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Shiro_Tsuki
04-22-2006, 07:59 PM
First patrol out of Keil in a VIIB. Took the crew for live crashdive / silent running exercise thru the english channel on route to patrol station BF17. Poor Frantz my headphone operator, he nearly wet himself after 5 days of desphiring the different sounds of British destroyers and merchant type vessels. The crew was fairly edgy and to let people feel involved I had the senoir officers display the ship identification book and gave proper instruction for them to understand the difference of a merchant directly overhead and a destroyer barreling upon us. After we made it thru the channel the crew was primmed to meet the challanges that lay ahead and I now had a fairly well expereinced sonorman who could not tell what type the different ships were around us with confidence. Not to mention a crew well versed in silent running and crash dives drills.

Reaching the patrol station we were meet with nothing but high seas and heavy rain for over 2 days. I decided to move the boat northwards to the next grid. And found myself glad we had the exercise thru the channel. A damn dystroyer apeared thru the high waves some 310m off out starboard side. As frantz as my witness when the distroyer rolled over our crashdiving boat, she let loose her depth charges. Boing boing boing, the damn things bounced off the aft section of the boat. I leveled the sub when that happened and now at 20m deep headed full speed into a 90 degree "U- turn", slowing to 2 knows before we completed it. With the depth charges now exploding well aft and below, i changed direction again into the wake of the destroyerand followed it opposite the ddestroyers course- and amazingly lost contact with it.thankfully damage was very minor, no flooding and quick repairs were made to the aft section of the boat's hull.

BdU sent a message for a wolf pack to converge on BE3350 and I was sure I was late to make the rendyvue. Damn high waves. Dropped to 30m when I was the only left at the meeting point, though i was out of luck when we picked up the fait sound of a large merchant heading our way. At periscope depth we caugh glimpse of our first target in the war - A type 3 cargo ship. The crew now really in high spirits after the channel and the destroyer incident, were nothing but giddy at the sight of an unescorted fat cow of a boat lugging its way within 800m ahead of us. Three eels later and the crew broke into cheers with the cracking sound of the hull. Frantz chaulked up a new sound for the day, never hearing the demise of a ship before. Out goes a case of "Becks" from under my bunk. The weather never really let up, chasing reports with nothing in sight I decided to return to Keil. Handed out 11 patrol badges {wow - new in V1.45!!} learned something about running the english channel. I kept the boat at all time in silent running, surfaced when I really had to get that fresh air and kept the speed to 4 knots. Lots of patrol craft armed with torps several destroyers and several merchant types. I feard trying an attack in the channel with a shallow bed below us and a green crew on its maiden voyage, hence why i did not attempt it... see you in the officer's lounge. {I play at 94% realism - damn manual torps elude me}

Raise one for the vaderland
Shiro..

{playing first time today {real u-boat v 1.45, downloaded from ubisoft.com, damn fine tool}

Shiro_Tsuki
04-22-2006, 07:59 PM
First patrol out of Keil in a VIIB. Took the crew for live crashdive / silent running exercise thru the english channel on route to patrol station BF17. Poor Frantz my headphone operator, he nearly wet himself after 5 days of desphiring the different sounds of British destroyers and merchant type vessels. The crew was fairly edgy and to let people feel involved I had the senoir officers display the ship identification book and gave proper instruction for them to understand the difference of a merchant directly overhead and a destroyer barreling upon us. After we made it thru the channel the crew was primmed to meet the challanges that lay ahead and I now had a fairly well expereinced sonorman who could not tell what type the different ships were around us with confidence. Not to mention a crew well versed in silent running and crash dives drills.

Reaching the patrol station we were meet with nothing but high seas and heavy rain for over 2 days. I decided to move the boat northwards to the next grid. And found myself glad we had the exercise thru the channel. A damn dystroyer apeared thru the high waves some 310m off out starboard side. As frantz as my witness when the distroyer rolled over our crashdiving boat, she let loose her depth charges. Boing boing boing, the damn things bounced off the aft section of the boat. I leveled the sub when that happened and now at 20m deep headed full speed into a 90 degree "U- turn", slowing to 2 knows before we completed it. With the depth charges now exploding well aft and below, i changed direction again into the wake of the destroyerand followed it opposite the ddestroyers course- and amazingly lost contact with it.thankfully damage was very minor, no flooding and quick repairs were made to the aft section of the boat's hull.

BdU sent a message for a wolf pack to converge on BE3350 and I was sure I was late to make the rendyvue. Damn high waves. Dropped to 30m when I was the only left at the meeting point, though i was out of luck when we picked up the fait sound of a large merchant heading our way. At periscope depth we caugh glimpse of our first target in the war - A type 3 cargo ship. The crew now really in high spirits after the channel and the destroyer incident, were nothing but giddy at the sight of an unescorted fat cow of a boat lugging its way within 800m ahead of us. Three eels later and the crew broke into cheers with the cracking sound of the hull. Frantz chaulked up a new sound for the day, never hearing the demise of a ship before. Out goes a case of "Becks" from under my bunk. The weather never really let up, chasing reports with nothing in sight I decided to return to Keil. Handed out 11 patrol badges {wow - new in V1.45!!} learned something about running the english channel. I kept the boat at all time in silent running, surfaced when I really had to get that fresh air and kept the speed to 4 knots. Lots of patrol craft armed with torps several destroyers and several merchant types. I feard trying an attack in the channel with a shallow bed below us and a green crew on its maiden voyage, hence why i did not attempt it... see you in the officer's lounge. {I play at 94% realism - damn manual torps elude me}

Raise one for the vaderland
Shiro..

{playing first time today {real u-boat v 1.45, downloaded from ubisoft.com, damn fine tool}

general_kalle
04-23-2006, 12:35 PM
nice story
salute franz and the rest of the"green crew" and tell them that its gotta be worser than that

good luck and good hunting