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Kaleun1961
10-17-2005, 07:31 PM
I'm in my second patrol of a new career in a type II off the southeast coast of England. I wanted to see how good my weapons officer was at long range shooting. Turns out he is very good, killing a C Class destroyer from over 7000 metres. I fired at about 7300 metres, a G7A set to medium speed. I was very surprised, but happy to see this in my UZO:

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a299/K-61/Kills/DD01.jpg

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a299/K-61/Kills/DD02.jpg

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a299/K-61/Kills/DD03.jpg

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a299/K-61/Kills/DD04.jpg

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a299/K-61/Kills/DD05.jpg

I fired on the surface and stayed on the surface to watch events unfold. I wasn't really expecting the torpedo to hit, but was hoping to get his attention so he would come after me and then I would try to sink him with a G7E, which leaves no wake.

baggygreen
10-17-2005, 07:41 PM
What a fantastic shot! congrats!

Chrystine
10-17-2005, 11:23 PM
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Indeed, impressive!

Fine shooting Kaleun!
Do my eyes deceive me, or did you not also fire €˜on the run?€ ( ca. 9 kts? ).

I love sniping DD€s! ..particularly at long range. One of my all time favorite activities aboard my boat. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I€m also curious here, too€¦

€œ.. was hoping to get his attention so he would come after me and then I would try to sink him with a G7E€¦€

I€ve used that same tactical approach a fair number of times, but only late war and armed with good, reliable acoustic h-torps.
How (consistently) reliable do you find that tactic with a standard G7e?
At what range then do you fire a G7e at the approaching DD in such scenario?

Best,
~ C.

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Kaleun1961
10-18-2005, 12:10 PM
I fired on the run, full speed. My original track was to the northwest, and he was heading southeast. Immediately I swung around, running at flank speed on a parallel course in the same direction, about 7500 metres offset. As I was in a type II and he was steaming at about 13 knots, I realized that I could not overhaul him and close the gap, so fired that one long range shot, with the G7A set to medium, in order to have the range.

I was hoping that it would hit, but if not, that it would get him to swing toward me. My plan then would have been to submerge and move off his track and fire a G7E. I have used this tactic a few times, mainly with convoy escorts. They react to a sinking and come flying over. While they are doing that, I maneuver to a position perpendicular to their track, about 700-1000 metres in order to try to be out of range of their asdic arc. Then it is simply a matter of waiting, and hoping they do not deviate from their path before you fire.

paulhager
10-23-2005, 07:13 AM
Originally posted by Chrystine:
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Indeed, impressive!

Fine shooting Kaleun!
Do my eyes deceive me, or did you not also fire €˜on the run?€ ( ca. 9 kts? ).

I love sniping DD€s! ..particularly at long range. One of my all time favorite activities aboard my boat. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I€m also curious here, too€¦

€œ.. was hoping to get his attention so he would come after me and then I would try to sink him with a G7E€¦€

I€ve used that same tactical approach a fair number of times, but only late war and armed with good, reliable acoustic h-torps.
How (consistently) reliable do you find that tactic with a standard G7e?
At what range then do you fire a G7e at the approaching DD in such scenario?

Best,
~ C.

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I only started engaging DD's when I got homing torps. Otherwise, I do so only when I have no other option. The down-the-throat 600 meter shot with steam torps is my preferred early-war method of attack. I got pretty good at that. One of the reasons I like the Type IX is the twin stern tubes: I can make that shot while running away.

Note: I modified the later war Type VII starting loadout to conform to information I found in the U-boat Archive (http://www.uboatarchive.net/Uboatlist.htm). Love those Sound Kings.

acetoolguy
10-23-2005, 07:48 AM
Jeeeze.....did they time that shot with a calendar?
"The torp hit yet?"
"Dunno..ask Thursday.."