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TheRealWulfmann
05-25-2006, 08:13 PM
Once in a while you have a patrol that is epic. Not because you sink a carrier or rack up a big score in tonnage but because you dug deep and found a way to bring your boat home when it should have been sent forever to the bottom.
U-637 had such a patrol.
I have a new super RND file with some new twist in my search for reality.
Basically, I made all the escorts competent instead of Elite and veteran and increased the number of escorts for the convoys to range (1943-45) from 8 or 9 to as many as 12.
This also required editing the depth charges and sensors to lessen those pin point sniper drops by widening the chance where it explodes (Instead of always at my depth) and reducing the effect to allow me to take more hits and prolong the agony of the sinking.
Well, that was the idea and hope and U-637 left St Nazaire in Fed 1944 to test the new mods.
I sank a lone coastal merchant off Portugal and ran into a small convoy (I have changed the local traffic for England, North Africa and Atlantic to small convoys of 2-5 merchants and 2-4 escorts) it only had two armed trawlers (elite crews but no Asdic) sinking a C3 and a liberty but having a tough go with the pesky trawlers but finally got away by going to 1 knot and silent running.
I headed north hoping to catch a convoy but with my RND mis files 3 ships for 16K in early 44 is actually a decent patrol.
After some bad luck I ran into a large north bound convoy. I planned to stay way wide and throw a spread of four fish in hopes of disabling something big and then using a T5 to take out the screen escort and then hopefully survive the counter attack.
But, the convoy turned and ran over me.
I was not only in side the screen, I was inside the first line of fat juicy merchants.
What a big convoy, 9 rows. It had the usual DD in front at least 2 frigates on the opposite flank but a DD and 2 DEs were on the convoys right side with one way out making my original idea perhaps not a good one.
As I slid across the unsuspecting line of merchants I decided to shoot from row 2 into a T3 leading row 3 then move across and attack the last ship in row 4 another T3.
All went well except I misjudged the speed of the convoy and both fish hit right on the stern of the big tanker. She did not go down, damn.
I noticed the 2 closer DEs on the flank turn in and I fired a T5 through the outside wall of merchants hoping the homing device would not activate until it was nearer the DEs. It worked, One DE went down.
I now tried to salvage the raid by making a better set up on the other T3 which I did. That brought my score close to 30K, not bad and if I could survive maybe that T3 disabled would slow or even stop and wait for me.
But, I had to sneak out the back and escorts were in a foul mood by now.
I ran along the side of a C2 which put one frigate and a DE looking behind me and that left only the rear right twins a C-Class and a DE.
As I came out the back they both turned on me and I hit the afterburners to get some space and the last bit of seconds needed to load the second T5.
I had the set up and as soon as it went green it went out and I shut down the motor and called for 260 meters. As soon as I heard the ka-boom I hit flank and drove U-637 deep as fast as I could so I could clear the convoy even further and reduce the number of potential suitors.
Boy was I lucky, Only the survivor of the right rear pair came after me although I was not aware of that just yet hearing many warships on the hydrophones but he was actually the only one on my trail. I counted 7 so with 2 sunk there were at least 9.

As I maneuvered to keep the DCes from hitting me I crept further south and finally realized I had only one escort to beat. For the next 4 hours he made his runs but experience guys here know one DE can be predicted by careful listening and we can always zig then zag and I suffered only slight damage from a few close ones.
But, he would not give up. He had no more depth charges but kept making his runs. 500 klicks west of Portugal is too long to be underwater. I knew the tanker was still close by alone and I had one fish for him.
I also had a T5 for the escort.
Except it was the external storage.
I rose to periscope depth and delightfully lined up and sank the big tanker. My score was over 40K and when this guy got tired I could ride my glory back to France like the good ole happy times of the U-Boats.
But he did not get tired. I stayed down and tried everything.
I remained still, I went zig-zagging, I went one knot, I went in reverse, I did everything I could think of.
He could not kill me but I was running out of air as it was now 14 friggin, frelling hours since I crash dived and don€t remember how long before that I was under waiting for the convoy!!!
I would suffocate the crew before I would run out of electric power.
I tried to put up the snorkel but only had it shot up by the escort (anyone remember The Bedford Incident!).
I went deep again and finally had no choice, the line for CO2 was on the Red. I had to surface and hope to get enough air in a couple minutes and not be destroyed by gunfire.
I put damage control people on call and as soon as I porpoised I put the 2 Flak rated Chiefs (Did I mention I edited the crew cfg to be improved, LOL).
Now I got lucky, I usually pick 3 quad mounts for my C4 tower but this one time I thought I would give the twin 37MM a go because Werner in Iron Coffins stated how impressed they were with a single 37MM auto.
The DE blasted me straight away. I had flooding in 4 compartments with one very serious almost instantly. I jumped on the twin 37MM (The crew will not shoot at ships by themselves).
OK, this gun kicks Royal Navy buttocks. It can€t sink a ship but it sure makes a mess of everything else. I took out both turrets all the AA, the search lights the boats and DC rack and anything that could be was blown to bits by this Jesus (Savior) gun.

But, on fire and toothless the DE that should have been named HMS Churchill for the bulldog never give up attitude now was hell bent on ramming me.

Does anyone remember the T5 in the outside storage compartment?
For the next hour I twisted and turned on the surface at flank speed while the DE tried in vain to run me down until I finally had my last chance to go home ready.
We all know these home boys don€t always work even when we have the idea down pat they are ifee.
I dove and he followed me and I turned hard with a 120 angle on the rear tube and when he got there I fired, shut off the motor and ordered 20 meters.
That was one of the sweetest explosions I have ever heard.
Never has the cheering crew sounded like it was for real like this time.
U-637 surfaced and headed home and not even Murphy was going to do anything but tip his hat to the saga of this one determined U-Boat.
She will likely succumb to a Sunderland 50 mile outside of port on the next cruise but, hey, the virtual crew is getting trashed off their butts tonight and I for you think they deserved it.
Over 14 hours submerged by that DE! I€m beginning to dislike them!
I gave the first Iron Cross 2nd class to the flak chief!
Wulfmann

The evil DE. Wrongly called the River class in SH3 this is actually the C-Class types (A-G) converted as convoy escorts in 1942 by removing guns and torpedoes and adding extra fuel and DCes along with those hated K-guns.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/Wulfmann/Charging-DE.jpg (http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/Wulfmann/Charging-DE.jpg)

Watching a DC drop and hoping it goes by me. Increasing the variance of the depth that it detonates makes those pin point drops less likely and more real.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/Wulfmann/Watching-DC.jpg (http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/Wulfmann/Watching-DC.jpg)

TheRealWulfmann
05-25-2006, 08:13 PM
Once in a while you have a patrol that is epic. Not because you sink a carrier or rack up a big score in tonnage but because you dug deep and found a way to bring your boat home when it should have been sent forever to the bottom.
U-637 had such a patrol.
I have a new super RND file with some new twist in my search for reality.
Basically, I made all the escorts competent instead of Elite and veteran and increased the number of escorts for the convoys to range (1943-45) from 8 or 9 to as many as 12.
This also required editing the depth charges and sensors to lessen those pin point sniper drops by widening the chance where it explodes (Instead of always at my depth) and reducing the effect to allow me to take more hits and prolong the agony of the sinking.
Well, that was the idea and hope and U-637 left St Nazaire in Fed 1944 to test the new mods.
I sank a lone coastal merchant off Portugal and ran into a small convoy (I have changed the local traffic for England, North Africa and Atlantic to small convoys of 2-5 merchants and 2-4 escorts) it only had two armed trawlers (elite crews but no Asdic) sinking a C3 and a liberty but having a tough go with the pesky trawlers but finally got away by going to 1 knot and silent running.
I headed north hoping to catch a convoy but with my RND mis files 3 ships for 16K in early 44 is actually a decent patrol.
After some bad luck I ran into a large north bound convoy. I planned to stay way wide and throw a spread of four fish in hopes of disabling something big and then using a T5 to take out the screen escort and then hopefully survive the counter attack.
But, the convoy turned and ran over me.
I was not only in side the screen, I was inside the first line of fat juicy merchants.
What a big convoy, 9 rows. It had the usual DD in front at least 2 frigates on the opposite flank but a DD and 2 DEs were on the convoys right side with one way out making my original idea perhaps not a good one.
As I slid across the unsuspecting line of merchants I decided to shoot from row 2 into a T3 leading row 3 then move across and attack the last ship in row 4 another T3.
All went well except I misjudged the speed of the convoy and both fish hit right on the stern of the big tanker. She did not go down, damn.
I noticed the 2 closer DEs on the flank turn in and I fired a T5 through the outside wall of merchants hoping the homing device would not activate until it was nearer the DEs. It worked, One DE went down.
I now tried to salvage the raid by making a better set up on the other T3 which I did. That brought my score close to 30K, not bad and if I could survive maybe that T3 disabled would slow or even stop and wait for me.
But, I had to sneak out the back and escorts were in a foul mood by now.
I ran along the side of a C2 which put one frigate and a DE looking behind me and that left only the rear right twins a C-Class and a DE.
As I came out the back they both turned on me and I hit the afterburners to get some space and the last bit of seconds needed to load the second T5.
I had the set up and as soon as it went green it went out and I shut down the motor and called for 260 meters. As soon as I heard the ka-boom I hit flank and drove U-637 deep as fast as I could so I could clear the convoy even further and reduce the number of potential suitors.
Boy was I lucky, Only the survivor of the right rear pair came after me although I was not aware of that just yet hearing many warships on the hydrophones but he was actually the only one on my trail. I counted 7 so with 2 sunk there were at least 9.

As I maneuvered to keep the DCes from hitting me I crept further south and finally realized I had only one escort to beat. For the next 4 hours he made his runs but experience guys here know one DE can be predicted by careful listening and we can always zig then zag and I suffered only slight damage from a few close ones.
But, he would not give up. He had no more depth charges but kept making his runs. 500 klicks west of Portugal is too long to be underwater. I knew the tanker was still close by alone and I had one fish for him.
I also had a T5 for the escort.
Except it was the external storage.
I rose to periscope depth and delightfully lined up and sank the big tanker. My score was over 40K and when this guy got tired I could ride my glory back to France like the good ole happy times of the U-Boats.
But he did not get tired. I stayed down and tried everything.
I remained still, I went zig-zagging, I went one knot, I went in reverse, I did everything I could think of.
He could not kill me but I was running out of air as it was now 14 friggin, frelling hours since I crash dived and don€t remember how long before that I was under waiting for the convoy!!!
I would suffocate the crew before I would run out of electric power.
I tried to put up the snorkel but only had it shot up by the escort (anyone remember The Bedford Incident!).
I went deep again and finally had no choice, the line for CO2 was on the Red. I had to surface and hope to get enough air in a couple minutes and not be destroyed by gunfire.
I put damage control people on call and as soon as I porpoised I put the 2 Flak rated Chiefs (Did I mention I edited the crew cfg to be improved, LOL).
Now I got lucky, I usually pick 3 quad mounts for my C4 tower but this one time I thought I would give the twin 37MM a go because Werner in Iron Coffins stated how impressed they were with a single 37MM auto.
The DE blasted me straight away. I had flooding in 4 compartments with one very serious almost instantly. I jumped on the twin 37MM (The crew will not shoot at ships by themselves).
OK, this gun kicks Royal Navy buttocks. It can€t sink a ship but it sure makes a mess of everything else. I took out both turrets all the AA, the search lights the boats and DC rack and anything that could be was blown to bits by this Jesus (Savior) gun.

But, on fire and toothless the DE that should have been named HMS Churchill for the bulldog never give up attitude now was hell bent on ramming me.

Does anyone remember the T5 in the outside storage compartment?
For the next hour I twisted and turned on the surface at flank speed while the DE tried in vain to run me down until I finally had my last chance to go home ready.
We all know these home boys don€t always work even when we have the idea down pat they are ifee.
I dove and he followed me and I turned hard with a 120 angle on the rear tube and when he got there I fired, shut off the motor and ordered 20 meters.
That was one of the sweetest explosions I have ever heard.
Never has the cheering crew sounded like it was for real like this time.
U-637 surfaced and headed home and not even Murphy was going to do anything but tip his hat to the saga of this one determined U-Boat.
She will likely succumb to a Sunderland 50 mile outside of port on the next cruise but, hey, the virtual crew is getting trashed off their butts tonight and I for you think they deserved it.
Over 14 hours submerged by that DE! I€m beginning to dislike them!
I gave the first Iron Cross 2nd class to the flak chief!
Wulfmann

The evil DE. Wrongly called the River class in SH3 this is actually the C-Class types (A-G) converted as convoy escorts in 1942 by removing guns and torpedoes and adding extra fuel and DCes along with those hated K-guns.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/Wulfmann/Charging-DE.jpg (http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/Wulfmann/Charging-DE.jpg)

Watching a DC drop and hoping it goes by me. Increasing the variance of the depth that it detonates makes those pin point drops less likely and more real.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/Wulfmann/Watching-DC.jpg (http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/Wulfmann/Watching-DC.jpg)

hueywolf123
05-25-2006, 09:27 PM
I hope the brass band was playing for you on your return, you certainly deserved it. This was epic, a huge effort on your behalf.
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rls669
05-25-2006, 10:15 PM
Great story. Could you possibly make that variable DC detonation depth a standalone mod? That would be awesome.

TheRealWulfmann
05-26-2006, 10:19 AM
It is actually better to get Timetraveler's tools and it is easy to mod it your self. I do not upload and am still teaking.
There are simply many little things wrong with how SH3 works and once you get anal about realism it starts to get to you. hence my quest to make it "more" real, what ever that is.
When I have it all sorted I will either offer a mod pack or see it GW wants it.
Wulfmann

rls669
05-26-2006, 10:25 AM
Link for these tools?

lecek
05-26-2006, 10:29 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by rls669:
Link for these tools? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
http://www.delraydepot.com/tt/sh3.htm

Just becarful with the file analyzer, you can accidentally edit the wrong file. I have a thread about myself doing just that here:

http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/857101043/...961073634#7961073634 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/857101043/m/2171018334/r/7961073634#7961073634)