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Old 06-23-2017, 02:13 AM   #4921
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'Allo!

I first posted this down below as an independent thread, before I saw this story post thread. Yep - I'm blind.

Anyway; I've moved it here to the proper place for stories, so here it goes:

Ohhhh Skimmers are such boneheads!
...Not that my own tactics portrayed a particularly scintillating genius. MAN I wish I'd grabbed a screenshot but I just got attacked by two of the dumbest destroyers I've ever seen.

Ever since dawn I've been stalking a juicy convoy E of Java: a couple of tankers and a mix of light and medium freighters; about 8 targets total. They are escorted by a trio of destroyers; each commanded by a Captain who is clearly not the brightest Rising Sun in the Imperial Navy.

Hey - I survived; I get to laugh at them.

Shortly before dawn I'd picked up the sound trace of a convoy heading East; I aimed in that direction, went to flank and pursued in moderate early morning haze and calm seas. Searaven performed with her usual superb response, leaping after the enemy like a bloodhound. By 8 we'd spotted the convoy - or more accurately the trailing escort. As is my habit I try to draw these schmoes off by staying on the surface then diving at the first shot - sometimes they forget their duty and try to kill me leaving the convoy alone.
Well, they didn't do that; they hung around for a bit then returned to the convoy - by that time I was end-running around the target at breakneck pace; getting well in front by about 1500. This is where I made my mistake: the reef was just to the East and I'd paused to take readings in exactly the wrong spot. The escorts came into view before I could get out of range; I wound up trapped on the reef (117.2 7.8) with the whole shebang chugging right over my head.

I was soon spotted, and over came the destroyers to wreak massive destruction on my poor frail little boat.

Destroyer #1 (Curly) came in with a bone in his teeth; I watched the sound contact sweating. I threw the rudder hard over at the last second; Curly roared overhead, dropping depth charges.

He missed.

His charges did however detonate on the reef; blowing his bloody stern off.

He stayed floating for a couple of minutes then sank in a gloriously ignominious fashion; bow pointed rather fetchingly at the sky.

Larry came by a few minutes later - this time right up my rudder. I twisted Searaven to port, sending SS-196 around the bow of one of the tankers. Larry had to take a wide line, came around and hammered me - I took some mild damage; my deck gun is wrecked - and HE gave himself a lethal colostomy as well; sinking about halfway beneath the waves while 8 ships' worth of Japanese merchant sailors watched and shook their heads sadly.

Moe's still back there trying to catch up with NO idea what the heck just happened. I imagine he'll be saying "Whoops" when he sees the burning remains of his two colleagues ahead - and the burning wreckage of the convoy shortly after. Just an hour to nightfall - I'm down to 50% battery but come nightfall my boys are going to have a happy sinkfest; this poor widdle convoy is all by its wonesome.

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Old 07-27-2017, 10:27 AM   #4922
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Again, welcome everybody, I'm new on the forum
Here is my little story from my new campaign vanilla SH4, Patrol 1

So, I decided to start new campaign. Nothing unusual. I had to decide Captains name. I decided to get Tambor class and Captain name from first captain of USS Tautog (One of the best submarine on Pacific due to WW2, also stationed on Pearl during attack). So I named my captain - J. H. Willingham.
I started a new campaign and what happend? Game set my sub name to USS Tautog

First war patrol - Mission - Agent insertion to Osaka. No problem there. Went to Midway on full ahead, then ahead slow to Japan waters. About 50-100nm from Osaka I got my first merchant contact. Standard procedure, periscope depth, battlestations, periscope up. Made all my calculations on map, and waited for target. Identified as Large Modern Composite. 3 tubes open, torpedo depth set to 24 (In book there was 28.9ft) due to rough sea also switched to "contact". Fire 1, 2, 3. Wait, and wait. Good positions of torps, aaaand? What happend? All 3 torpedoes went under ship! What the heck? Merchant spotted torps and started evasive manuevers. I shoot another 3 but it was too late. All 3 missed again. I lost my 6 torps on my first target! I was so mad, ordered surface the boat, and do things with thing that always work. After 10 shots of my 4'50", she wasn't so happy as she was after evading torps
But still mad due lost of 6 torps.

Later, after insertion on Osaka (I did this on nightime, safer due to land artillery), I met small modern freighter on Tomogashimasuido Strait which was enter to the port. Battlestations, shoot two torps (I needed one but as went later it was good decision due first one was a dud). I wanted to see his captain face "Ahhh finally safe, 10 minutes and we are at the land... TORPEDOES PORTBOARD!!!" Kaaboom, on the midnight such a big explosion

After leaving Osaka and Kiisuido Bay I got orders to went to the East China Sea for patrol. Good, because I thought it's the end of orders, I wanted to stay at Philiphines sea and sink some more merchants. Went to East China Sea. Sunk 3 merchants. End of patrol, let's get out from here boys! After passing Riukiu Islands I spotted Huge European Liner with escort of... 4 DDs! 4 Akizuki escorting one merchant? That must be an officer ship! I had only last 4 aft torpedoes. So this had to be accurate shot, no other chance! Dove to 230 to close without beeing spotted, then periscope depth, used TDC, fast calculating, all 4 went away. All 4 hits, no duds! She was sinking! All 4 DDs were confused, didn't even know from where torps were launched. So to leave undetected I set 300 ft depth. But, I didn't noticed that I had 30% hull damage due last aircraft bomb... At 280 I had a flooding... That can't be true! But hopefully after that liner sink I saved the game. It was because my stupidity and no knowledge about Tambor specs. Now I know that red line is Crush Depth with undamaged hull... I just couldn't leave it on first patrol, sorry

I went back undected and plotted course to the Midway and then full ahead to the Pearl. I got 9 merchants with about 69000 tons. But I also damaged patrolling Akizuki. Nice beggining of the war I also got Medal of Valor.

That's my little story from first war patrol after getting back to the game. Maybe I write some more if I get alive
Hope you liked it. Regards!
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Old 07-27-2017, 10:54 AM   #4923
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Old 09-04-2017, 11:01 PM   #4924
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My First Campaign Battleship!

Had been patrolling the mouth of Kii Suido for days with some mild, single target successes. A lone destroyer had been sent out to try to hold us down or scare us off. They were easily evaded and after a time, they moved off to the NW. While we were monitoring his departure, and by accident, I picked up a large convoy on the hydrophone exiting Kii Suido. We pointed our nose at them and as luck would have it, they steamed directly at us. As they got closer, individual screws could be picked out. There was not a single merchant among the dozen or so warhips. The task force spread across 30 degrees of the hydrophone dial.

It was very dark but eventually a Fuso Battleship could be distinguished as the closest target. Purely by accident, the escorts passed harmlessly to either side as we chugged along at a silent and safe 2kts at peri depth trying to head off the Battleship.

Frantic Speed, distance and heading was calculated with my shaking hands. I had my 90 degree setup and my type 10s would be within range with just a short run. All torps fore and aft were set to run just under the keel with mag detonation. The plan was to fire a four spread from the bow and then turn and add two more either at the fuso or, if it was going down, anything near it.

Despite having my scope up way too much, not a single ship raised an alarm.

As she passed through the cross hairs, we fired an in-line balistic spread of four from the bow to rake her broadside. Because of the proximity of other ships in the formation, I didn't want to crank the rpms for my 180 to bring the aft tubes to bear. This made the turn around agonzingly slow. The nail biting was interrupted as three of our four fish hit home. Not sure if the first was early and crossed her bow or the last may have ran deep. The burning battleship rolled heavy towards us and sank almost peacfully with a slight stern-first settle.

All hell broke loose and I lost my nerve for the stern tubes. Imagining a horde of escorts headed my way, we zeroed the rudder and took her deep. Turns out I could have taken a stern shot since the escorts appeared to have almost no idea where I was. They never over-ran me. Three buzzed around for forty minutes or so and then they all hi-tailed it back to the formation. We were alone on the surface, charging batts approx 1 hour after firing.

My first battleship in a campaign! 34 thousand tons ought to get me a new shiny boat and a promotion!

It must have been disheartening to them to suffer a loss basically at their front door before they'd even really got started. Thoughts of their lady friends and a hero's send off cut short by the sight of one of theirs gowing down in flames in home waters--Not the way for them to start a mission.

Again, a lone destroyer approaches from the straight. He bee-lines me and makes a depth charge pass. With plenty of warning, we had max depth, silent running and easily scooted out from under the charges. A slow crawl away to night and safety.

With an inventory of only three torps aft, we round Wakayama's southern peninsula and head NE to run up the Japanese coast toward Tokyo. With any luck we'll snag a loner and then head to Midway and Pearl to pick out our new shiny boat!

--No big shakes for you vets but for me this was a big night! I have recently gone to 'no map updates' so this was doubly exciting to have such a success with the new challenges.


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Old 11-24-2017, 12:27 PM   #4925
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An image from the mod FOTRS Ultimate v 0.63 that I thought was interesting.
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