I take what n0e says way too seriously
9th April 2005
The U-flak boats were 4 VIIC boats (U-441, U256, U-621 and U-953) that were modified to act as surface escorts for the incoming/outgoing attack u-boats operating from the French Atlantic bases. They had greatly increased anti-aircraft fire-power and were intended as aircraft traps. 3 more U-boats were taken aside as additional U-flak boats (U-221, U-263 and U-271) but none of them was completed as Flak boats although conversion did certainly start on all of them. Ty wereentually returned to duty as traditional VIIC attack boats. The modifications took place in 1943 and the boats became operational in June 1943 and had excellent successes against the surprised RAF aircraft. Dönitz realized their potential and ordered the boats to cross the Bay of Biscay in groups at max speed. The effort gave the Germans only about 2 months of still-limited freedom though until the RAF developed counter-measures where they called in surface hunters to assist the aircraft and the U-flak boats were withdrawn and converted back into fighting vessels. close up of the massive AA armorment. illustrated image of the whole ship.
Would be interesting to have in Forgotten Hope 2, but not really a priority. Maybe after the "normal" VII-B or VII-C have been added.
This is offtopic...so not a suggestion...
also, it would have been nice to give the link to the site which you copied your txt and pics from: http://uboat.net/types/u-flak.htm
Anyway, they were interesting boats, I have to admit...
I don't think so...
and even if they had to, it was already common practice enough to have a deckgun and an AA gun or more on the u-boats...so I am sure that would have been least of their troubles.
Amazing that this thing only fought and was produced in 2-3 months.
You just copy-pasted the entire text in a whole from www.UBoat.net! Next time, write your sources...especially since you did a pure CTRL-C -> CTRL-V action here.
That beeing said, I have always been facintated by the U-FlaKs. Those and the projected Type XI is the most facinating part of the German U-boats.
Pick up a copy of "Voyage of the Gray Wolfs".This is a great fictonal/non-fictonal book about some great subs.
Ahh a Unterseeboot-Fliger Abwher Kanonen. So, how did this U-Flak submerge without damaging the Vierling.
Dr.FritzAhh a Unterseeboot-Fliger Abwher Kanonen. So, how did this U-Flak submerge without damaging the Vierling.
I dunno? Maybe covered it? Or dissasembled it? It could have been modified to be under water. Like the "dipping tank".