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|10-28-2011, 12:45 AM||#376|
Just A Kid At Heart
"Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right."
– Laurens van der Post
|10-31-2011, 03:14 PM||#377|
Join Date: May 2005
Brest, March '42. We return into the Atlantic.
The scoreboard. Soon I will be on top.
We head into our patrol zone near Newfoundland (again). Hopefully we will do better this time.
Our new boat in rough seas.
Again, we must dive before aircraft ..
Somehow we were not hit.
We take up position in our patrol zone, and just as we want to play cards, we get a report of a fat convoy in the south.
Fuel situation is much better this time. We can reach it! We head to the convoy at full speed.
We dive for the hydrophone check.
There is a huge contact in front of us, it covers 50 degrees, that must be the convoy!!
The first hydrophone bearings show up on our map. We don't surface, but manoeuvre only by our signals.
We must be right in the convoy YES!!!
We are between the two right columns. Now it's time to got to periscope depth. From the periscope, we see the first targets.
A run of the mill merchant, very close.
A modern 6000t freighter from America, somewhat distant.
Target solution will be a bit trickier. But it's still not too far away.
And finally to the left is one ugly 5000t merchant heading in our aim.
|10-31-2011, 03:14 PM||#378|
Join Date: May 2005
I settle for 9 knots on all targets. Fire all five T's. We should hit something.
The shot on the first merchant misses, because I was too close already .. damn.
But the American is hit and begins to burn!
The ugly thing on the left is hit too!
For the last time we take a look at the flame effects.
Our last victim looks severely damaged.
Pinging?! Destroyers have headed our way. Jetzt kommt die Abrechnung Männer
We must dive.
I order a dive, to no avail. Waterbombs. We are hit again.
Who thought that could be so quick.
Everything goes kaputt again.
Ouch I got boiled by water .. I can't take it any more!!
While my crew begins frantic repairs, I am at my wits end.
I take position in the only safe station on the boat, the captains bed. Nothing bad can happen to me here.
I take a nap and dream of a beautiful meadow and Marika Röck's legs. When the Chief yells something to me I yell back at him 'let me sleep, can't you see how tired I am!'.
Then I wake up, hopeful to hear the damage has been repaired.
Has it? NO! We are at 190 meters, and the flooding can not be stopped.
All that's below us is a thousand meters of water.
This is like Hitchcock's Marnie.
The light goes out.
Are we still alive?
"You have added another shadow into the Hall of Honor. Your Family remembers you full of pride but you fade in the annals of sea war history."
Damnit. No more boom boom for this captain-san
Conclusion. The escorts in this mod are quite uber. They were right upon us after our first attack run.
That's the second time in a row that I could not survive my first patrol. But we torpedoed two merchants, so our effort was not completely in vain.
|02-13-2012, 11:10 PM||#380|
Join Date: Mar 2011
Brand new campaign, Uboat Missions - Patrol 1 (So far)
Ordered to deliver supplies to Bangkok we head out to sea
And after an uneventful journey, we arrive. The weather was rather horrible, however.
We launched the boat, and headed upon our merry way
After we left Bangkok, instead of the typical "Do whatever you want....just please god stop calling us." Message I usually get from Command, they instead sent me a patrol sector and a demand of 5000 tons
Once again the journey was mostly uneventful (minus a scout plane, he ignored us though.) After arriving to our new patrol sector, we dive and begin to engage hunting operations.
After three stress-filled days of searching with no results. We finally get something on the sonar, it was pitch black and hard to see, but eventually a lone merchant emerged from the darkness
Not wanting to waste my precious torpedoes on a single undefended vessel, I opted instead for a more direct method of attack.
And of course it was not long before.....
First kill of the patrol, add 6000 tons to the log book.
On a final note, there was a single lifeboat in the water, but nobody aboard her, all crew members assumed lost.
Despite having filled our quota, we will patrol here for a couple more days to see if we have any more luck, if not we will request new orders from command and move on.