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Gregory Smith
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Hello all,

Let's start posting here.

FK Bieber (KC+O), 187,000 tons, 29 ships sunk on 8 patrols.....sunk by repeated depth-charging in May 1942......

I could REALLY kick myself here. I started off with a "Veteran" crew and after 3 patrols, rolled and they became "Elite." Holy crap, never had that before! Made both promotion rolls.....had KC+Oakleaves....I was on the fast track to success! I even had a "Hals und Beinbruch." I have never rolled so lucky in this game in my life. Rarely saw an airplane, and when I did, I crash-dived. Convoy escorts couldn't find me. Ironically, the escort that gave me the most trouble in 1941 was a green guy, LOL. I just couldn't shake him, even though he did little damage. Finally I got away. My participation in "Operation Drumbeat" was lucrative, sank six ships on that patrol. Kept getting unescorted singles and doubles.

Well.....finally in 1942, it was just another convoy attack. Routine work for FK Bieber and his elite crew.....until I was detected and they hit my fuel tanks. But wait! I thought, "I'll just use my H&B token to erase that!" (HUGE FREAKING MISTAKE).
This was followed up by the next detection roll of "11" modified to 13, and a boxcars thereafter...........

But, a decent career. Best I've done in a long while.
Happy hunting!
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KptLt. Sander, of the U-66, 6th Flotilla, just got started and is doing fine, not a superstar this one, but he is steady and now has his third patrol off the coast of Spain.

Good luck to those who are yet to sail!

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KptLt Hardegen of U-544, 11th Flotilla, 11 ships sunk for 94,500 tons on 4 patrols. Sunk in March 1941 off the coast of Africa by a Veteran Escort and the dreaded boxcars.

I tried out the new Close range rules to the hilt in my 3 patrols during '40. I think it cost me on the first patrol since I had to abort early. And then the second patrol saw the Gyro Compass event bite me. Finally, the third patrol saw many, many misses and duds, leading to only 3 ships sunk of 20 encountered.
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KptLt Himelberger (KC Posthumously) of U-633, 9th Flotilla , 94,600 tons, 10 ships on 6 patrols...sunk by repeated depth charges in July 41

The first two patrols (both in the British Isles) were a bit slow, but successful as we sank 3 of the 4 ships encountered.

The third patrol, October 1940, was a failure. We were spotted by aircraft while following the damage freighter Kingston Hill. Suffered significant crew casualties, and the loss of a diesel engine, forcing us to return to base.

We quickly returned to service in December of 1940 with a vengenance, sinking 4 ships (including 3 tankers) for a total of 36,200 tons. Although not severly damaged, we suffered enough damage from depth charges and exceeding the Test Depth of the boat that we spent an extra month in port. After this mission the crew reached Veteran status.

After a mediocre 5th patrol, only a small freighter (2,000 tons) sunk we were assigned the Atlantic patrol area.

July 41, the Atlantic ocean. Shortly after sinking the Santa Rita we spotted the HMS Malaya with her escort. We decided to take a run at her, and severly damaged her with our first round of torpedoes. After escaping detection by the escorts, we pursued her into the night looking for a chance to finish our work. It finally came, and she was sunk with an additional round of torpedoes. However, this time we were not as lucky with the escorts. We were spotted and repeatly depth charged leading to damage that made it hard for us to escape detection. Finally on third or forth depth charge attack we were sunk. The KptLt was awarded the KC posthumously for his efforts.

The final board status is below.


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KKpt Hans Jarvis (U-238, 3rd flotilla) was sank by aircraft in the Bay of Biscay in May of 1941, returning home from a successful patrol along the Spanish Coast. It should be known that the aircraft was shot down as well.

KKpt Jarvis had a short but exciting career. In 5 patrols he sank 15 ships totaling 123,000T, highlighted by the 34,000T BB Nelson and 18,700T Laurentic.

I took notes detailing every piece of each patrol, which I'm planning to scan at work tomorrow and share, although I'm not exactly sure what the best way to display the notes on bgg would be. Any ideas?
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First Flotilla Headquarters is dismayed to report the loss of U96 with all hands.

Kptzs Albrecth Engelmann was last sighted entering the Bay of Biscay, on June 4, 1943 on his final Patrol His orders assigning him to the Training Fleet having already been drafted but undelivered. The cause of the U96's loss has yet to be determined but the suddenness of the lost contact can only mean an encounter with enemy aircraft.

Engelmann and U96 had a distinguished career conducting 11 Patrols, sinking 24 vessels (including the BB Nelson) totaling 199,800 tons of enemy shipping. Engelmann was a mine laying expert conducting 4 mine laying Patrols in 1940 and 1941. His leadership will sorely be missed by the fleet.
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Seems like just about everyone has sunk the Nelson
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ologotai wrote:
Seems like just about everyone has sunk the Nelson

Well, the Rodney was essentially identical, perhaps she was sunk as well, but misidentified.
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REPOSTINGDennis Canning/7th Flotilla/U-112/FKpt Frank Linke Crawford Knight's Cross/12 patrols/26 ships (including BB Nelson)/172,900/Survived

24 June 1943

7th Flotilla is pleased to announce FKpt Crawford's transfer to Training Command where he will inspire new officers and imbue them with his knowledge and wisdom. U-112 will be in for overhaul and will be reassigned to a new commander shortly.

Crawford sank the HMS Nelson (or Rodney?) off Liberia on 22 November 1941 and was the bane of Allied tankers racking up 9 tankers amongst his 26 confirmed sinkings. FKpt earned the sobriquet "the English Hun" from Churchill based on the fact his grandfather had the misfortune to be English. Of course, he was named after his uncle, the famed Austrian First World War ace.

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Ironically, in light of his airman uncle, the instances of near disaster both came from Allied air attacks with two especially damaging ones that caused two cruises to have to abort due to fuel leaks in one case and damaged engines in another. One can only imagine how many more sinkings would have been added to the score.


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KptLt Meyer
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5 patrols. First four in the British Isles for meagre pickings. Total tonnage sunk on four successful patrols: 61,400.

Sunk by repeated depth charges while on fifth patrol as part of a wolf pack in the Atlantic. Looking to be our best patrol with 26,400 additional tonnage sunk before falling to vigorous escort pursuit.

Bother!
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KKpt Udo von Bulow was sunk by repeated depth charges off the West African Coast on February 1943 after 10 successful patrols. 4 months shy of retirement cry

KC awarded Feb'41
KKpt promotion Apr'41
KC+O awarded Apr'42
SUNK - Feb '43

With a promising start (sinking the Empress of Britain on his first patrol) he was a very consistent captain. A very cautious one too. He went all in at the wrong date trying to get the coveted swords to his KC+O. U-150 and all hands were lost that dreaded night.

34 ships/ 266,700 tns









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Well, gents, I pale in front of your achievements.

As already posted in the other thread, Kplt Wahlsdorf was sunk on his second patrol in November 1940 by repeated depth charges attacks off the British Isles after a successful mine-laying mission (and when I say repeated it means the boat took 12 hits overall with a good third on the hull itself).

Total tonnage sunk: 40600
Total tonnage damaged: 19500.

Hals un Beinbruch!
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WhalerFan wrote:
ologotai wrote:
Seems like just about everyone has sunk the Nelson

Well, the Rodney was essentially identical, perhaps she was sunk as well, but misidentified.

I will be the exception, I got the Royal Oak as my first ship on my first patrol... Still playing the 3rd patrol, so will post when complete.
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KptLt K.R. Ank of the 9th Flotilla in U-79 sets sail to the British Isles in April 1940. An Experte 2WO is onboard.

Barely have our trusty IXB gone half a nautical mile before we are hit with a nasty Aircraft. We fail to dive and the damage is
Crew: KIA
Hull: 1 damage
Aft Torp Doors: Damaged

We curse him and hope to fix the torp doors, which we manage. Lucky to get away we sail on and see no more aircrafts now.

We search in vain for a while untill we spot a lonely Small Freighter. He goes down with 3200 tons. Happy to have opened up our account we szil on and the next day we spot ARK ROYAL.
"Sir, that is a huge one. 22000 tons of British pride. Follo him untill night?"

"NO, we take him on now!"
"Four torps, medium range, fire!"

We see one explosion, two explosions, then nothing, before the third explosion and the boat just breaks of in the middle and it sinks within seconds. ARK ROYAL is down.

"Escorts"

Capitol ship, steam torps at daylight and already one hull damage. We go deep.
But are detected.
Hull hit, radio, flooding, elevctric engine.
Additional flooding due to problem stopping the leak.

Escorts come around again, and it passes right above us and continues on. (Man, I love snake eyes on Detection Rolls)

"Sir, you will surely get the Knight's Cross"
"The war isn't over, and neither is our patrol. We search for more."

"Sir, electric engine 1 is Inoperable."
"We search!"

We encounter the 4200 tonner Gro and the 4400 tonner Soloy, both unescorted, over the next days.

"Sir, 4 pennants will be flying upon return"

"We still have time to find more"

"Sir, small ship straight ahead. Escort present"

"Let it sail, we don't need that one. Too small."

(Being at 3 Hull, I don't risk another month in REFIT for a small 1800 tonner, so I let it go and enter Transit abck)

Transit home is uneventful and we go into a 2 month REFIT due to hull damage. Our lost crewmember is replaced.
KptLt K.R. Ank recieves his Knight's Cross and ends his first patrol with 34000 tons of allied shipping sunk.

In August we set sail again and this time we go unoticed through the Bay and enters Transit towards the Atlantic.

"SUNDERLAND AIRCRAFT COMING FROM 3 O'CLOCK!" "DIVE, DIVE, DIVE!"

As you sit in the boat that tilts downwards all too slowly, you can hear the roar of the Sunderlands engine and know it is too close. The bustle of people in the boat, all working furiously to get the boat down, can't hide the sound of something hitting the boat. As you sit in the front, as far from the surface as you can come, you know the thing that hit the boat was a bomb and that it hit just behind the tower. Only moments later your eardrums are pushed inwards and while all sound is gone you know that bomb has now torn a hole in the hull. The blinding light and flames come only moments later and it all goes dark...



KptLt K.R. Ank, U-79, 9th Flotilla, 1 patrol, 4 ships, 34000tons, Knight's Cross

Now, only a slow trickle of oil on the surface is all that bears vitness to the existence of U-79
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7th Flotilla U-561 / KptLt. Klussmann

Two patrols completed so far, been assigned to the Atlantic for 3rd patrol:




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KptLt Hans-Georg Fischer reporting in U-109 of the 6th Flotilla.
4 ships, 29,200 GRT.

I have used the excellent radio log from:

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to document my patrols.




Good luck and happy hunting!

edited for "tricky math" and that pesky Bay of Biscay thing I keep screwing up
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Radio logs from 2nd war patrol
KptLt Hans-Georg Fischer, U-109
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Running totals:
Patrols: 2
Merchants sunk: 7
Capital ships sunk: 1
Total tonnage: 56,400
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Radio logs from 2nd war patrol
KptLt Hans-Georg Fischer, U-109
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Running totals:
Patrols: 3
Merchants sunk: 10
Capital ships sunk: 1
Total tonnage: 81,700
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KptLt Klaus Prien of the 11th Flotilla first set sail in April 1940 in command of U-37, an IXB type U-Boat, with a Experte Doctor.

His first assignment was the British Isles where he quickly spotted the HMS CA Belfast. Excitement was short lived though (even with three out of four torpedoes hitting home) as one torpedo was a dud while the other two were poorly placed (1 damage each). The escorts drove U-37 off and KptLt had to return to port due to damage sustained. It was a good lesson though as KptLt Prien would encounter two more capital ships during his career (amazing since in three prior games I have never seen a capital ship).

KptLt Prien's second assignment was Atlantic. Encountering three different convoys helped with the crew's confidence. Starting out slow the crew was able to sink a large tanker (Rodney Star, 11,800) while attacking the third convoy faced. Returning to port the crew stood proudly having sunk 4 ships totaling 27,000 tons.

The third patrol took the U-37 back to the British Isles. While encountering a lone freighter initially, it was the ships good fortune to locate and sink the BB Nelson at its last location (transit box) around the island. Two ships, 39,200, and the coveted Knights Cross for KptLt.

The next patrol was perhaps one that should have indicated bad things were going to happen in the Bay of Biscay. While suffering severe damage from an Air Attack, the crew managed to get the boat back to port.

After a short refit, the U-37 was once again sent to the Atlantic. Discovering two convoys, the crew managed to sink 2 out of the 8 boats spotted, including the large freighter Abosso.

The 6th Patrol had the ship assigned to the West African coast. Once again the Bay of Biscay wrecked havoc on the boat. Despite inoperable hydrophones and one electric engine, KptLt Prien decided to push on. Fortunes shined upon the captain and his crew as they managed to sink five ships including the tanker Emile-Miguet for a total of 39,400 tons. Ah, but the ship had to return to port via the Bay of Biscay. Aircraft pounded the U-37, however with but one hull panel left, the crew managed to shoot down the aircraft and return to port.

Due to the damage to U-37, a replacement U-Boat was assigned to KptLt Prien and his crew, U-137.

Since KptLt Prien was so successful around West Africa, he was once again tasked with that assignment. Initially the crew only managed to sink one small freighter but luck shinned its light on the crew once again when they spotted HMS CVE Avenger. While only two of the first four torpedoes were successful in damaging the Avenger, the crew was able to withstand some damage before successfully reengaging the damage carrier. With only the rear torpedo doors operational, the torpedo which did strike did so with such force (the magical 1 roll) it sunk the Avenger within minutes. The escorts pounded U-137 though it eventually was able to escape detection.

After a few months of repair U-137 was not sent back to West Africa but to the British Isles. (Did I mention the Bay of Biscay and the aircraft there?) The KptLt Prien was forced to abort this mission as the fuel tanks were damaged once again.

For the next two patrols, the U-137 was sent to North America to see if it could continue putting pressure on the Allied shipping. Most encounters were single or two lone ships, never with an escort. Of the 7 ships encountered on the two patrols, six were sunk for a total of 55,500 tons as most were large freighters and/or tankers.

Due to the experience of the captain and crew, the 11 Flotilla believed KptLt Prien should apply himself in attacking convoys while assigned to a wolfpack in the Atlantic. It was learned that his ship was sunk while traveling through (yes) the Bay of Biscay by Allied aircraft.

The one opportunity to check on crew advancement simply assured that the boat retained the good Doctor's services. KptLt Prien's two recommendations for advancement were never approved...perhaps lost by some rear echelon staff officer.

11 Flotilla
KptLt Prien
U-37, then U-137
10 Patrols (3 unsuccessful)
First Patrol Apr 1940
Last Patrol Nov 1942 (sunk by aircraft...Bay of Biscay)
21 Boats Sunk
184,900 tons (with three ships accounting for 65,000)
Knight's Cross w/ Oakleaves

Edit...yes, I got use to sinking ships, but to sink an airplane it must be shot down first. So I edited sink aircraft to shot down aircraft.

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U-745 / Type IXB
KptLt K. Rösing / 1st Flotilla

War Patrols: 8
Ships Sunk: 16
Tonnage: 113,600
Awards: KC / OCT '40 / Sinking of HMS NELSON (BB)
Fate: Sunk / all hands lost / May '42 / off British Isles

War Patrol #1: APR '40 / British Isles/ Results: LF Clan Chisholm (7200 t) and SF Reedpool (4800 t) sunk.

War Patrol #2: JUL '40 / British Isles/ Results: SF Thurso (2600 t), LF Berganger (6800 t), LF Triglau (6400 t), T Congonian (5000 t) = sunk. U-745 hull dmg x 2, Aft torp door dmg (repaired at sea).

War Patrol #3: OCT '40 / British Isles / Results: BB Nelson (34000 t), LF Santa Rita (8400 t) = sunk. U-745: Periscope dmg (repaired), Flak (inop), Crew INJ (LW), LI (SW = 6 mo convalescent). KC award, 1WO = Exp., new LI assigned.

War Patrol #4: APR '41 / Atlantic / Results: SF Bassano (4800t), LF Norfolk (11000) = sunk; T Franche Comte (9300 t) = Dmg. U-745: A/C atk x 1 (successful crash dive); Fwd Torp Door (inop), Fuel (inop), Hull x 1, Crew x 2 (LW), Deck Gun (repaired). Patrol aborted due to Fuel

War Patrol #5: Aug '41 / Atlantic - Wolfpack/ Results: A/C atk Bay of Biscay: LI (SW); Dive Planes (inop). Patrol aborted.

War Patrol #6: OCT '41 / West African Coast / Results: T British General (7000 t) = sunk. U-745: Deck Gun (repaired).

War Patrol #7: FEB '42 / North America / Results: SF Tolten (1900 t), T Halo (7000 t), SF Norvana (2300 t)= sunk. U-745 - Crew = VET.

War Patrol #8: MAY '42 / British Isles / Results: SF Soloy (4400), SF Kafiristan (5000 t) = Sunk. CA BELFAST (10000) encountered - attempted Close, Night = detected - U-745 SUNK
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To: Karin Hartmann, Waldstrasse 16, Sylt, Schleswig-Holstein, Deutschland
From: Reinhard Kuntz, c/o Kriegsmarine, Bremerhaven

12 June 1940

Mein liebling Karin,

How I miss you my darling. I was hoping so much to be able to spend a weekend with you during my shore leave, but there is much to do here preparing our U-534 for its next patrol, and very little time to do it. It is extremely difficult to get any kind of transport permit at present, so I am resigned to staying here and making sure everything is as ready as can be for our next patrol, which starts imminently. I will be willing my time away on this next patrol, as the sooner it is over, the sooner I can be back in your arms.

Thank you for your letters with news from home. I have spent hours reading and re-reading them. I'm glad there have been no more air raids. I do worry about how exposed Sylt is to the enemy's aircraft, but I suppose we can all have faith in the Luftwaffe to protect us (so the Reichsmarschall tells us).

Mother is so sad that we still have no news of Erik; I feel each passing day brings her lower. At least Otto seems to have seen little action in Norway so far.

I was hoping that my rogue of a brother Friedrich might be in port on my return from patrol but it seems he sailed out again late last month. I can only hope to emulate his feats and win further glory for the Fatherland and for our family name.

You know my dear that I cannot reveal too much information about our first patrol, but we sailed somewhere warm with calm seas (which has helped my recovery). I have a thoroughly experienced crew - I think they were a little wary of me to start with (they have heard Friedrich's reputation as a devil-may-care commander) but I quickly won their respect with a careful approach and good attention to detail. We had a very successful patrol, sinking four ships, with only minor damage to our own which was quickly repaired. It was a 'milk run' as the Amis would say. I would like to tell you more, but I cannot here.

My darling, on to more serious matters. I will admit I was hoping for a positive response from you concerning our wedding plans. Of course I understand your reluctance to commit yourself to someone in this glorious service, especially given the fate of your dear brother Olaf. But please do remember how much I love and care for you, and when I am next home perhaps we can discuss setting a date for the wedding? I dream of us together, when this war is over - perhaps by the end of this year if all goes well - with our own little farmstead on the Sylt coastline, cuddled up in front of a fire, preparing for Christmas...

My love, I also note from your letters - and I will admit to a little stab of jealousy - how much time my cousin Joerg has been spending with you since he returned from university last month. I was surprised to hear that he and Constanz were no longer engaged to be married. It is certainly a very fetching photograph of the two of you together - you look so beautiful, my love, and Joerg - well, his new uniform is very smart, but I do find those lightning flashes somewhat unsettling. I think you will be far happier having your photograph taken next to me in my KapitanLeutnant uniform!

While I might disagree with Joerg's (and Uncle Kurt's) views, I am pleased for him that you have kindly agreed to accompany him to his forthcoming graduation in Hamburg. Aunt Lottie would have been very proud of him. I know the Institute will be very pleased to have the services of such a committed, hard-working party member and such an able student of Eugenics. Do you know yet when he will be leaving for Berlin? I hope it is not too long for him to wait...

Please send my respectful good wishes to your father and mother. I am glad they are well. I hope their barn can wait a couple more months for its lick of paint?

Please kiss Mother for me when you next visit her (she said you have been too busy to call in on Sundays recently) and reassure her that I am fine - she doesn't believe me when I write!. Please give Father and young Klaus my love too. I understand Liesl has been prompted by Anna to join the Band of German Maidens. I never thought I'd see the day where Liesl would be knitting socks - someone up in Norway is going to be in for a very uncomfortable time! And darling, please give Heini and Hermann a pat and a hug from me.

I long to hold you in my arms again soon. Please write soon my love.

Your loving fiancé

Reinhard
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6th Flotilla - KptLt Hermann Oesten Report.

Experte 1WO assigned to U-107.

U-107 Type IXB Patrol Log.

Apr-May'40 - Bristish Isles (M)
Minelaying operation completed without incident. SF Olinda (4,100t) found alone and sunk.
Patrol Report: Success (mission accomplished, 1 ship sunk for 4,100t), 1 month refit.

Jul-Aug'40 - Bristish Isles (A)
Abwehr Agent succefully delivered. Escorted Sea Venture (2,300t) encountered and destroyed, ineffective Deep Charges attack from its escort. Another escorted SF escaped us after we took some Flooding damage from its escort. Then successively found 2 LF Brockley Hill (5,300t) and Navasota (8,800t), both dispatched.
Patrol Report: Success (mission accomplished, 3 ships sunk for 16,400t), 1 month refit.

Oct'40 - Bristish Isles (A)
Attacked by Veteran Aircraft causing damage to one Diesel Engine. Aircraft shot down but we had to abort the mission as the Diesel Engine was irreparable at sea.
Patrol Report: Failure (mission not accomplished) - 1 month refit.

Dec-Jan'41 - Bristish Isles
Weather Reporting Duty during 2 patrol weeks. Separatly encountered 2 escorted SF Sea Glory (2,000t) and Stakesby (4,000t) and sank both without threat from their escort.
Crew skill increased to Veteran status. Experte 1WO left U-107 to take command of his own U-Boat.
Patrol Report: Success (2 ships sunk for 6,000t), 1 month refit.

Mar-Apr'41 - Bristish Isles
Sank lone SF Aviemore (4,000t). Met escorted LF Santore (7,100t) and sank it undetected. Encountered first convoy (2 SF, 2 LF) and sank Calchas (10,300t) and Empire Barracuda (5,000t); detected, we escaped with light Hull damage. Reengaged the convoy (1 SF, 2 LF, 1 TK) and missed with all torpedoes, not found but lost contact. Lastly encountered escorted LF Ulysses (14,600t) and sank it.
Patrol Report: Success (5 ships sunk for 41,000t), 2 months refit. First convoy, first damage, first big success.

Apr'41: KptLt. Hermann Oesten promoted to Korvettenkapitän.

Jul-Aug'41 - Atlantic
Aircraft spotted during transit out and avoided by crash diving. Contacted convoy (2 SF, 2 TK) and sank San Florentino (12,800t) in 2 attacks. Another convoy (1 SF, 2 LF, 1 TK) brought the Empress of Britain (42,300t) as a big prize; after damaging her, she was left unprotected and sunk. LI caught by a big wave and lost at sea during 3rd patrol week. Contacted a third convoy (2 SF, 1 LF, 1 TK) and sank LF Ixion (10,300t) but took light Hull damage from escorts. We reengaged it (1 SF, 3 LF) and dispatched LF Port Nicholson (8,400t) with no reaction from the escort.
Patrol Report: Success (4 ships sunk for 73,800t), 2 months refit, new LI assigned. The big one! I scored more than the 5 previous patrols together.

Knight Cross awarded to KKpt Hermann Oesten (for 141,300t of shipping sunk). Request for reassignement on newer U-Boat denied.

Nov-Dec'41 - West African Coast (KKpt. request)
Won "Hals und Beinbruch" early on. Successively encountered SF Woensdrecht (4,700t) and LF Port Montreal (5,900t), easily sinking both. Attacked in patrol area by a green Aircraft which caused light Flooding before we shot it down.
2WO promoted to Experte status.
Patrol Report: Success (2 ships sunk for 10,600t) - 1 month refit.

Feb-Mar'42 - North America
"Hals und Beinbruch" saved us (reroll a killing boxcars on [E3]) during encounter with a patroling US Aircraft. We shot it down but Experte 2WO was KIA and the Radio and Deck Gun definitively inoperable. The 2 escorted SF Christina Knudsen (4,900t) and Frisco (1,600t), and the lone SF Esparta (3,400t) were the only targets we came across, all three sunk. Avoided another aircraft by crash diving during Bay of Biscay back transit.
Patrol Report: Success (3 ships sunk for 9,900t) - 1 month refit. New 2WO assigned.

Apr'42: KptLt. Hermann Oesten promoted to Fregattenkapitän.

May'42 - Atlantic
Crossed the route of 3 convoys in the first half of the patrol but only sank LF Clan Chisholm (7,200t) and TK Invershannon (9,200t). Bad weather and rough seas resulted in a lot of misses (9 for 12 G7a fired) and a total inability to follow any convoy. Escorts hit us once wrecking both Flak Guns. We aborted before second half of the patrol and returned safely to port, avoiding once again an aircraft in the Bay of Biscay.
Patrol Report: Success (2 ships sunk for 16,400t) - 1 month refit.

Knight Cross with Oakleaves awarded to FKpt Hermann Oesten (for 178,200t of shipping sunk).

Jul-Aug'42 - Atlantic
Engaged a first convoy (1 SF, 3 LF) and sank LF Sagadahoc (6,300t). Reengaged it later (2 SF, 1 LF, 1 TK) and added LF Rothesay Castle (7,000t) and SF Arlington Court (5,000t) to enemy losses. Doctor was SW during a deep charges attack and died soon after. Engaged a second convoy (1 SF, 2 LF, 1TK) during last patrol week. Sank LF Protesilaus (9,600t) but suffered light Hull damage from escort. Followed the convoy, sinking SF Sliedrecht (5,000t) and damaging another SF. Broke away after escaping elite escorts which disabled one electric engine and the dive planes.
Crew skill increased to Elite status.
Patrol Report: Success (5 ships sunk for 33,100t).

Sep'42: Request for reassignement on newer U-Boat accepted. Re-assigned to U-521 type IXC, and got a new Doctor.

U-521 Type IXC Patrol Log.

Oct-Nov'42 - North America (FKpt request)
Went thru Severe Storm during transit. Encountered 2 escorted SF and sank one of them, Plow City (3,300t). Then met unescorted LF Qu'Appelle (7,100t) and SF Ciltvaira (3,800t) together but only sunk the smaller. The 4 torpedoes fired at the larger were all duds (!) and it escaped when we had to crash dive to avoid an US aircraft coming to its rescue. Finally stumbled across and dispatched unescorted SF Delisle (3,500t) and TK China Arrow (8,400t).
A resupply at sea with Milch Cow U-488 was scheduled but resupplying operation was interrupted by enemy Aircraft. We crash dived in time but had to return to base.
Patrol Report: Success (4 ships sunk for 16,400t) - 1 month refit.

Jan-Feb'43 - North America (FKpt request)
Attacked by Aircraft in Bay of Biscay caused damage to Hull and disabled Aft Torp Doors; Aircraft shot down. Pursued the patrol and made a lot of encounters: TK W.D. Anderson (10,200t), TK Malay (8,200t) and TK Coimbra (6,800t) sailing alone and sunk. Also sank escorted SF Norlindo (2,700t) but its escort inflicted heavy Hull damage. Didn't want to take risks and avoided 4 other escorted ships (3 SF, 1 TK). On the way back, an Aircraft was spotted in time and avoided by crash diving.
Patrol Report: Success (4 ships sunk for 27,900t) - 1 month refit + 2 months repair (Hull) - 1 month influence (Rank).

Knight Cross with Oakleaves and Sword awarded to FKpt Hermann Oesten (for 258,200t of shipping sunk).

Apr'43: KptLt. Hermann Oesten promoted to Kapitän zur See.

May-Jun'43 - Atlantic (Wolfpack patrol) (KptzS request)
Last patrol and requested assignement to Wolfpack Aufnahme (4 U-Boats) accepted by BdU. Lost contact with first convoy. Sank LF Norfolk (11,000t) in a second convoy but its green escort detected us, destroying both Flak Guns and inflicting SW to Doctor who did'nt survive. We reengaged that convoy and sank LF Kingston Hill (7,600t) and SF Counsellor (5,000t). A third convoy allowed us to sink LF Beacon Grange (10,100t) in 2 attacks. Finally encountered a fourth convoy and sent to the bottom LF British Gunner (6,900t) and SF Ashby (4,900t).
Patrol Report: Success (6 ships sunk for 45,500t) - End of campaign.

Knight Cross with Oakleaves and Sword and Diamonds awarded to KptzS Hermann Oesten (for 303,700t of shipping sunk).

Final Tally:
Capital Ships Sunk: 0
Capital Ships Damaged: 0
Tankers Sunk: 7
Tankers Damaged: 0
Large Freighters Sunk: 16
Large Freighters Damaged: 2
Small Freighters Sunk: 18
Small Freighters Damaged: 1

Campaign Report: Frank M. / 6th Flotilla / U-107 (then IXC U-521) / KptzS Hermann Oesten (KC+O+S+D) / 41 ships / 303,700 tons / Survived
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10th Flotilla - KptLt Duckwitz Report.

U-947 Type IXB Patrol Log.

Apr-May'40 - Bristish Isles
SF Soloy(4,400t), LF Chilore (8,300t), T Sarita (5,800) sunk.
Patrol Report: Success (3 ships sunk for 18,500t), 1 month refit.

Jul-Aug'40 - Spanish Coast
SF Baron Pentalnd (3,500t), LF Alexander Macomb (7,200t), T British Gunner (6,900t) sunk.
Patrol Report: Success (3 ships sunk for 17,600t), 1 month refit.

Oct'40-Nov'40 - Atlantic
LF Brazza (10,500t), LF River Afton (5,500t) sunk.
Patrol Report: Success (2 ships sunk for 16,000t), 2 months refit.

Feb'41-Mar'41 - Atlantic
SF Pandias (5,000t), T Inverliffey (9,400t), T Conus (8,100t), LF Santa Rita (8,400t) sunk.
Patrol Report: Success (4 ships sunk for 30,900t), 3 months refit.
Apr '41 Promoted to KKpt

Jul'41-Aug'41 - Atlantic
SF Stonepool (5,000t), T Imperial Transport (8,000t), SF Starcross (4,700t), LF Surrey (8,600t) sunk.
Patrol Report: Success (4 ships sunk for 26,300t), 2 months refit.
Awarded Knight's Cross for >100,000 tons sunk

Nov'41-Dec'41 - British Isles
CV Eagle (22,600t), SF Aviemore (4,000t) sunk.
Patrol Report: Success (2 ships sunk for 26,600t), 4 months refit.
Awarded Knight's Cross with Oakleaves for sinking CV Eagle
Crew promoted to veteran
Apr'42 promoted to FKpt

May'42-Jun'42 - Caribbean
T New Sevilla (13,900t), LF City of NY (8,300t), T W.L. Steed (6,200t), SF Esparta (3,400t), LF Tacoma Star (8,000t) sunk.
Patrol Report: Success (5 ships sunk for 39,800t), 2 months refit.

Sep'42-Oct'42 - Atlantic
CV Courageous (18,600t), T Eli Knudsen (9,000t), T Kongsgaard (9,500t), LF Scottsburg (8,000t) sunk.
Patrol Report: Success (4 ships sunk for 45,100t), 3 months refit.
Awarded Knight's Cross with Oakleaves and Swords for sinking additional 75,000 tons

Feb'43-Mar'43 North America
T Montrolite (11,300t), T Republic (5,300t), LF Arabutan (7,900t) sunk.
Patrol Report: Success (3 ships sunk for 24,500t), 2 months refit.

Jun'43 Atlantic (W)
LF Laurentic (18,700t) sunk.
Patrol aborted after 1st Atlantic box.
Aircraft encounter in Bay of Biscay boat sunk with all hands.


Campaign Report: 10th Flotilla / U-947 / FKpt Georg Duckwitz (KC+O+S) / 10 Patrols / 31 ships / 264,000 tons / Sunk Jun'43.
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Um, OK...here goes -

Last campaign I got off to a great start and posted an interim status report. This was clearly the kiss of death as I was sunk on the very next sortie, so I resisted the urge to do so this weekend.

2nd Flotilla / U-123 / KptLt. Moehle (Brian Workman)

Got off to a great start, 6 ships for 44kt around the British Isles on the first patrol, Second patrol was successful, but ho-hum. In December of '40 though I bagged the Empress of Britain(!) plus three other ships for 63kt! This patrol earned me the KC, and pretty much guaranteed my promotion to KKpt a few months later.

In December of '41 on a patrol off the West African coast, I sunk 7 ships for 42kt, putting me over the line for the oak leaves. I was however caught and pounded, losing my expert doctor (KIA) and surviving the attack with many systems out and one away from both flooding and hull collapse. U-123 was declared a total constructive loss, and we set out in a new type IXC (U-155 which historically became available that month).

After a paltry next sortie (3 ships for 18kt), and receiving a second pounding almost as bad as the first, I made FregattenKapitan. With the enhanced ability and lucky rolls I made the most of Paukenschlag. By October of '42 I had the swords to go with my oak leaves and totaled at 288,100t.

Trying to be as cautious as possible at this point. I failed my patrol selection roll and was sent back to the west African coast in February '43. Caught some loners and took some damage but earned the diamonds for my KC! Made the promotion to Kapitan Sur Zee while in refit. I would have been happy to quit but as fate would have it, we were sent out on patrol in June of 1943 - again to North America.

I flashed back to my first CSW tourney where (without nearly this much tonnage sunk) I was sunk on the final possible patrol and did not survive the war. It seemed this time I might, if I could just get back through the Bay of Biscay.

Well, BEFORE the Bay of Biscay in the final regular transit box, I was pounced on by a patrolling aircraft. Crew injury? Kommandant. Gulp - SW though, not KIA. Couldn't shake the contact. Three separate waves of aircraft pounded the boat. After the third aircraft attack we finally gave them the slip. Still, the Bay of Biscay lied ahead. But mercifully, no sightings, and into port we went for the career of a lifetime. More than double my previous best, maximum rank and award, and survived to boot! Kapitan Sur Zee Moehle was transferred to desk duty on account of the loss of his right arm, but survived the war.

Never even saw a Capital ship, so scored the diamonds the hard way!

Flotilla 2 - represent!

2nd Flotilla / U-123 -> U-155 / KptsZ Moehle / 11 patrols / 49 ships sunk / 357,800 tons sunk / KC+O+S+D / Survived!
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Wow Brian!

It was tense just reading the report! Glad you survived my man

Logged. And well done....

Greg
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