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paulhager
01-21-2006, 07:14 PM
About Murmansk #11, the less said the better. I had just under 50K and was lucky to get that. Several times I would cripple a ship only to have it sunk by the Luftwaffe, compelling me to go after fresh targets. These, too were sunk by Hermann€s boys.

In Murmansk #12, all of the action takes place 28 July 1943. For this patrol, I finally had access to Falcon homing torps. I acquired 2 for the stern and 2 for the bow. The rest of the torps were T-III€s

BdU reported the initial contact.
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I intercepted and was able to damage a T2 with conventional torps and sink a J-type with a Falcon. I withdrew and surfaced. While attempting an end-around maneuver, a Hunt II showed up and I sank it with a Falcon.

After this, I was able to send a contact report to BdU.
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In a subsequent attack I made to sink the T2. Again, I withdrew and surfaced only to be set upon by another Hunt II. I sank it with a Falcon and again surfaced. The watch picked up another DD closing in. This was a Tribal that was part of the rear guard. I used my last Falcon on that. I remained submerged because the SO reported that another warship was approaching. This was a Flower from the other side of the convoy. Since I had exhausted my homing torps I thought about diving and sneaking away. However, as I watched the Flower, I saw it was going straight, at a uniform speed. I decided to fire a spread as it passed and got a hit. Amazingly, in two engagements I€d killed 5 of the convoy€s 7 escorts.

With the convoy denuded of protection, I made two more attacks. The first started out as an attack on the center T3€s. However, I noticed the lead J-type DD was in station keep mode €" typically one can expect that after running search patterns, the lead DD will maintain convoy course and speed for 5-10 minutes. I decided it was worth gambling to eliminate it so I tracked it, got a solution, and hit it with a T-III from 900-1000 meters. The remaining Flower made some close passes but, fortunately, was fooled by my decoy.

With the J-type gone, I made liberal use of my radar and stayed close to the convoy €" just out of visual range. For the next attack I fired two spreads at the T3€s and sank both.

It was apparent during the second attack that the Luftwaffe had been active in the interim - several ships were on fire. I suspect that taking out so many escorts greatly reduced air defense, making the attacks more effective.

With my score now 3 tankers and 6 escorts, I maneuvered for another attack.
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Radar picked up a fast target €" it turned out to be a Ju-87. I got an extended series of screenshots of its attack on a flank C3.
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Shortly after this, I made another attack, sinking a C3 and damaging a C2. Because there was only one escort, I was able to easily elude and set up for another attack in which I sank another C3 and got a hit on another. Two of my hits in this sequence of attacks were the result of a missed shot hitting a merchant in an adjacent column.

Getting in position for what was probably going to be my last attack, 4 FW-200 Condors showed up to pummel the surviving members of the convoy. Time was close to local midnight.
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Here is the U-319 moving into position for what would prove to be the final attack. Notice the columns of smoke from the convoy.
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Here€s a periscope view of the approaching convoy.
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Down to 2 bow and 1 stern torpedo, I fired on overlapping targets. I sank the close C3.
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While withdrawing, I picked up another warship on the hydrophone. Checking it out I discoved this cruiser about 10 kilometers to the north.
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Here€s the final tally from the patrol.
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As a result of the successes using the Falcons, I€m buying 8 for the next patrol. If I can get 80K or so, I should about break even.

WilhelmSchulz.
01-21-2006, 08:28 PM
Good job. Did you go after the Dido?(I think thats a Dido)

paulhager
01-21-2006, 09:11 PM
Originally posted by WilhelmSchulz.:
Good job. Did you go after the Dido?(I think thats a Dido)

I thought about it but decided that even if I could catch it, it would take a hell of a shot to sink it. I might have tried if I'd had two torpedoes for a spread shot.

Trydan
01-22-2006, 05:08 PM
Absolutely excellent. I must say, I love reading the Murmansk stories. I go for them first, every time I check the forums! Well done Paul!

vanjast
01-22-2006, 05:45 PM
I tell you this is KAK..
In IL2 when I dive bomb a ship in my Stuka, I come in from at minimum 3000m, and it's a VERTICAL dive with brakes on. Not only this but you line yourself up in the same direction as the ships course so any misjudgments are insignificant and you guaranteed of a hit.

Tut tut!, SH3 developers have failed to consult reality like IL2 has........ http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif

MarkThomas1963
01-22-2006, 06:23 PM
Are these Murmansk convoys part of a mod? Or in-game unmodified? I have yet to figure out how to 'call in' air strikes, or is that done by the AI?

Interesting stuff nontheless....

paulhager
01-22-2006, 10:03 PM
Originally posted by MarkThomas1963:
Are these Murmansk convoys part of a mod? Or in-game unmodified? I have yet to figure out how to 'call in' air strikes, or is that done by the AI?

Interesting stuff nontheless....

As I've indicated before, I only have the sensor mod.

To call in airstrikes, you simply send a contact report to BdU. If you can sight one ship, that's usually enough. Obviously, you want to get barely in visual range. If the escorts are staying close to the merchants, you'll probably see a merchant first. If you see an escort, just report and then turn away. Best is to spot from the rear or rear flank of a convoy.

When you have radar, you can use that to pick up the ships beyond visual range. That may or may not bring escorts.

paulhager
01-22-2006, 10:06 PM
Originally posted by vanjast:
I tell you this is KAK..
In IL2 when I dive bomb a ship in my Stuka, I come in from at minimum 3000m, and it's a VERTICAL dive with brakes on. Not only this but you line yourself up in the same direction as the ships course so any misjudgments are insignificant and you guaranteed of a hit.

Tut tut!, SH3 developers have failed to consult reality like IL2 has........ http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif

Right. I did see one more or less correct attack - I think it was in #11. A Stuka came toward the bow of a C2. Bombs hit all along its length. Gave it a real pasting ...