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William66th
01-26-2006, 04:14 PM
Well I finally got what was comming to me. I was tracking a convoy in my lovely weather that I have been having and waited till night fall to attack. At night fall popped scope up marked target and let loose on the convoy. Using the New Damage mod from "Not your grandmothers damage mod" sorry cant think of who made it but its awesome." Well anyways Hit a t-3 and a t-2 before attracting the attention of a destroyer escort.

He starts pinging and I let out a decoy allowing me to slip away and open up on another target. Let loose another torpedo spread into the side of troop carrier. Thats when it happened. All of a sudden out of nowhere my sub starts shaking and the lights flicker glass shatters all around me. What the hell happened. Popped of the scope and looked for the escort, he was still depth charging my decoy. Then I saw what happened. My scope now under tracer fire from an aircraft. I order flank speed and my crew quickly wake up from there long holiday and jump to station. The submarine once quite is now in full swing and everyman is up out of there bunks at there station.

Another large explosion this time near the port side by the crew quarters. I check my damage and see only mild damage to the foward berthing area. I order a shallow dive due to depth to get out of sight of the plane. But by now the Destroyer escort is allready heading for the recently bombed area and is pinging away. A third large explosion and the sub shakes violently as the pipes start to break.

Damage report I scream. Forward compartment mild flooding, bow torpedo room, mild flooding, bow dive planes destroyed. I send damage crew to forward areas to control the flooding. All Stop I scream and try to level out the dive but its too late with the bow dive planes destroyed the sub could not level out and U-66 bottoms out hard into the muddy bottom below. All crew to forward area as again the flooding begins. Critical flooding this time and my crew gets to work to try and stop it. Just then my sonar operator picks up the destroyer on the hydophone and tells me. I'm sure he heard the impact of the sub as it slammed into the bottom.

I had no choice but to sit and pray that the charges would miss. I knew it was comming. The crew continued to work trying to be as quite as possible and after being up past there waist in water managed to get it under control. We could here the "pings" as the destroyer circled the area. Then the horror began as the charges came raining down. The first few were shallow and they simply rocked the submarine but I knew it wasn't over. I put the motors in reverse and slowly tried to pull myself free from the dirt. I had no choice the destroyer had pinpointed our location and was comming around again. The hull scraped on the ground and leaks sprang throughout the sub. Again my now exhusted repair team had to go to work.

Slowly she pulled free as the destroyer crept closer. All stop I ordered and we went silent. The pinging continued as the men lay waiting for there fait. Some prayed others were just to stunned and where white as ghost. Loud explosions were heard in the distance as each one got closer the sub would shake. Then it stopped. I released my grip from the pole and breathed a sigh of relief. Had the destroyer given up did he think that we were dead? Then just as that thought ran through my head the hydophone operator wispered to me that he detected two warships at 180 degrees medium range and closing. My heart sank and im sure the men could tell it. The destroyer had called for reinforcments and he sure got them. I lay quite as i wispered to put the motors into silent speed and cut rudder hard to starboard.

We had to keep moving, soon again the pinging began as the new ships began to circle above like birds of prey in waiting. They knew we were not dead and they planned on finishing the job. The new destroyers started to drop charges and once again the explosions rang close. The damaged hull creaked with each shockwave and the water started to seep in. Then a loud explosion rocked our sub and all our lights went out, motors died and I got the dreaded call of men down on the deck. We had taken a depth charge right at the stern engine and also the quarters area. We were hit very bad and the ship began to bleed out into the ocean a crude black oil slick.

All hands to repair stations as the now scared and tired men struggled through the flooding sections of the sub to try and stop the leaks. You could see the look on there faces as they saw the bodies of the now dead engine crew floating by them.

Another huge explosion now rocked our severly damaged sub and severe flooding was reported everywhere in the aft region. All the men sprang to life leaving the stations to repair the sections. Even me the captain had to help secure and fix the damage sections. I had led all my men to die. I couldn't get the thought out of my head. The stern torpedo room was flooding very fast and it took over an hour to get it pumped out. Our aft quarters was also flooding and men worked feverishly to control all flooding and repair the motors. Durring this the injured of dead crew was moved to the foward quarters. My Mechanics told me the horrible truth, both port and starboard motors could not be repaired. More loud explosions were heard but they seemed a ways off. I couldn't concern myself with something I no longer had control over.

For over an hour and a half our sub was pummeled by the two destroyers and my men fought with blood, sweat and tears to control the flooding. I had to decide what action to take. Was it worth the lives of all the men left aboard the sub to risk staying where we were, or should I blow all tanks and surface to be taken prisoner. I knew life would be hell if we were taken prisoners and also the BDU would probably execute us when or if we returned. I had to wait it out and pray for the best.

After a total of 3 hours they destroyers left the area to resume escorting the remainder of the convoy. Once I was certain they were out of range I told the XO to blow all main and trim tanks. There was a loud rush as the water was slowly expelled from the tanks. The U-66 slowly began to rise from what I thought would be its watery grave. Upon breaching surface the watch commander ran to the bridge. No ships or aircraft sighted. We were safe for now but a hell of ways from home. I strolled through the sub surveying the damage and the quick repairs done. Men had tied things up with everything available including the shirts off there back. I moved forward away from the smell of burt engines and flesh. Slowly I walked up to the forward berthing compartment and my heart sank. There lay ten men and the medical officer was reading some of them there last rights as he prayed over them.

Out of 10 men 6 were dead from the fire on board and the other four men the officer wispered probably would not make it back home. Another 4 men were wounded but would heal with proper medical attention on board. They were laying in the beds as the remaining crew assisted in keeping those men corfortable. There was blood and medical tools strewn everywhere. I dont think my crew saw it but tears were forming at in my eyes. I had no choice but to put it all aside and focus on the problem at hand. How to get this injured boat and her crew home. I sent out a crew to survey the damage to the aft section of the sub. He put on some diving gear and went into the water. Shortly after he reported that the port propellor was severly damaged and that we did not have a rudder. I had the radio operator send out a coded report to BDU. The air was very cold and the wind was a mild breeze.

There would be no sleeping tonight for many men and the thought that we might not make it back was the scuttlebutt of the crew. You could see it on there faces and I wrote down the damage report to send to BDU. I sent up a watch crew to the top deck to man flack guns. We were sitting ducks at this point. We could not dive and would have to limp back to Base on one good engine and one bad propellor.

I listened to the calming sounds of the quite ocean lapping at the hull as I broke out my pen to begin to write letters to the ones lost in todays battle. Since I was now alone I broke down and cried. Never before has the U-66 lost a crew memeber.

Dear Mr.
................

And so the letters began and in the background I could here the crew as the reality finally sank into them. There would be no songs and card games tonight.

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My question for all the captains out there. Is there a way to limp back to base without a rudder. I do have two engines but yet in SH3 there is only a way to control both at the same time. I tried to turn but she kept going in a straight line. If there is no way of turning I cant make it back to base. I think this is a flaw in SH3. Can a Sub be repaired at sea if a component is actually destoyed?

Thanks for the help
Hope you enjoyed the story

Captain William
U-66

(I Apologize to the first person whom read this, I went back and split into sections lol for space reasons. I'm sorry that your eyes are probably "crossed" now. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif Thank you for reading it though.) http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

William66th
01-26-2006, 04:18 PM
Oh the captain also wishes to ask one other question. How if I was submerged could an aircraft find me. I was at periscope level with the scope down when the first bombs hit. Is it possible for the planes to see you if the water is calm from the air. I know that back then the technology did not exist for sonar bouys. The only thing I could think of is that maybe the destroyer radioed my possition to the plane but the destroyer was depth charging my decoy. I'm a little confused about how I was spotted from the air.

Maybe it was a little bit of luck for the pilots that bombed me.

Captain
William
U-66th

trident42
01-26-2006, 04:39 PM
One word: paragraphs

Good story but was sending my eyes a bit funny when reading it. As for your sub, looks pretty ****ed to me, don't think you will be able to get back to base with the rudder gone. Far as i know destroyed parts of the sub can only be replaced in base. Maybe you will have to press excape and click return to base, or you could just give up set for flank speed and ram your boat into the bottom to finidh you off http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif

as for the pilots of the aircraft seeing you, maybe they just bombed where they thought you were and got lucky, in real life aircraft could see u-boats submerged at periscope depth, but this isn't modeled in the game i think.

Mon Pavion
01-26-2006, 05:54 PM
The only thing I could think of is see what way you are pointing. If you a REALLY lucky, you might just be lined up with a friendly base. All you have to do is get within around 30km of the base and you can dock there using the Esc button.

I doubt that you happen to be lucky enough to be pointed at a friendly base though.

paulhager
01-26-2006, 06:13 PM
Try using the navigation tool and chart a course for the nearest base. If that works you can "dock" when within 30 km of the base.

As for aircraft - well, they're deadly. Of the last 4 times I was killed, 3 were by aircraft. I've since learned techniques to avoid being surprised - or at least mitigate the consequences of being attacked while submerged. The best approach is to have the observation scope up in addition to the attack scope.

One other comment. Once you fire your torpedoes, get the hell out. Don't tarry hoping to hit more targets. Withdraw and try to reacquire the convoy at a time and place of your choosing. Read my Murmansk series and it'll give you some idea of what's involved in pursuing a contact and making multiple attacks.

J_Weaver
01-26-2006, 08:57 PM
Great story William. I had a similar thing happed to me near New York. However, I wasn't lucky enough to survive. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Skarphol
01-27-2006, 06:14 AM
Uboats can be spotted by planes when they are submerged, if they aren't too deep.
Here is from the capture of U-505:
"As the ship heeled over in her tight turn, one of two General Motors FM-2 "Wildcat" fighter planes launched overhead by Guadalcanal, sighted the submerged U-boat and dived on it, firing into the water to mark the submarine's position. Chatelain steadied up on her sound bearing and moved in for the kill. A full pattern of depth charges set for a shallow target splashed into the water around the U-boat. As their detonations threw geysers of spray into the air, a large oil slick spread on the water; the fighter plane overhead radioed "You struck oil! Sub is surfacing!" Just six and one-half minutes after Chatelain's first attack, U-505 broke the surface with its rudder jammed, lights and electrical machinery out, and water coming in."


Skarphol

thefalen
01-27-2006, 07:44 AM
lol press esc and return to base

propain999
01-27-2006, 08:19 AM
Originally posted by thefalen:
lol press esc and return to base

Cheater cheater pumpkin eater. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


Someone should make a mod to disable this feature. It really removes all reality from the game.

I once went out on a mission and cruised by boat until I was totally out of fuel and batteries. I was just floating in the middle of the ocean.

I hit ESC and return to base and thought I would see a message "You cant return to base, YOU HAVE NO FUEL!" or a simple "Unable to complete order"

Its the worst thing about this game IMO

CRSutton
01-27-2006, 08:31 AM
Originally posted by propain999:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by thefalen:
lol press esc and return to base

Cheater cheater pumpkin eater. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


Someone should make a mod to disable this feature. It really removes all reality from the game.

I once went out on a mission and cruised by boat until I was totally out of fuel and batteries. I was just floating in the middle of the ocean.

I hit ESC and return to base and thought I would see a message "You cant return to base, YOU HAVE NO FUEL!" or a simple "Unable to complete order"

Its the worst thing about this game IMO </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Well, in the case you quoted it would be kind of gamey. But the original poster has his engines intact and real life jury rudders could be rigged as well as steering with the engines. In his case, I would grant him permission to hit esc and return to base. But of course, a reprimind will go into his file for foolishly hanging around after the first torpedo attack and needlessly risking his boat and crew..


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William66th
01-27-2006, 09:32 AM
Well saying that we survive this. I agree with you as captain I got careless and thats all it takes. Most of time I send off my fish dive deep and track to another spot. This time I thought that the lone escort (that i could tell and hear) was taking the bait of the decoy. I never imagined that air support was right around the corner. Also in my career I have been bombed by aircraft 3 times resulting in minor damage. I never would have thought that he could get to me underwater at periscope depth. But I did some research and sure enough in calm water a uboat will create a shadow in the water that can be seen from the air. I just got hit by one Hell of a pilot i guess.

Captain admits he was wrong but in my patrol we were doing poorly and BDU Kept telling me to "BE MORE AGRESSIVE"

Oh well still waiting to see how this turns out. I wish they had made port and starboard engine controls seperate like a flight sim. Maybe in SH4.

HINT HINT

There is a second part to the story in the forum if you want to continue reading (I spaced that one to)

William
Captain
U-66th (Funeral services will be held at 18:30 for crew members lost durring the battle) (All Crew will attend, No responce from BDU or friendly forces)

(U-66 severly damaged and now running out of oil and fuel request assistance ASAP)

The_Third_Half
01-27-2006, 10:05 AM
Decoys only work for passive sonar.

If they're pinging you, they're no longer using passive sonar detection and cannot hear the decoy emmulating a sub's noise. They've gone to active sonar, and are hunting off the ping..

Next time, if they're pinging you, don't bother with a decoy, got evasive manuvers