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Stingray-65
05-06-2007, 09:27 PM
Well, I seem to have found the cure for my patrol boredom... just attack a convoy that has over a dozen armed escorts. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

BTW, to my discovery, Troop ships have more guns onboard than destroyers! Seriously, everything down to rifles & pistols must've been fired @ us. I think I even saw hand grenades being thrown! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

U-13 (now a type IX) left Lorient on October 24, 1941 to patrol ET41.

Oct. 30 @ 19:20 - sank British Coastal Merchant in CG27 with deck gun
Oct. 31 @ 04:11 - sank British Coastal Merchant in CG54 with deck gun
Oct. 31 @ 07:50 - sank British C3 in CG51 with deck gun

Here is the good part:
Nov. 2 @ 09:45 - pick up contacts on hydrophone
Nov. 2 @ 10:30 - engaging convoy in CG87
Nov. 2 @ 10:56 - sank British Tribal Destroyer while infiltrating convoy
Nov. 2 @ 11:06 - sank British Black Swan Frigate
Nov. 2 @ 11:20 - sank British T2 tanker

Notes:
- Came under heavy fire from Troop transports while inside convoy at periscope depth. Sustained hull damage but repaired quickly.
- Damaged multiple C2 cargos & T2 tankers. Inflicted heavy damage upon 1 Troop transport but failed to sink them. Tubes emptied; internal reserves exhausted.
- Swarmed by Flower Corvettes (at least 7 or 8) & depth charged repeatedly for hours. Sustained damage to all compartments.
- Crew performed valliantly under depth charge attacks to combat heavy flooding.
- Hull creaks from sinking to 175M gave our position away. Still we managed to pull the boat up & to escape.

No casualties, although some came close to drowning. All crew (most valuable 1st) were moved away from severely damaged/flooded compartments until repairs could be completed.

Once surfaced in CG76, we were able to assess the extent of our damage. As follows:
- Stern Dive Planes: destroyed
- Stb Rudder: destroyed
- Officer's station in stern torpedo room: destroyed
- Flak guns 1, 2 & 3: destroyed
- Deck gun: destroyed
- Forward deck: destroyed
- Radio antenna: destroyed
- Misc. classified equipment http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif: destroyed

Stuck on Heading 300 & cannot change course. Decide to put it in reverse which should put us near Casablanca.

Nov. 7 - We stopped the boat around 05:00 when we heard seagulls. Too dark & foggy to see land. Waited until daylight. Currently about 300Ms from shore, about 36Km SW from neutral port of Casablanca. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
http://www.geocities.com/uboat_flotilla_52/Casablanca.jpg

Now then.... how to deal with the red tape: If I exit the patrol & use "Return To Base", will it know that I'm basically putting into port at Casablanca or will it put me back at Lorient?

Stingray-65
05-06-2007, 09:27 PM
Well, I seem to have found the cure for my patrol boredom... just attack a convoy that has over a dozen armed escorts. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

BTW, to my discovery, Troop ships have more guns onboard than destroyers! Seriously, everything down to rifles & pistols must've been fired @ us. I think I even saw hand grenades being thrown! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

U-13 (now a type IX) left Lorient on October 24, 1941 to patrol ET41.

Oct. 30 @ 19:20 - sank British Coastal Merchant in CG27 with deck gun
Oct. 31 @ 04:11 - sank British Coastal Merchant in CG54 with deck gun
Oct. 31 @ 07:50 - sank British C3 in CG51 with deck gun

Here is the good part:
Nov. 2 @ 09:45 - pick up contacts on hydrophone
Nov. 2 @ 10:30 - engaging convoy in CG87
Nov. 2 @ 10:56 - sank British Tribal Destroyer while infiltrating convoy
Nov. 2 @ 11:06 - sank British Black Swan Frigate
Nov. 2 @ 11:20 - sank British T2 tanker

Notes:
- Came under heavy fire from Troop transports while inside convoy at periscope depth. Sustained hull damage but repaired quickly.
- Damaged multiple C2 cargos & T2 tankers. Inflicted heavy damage upon 1 Troop transport but failed to sink them. Tubes emptied; internal reserves exhausted.
- Swarmed by Flower Corvettes (at least 7 or 8) & depth charged repeatedly for hours. Sustained damage to all compartments.
- Crew performed valliantly under depth charge attacks to combat heavy flooding.
- Hull creaks from sinking to 175M gave our position away. Still we managed to pull the boat up & to escape.

No casualties, although some came close to drowning. All crew (most valuable 1st) were moved away from severely damaged/flooded compartments until repairs could be completed.

Once surfaced in CG76, we were able to assess the extent of our damage. As follows:
- Stern Dive Planes: destroyed
- Stb Rudder: destroyed
- Officer's station in stern torpedo room: destroyed
- Flak guns 1, 2 & 3: destroyed
- Deck gun: destroyed
- Forward deck: destroyed
- Radio antenna: destroyed
- Misc. classified equipment http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif: destroyed

Stuck on Heading 300 & cannot change course. Decide to put it in reverse which should put us near Casablanca.

Nov. 7 - We stopped the boat around 05:00 when we heard seagulls. Too dark & foggy to see land. Waited until daylight. Currently about 300Ms from shore, about 36Km SW from neutral port of Casablanca. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
http://www.geocities.com/uboat_flotilla_52/Casablanca.jpg

Now then.... how to deal with the red tape: If I exit the patrol & use "Return To Base", will it know that I'm basically putting into port at Casablanca or will it put me back at Lorient?

Hiriyu
05-06-2007, 11:38 PM
If you use the 'Exit' command, it will ask you if you wish to dock at "X" port, which ought to let you know where you'll be putting in.

If you get Lorient as your return port, you will get a reduction in renown, as you're really intended to sail back to within a certain range of your original port. If you get Casablanca, your patrol won't actually finish until you've sailed back to Lorient. Either way, you'll have the option to opt out of docking, so no harm to try it out http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Karl_Donitz_Jr
05-07-2007, 03:54 AM
Point of logic, if you only have your starboard rudder destroyed, don't you still have your port rudder functional? Can't you (sorta) stear on that?

Stingray-65
05-07-2007, 06:17 AM
@ Karl_Donitz_Jr
Nope, I thought that too, but no dice. That was the 1st thing I tried but could only go straight forward or back. I think what they meant was "what was left of the port rudder was functional after being repaired, which wasn't very much". http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

The coolest part of getting the rear control surfaces damaged was actually seeing the DC that inflicted it. Via the observation scope, I watched it fall & hit the top of the rear deck & roll off, detonating a couple of seconds later! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif You know that feeling you get when you must be turning white as a sheet? Yep, I had it at that precise moment! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif

@ Hiriyu
I know I've seen that message on the Exit screen "Dock at ***Name Of Port Here***" before, but all I got was "Return To Base" which, you guessed it, took me back to Lorient. I guess there just happened to be a friendly battleship in port at Casablanca that could tow us back to Lorient. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

Stingray-65
05-07-2007, 07:08 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif BdU was NOT impressed! Apparently they're not happy with us for damaging their expensive boat. (But wait, I thought I paid for it with renown?!) We didn't get any medals or promotions & barely got any renown at all. I know we only sank 6 ships but we got the snot beat out of us trying to take on half the royal navy! You'd think we'd get something! Oh well, there is the 30-day leave with wine, women & song while the guys at the docks put our boat back together. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif