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Fjaril
05-06-2005, 05:09 AM
Always sticking their noses where they don't belong...

Some way through 1940 I was out tootling around off the coast of Canada (my assigned patrol zone was naught) and happened quite suddenly upon a nicely-sized merchant convoy. Right off the bat I popped a T3 Tanker and a C2. There were some juicier targets in the bunch, but most of them were blasted neutral yanks—including a passenger liner smack-dab in the middle.

I worked my way through the convoy, lobbing torps here and there at a smattering of C2's. I took one's rudder out barely 300 meters off my bow, and took aim at another just ahead of it in line; fired Tube Three. A couple minutes later, I decided I'd probably never hear from that torpedo again, and so loosed Tube Four for a second try.

About this time, I notice the lone escort (a V&W) passing by my stern, wondering what the heck was going on. I didn't really want him to find out, so I lined up and pooped out a Tube Fiver. A gentle wipe o' my bum and a twirl of the periscope to check my headroom and, to bloody hell, if that blasted Yankee passenger liner hadn't done a hard-a'starboard right across my path. She was far enough out not to pose a threat to my precious hull, but I had torpedoes out there, and goshdarnit, they weren't hungry for neutrals. I quickly F12'ed to go chase it down,I ducked under the waterline and, wouldn't you know it: right in front of my Four.

Wait, no, Three. Wait, what?

Yep, prodigal Three had returned. Ladders apparently weren't good enough for it, that sucker had circled huge. Had it been a meter lower, or the other a meter higher, it would have actually t-boned Torp Four. Anyone know if that's possible?

So anyway, fate slapped my bum and I lost the two C2's and took a humbling renown hit for completely failing to not sink a bunch of misguided dougboys.

http://oregonstate.edu/~groveru/images/SH3/prodigal.jpg
http://oregonstate.edu/~groveru/images/SH3/damyankee.jpg

Bergman
05-06-2005, 06:46 AM
In WWII it happened sometimes that a torpedo was running in circles, I believe because of a faulty gyroscope. The U-boat had to crashdive then to avoid their own torpedos. The accoustic torpedos were especially know for that if I'm correct.

S VIIC_41
05-06-2005, 07:23 AM
Didn't he say it was a pattern running torp?

With the ladder and all?

Must have been one of the ones that ran in a circle instead of a ladder.

Bergman
05-06-2005, 12:10 PM
Wel he said it was 1940 if so he cannot have a pattern running torpedo. I hope it was faulty torpedo. Love to be blown out of the water by my own torpedos http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Twelvefield
05-06-2005, 01:13 PM
This is a coincidence, I was thinking last night about starting a thread on the topic of circling torps.

I remember reading about how the American subs at the start of the Pacific war had a lot of troubles with torpedoes that circled around and hit their own subs. The USS Tang, I believe, was the victim of such an attack. The eventual American solution was to increase the arming time so that the torp would not go active until well past the time it would take to circle and hit the sub. Later on in the war, they developed more sophisticated torpedoes that had better guidance systems.

I was wondering if the German torpedoes suffered from the same setbacks in real life.

Bergman
05-06-2005, 01:30 PM
Long time ago, I read somewhere that those accoustic torpedos were running in circles regulary. But that was a long time ago.

Desslock
05-06-2005, 04:27 PM
Never saw circling torps in the game, except for the intended ones perhaps later in war.
But sometimes, when hitting with a really smooth angle, they bounce away and go on on a different course. It's probably what happened to you

Guardicus
05-08-2005, 07:53 AM
Nothing stirs a Yanks national pride more than frustrating a Brit....

...now I'm off to the North Sea to pick off some more stubborn Brit merchants.