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ILikePortillos
08-01-2005, 11:20 AM
Left Wilhelmshaven on the 1st of July 1940 with the orders to patrol the grid just outside the Firth of Fourth (I can't remember the alphanumeric designation). It was my last voyage as Captain of the U-140, type II-B. On my way there I spotted a C2 tanker heading south and put it under with 3 torpedoes.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y282/ILikePortillos/DisabledC27-4-1940.jpg

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y282/ILikePortillos/NorthernRoseHitBy2Torpedos7-4-1940.jpg

After that I patrolled the sector for the required 24-hour period before turning south on my return route. I decided to drop into Hartelpool to see why the much touted port raids were all the rage. I got there (submerged) around 23:00 and took a look around. There were a couple of cargo ships in the docks and a little fishing boat pulling in the days catch just outside the breakers.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y282/ILikePortillos/HartlepoolThroughObservationPerisco.jpg

Well, I didn't actually launch my final 2 torpedoes at anything in the port, because I was nervous about the retribution I would likely face. I don't know about you all, but being that close to the hornet's nest, with just under 20 meters of depth beneath you and plenty of DDs patrolling the sector just makes me too nervous.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y282/ILikePortillos/HartlepoolEngland7-5-1940.jpg

I decided then that port raids just aren't my bag. I'd much rather snag lone cargo ships just outside the ports (within 100 km), then make my way out to deeper water.

Speaking of which, I ran into a V & W Destroyer on my way out and fired my last 2 remaining torpedoes at it. They saw the bubble trail and turned hard to starboard, actually evading it initially. But their momentum kept them turning and the torpedo actually ended up running parallel to the ship, then striking it in the bow.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y282/ILikePortillos/HMSChichesterCatchesFireAndSinks7-6.jpg

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y282/ILikePortillos/HMSChichesterBreakingSurface7-6-194.jpg

I've just been reassigned to the U-47, type VII-B and have been transferred to Brest. I'm looking forward to having a little more space and the extra torpedo load out it provides. Not to mention, the deck gun for finishing off disabled ships.

KapYodan
08-01-2005, 01:00 PM
Dear Kapitan,

I recall my first and only so far trip into a port. It was Scapa Flow in April of 1940. Much work, much hiding and an excellent preformance by my crew. Yielded not a single ship in port, only a Corvette patroling in circles. So I snuck back out. Good luck on your new post, I have served with my VII-B for almost a year now, and she does very well for me. You are right, it is nice on a calm sea to under a ship with your guns, leave those torps for the convoys.

Yours,

Kapitan Yodan

ILikePortillos
08-01-2005, 01:39 PM
Thanks. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif Just a little nervous right now. I decided not to go through the Channel towards Brest. Instead I'm taking the same path the Spanish Armada took back in the 16th Century. . .over the top of Scotland.

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

Hopefully the weather holds. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif

CannonFodda_99
08-01-2005, 10:38 PM
I just wondered, is it just me or does that merchant in the first pic have a blank flag?

Cannon

captsteubie
08-02-2005, 12:44 AM
I have died a few times trying to get into Loch Ewe. I did finally get in and I bagged a BB. That was my last try. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

FDNYFAN
08-02-2005, 02:32 AM
Originally posted by CannonFodda_99:
I just wondered, is it just me or does that merchant in the first pic have a blank flag?

Cannon

It looks like its blank but it is probably a Union Jack,so it is a valid target. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

loudhunter
08-02-2005, 08:36 AM
It semms to me you need the Living SH III - Mod (http://forums-de.ubi.com/groupee/forums/a/tpc/f/469102863/m/1641077143)!

Allied ports full of ships and man-o-wars and a lot of radio messages to make your radio man REALLY working for the money he gets!

One "small" problem for you guys: the radio traffic is in German... On the other side you will be FULLY involved in operations "Weserübung" and "Chariot" and witness some annoying RAF raids on teh French coast bases.

KapYodan
08-02-2005, 08:40 AM
July 1940,

Got my orders to patrol Grid AM37 - That grid overlays Scapa Flow. With these orders in hand we set off. In the back of my mind is another run. Pray for heavy fog and light seas. No such luck, but the timing is on our side. We make entry to the first pass. Miss a DD on Patrol. His patrol brings him back up to me and he lets off some DC. I had alreay made a course adjustment right before he passed overhead. Periscope up - firing solution - fire, turn and run. Hit and sink. 4 more DD's go to previous location and ping. I am already past and into the channel. We make our way in to the inlet. Scapa Flow just ahead and no patrols inside the inlet. Nothing there - again. quite a disapointing run. We stay there for a full day, watching. Still nothing, so we head out to try and find merchant traffic to the East. If we had not had the encounter with the patrol, my men may have all fallen asleep.

KapYodan
08-02-2005, 08:41 AM
Sorry, put the wrong grid in the previous post.

Stormbird_262
08-02-2005, 11:51 AM
Sneaking into ports was alot easier before some hippies thought they'd increase the amount of patrol vessels and then put some more at anchor. The latest version (1.4) makes it very hard (probably more realistic) But i did like cruising into Loch Ewe every patrol for an easy 10k Fiji now its ALOT harder, i only do it if im feeling daring now (not very often)