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paulhager
10-03-2005, 08:42 AM
Alas, no screen shots but when I describe what happened it'll be apparent why I had no time for them.

Previous mission, Spring 1942. Had completed stay in Patrol Zone just south of Iceland and was heading to well-traveled convoy routes WNW of Ireland. Weather was moderate winds, medium fog - that typically means visibility of around 2000 to 3000 meters. I was cruising at 1/3, 1024 TC.

Suddenly, dropped out of TC with the message that was underattack. Dove to periscope depth and saw a DD approaching fast, bearing 100. Decided to fire "down the throat" and turned toward it. Was initially going to fire a spread of two but the DD was closer than I'd thought. In the event I had no time to do much of anything other than point and shoot. I then executed a knuckleturn to port. While the boat was turning and diving, I went to the external view to see if I got the DD. The DD came barreling in but I noticed its stern was on fire and beginning to settle. Didn't matter because it went right over my position and there was a terrible grinding noise and the announcement that damage was being taken. This was the point I should have taken a screen shot as the sinking DD rode over my conning tower but I was too busy figuring out how much damage I'd taken.

As the DD coasted another 100 meters and then rolled over, I ascertained that the main damage was limited to my attack scope, which, in my haste, I had neglected to retract. Ironically, if the DD hadn't been sinking it would probably have sailed right over me. However, if it hadn't been sinking, I would have been depth charged and likely killed.

Incidents like this demand a Captain with sphincter control.

Excalibur688
10-03-2005, 09:12 AM
LOL....Ive been there before just not as close as you mind you....but awful close.....you oughta out this in this threadhere (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/857101043/m/9011058263)

Gunnersman
10-03-2005, 10:08 AM
Originally quoted by paulhager Decided to fire "down the throat" and turned toward it.

Why did you turn towards her for a down the throat shot? Did you not have any torps in your stern tubes? Or did you just feel like soiling your pants that day? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

blastomatic1759
10-04-2005, 07:04 AM
i feel your pain , times 2 to the 5th power. ive had a C3 try and land on me ,while driving stupid , doing a convoy attack , didnt notice anything until i heard all kinda "not happy" noises.

paulhager
10-04-2005, 07:29 AM
Originally posted by Gunnersman:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> Originally quoted by paulhager Decided to fire "down the throat" and turned toward it.

Why did you turn towards her for a down the throat shot? Did you not have any torps in your stern tubes? Or did you just feel like soiling your pants that day? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

It was extraordinarily poor judgement, actually. I completely misjudged the distance and wanted to fire a spread of two (generally a guaranteed kill) so that meant turning toward the DD. It was only as I was diving and turning that I realized how close the DD was. At that point I was committed. I just fired the torp currently selected without setting depth or anything else. The DD was actually so close it was nearly impossible to miss - in fact it was almost too close for a shot. Sometimes luck is better than skill...

Interestingly, this is the second time I've had a sub damaged by a "kill". The first time was in the previous career when a plane I'd shot down came skipping like a flat stone into the stern. Didn't get a screen shot of that either http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif