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Subject: USS Halibut first War Patrol rss

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Joel Tamburo
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So I took command of my new Balao class sub USS Halibut (yes I know Halibut historically was a Gato - oh well). Sailing from Pearl Harbor on a patrol to Empire we traversed the Transit boxes without incident in those halcyon days of July 1943.

Then I got to the first Empire box and rolled....Capital Ship (which becomes random event, the random event is Ultra Intercept! And when I went to roll the ID it was a 20! My first ever target is none other than the Yamato!

So I set it up and immediately decided to live dangerously and close the range. After that succeeded I fired all six bow tubes at the Yamato - I want these dice bronzed! Six hits no duds! The six hits inflicted 9 damage! So on my first ever torpedo attack the mighty Yamato slides under the waves! The Escort did manage an attack but I escaped with the only damage being (of all things) deck gun.

So spirits were high as we sailed to the next space hoping that JANAC would confirm our victory. And what do we roll in that space....Capital Ship! This time the ID roll is a 1! Yes it is the Yamato's sister the Musashi!

I used the same approach as in the first encounter, and these wunder-dice did it again! Six hits no duds! 8 damage! Sank the Musashi!

This time the Escorts were more professional. I finally did Escape but Exceeded Test Depth and had Hull Damage and Periscope damage. At that point I decided to head home...

Something tells me I was a bit outside the curve on that patrol! 2 BBS sunk for 130,000 tons.
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Joelist wrote:
So I took command of my new Balao class sub USS Halibut (yes I know Halibut historically was a Gato - oh well). Sailing from Pearl Harbor on a patrol to Empire we traversed the Transit boxes without incident in those halcyon days of July 1943.

Then I got to the first Empire box and rolled....Capital Ship (which becomes random event, the random event is Ultra Intercept! And when I went to roll the ID it was a 20! My first ever target is none other than the Yamato!

So I set it up and immediately decided to live dangerously and close the range. After that succeeded I fired all six bow tubes at the Yamato - I want these dice bronzed! Six hits no duds! The six hits inflicted 9 damage! So on my first ever torpedo attack the mighty Yamato slides under the waves! The Escort did manage an attack but I escaped with the only damage being (of all things) deck gun.

So spirits were high as we sailed to the next space hoping that JANAC would confirm our victory. And what do we roll in that space....Capital Ship! This time the ID roll is a 1! Yes it is the Yamato's sister the Musashi!

I used the same approach as in the first encounter, and these wunder-dice did it again! Six hits no duds! 8 damage! Sank the Musashi!

This time the Escorts were more professional. I finally did Escape but Exceeded Test Depth and had Hull Damage and Periscope damage. At that point I decided to head home...

Something tells me I was a bit outside the curve on that patrol! 2 BBS sunk for 130,000 tons.


Dude, go play the lottery!
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Astonishing patrol !

Retire NOW with two Navy crosses, and let the service take you on a War Bonds promotional tour as the "Battleship Slayer" !!

Were Balao's available in July '43 ?

How low did you need to roll to escape after each attack ??

Please tell us how you reworked your torpedo exploders to get zero duds !!
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July 43 first available month for Balao. Awesome start. Most I've gotten so far is a Cl, Ca and a couple of escorts.
 
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I think the odds on that patrol had to be in the .0001% range

I guess next Patrol I can hope to engage some merchants too!
 
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