Had a few lessons learned that I found
out that worked for "racking up major tonnage".
First the torpedoes. To cut down on the
number of misses and duds, during the early years, 41-43, set them to run
shallow. If a destroyer draws 10 feet, the shot will often go under it if
set at 5-10 feet. So I set them at 1 or 2 feet and get hits.
As for the duds, it is the same as it was in
real life. Hit the target broadside and you get a dud, shoot it "down
the throat" and it will go off. Most of the time. A favorite tactic of
mine is to let the periscope up so the destroyers know where you are and
have them come straight at you. Get the angle on the bow close to zero. As
long as you aren't being shot at, let the scope up and let him get close. Be
going at full speed, let him get to about 500 yards then shoot. I give them
one fish then down scope and full right or left rudder to get out of the
If one shot doesn't take him out, give him a
shot with a stern tube as he goes by. Also, when on the surface, keep the
periscope up, you can see targets at a greater range. Big help when you
don't have radar.
After the escort are sunk, the others are
easier. Also, if you damage a target, stay submerged and get some distance
from it. Then go to a depth just deep enough to be able go to the bridge.
Then use the deck gun to finish it off. If you get return fire, it only
takes a few seconds to get back under.
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