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Scott Smith
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Patrol Log of KPTLT Kettenbrecht
U-33 type VII-A
Sept, 1939
Assigned patrol area: British Isles

Embarked from Kiel, through the Skagerrak and traveled to our first patrol station without incident. Encountered an escorted steamer identified as Corrientes (6900 GRT) during daylight hours. Electing to get a better solution and follow through the night, she slips away.

A few days later another daylight contact; this time another British steamship; the Clintonia, this one much smaller but again accompanied by escorts. Electing to wait until dusk, our prey slips away yet again! After two weeks at sea without any success, the crew is becoming anxious.

Just days before we must return to base, our lookouts sight hazy smoke in the distance: an escorted Dutch motor merchant identified as Arendskerk (7900 GRT). Due to losing the last few targets we elect to submerge and commence our attack immediately. Not wishing to return with a bare periscope and a belly full of eels we send out a full spread resulting in two hits but merely damage the merchant ship due to one eel being a dud! Her escorts pounce on us due to the telltale wake of the G7a steam torpedoes.

On their first pass we take some damage to the exterior hull but more importantly our fuel tanks are ruptured and leaking. With our leaking fuel acting as a crosshair for the enemy ships we dive even deeper, passing through the depth at which our boat is rated and manage to escape further attack.

Staying down until all is clear, we surface in order to effect repairs but the tanks are found to be damaged quite extensively and with the loss of several cubic meters of fuel we hope to have enough left to get home.

Nursing U-33 back to the German coast we are attacked by the RAF, forcing a crash dive which I am happy to report was successful. Upon reaching the pens at Kiel we are welcomed by repair technicians and Command and prepare for our next patrol which we promise to ourselves will be successful.

Edited for geographic lunacy
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Chick Lewis
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Very nice report, BUT at that date, the French would be very upset to discover your U-boat based in their port of Lorient.
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chicklewis wrote:
Very nice report, BUT at that date, the French would be very upset to discover your U-boat based in their port of Lorient.

Oops, fixed!
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I've had my forward torpedo door rendered inoperable on my last two missions! Second time it happened I was attacking HMS Nelson. Her escort gave me a pounding but I managed to slip away with my tail firmly between my legs!

My two torpedo shots at Nelson missedshake
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