Got sent due west of Bergen to apparently do weather reports because nothing came by or near in two days of patroling the zone. I decided to run up the denmark strait and see if I could find anything.(note: I later realized that we werent at war with russia yet. Another example of of how stupidity lends to bad luck :p )
After wasting my fuel going through the straits, I head south to Ireland where I found a whole lot of nothing. With 25% fuel remaining in crappy weather I headed back. I had to cut south of the Okneys, but ran across a small merchant and sunk him (300 vis). Later on I ran across a destroyer who never noticed I fire 4 torps at him.(25knots in bad weather..mail run?) I then got numerous contact reports but didnt have enough fuel to chase them down.
The next patrol was a lot closer but the weather was bad again. I chased down a sound contact and found a coastal merchant. He spotted me and engaged. I ended up missing with 3 torps, across the bow, bouncing off the hull, ran deep. Then getting a Destroyer spotted at close range behind me.
I dived shallow and decided to sit of the bottom. I reverse engines to slow and then at 1~2 knots I hit
After repairs and waiting a while. I set the depth up a few meters and didnt move. After full reverse and more damage I had to blow tanks to get unstuck.
As soon as I surfaced, what greeted my eyes from the con was the Destroyer ~300m away moving across my six. (note to self, shut down engines and check six before blowing tanks especially when a destroyers about)
The tin-can apparently never saw me in the weather and I eventally ran down the merchant(I'm not vendictive, really) and sank him after a long chase. I headed north and passed another destroyer on the surface. I later sunk a C3 with 4 torps(I didnt want to stick around and that last torp would bite me in the end).
Heading due east I found a C2 and got into a perfect ambush. The 1st torp hit him square and slowed him to 2 knots. I hit him again with my last stern tube amidships and then left him. I watched him externally for an 1:30 hr and the only thing that happened was a destroyer showed up..
Patrol 7 coming up