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08-19-2006, 09:30 AM
U-803€s Atlantic patrol.

U-803 sailed out of Lorient on September 8, 1943. We were assigned to patrol grid BD 51, and set off on our merry way. We were told that a Milk Cow will be waiting for us at the destination. We were then ordered to refuel and head toward Halifax, to intercept a convoy that is currently being organized. We were told that due to increased danger from escort carriers, all Milk Cows will be ordered home shortly. We would be the last ones to take fuel from it. In order to not miss the Cow, we cranked up the diesels to 15 knots and headed West across the Bay of Biscay. I was told to make use of the Snorkel as much as possible during daytime, since ASW planes became more plentiful above the Bay. I chose to disregard such advice, since we would not be able to get to the Milk Cow on time due to decreased underwater speed. So we cruised on the surface, in broad daylight and beautiful weather. I was looking forward to this patrol, since in weather like this, we could easily spot convoys from miles away. I ordered the radio operator to turn off the radar and not to send any transmissions, since that could disclose our position. However, shortly before noon, the watch crew yelled €œAircraft spotted, bearing 115, on the horizon!!€ I decided to let the cowardly British get a taste of our new quadruple flak gun, along with two twins. The first wave was two Short Sunderlands. My flak crew manned the guns and began blasting away. Bullets ricocheted off our hull, but did no real damage. The bombs missed, too.

My flak gunners, on the other hand did not miss, and both planes went down in flames after their unsuccessful pass above the boat.

Shortly after, another wave of planes was spotted. This time, there were 4 of them. The flak guns started barking again, while bombs began to land closer and closer.

Number one gun was hit by a fragment, which skipped off the magazine and barely missed the gunner. The mag broke in half and got jammed. While the gunner struggled to repair his gun, the remaining two shot down two more Sunderlands and damaged another. After the gun was fixed, I decided to dive and cruise under the snorkel. It was fine, and I relaxed in my bunk, with the calming rumble of diesels. All of a sudden, BOOM, BOOM, KABOOM!! €œDepth charges, Sir!! We have hull breaches and flooding in electric engine room and stern quarters!€ €œCrash dive, lower snorkel, report damage, assemble repair crew!€, I yelled and ran off to see the damage with my own eyes. It did not appear to be too serious, and the crew patched up the hull and pumped out water in about twenty minutes.

I decided to not let the Brits return home in triumph. We blew ballast and surfaced. Sure enough, a lone Sunderland was circling, probably looking for oil patches from our sunken boat. My flak gunners hit its remaining bombs and the Sunderland somersaulted into the ocean.

We then cruised at 25 meters, using electric engines. After we came up in he evening, the calm weather started changing for the worse. The crew put on the rain gear and started looking for aircraft or ships.

Just as I thought, we were too late. We received a transmission from BdU that our Milk Cow was intercepted and sunk by an airplane. This struck a huge blow to our battle plans. Since we expended a lot of fuel already, we could not make the American coast and return home. Nonetheless, we patrolled our grid. In the meantime, I devised a new plan. We would follow the England-Halifax convoy route, sailing in the direction of England. After reaching the AM grid, we would sail through AM 48 to AM 19, then to AM 51 and then back home. On the way there, the watch spotted smoke on the horizon. We dove, raised snorkel and sailed on an intercept course, using hydrophone as the only reliable source of information. As we closed in, I raised periscope and saw what we were up to.

The sonar operator said that range to contact is 1500 meters, but I could not plot a solution due to heavy seas, fog and rain. I decided to fire two salvos of 2 fish, guesstimating the gyro angle. One fish from each salvo hit, what turned out to be a C2 and a coastal merchant (In the middle of the Atlantic???)


We continued on for Britain through the worst weather possible. I had to reward these men, and the reward came in a form of chocolate bars I hid in the engine room. The chocolate was a bit melted, but exhausted men did not care, after what they€ve been through.

As we approached the AM grids, the radar operator suddenly reported a contact. I scrambled up to the conning tower and saw smoke, coming straight for us. It could be a destroyer, so we crash dove and evaded.
I thought that maybe in this weather the DD would not be able to hear us very well, so I decided to order all stop at about 30 meters. We also held back on decoys, since they could give away our position. The DD proceeded on and dropped a bunch of DC€s at the location where we were about a minute ago.

The sonar operator reported that the DD is now heading straight for us. However, it was not increasing speed, so I suspected a Hedgehog salvo. We turned up the engines and continued diving at 4 knots. I guess the destroyer did not hear us, and was just circling around. It just so happened that it passed above us.

After a long and uneventful while, we finally got a Convoy Contact! It was heading straight for us. We turned up the diesels to 15 knots in order to intercept it before it reaches shallow waters.

We approached the convoy head on, while snorkeling under the cover of night. We then turned 90 degrees to its path and waited. The escorts picked us up I guess, since they were shining their spotlights everywhere, but thankfully did not see the periscope. They then proceeded to search in a wring direction. Our first target was behind us, 1200 meters away. I could barely see the smoke in this weather. There was no use for our TDC, so I set up a spread from our rear tubes and fired off blindly. Somehow, both torpedoes hit, and the wreckage could be seen despite the rain.

Our next target was a troop transport just ahead, about 700 meters away. One torpedo in the engine room was enough.

We waited, as the torpedoes were reloading. We had 3 front ones loaded, so I waited for a good opportunity. As the convoy was maneuvering, two T2 tankers almost ran into each other and stopped. They were at around 25 degrees from the bow. I fired off one shot into the closest tanker, which proved to be not enough.

The second torpedo finished the job.

I started looking for another target with the periscope€¦ OMG!!! Another T2 was heading straight for us! Thankfully, our boat just glanced off its hull with no real damage.

Still, it was enough to make most of us angry, since that big fat ship tried to challenge our boat. The stern tube got reloaded just at this moment, so I set an under-keel magnetic shot and fired at the T2 that just passed us. Only then did I realize that the ship was too close for the torpedo to arm itself. It ran along the length of a ship, and then it armed itself right under the fuel bunker.

By this time, ships were heading every which way, and another one tried to ram us. You can see the screws of another ship, probably a C2, in the background

The C2 that almost rammed us met the same fate as the tanker, one stern shot and it slowly sank to the bottom.

All of a sudden, it got a lot brighter. I tilted the scope up and€¦€Crash dive!!! Depth 120 meters, release decoys at 60 meters, then turn 90 degrees and go silent!!€ The destroyers finally found us. We were just hoping that the weather that did a good job concealing merchants would do an equally good job of concealing us.

It was too late. The destroyer appeared out of nowhere and fired off its K-guns. The DC€s exploded under the boat, and pushed us out of the water. The DD immediately started showering us with machine gun hail and cannon rounds. They scored a hit on the deck gun, and the second shell blew a hole in the conning tower, just above the Sawfish emblem. (notice the machine gun splashes and a merchant in the background)

We managed to dive, and the destroyer continued its depth charge runs. Too bad it was trying to blow up a decoy.

After we broke away and surfaced, I tried reloading torpedoes from external stores. However, Franz Herbert got washed off the boat, along with two torpedoes the guys were trying to haul out of storage. (I have no idea what happened, those torpedoes just disappeared on me, and the slots became grey. What€s going on??)

The weather became absolutely horrible, and we decided to go home, after only expending about half of our ammo. I mean, there was no way we could attack anything in this fog.

It was not as simple, however. Soon, my radar operator called out a contact. I looked through the binoculars and found€¦ ANOTHER convoy, heading in the opposite direction.

I thought that maybe we can intercept them and score some more hits. But the sea said €œNo way!€ The white caps on the waves became more plentiful, and it started hailing.

We turned away and continued on home. Sure enough, we then got YET ANOTHER report of a yet another convoy, not too far away!

There was no way we could intercept that one, since we had about 7% fuel left. Cutting it quite close there. We continued on, and then smoke was spotted again. We sailed ahead of the ships and then cut across their path. I guess we have overdone it a bit, since the ships were going to pass behind us

I fired off yet another blind shot from both stern tubes, and they hit yet again. This is the wreckage of a T2 tanker, as it later turned out to be.

We then quickly turned around and fired a spread of two from the bow tubes at the rear merchant. Both torpedoes hit, you can kinda see the beginning of the second explosion about where the fuel bunker is.

Final report before crossing the Bay if Biscay, in case we were lost at sea. The Fatherland would know of our accomplishments.

I guess the weather made the Bay of Biscay a no-fly zone, since there were absolutely no planes. Too bad for them, since even if they were there, I doubt they€d be able to see us in this fog. We made it into the port, but just barely. Look at our speed and estimated range

After we docked, the crew ran onto the pier and hugged their loved ones. I felt particularly sorry for that one nurse, so I pulled off my rain jacket and made her wear it. I hope she doesn€t get sick, since then we€d have one less nurse to care for those who already have flu and colds.

This is my first in-depth patrol report. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Sorry there were no humorous scenes, like digging trenches on the sea bed, I€m not too good at those http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

For those who missed it...second Caribbean patrol! (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/857101043/m/2881047474)

08-19-2006, 12:05 PM
nice !

08-19-2006, 01:27 PM
wow good job, i enjoyed reading that

08-20-2006, 10:08 AM
judging from the number of views, a lot of people read it. Judging from the two replies, only 1 in 50 liked it. Can you guys give me some opinions? If it sucked, i'll do my best to correct mitakes next time.

08-20-2006, 12:37 PM
it was good nothing wrong with it

08-20-2006, 01:05 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gifHi, the screehshots are very good ; my only comment is about the engagement of the air strike and that,in the tactical view.

You have there a slow diving boat ,certainly with reinforced Flak and you was lucky this time.The tentation is great to go up and fight the planes. But many times the things go bad in this type of engament and can run in a disastrous early loss of the boat.
My modest recomendation: if you want to take the risk to fight the planes, only engage one plane strike and in the others air strikes crash dive to fight another day.

08-20-2006, 02:52 PM
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A good read, what an epic! I love reading stories like that

08-20-2006, 03:08 PM
But many times the things go bad in this type of engament and can run in a disastrous early loss of the boat.

Indeed it can. I got lucky this time, got away with only minor damage and minor flooding, while bombed at snorkel depth. By the way, I did run at 256TC across the Bay of Biscay on purpose, since I figured i could get nice screens with planes in that nice weather http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

So, I assume noone will be against another report similar to that? I'm still thinking where should i go next- try and find an Arctic convoy (might take a while) or transfer to Mediteranean (and be at high risk of being sunk in my huge IX/D2... What do you guys think?

08-21-2006, 07:00 AM
I love reading peoples After Action Reports.

Great work!

Makes me want to do one... I already have some screenies from previous missions so I just might!

Got a great one lined up currently stalking a large convoy with about 4 destroyers frigates and a Aircraft carrier in its centre.

Could a good un'.


08-21-2006, 04:08 PM
Well I started my After Action Report/Story tonight based on a previous mission. (no 7)

Trouble is I got enjoying it so much I even started fleshing out characters on my boat and now it's all gotten quite long!

Anyway it might take a lot longer to finish than I had hoped.

Damn you Foehammer!! Look at what you've started! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Just some information on screenshots how do I put them into my post?

Thanks in advance!


08-21-2006, 04:14 PM
Photobucket, try that, it's what I use. you take the shots(I use FRAPS) , then upload them to Photobucket, copy & paste IMG Url they give you. Voila!! Can't wait to see you're stuff. Good luck

08-21-2006, 05:56 PM
I can't take all the credit. What inspired me were Paulhager's Arctic patrol stories, as well as Noob Patrols by (I forgot your name, sorry). As for screenies, if you use Fraps like me, you gotta first convert them into JPEG format, or they will coem out tiny on this forum. Then upload to photobucket, and copy paste the line in there that says NAME , and you are all set

08-21-2006, 06:39 PM
Your screenie didnt work Foehammer.

08-21-2006, 06:58 PM
What do you mean? which one?

08-22-2006, 06:42 AM

Thats great - being told how to upload pictures and the tutors image example doesn't work http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Will carry on writing my AAR/Story combo tonight. Didn't play any SH3 at all last night, I was getting so wrapped up in it.

Last time I wrote a story I was probably at school (I'm 34 now - you do the math!) so don't be expecting some Tom Clancy epic.

Anyways exciting times!

Can a moderator start an AAR/Story sticky?


08-22-2006, 07:13 PM
LOL!!! I actually tried to do an example ok. here is what you do, do NOT use spaces [ I M G ] NAAAME [ / I M G ]. Happy now?

08-22-2006, 07:33 PM
That's OK Foehammer. You always seem to set a good example, and do it well. More than I can say about myself at the moment. Bad Tuddley, Bad Tuddley http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/crackwhip.gif

11-30-2006, 10:42 PM
is their actually a milkcow in the game? or was that just something added to make it intresting?<div class="ev_tpc_signature">


11-30-2006, 10:55 PM
Milk Cows are available in the GW mod, but wait a couple of weeks for GWX, that is supposed to be the bees knees in game mods<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

You can judge the character of a man by the condition of those around him.

11-30-2006, 10:58 PM
Haha! Nothing humorous? Returning to port with almost no gas got a laugh from me.

Having only 400 km left of fuel within 60 kilometers of home base takes a sack that I do not have.

I never ever get that low on gas.

11-30-2006, 11:54 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif Excellent report http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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12-01-2006, 03:27 PM
nice one
i liked the part where some poor guy and 2 torps got washed overboard..got me laughing..<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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12-02-2006, 08:42 AM
How did you get waves that big ive never seen that ever<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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12-02-2006, 03:21 PM
Firstly, I want to say, I will be interested in the next Grey Wolves.

Secondly, I throughly enjoyed reading that patrol report. It was very well done and has inspired me to write some more. Starting on my next patrol. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

Proud captain of U-95!

02-06-2007, 08:02 PM
"is their actually a milkcow in the game? or was that just something added to make it intresting?"
Back then I did run the Milk Cow mod, and on that date the last of the cows disappeared, so I couldn't take fuel from it.

"How did you get waves that big ive never seen that ever"
It happens sometimes, when really big storms hit. In that patrol I used no mods except the Cow mod, so the waves are from stock game