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Kapitän 09-25-20 01:42 AM

U 112 Type IXB 1940/2020 - 2nd War Patrol - Convoy Battle!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2697188)
Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

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- continued from 24 September 1940, 1806h -

2116 - Incoming F.T.2110/24: From B.d.U.:
B-Dienst reporting enemy convoy in Qu.1465BF, on westerly heading, speed 6kn.

Cmdr.: "Very likely a OB or OA-convoy."

2121 - Turning boat around on course east.

2247 - Incoming F.T.2240/24: From B.d.U.:
B-Dienst reporting that convoy 2110/24 is now positioned in Qu.1464BF, on course 260°, speed 6kn.

Cmdr.: "Seems to be either OA.218 from Methil or OB.217 from Liverpool."

2256 - "Smoke plume ahead to port!" Own heading is 118°. It's the forward sweeper. Slowly, the other ships come into sight. Turning boat around on course 260°.

2258 - Contact message sent:
"Gustav Gelb!" Convoy 2110/24 sighted in Qu.1464BF center. Course 260°. Speed 6kn. - RST -

Cmdr.: "Convoy comprised of 18 ships in 6 columns and 3 rows. 1 forward sweeper."

2348 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Free to attack! Keep radio silence! Be careful of escorts!

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.


Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

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KTB - U 112


Wednesday, 25 September 1940 - Western Approaches

0040 - Reloading of tube I & II with G7a, K-a/Pi-G7H (contact fuse), until 0107h.

0400 - Three other escorts sighted. All together, four escorts: No.1 = Forward Sweeper; No.2 = Rear Stbd.; No.3 = behind the convoy; No.4 = Rear Port. No.2 and No.4 escorts go on search patterns in irregular intervals.

0615 - Moving to the port side of the convoy.

0656 - Decks awash. Preparing for surface attack. "Battle Stations!".
Shooter: Ltnt.z.S. & I.W.O. Emmo MARBACH.

0725 - Shot with Tube III, G7e, K-b (contact fuse), Running depth 5m, Torpedo speed 30kn.
Target: Standard Tanker in pos.2 of 3rd port-column.
Target distance 4500m, Target angle red86, Target speed 6kn, Firing angle 350°.
Own course 350°, own speed 2kn.

0726 - Shot with Tube IV, G7e, K-b (contact fuse), Running depth 4m, Torpedo speed 30kn.
Target: Standard Freighter in pos.2 of 1st port-column.
Target distance 3000m, Target angle red90, Target speed 6kn, Firing angle 345°.
Own course 350°, own speed 2kn.

0728 - Shot with Tube I, G7a, K-a (contact fuse), Running depth 5m, Torpedo speed 44kn.
Target: Large Tanker in pos.3 of 3rd port-column.
Target distance 4000m, Target angle red85, Target speed 6kn, Firing angle 355°.
Own course 350°, own speed 2kn.

0728 - Shot with Tube II, G7a, K-a (contact fuse), Running depth 5m, Torpedo speed 40kn.
Target: Large Freighter in pos.3 of 1st port-column.
Target distance 3000m, Target angle red85, Target speed 6kn, Firing angle 354°.
Own course 350°, own speed 2kn.

Tubes I, II and IV are hits; Tube II (Ato) understeeres.

The result of the attack cannot be observed, as the boat is being attacked by escort No.3 & 4 with surface weapons and is sustaining damage to the pressure hull in the area of the bow compartment.

0733 - "ALARM!" Boat is crash diving to T=50.

0734 - A-Meter, course 260°.

0736 - Bow compartment repaired. 30 Wabos. No further damages.

- to be continued -

Cajun Kaleun 09-25-20 02:32 AM

December of 42 we set out for the Caribbean yet again in hopes of enjoying the last bit of hunting for the year. It was actually a really boring transit we made it a good way through the Bay of Biscay before we encountered an aircraft and it didn't seem too eager to bother us when we dived. Picked up some warships transiting the Atlantic when we did a hydrophone check near the Azores as well.

Finally made it off the coast of the Dominican Republic again but honestly it was a really boring patrol nothing was happening and it was pretty quiet. Decided to head down to Curaçao this time instead of Florida. While steaming south we caught sight of a destroyer and luckily dived before they noticed. Eventually a really nasty storm showed up when we were right outside the port which made me nervous as I couldn't pick up any patrols around well I decided to slowly slide in and take a peak. It was a massive jackpot 3 tankers in Port and not a single destroyer to be seen. Torpedoed all 3 and headed home happy and feeling like the war was going well.

Then we had our patrol in late February of 43. Oh how quickly the tables have turned already. Shortly after leaving Lorient we encountered aircraft and it was pretty much a constant game of whack-a-mole. Eventually we found a pretty good groove of avoiding aircraft and charging batteries. Encountered a lone cargo ship while charging batteries and used the deck gun to a sink her then quickly dived and slunk away a few days later found another lone cargo ship and did the same to them as well. Needless to say other than the very noticeable increase and organization of Allied aircraft it was seeming like a great patrol and figured the transit to the Caribbean would be fairly smooth. Then suddenly the closer we got to the Azores the more we seemed to be running into trouble and it was harder to predict the aircraft patrols. Eventually we got caught out charging our batteries one morning and we took heavy damage. We took down the aircraft but I decided it was better to limp home it was not worth the risk of trying to even get to our patrol zone. 43 is looking to be a ugly turn.

On a side note I'm really stoked this is the furthest I have made it in a career before. 42 was usually where I met my demise but so far I'm alive. First time I literally couldn't justify finishing a patrol and it felt weird to return with all my eels aboard. The surfacing thing is going to be my downfall played so many nuc sims I have never given it much thought but now I really to adapt as I am prey and no longer the predator.

Kapitän 09-25-20 02:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cajun Kaleun (Post 2697248)
43 is looking to be a ugly turn.

On a side note I'm really stoked this is the furthest I have made it in a career before. 42 was usually where I met my demise but so far I'm alive. First time I literally couldn't justify finishing a patrol and it felt weird to return with all my eels aboard. The surfacing thing is going to be my downfall played so many nuc sims I have never given it much thought but now I really to adapt as I am prey and no longer the predator.


Yep, the "Happy Days" lasted for about 3 years and then ... :wah:

Kapitän 09-25-20 02:07 PM

U 112 Type IXB 1940/2020 - 2nd War Patrol - Convoy Battle!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2697246)
Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

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KTB - U 112


Wednesday, 25 September 1940 - Western Approaches

0040 - Reloading of tube I & II with G7a, K-a/Pi-G7H (contact fuse), until 0107h.

0400 - Three other escorts sighted. All together, four escorts: No.1 = Forward Sweeper; No.2 = Rear Stbd.; No.3 = behind the convoy; No.4 = Rear Port. No.2 and No.4 escorts go on search patterns in irregular intervals.

0615 - Moving to the port side of the convoy.

0656 - Decks awash. Preparing for surface attack. "Battle Stations!".
Shooter: Ltnt.z.S. & I.W.O. Emmo MARBACH.

0725 - Shot with Tube III, G7e, K-b (contact fuse), Running depth 5m, Torpedo speed 30kn.
Target: Standard Tanker in pos.2 of 3rd port-column.
Target distance 4500m, Target angle red86, Target speed 6kn, Firing angle 350°.
Own course 350°, own speed 2kn.

0726 - Shot with Tube IV, G7e, K-b (contact fuse), Running depth 4m, Torpedo speed 30kn.
Target: Standard Freighter in pos.2 of 1st port-column.
Target distance 3000m, Target angle red90, Target speed 6kn, Firing angle 345°.
Own course 350°, own speed 2kn.

0728 - Shot with Tube I, G7a, K-a (contact fuse), Running depth 5m, Torpedo speed 44kn.
Target: Large Tanker in pos.3 of 3rd port-column.
Target distance 4000m, Target angle red85, Target speed 6kn, Firing angle 355°.
Own course 350°, own speed 2kn.

0728 - Shot with Tube II, G7a, K-a (contact fuse), Running depth 5m, Torpedo speed 40kn.
Target: Large Freighter in pos.3 of 1st port-column.
Target distance 3000m, Target angle red85, Target speed 6kn, Firing angle 354°.
Own course 350°, own speed 2kn.

Tubes I, II and IV are hits; Tube II (Ato) understeeres.

The result of the attack cannot be observed, as the boat is being attacked by escort No.3 & 4 with surface weapons and is sustaining damage to the pressure hull in the area of the bow compartment.

0733 - "ALARM!" Boat is crash diving to T=50.

0734 - A-Meter, course 260°.

0736 - Bow compartment repaired. 30 Wabos. No further damages.

- to be continued -

Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

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- continued from 25 September 1940, 0736h -


0812 - Surfaced and reloading of tubes I & II with G7e, K-b/Pi-G7H (contact fuse), until 0842h.

0845 - Turning in toward the convoy for surface attack.
Shooter: Ltnt.z.S. & I.W.O. Emmo MARBACH.

0859 - Shot with Tube I, G7e, K-b (contact fuse), Running depth 5m, Torpedo speed 30kn.
Target: Previously torpedoed Standard Tanker.
Target distance 2600m, Target angle red75, Target speed 5kn, Firing angle 355°.
Own course 350°, own speed 1.6kn.

0859 - Shot with Tube II, G7e, K-b (contact fuse), Running depth 5m, Torpedo speed 30kn.
Target: Previously torpedoed Large Tanker.
Target distance 2800m, Target angle red73, Target speed 4kn, Firing angle 007°.
Own course 350°, own speed 1.6kn.

Tube I is a hit! The tanker is sinking in Qu.1472BF.

Tube II doesn't detonate, because the tanker is turning away sharp to stbd.

0900 - Turning the boat around to get a shot off with the stern tubes. At a distance of 1300m to the closest ship, the boat is being detected and being fired upon by the No.3 escort. The shots are way off but the escort is coming up fast.

0904 - Boat is diving at a distance of 1500m to the fast approaching escort.

0909 - On A-Meter, 40 Wabos. No damages.

- to be continued -

Cajun Kaleun 09-25-20 03:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2697338)
Yep, the "Happy Days" lasted for about 3 years and then ... :wah:

It does a really good job of simulating it for sure. I get why so many died not just the switch in ASW tactics but without the foreknowledge of the war it would be hard to shake the hunter mentality for a lot of skippers once the tide turned. I think I just need to set expectations low and hope for a bit of tonnage but just aim for survival.

Texas Red 09-25-20 04:49 PM

Started a new career in SH3 with LSH3-2015 as my last career went corrupt :(



August 9, 1939
Entry Log: 001
Oblt Erich Hante, U-45, type VIIB

I have completed my first patrol with my new command. We sailed out of Stralsund to complete a test patrol and sank the two target ships set up in AO83. We returned to base after only having been at sea for two days! We were transferred to the 2nd Flotilla based in Wilhelmshaven.
The men at the night club are saying that war is immenient and our training will be put to the test!
We await new orders from the FdU

Signed,
Erich Hante

Texas Red 09-25-20 08:54 PM

September 23, 1939
Entry Log: 002
Oblt Erich Hante, U-45, type VIIB

I have completed my first wartime patrol with outstanding results! Hans Ibbken and FdU were extremely pleased with my performance and awraded me the Iron Cross Second Class!

Here is our captains log for that patrol:

Patrol 2|U-45, 2nd Flotilla|Left at: August 24, 1939, 01:26|From: Wilhelmshaven|Mission Orders: Patrol grid AM18

September 3, 1939 0528
Ship sunk!|Grid AM 15|T2 Tanker, 8230 GRT/ts
September 3, 1939 0530
Ship sunk!|Grid AM 15|Transport, 5600 GRT/ts
September 3, 1939 0537
Ship sunk!|Grid AM 15|T2 Tanker, 8231 GRT/ts
September 3, 1939 0538
Ship sunk!|Grid AM 15|Fast Passengership, 5835 GRT/ts
September 6, 1939 1318
Ship sunk!|Grid AM 87|Small Merchant "Varna", 2279 GRT/ts
September 7, 1939 0533
Ship sunk!|Grid AM 87|Merchant Type M22, 5779 GRT/ts
September 9, 1939 0904
Ship sunk!|Grid AM 51|Collier, 5933 GRT/ts
September 17, 1939 2053
Ship sunk!|Grid AN 14|Pyro Transporter, 7047 GRT/ts
September 18, 1939 1646
Ship sunk!|Grid AN 14|Great Lakes Steamer, 1820 GRT/ts
September 18, 1939 1650
Ship sunk!|Grid AN 14|Great Lakes Steamer, 1821 GRT/ts

Patrol Results
Docked on: September 23, 1939 1522
Crew losses: 0|Ships sunk: 10|Aircraft destroyed: 0|Patrol tonage: 52575 GRT/ts


On September 1, 1939, FdU ordered us to attack the small convoy consisting of the two tankers and the two transports, we sank them with ease. We then made our way down to the Western Apporchases and sank 3 ships there, we were running low on fuel and we were nearly out of torpedoes so we decided to head back home. On our way back we encountered one last ship which we sunk with our last torpedo. We sent a status report to FdU and they ordered us back to base. We sank our last two merchants at the end of our patrol by using our deck gun.

The crew seems to be a little more saltier now, they aren't as nervous and green as they were before!
The sailors at the night club are all cheery and drunk as they spew on about how victory will surely be ours.

I awarded 6 sailors medals, 2 Iron Cross Second Classes and 4 U-boat War Badges, and I promoted 4 sailors.

We await new orders from the FdU

Signed,
Erich Hante

Texas Red 09-25-20 10:53 PM

October 30, 1939
Entry Log: 003
Kptlt Erich Hante, U-45, type VIIB

We have returned from our second patrol, another outstanding patrol that made the BdU extremely pleased with our performance. A sailor was transferred out because he was transferred to another boat, and a new came back in.

Here is our captains log from our patrol:


Patrol 3|U-45, 2. Flotilla|Left at: October 14, 1939, 09:45|From: Wilhelmshaven|Mission Orders: Patrol grid AM87
October 16, 1939 0832
Ship sunk!|Grid AN 61|Ingria (Old Reefer ship), 4342 GRT/ts
October 16, 1939 1427
Ship sunk!|Grid AN 61|Hunter (East-India-Type Freighter), 2658 GRT/ts
October 16, 1939 1427
Ship sunk!|Grid AN 61|Sea Skimmer (Parcel Freighter), 3118 GRT/ts
October 16, 1939 1431
Ship sunk!|Grid AN 61|Block Island (Coal bulker), 3062 GRT/ts
October 16, 1939 1435
Ship sunk!|Grid AN 61|St. George (Transport Ship), 5926 GRT/ts
October 20, 1939 0844
Ship sunk!|Grid AM 31|HMS Laconia (Auxiliary Cruiser), 12367 GRT/ts
October 22, 1939 0244
Ship sunk!|Grid AM 29|Mendocino (Belize-Class-Steamer), 1736 GRT/ts
October 22, 1939 1701
Ship sunk!|Grid AM 46|Agatha Bridget (Passenger Liner), 21478 GRT/ts
October 23, 1939 1112
Ship sunk!|Grid AM 51|Rydboholm (Motorvessel), 6047 GRT/ts

Patrol Results:
Docked on October 30, 1939
Crew losses: 0|Ships sunk: 9|Aircraft destroyed: 0|Patrol tonage: 60734 GRT/ts

The sinking of the Passenger Liner was magnificent, a flame eurpted from the ship, debris went flying everywhere, it was the most joyus part of my life. The intensity and the tension, I loved it all. The crew that has stayed with me has grown and matured a bit.

At the end of this patrol, I was promoted to Kaptäinleutnant and awarded two medals, the Iron Cross First Class and the U-boat War Badge. I awarded nearly 10 medals to my crew, four Iron Cross Second Classes, two Iron Cross First Classes, and 4 U-boat War Badges.

We await new orders from the BdU.

Signed,
Erich Hante

Kapitän 09-26-20 03:04 AM

@the beast
 
Your're just killin' it! :up:


What game realism setting are you using and do you use the h.sie patch?

Kapitän 09-26-20 03:06 AM

U 112 Type IXB 1940/2020 - 2nd War Patrol - Convoy Battle!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2697340)
Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

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- continued from 25 September 1940, 0736h -


0812 - Surfaced and reloading of tubes I & II with G7e, K-b/Pi-G7H (contact fuse), until 0842h.

0845 - Turning in toward the convoy for surface attack.
Shooter: Ltnt.z.S. & I.W.O. Emmo MARBACH.

0859 - Shot with Tube I, G7e, K-b (contact fuse), Running depth 5m, Torpedo speed 30kn.
Target: Previously torpedoed Standard Tanker.
Target distance 2600m, Target angle red75, Target speed 5kn, Firing angle 355°.
Own course 350°, own speed 1.6kn.

0859 - Shot with Tube II, G7e, K-b (contact fuse), Running depth 5m, Torpedo speed 30kn.
Target: Previously torpedoed Large Tanker.
Target distance 2800m, Target angle red73, Target speed 4kn, Firing angle 007°.
Own course 350°, own speed 1.6kn.

Tube I is a hit! The tanker is sinking in Qu.1472BF.

Tube II doesn't detonate, because the tanker is turning away sharp to stbd.

0900 - Turning the boat around to get a shot off with the stern tubes. At a distance of 1300m to the closest ship, the boat is being detected and being fired upon by the No.3 escort. The shots are way off but the escort is coming up fast.

0904 - Boat is diving at a distance of 1500m to the fast approaching escort.

0909 - On A-Meter, 40 Wabos. No damages.

- to be continued -


Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

++++

- continued from 25 September 1940, 0909h -

0934 - Surfaced and reloading torpedo tubes III & IV with G7e, K-b/Pi-G7H (contact fuse), until 1005h.

1015 - Boat in position for surface attack with stern tubes.
Shooter: Ltnt.z.S. & I.W.O. Emmo MARBACH.

1027 - Shot with Tube V, G7e, K-b (contact fuse), Running depth 5m, Torpedo speed 30kn.
Target: Previously torpedoed Large Tanker.
Target distance 3400m, Target angle red75, Target speed 5kn, Firing angle 358°.
Own heading 170°, own speed 4kn astern.

1028 - Shot with Tube VI, G7e, K-b (contact fuse), Running depth 5m, Torpedo speed 30kn.
Target: Previously torpedoed Large Freighter.
Target distance 2000m, Target angle red97, Target speed 5kn, Firing angle 356°.
Own heading 170°, own speed 4kn astern.

Both torpedoes are hits and both targets continue on their course, virtually unfazed.

1040 - Pursuing convoy on course 260°. Escort No.3 & 4 are searching for us at our last attack position.

- to be continued -


Texas Red 09-26-20 08:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2697421)
Your're just killin' it! :up:


What game realism setting are you using and do you use the h.sie patch?

Yeah I sure am! :haha:

I use 62% realism and yes I do use the h.sie patch.

Kapitän 09-26-20 08:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by the beast (Post 2697467)
Yeah I sure am! :haha:

I use 62% realism and yes I do use the h.sie patch.

I'm at 91%: I kept the "Contacts on the Nav map" , the "Weapons Officer support" for surface attacks and the "External Camera view" for some nice screen shots and videos.

Texas Red 09-26-20 10:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2697470)
I'm at 91%: I kept the "Contacts on the Nav map" , the "Weapons Officer support" for surface attacks and the "External Camera view" for some nice screen shots and videos.

Ah, couple that with real-time gameplay and you got a pretty good game to play!

Texas Red 09-26-20 10:11 AM

December 6, 1939
Entry Log: 004
Kptlt Erich Hante

We are currently at sea. We departed Wilhelmshaven on the 22nd of November with orders to patrol grid AM98, which we completed a day ago. We are out of torpedoes and heading back to base after sinking around 60,000 tons if I am correct. We sank a T3 Tanker from one convoy and a Troop Transport from another. The crew is happy now, they are glad to be going back home.

I will write another entry after we dock at Wilhelmshaven.

Kapitän 09-26-20 10:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by the beast (Post 2697481)
Ah, couple that with real-time gameplay and you got a pretty good game to play!

:up:


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