Sunday, September 27, 2015

Solitaire Play: The Hunters campaign September 1941 Part 4

Please see part 3 for the previous patrol.


I refitted for two months and am ready to start to my next patrol in June 1941. My assignment is the Atlantic, which is a change from the last couple of patrols in the British Isles.




I load up on torpedoes and put the G7a steam torpedoes as my opening torpedoes in my tubes, as well as 10 points of deck gun ammo.



In the Bay of Biscay, I encounter nothing.

In the transit zone to the Atlantic, I encounter nothing.


In the Atlantic, I encounter a convoy at Night. I decide to do a night surface attack and target 4 ships:



Large Freighter  7,500 tons, the Empire Hudson (no photo)
Tanker 7,600 tons, the Havbor  (no photo)
Small Freighter, 1,300 tons, the Erato 







and the 

Large Freighter   7,100 tons, the Santore (no photo)

Will attack at Close range attacking the Empire Hudson, the Havbor and the Santore. I will ignore the small freighter Erato.

I load up tubes 1 thru 5 with my G7a steam torpedoes.






Tube 1 and 2....los... one miss and one hit....the one that hit is not a dud thankfully enough.. Damange though is 2.. not enough to sink her.

Tube 3  and 4...los.... both hit!... and both not a dud.. but I only inflict 2 points of damage (1 point of damage each). Again, not enough to sink her. .

Tube 5 (aft) ....los... hit, not a dud.. but only 1 point of damage.

 
Tube
Target
Hit or Miss?
Dud?
Damage
1
Empire Hudson
Miss


2
Empire Hudson
Hit
No
2
3
Havbor
Hit
No
1
4
Havbor
Hit
No
1
5
Santore
Hit
No
1



Great, just great.. Damaged some ships, but none sank. I can't do another attack because of the escort.

5 wasted torpedoes....

Now the escorts are after me..

I'm at a disadvantage and have 3 negative modifiers against me:



1941 +1

Close Range +1

Firing Fwd/Aft +1



Yep, I am detected and suffer 3 hits as they depth charge me. 




3 Hull points hit  (1 Hull point and one double Hull point) (which means another month of refit) that cannot be repaired at sea. I also suffer Diesel Engine # 2 is damaged. Which means that I have to abort the patrol!



Arrghh...


I move to the transit box back home, and then back to HQ.. Luckily, no air attacks despite needing to roll twice



I make it back home safely, with my patrol cut short...


Oh well..


I need to add a month for my next patrol and will go out again in December 1941.




Will be continued in Part 5

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