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ivanov.ruslan 01-30-21 02:52 PM

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GWR 2021

Jimbuna 01-31-21 07:45 AM

Gentlemen, please be kind enough to post your screenshots in the SH3 Screenshots thread.

What has recently been posted doesn't even include a textual explanation.

Thanks in advance.

Kapitän 01-31-21 08:20 AM

U 112 Type IXB 1941/2021 - 4th War Patrol - Convoy battle
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2725820)
Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

++++

KTB - U 112

Thursday, 30 January 1941 - West of Rockall Bank

0130 - Qu.2855AL

0702 - Incoming F.T.: From Toreli:
4 ships for 17489ts sunk. - Langobardo -

0745 - Morning Dawn.

0920 - Sunrise.

1200 - Qu.3922AL - Days Run: 263.0sm - 244.2sm (17h 30') - 18.8sm (6h 30')
104.6cbm (10.3cbm/24h). 7400Ah. 7 Eto and 3 Ato internal. Weather unchanged in 72h.

Diving for listening check, about 1h from estimated interception point with convoy 1650/28. Nothing heard.

1245 - Surfaced. Weather has improved: NW2/2, partly cloudy, light haze, medium visibility, >1000mb.

1255 - "All engines stop!". M.G.-2cm-C/30 manned. Commenced external torpedo reloading.

1300 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Air reconnaissance reports an inbound convoy in Qu.6369AL. All boats to operate on this convoy.

Cmdr.: "I suspect, that this is convoy 1650/28, traveling at a higher speed than first thought and at changing courses."

1600 - 4 Ato taken under deck. Charging batteries at 7400Ah: Stbd.-Diesel 500RPM - Charging;
Port-Diesel 285RPM - Propulsion, 7kn.

1653 - Sundown.

1659 - Incoming F.T.1650/30: From B.d.U.:
B-Dienst reporting inbound convoy in Marqu.3879AL, course east, speed 7kn.

Cmdr.: "This must be convoy 1650/28, that somehow managed to circle around our position."

1706 - Stopped charging batteries at 9000Ah and chasing after convoy 1650/28/30 on course 88°, Full Speed Ahead.

Cmdr.: "The convoy is running right in between the two patrol positions of U-Oesten (U 106) to the north and U-Kuppisch (U 94) to the south.

Boat operating on convoy 1650/28/30.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

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

++++

KTB - U 112

Friday, 31 January 1941 - West of Rockall Bank

0034 - Incoming F.T. 0030/31: From B.d.U.:
Convoy 1650/30 now in Qu.3894AL bottom left, on course 88°, speed 7kn.

0130 - "Smoke plume ahead, bearing 0°!" It is convoy 1650/28/30. Commencing overtaking maneuver.

0227 - Evading the port escort on a search pattern until 0235h, E=4000. Either a Tribal or V&W Destroyer.

Convoy consisting of about 20 ships, 1 Cruiser, 1 Aircraft Carrier and 3-4 escorts.

0235 - Contact report sent:
"Gustav Gelb!". Convoy 1650/30 in 3895AL bottom left. Course 88°. Speed 7kn. 20 ships, 1 Cruiser, 1 Aircraft Carrier, 3 escorts. - RST -

The cruiser is HMS Norfolk, the Aircraft Carrier is HMS Glorious.

0235 - Second contact report sent:
Convoy 1650/30 now in 3895AL bottom right. Course 88°. Speed 7kn. 20 ships, HMS Glorious and HMS Norfolk, forward sweeper and 1 escort to either side. NW2/2, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 8000, >1000mb. - RST -

0349 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Free to attack!

Cmdr.: "Even though, U-Kuppisch and U-Oesten must be close by, I receive the free-to-attack order."

0400 - The half moon is in the south. Decks awash. "Battle Stations!".

Surface attack with bow tubes. Own course 177°; Own speed 1.6kn. Shooter: Ob.Ltnt.z.S. & I.W.O. Emmo MARBACH.

0424 - Shot with Tubes I+II, G7e, K-b/G7H (contact fuse); Running depth 8m; Vt30kn.
Target ship: HMS Glorious.
Target course 89°; Target distance 5000m; Target angle red76°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle 0°.

0425 - Shot with Tube III, G7e, K-b/G7H (contact fuse) and with Tube IV, G7a, K-a/G7H (contact fuse); Both running depth 4m and Vt30kn.
Target ship: HMS Norfolk.
Target course 89°; Target distance 2600m; Target angle red77°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle 0°.

All 4 torpedoes are hits! HMS Norfolk capsizes to her port side.

Cmdr.: "I'm turning hard to port, to bring the stern torpedoes to bear. However, as the convoy is zig-zagging and the forward sweeper is running to our shooting position, I blow the tanks and run off on a northerly heading."

0444 - "Dismissed from Battle Stations!". Commenced torpedo loading.

- to be continued -

duce_de_zoop 01-31-21 12:09 PM

Well Kapitan, I tried out some Murmansk convoy raiding in December 1942. My ace kaleun got sent back to training duties, so I continued the career with a new one.

This definitely is a new playstyle for me. Spent a LOT of time hunting and dodging aircraft, very little ever seeing anything. The radar detector has to be the best tool ever cause I would surely be dead without it.

I managed to hit two freighters in a convoy heading to Reyjavik, Iceland, but failed to find any other merchant contacts. A small 2DD task force swung by a few days later and since they were right in my path, I managed to torp one. The other missed, but he didn't turn around.

Trip home was more exciting; ran into a Hunter Killer Group of five DDs, one escort carrier Bogue Class. Heading directly at me (possibly picked up my radio signal)

I couldn't resist the danger.. Four torps into the escort carrer at 950m. Sank in about three minutes. First one I've ever killed, 15k GRT. And I survived five ships trying to depth charge me!

And judging by your post, I'm not the only one who's been torping aircraft carriers :03:

Kapitän 01-31-21 05:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by duce_de_zoop (Post 2726119)
Well Kapitan, I tried out some Murmansk convoy raiding in December 1942. My ace kaleun got sent back to training duties, so I continued the career with a new one.

This definitely is a new playstyle for me. Spent a LOT of time hunting and dodging aircraft, very little ever seeing anything. The radar detector has to be the best tool ever cause I would surely be dead without it.

I managed to hit two freighters in a convoy heading to Reyjavik, Iceland, but failed to find any other merchant contacts. A small 2DD task force swung by a few days later and since they were right in my path, I managed to torp one. The other missed, but he didn't turn around.

Trip home was more exciting; ran into a Hunter Killer Group of five DDs, one escort carrier Bogue Class. Heading directly at me (possibly picked up my radio signal)

I couldn't resist the danger.. Four torps into the escort carrer at 950m. Sank in about three minutes. First one I've ever killed, 15k GRT. And I survived five ships trying to depth charge me!

And judging by your post, I'm not the only one who's been torping aircraft carriers :03:


Yes, Murmansk convoy routes can be slim pickings at times. Congrats on the aricraft carrier! Yes, for me it's still Jan.41, so, still "Happy Days", I presume ... need to get my renown up and my promotions and awards, so, I can take it more easy as time goes on and if possoble, survive the war ...

Kapitän 01-31-21 05:22 PM

U 112 Type IXB 1941/2021 - 4th War Patrol - Convoy battle
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2726054)
Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

++++

KTB - U 112

Friday, 31 January 1941 - West of Rockall Bank

0034 - Incoming F.T. 0030/31: From B.d.U.:
Convoy 1650/30 now in Qu.3894AL bottom left, on course 88°, speed 7kn.

0130 - "Smoke plume ahead, bearing 0°!" It is convoy 1650/28/30. Commencing overtaking maneuver.

0227 - Evading the port escort on a search pattern until 0235h, E=4000. Either a Tribal or V&W Destroyer.

Convoy consisting of about 20 ships, 1 Cruiser, 1 Aircraft Carrier and 3-4 escorts.

0235 - Contact report sent:
"Gustav Gelb!". Convoy 1650/30 in 3895AL bottom left. Course 88°. Speed 7kn. 20 ships, 1 Cruiser, 1 Aircraft Carrier, 3 escorts. - RST -

The cruiser is HMS Norfolk, the Aircraft Carrier is HMS Glorious.

0235 - Second contact report sent:
Convoy 1650/30 now in 3895AL bottom right. Course 88°. Speed 7kn. 20 ships, HMS Glorious and HMS Norfolk, forward sweeper and 1 escort to either side. NW2/2, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 8000, >1000mb. - RST -

0349 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Free to attack!

Cmdr.: "Even though, U-Kuppisch and U-Oesten must be close by, I receive the free-to-attack order."

0400 - The half moon is in the south. Decks awash. "Battle Stations!".

Surface attack with bow tubes. Own course 177°; Own speed 1.6kn. Shooter: Ob.Ltnt.z.S. & I.W.O. Emmo MARBACH.

0424 - Shot with Tubes I+II, G7e, K-b/G7H (contact fuse); Running depth 8m; Vt30kn.
Target ship: HMS Glorious.
Target course 89°; Target distance 5000m; Target angle red76°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle 0°.

0425 - Shot with Tube III, G7e, K-b/G7H (contact fuse) and with Tube IV, G7a, K-a/G7H (contact fuse); Both running depth 4m and Vt30kn.
Target ship: HMS Norfolk.
Target course 89°; Target distance 2600m; Target angle red77°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle 0°.

All 4 torpedoes are hits! HMS Norfolk capsizes to her port side.

Cmdr.: "I'm turning hard to port, to bring the stern torpedoes to bear. However, as the convoy is zig-zagging and the forward sweeper is running to our shooting position, I blow the tanks and run off on a northerly heading."

0444 - "Dismissed from Battle Stations!". Commenced torpedo loading.

- to be continued -

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

++++

KTB - U 112

- continued from 31 Jan. 0444h -

0517 - Tubes I-IV are reloaded.

Cmdr.: "It could be, that the Cruiser and the Aircraft Carrier have left convoy WS-5A, after 'Admiral Scheer' has attacked the convoy without success. If this is the case, the Aircraft Carrier could also be HMS Formidable."

0530 - The forward sweeper runs back to his station.

0539 - Qu.1774AM - "Battle Stations!". Turning toward the convoy beam.

0541 - Decks awash. Own course 176°; own speed 3kn.
Shooter: Ob.Ltnt.z.S. & I.W.O. Emmo MARBACH.

0555 - Shot with Tubes I+II, G7e, K-b/G7H (contact fuse); Running depth 8m; Vt30kn.
Target ship: HMS Glorious.
Target course 89°; Target distance 5000m; Target angle red74°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle 004°.

0556 - Shot with Tube III, G7a, K-a/G7H (contact fuse); Running depth 5m; Vt30kn.
Target ship: Standard Tanker in front of HMS Glorious.
Target course 89°; Target distance 5000m; Target angle red82°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle 356°.

0558 - Shot with Tube IV, G7a, K-a/G7H (contact fuse); Running depth 5m; Vt44kn.
Target ship: Large Standard Merchant in the port column.
Target course 89°; Target distance 4500m; Target angle red73°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle 009°.

0602 - Blowing tanks and turning hard to port. Running off on course 88°.

All torpedoes are hits! The tanker explodes and sinks within seconds - the sea is on fire for a while. HMS Glorious stops and sinks with load explosions over the forecastle. A fire breaks out on the torpedoed merchant but she continues on. The convoy is in disarray. The forward sweeper - a US-Clemson Destroyer - runs to the port column in search for us.

0623 - "Dismissed from Battle Stations!". Reloading of tubes I+II until 0640h.

- to be continued -

Kapitän 02-01-21 11:56 AM

U 112 Type IXB 1941/2021 - 4th War Patrol - Convoy battle
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2726225)
Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

++++

KTB - U 112

- continued from 31 Jan. 0444h -

0517 - Tubes I-IV are reloaded.

Cmdr.: "It could be, that the Cruiser and the Aircraft Carrier have left convoy WS-5A, after 'Admiral Scheer' has attacked the convoy without success. If this is the case, the Aircraft Carrier could also be HMS Formidable."

0530 - The forward sweeper runs back to his station.

0539 - Qu.1774AM - "Battle Stations!". Turning toward the convoy beam.

0541 - Decks awash. Own course 176°; own speed 3kn.
Shooter: Ob.Ltnt.z.S. & I.W.O. Emmo MARBACH.

0555 - Shot with Tubes I+II, G7e, K-b/G7H (contact fuse); Running depth 8m; Vt30kn.
Target ship: HMS Glorious.
Target course 89°; Target distance 5000m; Target angle red74°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle 004°.

0556 - Shot with Tube III, G7a, K-a/G7H (contact fuse); Running depth 5m; Vt30kn.
Target ship: Standard Tanker in front of HMS Glorious.
Target course 89°; Target distance 5000m; Target angle red82°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle 356°.

0558 - Shot with Tube IV, G7a, K-a/G7H (contact fuse); Running depth 5m; Vt44kn.
Target ship: Large Standard Merchant in the port column.
Target course 89°; Target distance 4500m; Target angle red73°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle 009°.

0602 - Blowing tanks and turning hard to port. Running off on course 88°.

All torpedoes are hits! The tanker explodes and sinks within seconds - the sea is on fire for a while. HMS Glorious stops and sinks with load explosions over the forecastle. A fire breaks out on the torpedoed merchant but she continues on. The convoy is in disarray. The forward sweeper - a US-Clemson Destroyer - runs to the port column in search for us.

0623 - "Dismissed from Battle Stations!". Reloading of tubes I+II until 0640h.

- to be continued -

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

++++

KTB - U 112

- continued from 31 Jan. 0623h -

Cmdr.: "The radio operator informs me that according to an intercepted wireless communication, the torpedoed merchant is an Ami. I had wondered, why there were so many big juicy targets running in the outside column. Actually, this was also the case in previous convoys."

0700 - "Battle Stations!". Turning toward the convoy beam.
Own course 178°; own speed 3kn.
Shooter: Ob.Ltnt.z.S. & I.W.O. Emmo MARBACH.

0706 - Shot with Tubes I+II, G7a, K-a/G7H (contact fuse); Running depth 4m; Vt30kn.
Target ship: Standard Merchant in pos.2 of the stbd. column.
Target course 89°; Target distance 4500m; Target angle red74°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle 003°.

Both torpedoes hit a merchant in the port column instead but tube II fails to detonate. Turning the boat to course 358° to bring the stern tubes to bear.

0712 - Shot with Tube V+VI, G7e, K-b/G7H (contact fuse); Running depth 4m; Vt30kn.
Target ship: A Standard Merchant on the stbd. side of the convoy.
Target course 89°; Target distance 3800m; Target angle red84°; Target speed 5kn; Firing angle 326°.

First early dawn. The boat is being attacked by the Clemson Destroyer with surface weapons. The shots fall close to the bow compartment - the batteries are damaged.

0713 - "ALARM!". The boat is not responding! At 0714h again the order to crash dive is given. After seconds that feel like an eternity, the boat is finally diving.

During the diving process, tube V is a hit on an unidentified ship, Tube VI is a miss. At A+70 the damages are repaired - silent running. Boat levels out at 2A-Meter. Wabos above and behind the boat - Asdic. In total 54 Wabos are dropped, 6-8 at each attack run.

0827 - S-Tiefe. The destroyer has run back to the convoy.
"Dismissed from Battle Stations!". Reloading of the stern tubes until 0843h.

- to be continued -

GJO 02-01-21 02:51 PM

The Attack on Lerwick Harbour
 
No - this is not a recently discovered historical fact but a chance taken in SH3 with GWX.


It is October 1944 and having been ordered to patrol Grid B53 - a potential suicide mission to cover the approaches to New York, we managed to locate and sink three tankers - an estimated gross tonnage of 22,000. The patrol had not been easy and we were lucky not to have been sunk. In fair weather we were frequently forced to dive due to patrols by enemy aircraft and there were also many patrolling enemy warships that forced us to stay deep and silent. Eventually, a message was received changing our base to Trondheim and so, with barely enough fuel remaining we headed for our new base. The journey remained treacherous with foul weather, fog and it seemed that we detected radar signals whenever we surfaced.


A radar alert forced us under again as we passed to the north of Shetland and our hydrophones picked up what sounded like three destroyers to the north and east of us - so we turned south and sought refuge in the various narrow inlets of the islands - this tactic had worked well for us at during the first battle of Narvik! It worked again - one of the destroyers ran aground against the shore thus becoming a 'sitting duck' and was sunk with a single torpedo. Then the fog came down and we nosed our way very slowly toward Lerwick Harbour until we came up against the anti-submarine nets. Gently following the net (and occasionally bouncing off it) we found the opening and headed into the harbour to find two T class submarines at their moorings - we sank both of them with torpedoes while we were still submerged having closed the range to just 400 Metres. We then surfaced in the harbour (by this time our oxygen was exhausted) - there was no gunfire - maybe we were still hidden by the fog or perhaps the army garrison at Fort Charlotte was asleep.

As we proceeded slowly round the harbour on the surface we located two ships with our radar and closed in and sank them with a torpedo each. They were only large fishing boats but still over a 1,000 tons each. We then headed back for the gap in the anti-submarine nets. As we approached the gap, a warning from our radar detector forced us to submerge and the hydrophones picked up a warship approaching fast. We might well have been trapped but the warship ripped itself apart on the anti-submarine net and sank! The hydrophones picked up two more warships heading in our direction and still submerged we desperately headed for a narrow channel between two of the islands - both warships detected us and one of them ran in for an attack. We suffered slight damage from its forward firing hedgehog bombs but the depth charges fell away from from us and caused no serious damage. As we entered the narrow channel (suffering further damage as we scraped the bottom), both attackers became trapped against the shoreline, rendering themselves as sitting duck targets for our stern torpedoes - we sank them both . . .

We arrived safely in Trondheim having sunk 3 tankers, 2 submarines, 2 large fishing boats and three 'Black Swan' class warships - we didn't get credit for the Captain class warship that sank itself on the anti-sub net.
Perhaps not a very realistic scenario but a very absorbing diversion during lockdown!

Kapitän 02-01-21 05:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GJO (Post 2726422)
No - this is not a recently discovered historical fact but a chance taken in SH3 with GWX.


It is October 1944 and having been ordered to patrol Grid B53 - a potential suicide mission to cover the approaches to New York, we managed to locate and sink three tankers - an estimated gross tonnage of 22,000. The patrol had not been easy and we were lucky not to have been sunk. In fair weather we were frequently forced to dive due to patrols by enemy aircraft and there were also many patrolling enemy warships that forced us to stay deep and silent. Eventually, a message was received changing our base to Trondheim and so, with barely enough fuel remaining we headed for our new base. The journey remained treacherous with foul weather, fog and it seemed that we detected radar signals whenever we surfaced.


A radar alert forced us under again as we passed to the north of Shetland and our hydrophones picked up what sounded like three destroyers to the north and east of us - so we turned south and sought refuge in the various narrow inlets of the islands - this tactic had worked well for us at during the first battle of Narvik! It worked again - one of the destroyers ran aground against the shore thus becoming a 'sitting duck' and was sunk with a single torpedo. Then the fog came down and we nosed our way very slowly toward Lerwick Harbour until we came up against the anti-submarine nets. Gently following the net (and occasionally bouncing off it) we found the opening and headed into the harbour to find two T class submarines at their moorings - we sank both of them with torpedoes while we were still submerged having closed the range to just 400 Metres. We then surfaced in the harbour (by this time our oxygen was exhausted) - there was no gunfire - maybe we were still hidden by the fog or perhaps the army garrison at Fort Charlotte was asleep.

As we proceeded slowly round the harbour on the surface we located two ships with our radar and closed in and sank them with a torpedo each. They were only large fishing boats but still over a 1,000 tons each. We then headed back for the gap in the anti-submarine nets. As we approached the gap, a warning from our radar detector forced us to submerge and the hydrophones picked up a warship approaching fast. We might well have been trapped but the warship ripped itself apart on the anti-submarine net and sank! The hydrophones picked up two more warships heading in our direction and still submerged we desperately headed for a narrow channel between two of the islands - both warships detected us and one of them ran in for an attack. We suffered slight damage from its forward firing hedgehog bombs but the depth charges fell away from from us and caused no serious damage. As we entered the narrow channel (suffering further damage as we scraped the bottom), both attackers became trapped against the shoreline, rendering themselves as sitting duck targets for our stern torpedoes - we sank them both . . .

We arrived safely in Trondheim having sunk 3 tankers, 2 submarines, 2 large fishing boats and three 'Black Swan' class warships - we didn't get credit for the Captain class warship that sank itself on the anti-sub net.
Perhaps not a very realistic scenario but a very absorbing diversion during lockdown!


Wow, quite a feat for 1944 ... Great Job!

Kapitän 02-01-21 05:04 PM

U 112 Type IXB 1941/2021 - 4th War Patrol - Convoy battle
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2726384)
Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

++++

KTB - U 112

- continued from 31 Jan. 0623h -

Cmdr.: "The radio operator informs me that according to an intercepted wireless communication, the torpedoed merchant is an Ami. I had wondered, why there were so many big juicy targets running in the outside column. Actually, this was also the case in previous convoys."

0700 - "Battle Stations!". Turning toward the convoy beam.
Own course 178°; own speed 3kn.
Shooter: Ob.Ltnt.z.S. & I.W.O. Emmo MARBACH.

0706 - Shot with Tubes I+II, G7a, K-a/G7H (contact fuse); Running depth 4m; Vt30kn.
Target ship: Standard Merchant in pos.2 of the stbd. column.
Target course 89°; Target distance 4500m; Target angle red74°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle 003°.

Both torpedoes hit a merchant in the port column instead but tube II fails to detonate. Turning the boat to course 358° to bring the stern tubes to bear.

0712 - Shot with Tube V+VI, G7e, K-b/G7H (contact fuse); Running depth 4m; Vt30kn.
Target ship: A Standard Merchant on the stbd. side of the convoy.
Target course 89°; Target distance 3800m; Target angle red84°; Target speed 5kn; Firing angle 326°.

First early dawn. The boat is being attacked by the Clemson Destroyer with surface weapons. The shots fall close to the bow compartment - the batteries are damaged.

0713 - "ALARM!". The boat is not responding! At 0714h again the order to crash dive is given. After seconds that feel like an eternity, the boat is finally diving.

During the diving process, tube V is a hit on an unidentified ship, Tube VI is a miss. At A+70 the damages are repaired - silent running. Boat levels out at 2A-Meter. Wabos above and behind the boat - Asdic. In total 54 Wabos are dropped, 6-8 at each attack run.

0827 - S-Tiefe. The destroyer has run back to the convoy.
"Dismissed from Battle Stations!". Reloading of the stern tubes until 0843h.

- to be continued -

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

++++

KTB - U 112

- continued from 31 Jan. 0827h -

0848 - Surfaced after 1.5h and 5sm.

0900 - "All engines stop!". M.G.-2cm-C/30 manned. Commenced taking remaining bow reserve torpedoes under deck.

0920 - Sunrise.

0942 - Charging batteries at 9000Ah: Stbd.-Diesel 500RPM - Charging; Port-Diesel 0RPM - Propulsion, 0kn.

1044 - Torpedoes taken under deck. Batteries charged: 1h for 1000Ah.

1200 - Qu.1775AM - Days Run: 204.4sm - 197.6sm (21h 40') - 6.8sm (2h 20')
96.8cbm (7.8cbm/24h). 10000Ah. 6 internal Ato. Weather unchanged in 24h.

Chasing convoy 1650/30 on course 88° and Full Speed Ahead.

1305 - Reloading of tubes III+IV until 1325h.

1315 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
Sunk on January 31 from convoy 1650/30:
At 0429h HMS Norfolk 3896AL, at 0601h HMS Glorious and 1 Tanker 8229ts both 1774AM, at 0716h 3 merchants torpedoed in 1774AM, sinking of one probable. Surface weapon damage from escort, bow compartment and batteries repaired. Have taken remaining external torpedoes under deck, 6 internal Ato. Chasing convoy 1650/30, suspect it is convoy 1650/28. 96cbm. NW2/2, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 8000, >1000mb. - RST -

1401 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: You and your crew are the pride of Germany!

1415 - Dived for listening check at T=20. Screw noises bearing 15°.

1421 - Surfaced.

1500 - "Smoke Plume ahead!"

1527 - Evading the port fwd escort - a Flower Corvette - on a search pattern on our port beam and the aft escort - a V&W Destroyer - on our stbd. beam. Visibility during the day is 9000m.

1535 - Evading the port Flower Corvette on search patterns until 1650h. Escorts comprised of a Clemson Destroyer as forward sweeper, a Flower Corvette on the convoy port side, an unknown escort on the convoy std. side and a V&W Destroyer aft.

1637 - Sundown.

1656 - Reached a forward port position to the convoy. Shadowing convoy at Slow Ahead.

1810 - The port Flower Corvette goes on a search pattern and vacates its station on the flank of the convoy.

- to be continued -

Kapitän 02-02-21 08:02 AM

U 112 Type IXB 1941/2021 - 4th War Patrol - Convoy battle
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2726455)
Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

++++

KTB - U 112

- continued from 31 Jan. 0827h -

0848 - Surfaced after 1.5h and 5sm.

0900 - "All engines stop!". M.G.-2cm-C/30 manned. Commenced taking remaining bow reserve torpedoes under deck.

0920 - Sunrise.

0942 - Charging batteries at 9000Ah: Stbd.-Diesel 500RPM - Charging; Port-Diesel 0RPM - Propulsion, 0kn.

1044 - Torpedoes taken under deck. Batteries charged: 1h for 1000Ah.

1200 - Qu.1775AM - Days Run: 204.4sm - 197.6sm (21h 40') - 6.8sm (2h 20')
96.8cbm (7.8cbm/24h). 10000Ah. 6 internal Ato. Weather unchanged in 24h.

Chasing convoy 1650/30 on course 88° and Full Speed Ahead.

1305 - Reloading of tubes III+IV until 1325h.

1315 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
Sunk on January 31 from convoy 1650/30:
At 0429h HMS Norfolk 3896AL, at 0601h HMS Glorious and 1 Tanker 8229ts both 1774AM, at 0716h 3 merchants torpedoed in 1774AM, sinking of one probable. Surface weapon damage from escort, bow compartment and batteries repaired. Have taken remaining external torpedoes under deck, 6 internal Ato. Chasing convoy 1650/30, suspect it is convoy 1650/28. 96cbm. NW2/2, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 8000, >1000mb. - RST -

1401 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: You and your crew are the pride of Germany!

1415 - Dived for listening check at T=20. Screw noises bearing 15°.

1421 - Surfaced.

1500 - "Smoke Plume ahead!"

1527 - Evading the port fwd escort - a Flower Corvette - on a search pattern on our port beam and the aft escort - a V&W Destroyer - on our stbd. beam. Visibility during the day is 9000m.

1535 - Evading the port Flower Corvette on search patterns until 1650h. Escorts comprised of a Clemson Destroyer as forward sweeper, a Flower Corvette on the convoy port side, an unknown escort on the convoy std. side and a V&W Destroyer aft.

1637 - Sundown.

1656 - Reached a forward port position to the convoy. Shadowing convoy at Slow Ahead.

1810 - The port Flower Corvette goes on a search pattern and vacates its station on the flank of the convoy.

- to be continued -

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- continued from 31 Jan. 1810h -

1837 - Qu.1795AM - Turning boat to heading 0°, in order to bring the stern torpedoes to bear.
"Battle Stations!".
Own course 180°; own speed 1.6kn astern.
Shooter: Ob.Ltnt.z.S. & I.W.O. Emmo MARBACH.

1855 - Shot with Tube V+VI, G7a, K-a/G7H (contact fuse); Running depth 4m; Vt30kn.
Target ship: A Standard Merchant in the second stbd. column.
Target course 88°; Target distance 5500m; Target angle red65°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle 10/9°.

Distance to the Corvette is 2400m. Running off on course 47° and 2xH.F.-Ahead.

Both torpedoes are hits after 5min., 18sec.

The steamer explodes and breaks in two, both halves sink within 1 min.

1905 - On course 88°, 1/3-Ahead. Reloading Tubes V+VI until 1922h.

1948 - The Corvette runs back to the convoy. Attack run with Full Speed Ahead. The convoy is still zig-zagging. Breaking off attack, running off on course 88°.

Cmdr.: "The convoy has changed its formation: The large targets are now all running on the stbd. side of the convoy, also, the two torpedoed Ami's. The aft V&W Destroyer has also taken up station on the port flank of the convoy."

2008 - Convoy stopped zig-zagging. Water depth is 150m. It seems that the forward sweeper has disappeared. At a distance of 3200m to the Flower Corvette, the forward sweeper comes back in sight, it was on ASW action behind the convoy, is now returning and back on station in front of the convoy at 2013h.

2020 - Turning boat to heading 0°, in order to bring the stern torpedoes to bear.
Own course 001°; own speed 4kn ahead.
Shooter: Ob.Ltnt.z.S. & I.W.O. Emmo MARBACH.

2029 - Shot with Tube V+VI, G7a, K-a/G7H (contact fuse); Running depth 4m; Vt30kn.
Target ship: A Standard Merchant in the second stbd. column.
Target course 88°; Target distance 6000m; Target angle red73°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle 359°.

Tube V is a hit midships after 6min.
Tube VI is a failure, understeers.

The steamer is burning but keeps going. Running off on course 103°. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

- to be continued -

Kapitän 02-02-21 04:12 PM

U 112 Type IXB 1941/2021 - 4th War Patrol - Convoy battle
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2726569)
Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

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KTB - U 112

- continued from 31 Jan. 1810h -

1837 - Qu.1795AM - Turning boat to heading 0°, in order to bring the stern torpedoes to bear.
"Battle Stations!".
Own course 180°; own speed 1.6kn astern.
Shooter: Ob.Ltnt.z.S. & I.W.O. Emmo MARBACH.

1855 - Shot with Tube V+VI, G7a, K-a/G7H (contact fuse); Running depth 4m; Vt30kn.
Target ship: A Standard Merchant in the second stbd. column.
Target course 88°; Target distance 5500m; Target angle red65°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle 10/9°.

Distance to the Corvette is 2400m. Running off on course 47° and 2xH.F.-Ahead.

Both torpedoes are hits after 5min., 18sec.

The steamer explodes and breaks in two, both halves sink within 1 min.

1905 - On course 88°, 1/3-Ahead. Reloading Tubes V+VI until 1922h.

1948 - The Corvette runs back to the convoy. Attack run with Full Speed Ahead. The convoy is still zig-zagging. Breaking off attack, running off on course 88°.

Cmdr.: "The convoy has changed its formation: The large targets are now all running on the stbd. side of the convoy, also, the two torpedoed Ami's. The aft V&W Destroyer has also taken up station on the port flank of the convoy."

2008 - Convoy stopped zig-zagging. Water depth is 150m. It seems that the forward sweeper has disappeared. At a distance of 3200m to the Flower Corvette, the forward sweeper comes back in sight, it was on ASW action behind the convoy, is now returning and back on station in front of the convoy at 2013h.

2020 - Turning boat to heading 0°, in order to bring the stern torpedoes to bear.
Own course 001°; own speed 4kn ahead.
Shooter: Ob.Ltnt.z.S. & I.W.O. Emmo MARBACH.

2029 - Shot with Tube V+VI, G7a, K-a/G7H (contact fuse); Running depth 4m; Vt30kn.
Target ship: A Standard Merchant in the second stbd. column.
Target course 88°; Target distance 6000m; Target angle red73°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle 359°.

Tube V is a hit midships after 6min.
Tube VI is a failure, understeers.

The steamer is burning but keeps going. Running off on course 103°. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

- to be continued -

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- continued from 31 Jan. 2029h -

2103 - The forward sweeper returns from ASW action, the Flower Corvette stayed on station during this time.

2142 - The convoy stopped zig-zagging. On course 88°.

2212 - Turning a full circle to port. "Battle Stations!".

2222 - Qu.1874AM - Own course 176°; own speed 7kn ahead.
Shooter: Ob.Ltnt.z.S. & I.W.O. Emmo MARBACH.

2223 - Shot with Tube III, G7a, K-a/G7H (contact fuse); Running depth 4m; Vt30kn.
Target ship: The Standard Merchant torpedoed at 2035h, in the second stbd. column.
Target course 88°; Target distance 4000m; Target angle red79°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle 357°.

After the shot, running off hard to port and Full Speed Ahead. Distance to the closest ship is a mere 1900m. As we are positioned above the Rockall Bank, the water depth here is only 60m!

The torpedo is a hit after 4min, 22sec.!

Cmdr.: "Just before the torpedo hits, the convoy begins zig-zagging and search lights are illuminated. The torpedo strikes the target ship just at the bow but that is enough: The steamer explodes and breaks in two."

2255 - On course 70°. The forward sweeper is on ASW action along the port flank of the convoy, as the convoy is in disarray. The Flower Corvette returns from a search pattern. Water depth here is 46m. "Dismissed from Battle Station!".

2331 - Rockall Bank - Water depth is 23m and at 2352h it is 39m.

RST
Kptlt.&Cmdr.

Kapitän 02-03-21 07:25 AM

U 112 Type IXB 1941/2021 - 4th War Patrol - Convoy battle
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2726759)
Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

++++

KTB - U 112

- continued from 31 Jan. 2029h -

2103 - The forward sweeper returns from ASW action, the Flower Corvette stayed on station during this time.

2142 - The convoy stopped zig-zagging. On course 88°.

2212 - Turning a full circle to port. "Battle Stations!".

2222 - Qu.1874AM - Own course 176°; own speed 7kn ahead.
Shooter: Ob.Ltnt.z.S. & I.W.O. Emmo MARBACH.

2223 - Shot with Tube III, G7a, K-a/G7H (contact fuse); Running depth 4m; Vt30kn.
Target ship: The Standard Merchant torpedoed at 2035h, in the second stbd. column.
Target course 88°; Target distance 4000m; Target angle red79°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle 357°.

After the shot, running off hard to port and Full Speed Ahead. Distance to the closest ship is a mere 1900m. As we are positioned above the Rockall Bank, the water depth here is only 60m!

The torpedo is a hit after 4min, 22sec.!

Cmdr.: "Just before the torpedo hits, the convoy begins zig-zagging and search lights are illuminated. The torpedo strikes the target ship just at the bow but that is enough: The steamer explodes and breaks in two."

2255 - On course 70°. The forward sweeper is on ASW action along the port flank of the convoy, as the convoy is in disarray. The Flower Corvette returns from a search pattern. Water depth here is 46m. "Dismissed from Battle Station!".

2331 - Rockall Bank - Water depth is 23m and at 2352h it is 39m.

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

Saturday, 1 February 1941 - Rockall Bank
- Second week at sea completed -
- B.d.U. returns from vacation -

0013 - Reached enemy sea and air cover zone. Water depth is 82m.

0023 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
Sunk on January 31 from convoy 1650/28/30:
At 1901h Standard Merchant 6549ts in 1795AM, at 2228h Standard Merchant 6548ts in 1874AM. All together 1 Eto and 1 Ato understeered and 1 Ato was a dud. 54 Wabos, 6-8 per attack run, to about 130m. Have 1 internal Ato and 93cbm. NW2/2, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 8000, >1000mb. - RST -

0121 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Bravo! Be careful of enemy patrol vessels and ASW hunter groups!

0135 - About 3h after the last attack and search pattern, the Flower Corvette goes on a search pattern again, and 4 more times until 0630h.

0643 - Morning Dawn.

0715 - The Flower Corvette and the forward sweeper have returned from a search pattern.

Cmdr.: "I want to dive for a submerged attack with my last torpedo, before being surprised by enemy aircraft."

- to be continued -

Kapitän 02-03-21 04:14 PM

U 112 Type IXB 1941/2021 - 4th War Patrol - Operating on 2nd Convoy
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2726887)
Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

++++

KTB - U 112

Saturday, 1 February 1941 - Rockall Bank
- Second week at sea completed -
- B.d.U. returns from vacation -

0013 - Reached enemy sea and air cover zone. Water depth is 82m.

0023 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
Sunk on January 31 from convoy 1650/28/30:
At 1901h Standard Merchant 6549ts in 1795AM, at 2228h Standard Merchant 6548ts in 1874AM. All together 1 Eto and 1 Ato understeered and 1 Ato was a dud. 54 Wabos, 6-8 per attack run, to about 130m. Have 1 internal Ato and 93cbm. NW2/2, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 8000, >1000mb. - RST -

0121 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Bravo! Be careful of enemy patrol vessels and ASW hunter groups!

0135 - About 3h after the last attack and search pattern, the Flower Corvette goes on a search pattern again, and 4 more times until 0630h.

0643 - Morning Dawn.

0715 - The Flower Corvette and the forward sweeper have returned from a search pattern.

Cmdr.: "I want to dive for a submerged attack with my last torpedo, before being surprised by enemy aircraft."

- to be continued -

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

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KTB - U 112

- continued from 1 Feb. 0715h -

0721 - Dived at a distance of 4000m. S-Tiefe. Silent Running. "Battle Stations!".

0747 - Qu.1894AM - Own course 175°; own speed 3kn ahead.
Shot with Tube IV, G7a, K-a/G7H (contact fuse); Running depth 4m; Vt44kn.
Target ship: Standard Merchant 6311ts, loaded with military aircraft on the upper deck.
Target course 88°; Target distance 1392m; Target angle red90°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle 335°.

The torpedo is hit in the forecastle after 70sec.!

The merchant is burning and has a list to port but continues on. The stbd. aft escort - a L-Class Destroyer - is searching for us in the general area of our attack position but doesn't drop any Wabos.

0801 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Final work-up's and testing of new boats in Danzig closed, due to severe ice conditions in the Baltic Sea. Instead, ready boats are sent to the front for the duration of 1 patrol. B.d.U. returns from vacation.

0825 - Incoming F.T.0820/1: From B.d.U.:
B-Dienst reports enemy convoy in Qu.0133AM, on course East, speed 6kn.

0838 - Sunrise.

0852 - After about 1h of ASW action, the L-Class Destroyer runs back to the convoy.

0900 - "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

0904 - Surfaced after 1h 43' and 5.2sm.
Shadowing convoy to check if torpedoed steamer will fall behind or sink. Visibility is 10000m.

0945 - Stbd. aft L-Class Destroyer on search pattern until 1105h, taking turns with the stbd. forward L-Class Destroyer.

1110 - Cmdr.: "As the torpedoed steamer is still running in formation of the convoy and seemingly has special escort from the stbd. destroyers, I break off the action and retreat to the south on high speed, in order to catch convoy 0820/1."

1200 - Qu.1899AM - Days Run: 230.0sm - 224.5sm (22h 11') - 5.5sm (1h 49')
90.4cbm (6.4cbm/24h). 9400Ah. Weather: NW2/2, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 10000m, >1000mb.

- to be continued -

Kapitän 02-04-21 06:55 AM

U 112 Type IXB 1941/2021 - 4th War Patrol - Attack on 2nd Convoy
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kapitän (Post 2727077)
Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

++++

KTB - U 112

- continued from 1 Feb. 0715h -

0721 - Dived at a distance of 4000m. S-Tiefe. Silent Running. "Battle Stations!".

0747 - Qu.1894AM - Own course 175°; own speed 3kn ahead.
Shot with Tube IV, G7a, K-a/G7H (contact fuse); Running depth 4m; Vt44kn.
Target ship: Standard Merchant 6311ts, loaded with military aircraft on the upper deck.
Target course 88°; Target distance 1392m; Target angle red90°; Target speed 7kn; Firing angle 335°.

The torpedo is hit in the forecastle after 70sec.!

The merchant is burning and has a list to port but continues on. The stbd. aft escort - a L-Class Destroyer - is searching for us in the general area of our attack position but doesn't drop any Wabos.

0801 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
Final work-up's and testing of new boats in Danzig closed, due to severe ice conditions in the Baltic Sea. Instead, ready boats are sent to the front for the duration of 1 patrol. B.d.U. returns from vacation.

0825 - Incoming F.T.0820/1: From B.d.U.:
B-Dienst reports enemy convoy in Qu.0133AM, on course East, speed 6kn.

0838 - Sunrise.

0852 - After about 1h of ASW action, the L-Class Destroyer runs back to the convoy.

0900 - "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

0904 - Surfaced after 1h 43' and 5.2sm.
Shadowing convoy to check if torpedoed steamer will fall behind or sink. Visibility is 10000m.

0945 - Stbd. aft L-Class Destroyer on search pattern until 1105h, taking turns with the stbd. forward L-Class Destroyer.

1110 - Cmdr.: "As the torpedoed steamer is still running in formation of the convoy and seemingly has special escort from the stbd. destroyers, I break off the action and retreat to the south on high speed, in order to catch convoy 0820/1."

1200 - Qu.1899AM - Days Run: 230.0sm - 224.5sm (22h 11') - 5.5sm (1h 49')
90.4cbm (6.4cbm/24h). 9400Ah. Weather: NW2/2, partly cloudy, light haze, visibility 10000m, >1000mb.

- to be continued -

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

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KTB - U 112

- continued from 1 Feb. 1200h -

1245 - Convoy 0820/1 comes into sight, the aft escort - a Flower Corvette - 9000m ahead.

1252 - The corvette goes on a search pattern.

1257 - Outgoing F.T.: To B.d.U.:
"Gustav Gelb!". Convoy 082071 in Qu.2922AM top left, on course 88°, speed 7kn, 6 Steamer in keel-line, 1 Corvette in back. No more eels, will try to attack with deck gun. - RST -

1302 - The corvette returns to the convoy. Boat moving to the sun side in the south, E=5500m.

1309 - Incoming F.T.: From B.d.U.:
RST: Free for ambush attack with surface weapons. Expect status report after attack.

1323 - Qu.2922AM - Approaching convoy at angle 180°, with sun in the back. "Weapons Free!", at a distance of 5500m to the Corvette. After 21 rounds with the 10.5cm gun, the corvette sinks, E=3000!

1339 - The convoy is sending "SSS". At a distance of 3500m to the pos.4, Large Merchant, "Weapons Free!". After 27 rounds with the 10.5cm gun, the steamer explodes and sinks!

1343 - The convoy is zig-zagging. "Weapons Free!", at the pos.3, Large Merchant. After 30 rounds with the 10.5cm gun, the steamer sinks, at 1348h!

1350 - "Weapons Free!", at the pos.2, M-12 Merchant. After 15 rounds with the 10.5cm gun, the steamer sinks!

1354 - "Weapons Free!", at a distance of 1400m to the pos.6, SAR-Merchant. After 11 rounds with the 10.5cm gun, the steamer sinks!

1355 - "Weapons Free!", at a distance of 1700m to the pos.5, Ore-II-Merchant. After 11 rounds with the 10.5cm gun, the steamer sinks!

1402 - "Weapons Free!", at a distance of 3000m to the pos.1, Ore-Merchant. After 21 rounds with the 10.5cm gun, the steamer sinks!

Running back to the different sinking positions:
- Nothing found from the Ore-Merchant;
- Only debris found from the Ore-II-Merchant, fished a life belt out of the water;
- Nothing found from the SAR-Merchant;
- Questioned and supplied 15 survivors in 4 boats from the M-12-Merchant;
- Questioned and supplied 12 survivors in 3 boats from the pos.3, Large Merchant;
- Nothing found from the pos.4, Large Merchant;
- Questioned and supplied 14 survivors in 4 boats of the Corvette, took 2 Officers prisoner.

1505 - Running off on southerly heading at medium speed. Have 10 rounds of 10.5cm SpG left. "Dismissed from Battle Stations!".

- to be continued -


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