of British naval bases?

aaronblood
06-27-2005, 07:20 AM
I'm thoroughly impressed that even one guy did it!

I'm hopeful that after I finish my first career (playing relatively true to history) I'll be able to mod the config file so I can have a XXI with all the upgrades and goodies right from the beginning. hehehe

legodragonxp
06-27-2005, 08:16 AM
I'll have to dig through the books again, but I'm pretty sure it was done with type VII in the med a few times.

Faamecanic
06-27-2005, 10:20 AM
There are stories of U boat sailors bodies (after being detected and DC'ed) being found on/around US East Coast with MOVIE THEATER tickets in their pockets from the day before. Which would mean they not only got into major ports but also got ASHORE somehow. This is reported to have happened in and around North Carolina, South Carolina, and New York.

maxpower2
06-27-2005, 11:58 AM
Originally posted by Faamecanic:
There are stories of U boat sailors bodies (after being detected and DC'ed) being found on/around US East Coast with MOVIE THEATER tickets in their pockets from the day before. Which would mean they not only got into major ports but also got ASHORE somehow. This is reported to have happened in and around North Carolina, South Carolina, and New York.

it is possible, the southeast has literally thousands of small inlets that a ww2 boat could easily get into.

BrookieG78
06-27-2005, 03:40 PM
Hey Mechanic! Its a good story.
Maybe you can contribute it to:
http://uboat.net/special/myths/
It reads like a slightly changed, but more spectacular version of the grocery story http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Happy hunting!

Faamecanic
06-28-2005, 06:33 AM
Originally posted by BrookieG78:
Hey Mechanic! Its a good story.
Maybe you can contribute it to:
http://uboat.net/special/myths/
It reads like a slightly changed, but more spectacular version of the grocery story http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Happy hunting!


I think thats where I heard it from.

I know the U boats got REAL close to our coast as when I was in Civil Air Patrol we were taught that we used to act as scouts for subs, flying small short range aircraft, during WWII.

The Avon Lady
06-28-2005, 08:22 AM
Originally posted by Faamecanic:
There are stories of U boat sailors bodies (after being detected and DC'ed) being found on/around US East Coast with MOVIE THEATER tickets in their pockets from the day before.
I bet they went to see The House on 92nd Street (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/630345786X/103-8736914-0299802?v=glance). http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

musketeer_kfh
06-28-2005, 08:33 AM
Just a short drive south from my house on Long Island is the area where German Sabotours were dropped off by U-Boats during WWII. From there they spread out to several major cities. Two of them turned on the Germans though, if I remember correctly, leading to the capture of all of them. The ones who didn't turn were publicly tried and executed very quickly.

The fact that it was German turncoats who caused the operation to go sour was coverred for years. J. Edgar Hoover thought it more omportant that the Germans believed it was due to the efforts of the FBI. There was an extensive special on the history channel about it as well as books and articles.

For those who do not know it is a 1 hour train ride from where they landed on Long Island to the heart of New York City. It was also a very short distance from the Grumman and Republic main aircraft factories, although there real targets were power plants and such.

AVGWarhawk
06-28-2005, 09:25 AM
The u-boats were off the east coast all the time. My great aunt remembers the sailors coming off the U-505 after its capture and seeing the boats surface off Long Island, NY. Not to mention the sunk boat off the Jersey shore found in 1991. There is a book out on it now called "Shadow Divers". Furthermore, the boats would surface at night off the Carolinas, the boardwalks with lights from the carnival rides would silouett our ships coming out of port. People on the ferris wheel remember seeing the explosion from the torpedos. It took weeks to convince the carnival owners to shut off lights at night so the boats would not get silouetted by the lights. There is probably alot more we will never find out about our coasts and the u-bouts.

Celeon999
06-28-2005, 09:52 AM
My grandfather was on one (U-109) of four u-boats who were the first to attack ships on the american east coast.

The others were U-123, U-66 , and U-130

He remembered that they could see the lights of cars and houses and even people walking along beaches. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

They were very surprised that even the coastal ships were running with full lights so they were the easiest targets theyve ever came across.

They also listended to the american radio stations so they were always up to date when there was a news flash broadcast about "nazi subs" seen there and there . http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

He remembered someone saying : "Has no one told them that there is a war going on ?? " http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

"how can anyone be so careless ???" http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Celeon999
06-28-2005, 10:24 AM
But for the part of U-109 ...

Theyve never been ashore. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
But it would have been very easy for them http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

I dont know where it actually is but they were in the near of Jacksonville. (Florida?)

The IWO told him "ive heard a whole bunch of rich people lives there" http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif and "maybe we can sink something expensive" http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

AStotzer
06-28-2005, 11:26 AM
Originally posted by Tomus:
I know everyone has asked for more harbour traffic and it has now been received and this is great especially for the home port... I thought they only added harbour traffic to enemy ports? I haven't seen any port traffic in my home port.

Celeon999
06-28-2005, 12:11 PM
Yep. No traffic in home ports. Mentioned in the Readme

Port_Raider
06-28-2005, 03:16 PM
I snuck into Loch Ewe and sunk the T2 tanker there and made it out. I sincerely doubt that there would be much chance of that really happening. The approach to the docks is long and somewhat narrow. Even if you get in I don't think you would be able to get out alive once you announced yourself by blowing the tanker up into a giant fireball. Especially as the other ships in port were a cruiser and several destroyers.

Pretty searchlight show though. :-)