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  2. I see where your heart lies. In fact everyone sees it. At the bottom of the Rio de la Plata. And I sure do hope you prevent that once the game is out. Also I have to profoundly apologise to Fubuki and Espero. For some odd reason (since Espero is one of my favs) I forgot about them being interviewed. So here are the two missing haikus: She will steal your heart Espero is on the way Steals your pocket too Focused yet dreamy Old but modern Fubuki Odd and silent ship And I felt this one was in order as an apology for my lack of attention: What are you and where? We know you exist but how? Glorious is missed.
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  4. February 18 1940 HMS Daring (RN D-class destroyer): Torpedoed and sunk east of Pentland Firth by U-23. 1941 Marie Gilberte AD 158 (Vichy French auxiliary minesweeper): Lost on this date. 1942 Surcouf (Free French submarine): Lost on this day. Possibly Collided with SS Thomson Lykes in the Caribbean Sea north of Cristóbal, Panama and sank. Possibly hit by aircraft of a US 6th Air Force antisubmarine patrol. Possibly a victim of the Bermuda Triangle. *** HMT Botanic (RN trawler): Bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Grimsby, Lincolnshire with the loss of six crew. HNLMS K VII (Netherlands K V-class submarine): Bombed and sunk while lying submerged on the bottom of Surabaya Harbor by Japanese aircraft. HMT Malacca (RN auxiliary patrol vessel): Scuttled in the Tjemake River, Sumatra, Dutch East Indies. USS Pollux (USN Castor-class general stores issue ship): Ran aground and broke up at Lawn Point, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland during a storm. Shinyo Maru No. 5 GO (IJN auxiliary guard ship): Torpedoed and sunk off Nagasaki by USS Triton. HNLMS Soerabaja (Netherlands gunnery training ship, formerly the coast defense ship De Zeven Provinciën): Bombed and sunk at Surabaya by Japanese aircraft. USS Truxtun (USN Clemson-class destroyer): Ran aground and boke up at Ferryland Point, Placentia Bay during a storm. HMT Warland (RN trawler): Bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Spurn Point, Yorkshire. USS Wilkes (USN Gleaves-class destroyer): Ran aground in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland but freed herself. 1943 RD 24 (RM RD-class minesweeper): Foundered in a storm off Egadi Island west of Sicily. 1944 Operation Hailstorm continues: CH-29 (IJN submarine chaser): Sunk in the Pacific Ocean north west of Udot Isaland, Truk by United States Navy aircraft. Heian Maru (IJN Heian Maru-class submarine tender): Bombed and sunk in Chuuk Lagoon, Truk by United States Navy aircraft. She had been damaged performing evasive maneuvers the day before, returned to Truk to partially offload and was making a run for it on this day. Although a designated war grave, she is the largest wreck of Chuuk Lagoon's "Ghost Fleet" and a popular dive site. Oite (IJN Kamikaze-class destroyer): Torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Truk by United States Navy aircraft. Oite had been an escort for Agano and was returning to Truk with her rescued crew. *** HMS Breda (RN armed yacht): Sunk in a collision off Campbeltown Argyllshire. CHa-17 (IJN CHa-1-class auxiliary submarine chase)r was sunk off Kavieng, New Ireland by American aircraft. HMS Penelope (RN Arethusa-class cruiser): Torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea west of Naples, Campania, Italy by U-410. U-7 (Kriegsmarine Type IIB submarine): Sank near Pillau in a diving accident. U-406 (Kriegsmarine Type VIIC submarine): Depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by HMS Spey. USS YT-198 (USN tug): Struck a mine off Anzio, Lazio, Italy and sank. 1945 USS Gamble (USN Wickes-class destroyer): Bombed and severely damaged off Iwo Jima, Japan by Japanese aircraft. She was taken in to Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands but was not repaired. Scuttled off Apra, Guam on 16 July. Kyowa Maru No. 3 Go (IJN auxiliary guard boat): Lost on this date. Shoei Maru (IJN auxiliary guard boat): Lost on this date. Sperrbrecher 139 Flamingo (Kriegsmarine Sperrbrecher): Struck a mine and sank off Lindesnes, Norway. U-2344 (Kriegsmarine Type XXIII submarine): Collided in the Baltic Sea off Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern with U-2336 and sank. She was raised in 1956 and scrapped at Rostock in 1958.
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  6. Hmm, thought of a joke regarding that: Q: Why weren't U-boats so cheery during WW2? A: Because "Under the Sea" came out on 1989.
  7. February 17 1942 USS Detector (USN Accentor-class minesweeper): Sunk in collision with SS Petroil east-northeast of Finn's Ledge Buoy, Boston, Massachusetts . Later raised, repaired, and returned to service. NS 21 Eber (Kriegsmarine trawler/guard boat): Torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Skudeneshavn, Norway by Allied aircraft. USS Paramount (USN Accentor-class minesweeper): Ran aground off Cape Hatteras North Carolina and was abandoned. Later salvaged and returned to service. Shinyo Maru No. 5 (IJN auxiliary gunboat): Torpedoed and sunk off Kyūshū by USS Triton. HMT Tandjong Pinang (RN auxiliary patrol vessel): Shelled and sunk south of Pulo Ubar by Imperial Japanese Navy vessels. She was carrying survivors from Kuala. HNLMS Van Nes (Netherlands Admiralen-class destroyer): Bombed and sunk south of Bangka Island, Dutch East Indies by Japanese aircraft. 1943 F 473 (Kriegsmarine Marinefährprahm): Struck a mine and sank in the Black Sea south west of Feolent, Soviet Union. S-71 (Kriegsmarine Type 1939/40 Schnellboot): Shelled, rammed and sunk by HMS Garth. U-69 (Kriegsmarine Type VIIC submarine): Depth charged, rammed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by HMS Fame. U-201 (Kriegsmarine Type VIIC submarine): Depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by HMS Viscount. U-205 (Kriegsmarine Type VIIC submarine): Depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by South African Air Force aircraft and HMS Paladin. 1944 Operation Hailstone / Torakku-tō Kūshū: Truk was a submarine base, air-and-seaplane base and had previously been an anchorage for the Combined Fleet (with the seizure of the Marshall islands, the Combined Fleet was relocated to Palau). On the 17th and 18th, aircraft of Task Force 58 ( USS Enterprise, USS Yorktown, USS Essex, USS Intrepid, USS Bunker Hill, USS Belleau Wood, USS Cabbot, USS Monterey and USS Cowpens) were ordered to plaster Truk with everything you have including empty beer bottles if you have any. Aikoku Maru (IJN transport): Exploded and sank in Truk Lagoon, South Pacific Mandate after being bombed and torpedoed by United States Navy aircraft. Akagi Maru (IJN Akagi Maru-class armed merchant cruiser): Bombed and damaged at Truk by United States Navy aircraft. She was consequently scuttled. Amagisan Maru (IJN Azumason Maru-class transport): Bombed and sunk south west of Uman Island, Truk by United States Navy aircraft. CH-24 (IJN No.13-class submarine chaser): Shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean west of Truk by USS Burns. Fujikawa Maru (IJN aircraft transport): Torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Truk by United States Navy aircraft. Fujisan Maru (IJN Fujisan Maru-class oiler): Bombed and damaged between Moen and Dublan, Truk by United States Navy aircraft. She sank the next day. Fuku Maru No. 2 (IJN guardboat): Bombed, torpedoed and sunk in Koravia Bay, New Britain by United States Navy aircraft. Fumizuki (IJN Mutsuki-class destroyer): Torpedoed and damaged off Truk by United States Navy aircraft. She sank the next day. Gyoraitei No. 10 (IJN T-51-class motor torpedo boat): Sunk by US Navy aircraft. Hoyo Maru (IJN Hoyo Maru-class oiler): Bombed, capsized and sank in shallow water with part of the hull above water east of Fenfar Island, Truk by United States Navy aircraft. Katori (IJN Katori-class cruiser): Shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north west of Truk by USS Iowa. Kiyosumi Maru (IJN auxiliary cruiser): Sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Fefan Island, Truk by United States Navy aircraft. Maikaze (IJN Kagerō-class destroyer): Shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north west of Truk by USS Minneapolis and USS New Orleans. Naka (IJN Sendai-class cruiser): Bombed, torpedoed and sunk west of Truk in the Pacific Ocean by United States Navy aircraft. Rio de Janeiro Maru (IJN Rio de Janeiro Maru-class submarine tender): Bombed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean east of Umon Island, Truk by United States Navy aircraft. She sank the next day. Shonan Maru No.15 (IJN auxiliary submarine chaser/naval trawler): Shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north west of Truk by USS New Jersey. Shinkoku Maru (IJN Shinkoku Maru-class oiler): Bombed and damaged north west of Fefan Island, Truk by United States Navy aircraft. She was bombed again the next day and sank in shallow water. Tachikaze (IJN Minekaze-class destroyer): Torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Kuop, Truk by United States Navy aircraft. Zuikai Maru (IJN cargo ship): Bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north west of Truk by United States Navy aircraft. *** I-11 (IJN Type A1 submarine): Sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Nicholson. Nichiro Maru (IJN transport): Torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north of Palau by USS Sargo. No. 10 (IJN Type 51 motor torpedo boat): Lost on this date. R-39 (Kriegsmarine Type R-25 minesweeper): Sunk by Allied aircraft at Porto Ercole. R-200 (Kriegsmarine R-151 minesweeper): Sunk by Allied aircraft at Porto Ercole. ShCh-216 (Soviet Navy Shchuka-class submarine): Depth charged and sunk in the Black Sea west of Sevastopol by UJ-103 and UJ-106. Shoei Maru No. 7 Go (IJN auxiliary guard boat): Lost on this date. W-26 (IJN W-19-class minesweeper): Bombed, torpedoed and sunk in Koravia Bay, New Britain by United States Navy aircraft. She was scrapped in 1958. 1945 HMS Bluebell (RN Flower-class corvette): Torpedoed and sunk in the Kola Inlet off Murmansk by U-711. Conte di Cavour (Kriegsmarine Conte di Cavour-class battleship): Damaged during an air raid on Trieste, Italy. She capsized on 23 February, and was scrapped in 1946. Hiyoshi Maru No. 2 GO (IJN transport): Bombed and heavily damaged at Futami, Chichijima by American carrier-based aircraft. She sank the next day. Impero (Kriegsmarine Littorio-class battleship): Sunk at Trieste during an air raid. HMS Lark (RN Black Swan-class sloop): Torpedoed and damaged in the Barents Sea north east of Murmansk, Soviet Union by U-968. She was beached off Rosta and was declared a total loss. M-421 (Kriegsmarine minesweeper): Struck a mine and sank off Kolberg, Pomerania. TA 41 (Kriegsmarine Ariete-class torpedo boat, former Lancia): Damaged in an air raid on Trieste and scuttled. TA 44 (Kriegsmarine torpedo boat, former Navigatori-class destroyer Antonio Pigafetta): Bombed and sunk by Allied aircraft at Trieste. U-425 (Kriegsmarine Type VIIC submarine): Depth charged and sunk in the Barents Sea off Murmansk by HMS Alnwick Castle and HMS Lark. U-1273 (Kriegsmarine Type VIIC/41 submarine): Struck a mine and sank in the Skaggerak. U-1278 (Kreigsmarine Type VIIC/41 submarine): Depth charged and sunk in the Norweigan Sea north-west of Bergan, Norway by HMS Bayntun and HMS Loch Eck.
  8. You wound me. Are my thoughts so shrouded in enigma that you cannot see where my heart lies? If I’m an open book, I believe you, sir, are illiterate.
  9. The Cat lady, because you can read AND understand it perfectly? And everyone likes a good spring hunt, right @Wellington99 ?
  10. That's a lot of poetry. I think you can guess where my favorite is...
  11. RA; Awww.
  12. The artist had the comment "Waiting for Victory Belle's to be released". She's frowning since she's waiting.
  13. well to fair we have only met one and maybe heard from two if that letter was real. Out of over 1000 so I'm sure we will have a couple of cheery ones too
  14. That is very interesting. U-boats, on the other hand, can't be very cheery, can they?
  15. Silent and concerned Lady D’Aosta is Noble and restraint No time Profintern Showed you all of her hobbies Was there shown too much? Elegant Moskva Focused on things which matter Unlike her sister? Always on the search For something new exciting Is Maille Breze Is she the finest? Kongou has seen much but is Refined Japanese? Besiege mit ihr Deine Fehler und Feinde Wähl Leberecht Maass A lot of blood seen Willing to see more of it Verdun engages Rätsel entdecken, Lösen und Wahrheit finden U-29 Im Winter sind wir. Nur kalt. Gedanken wärmen. Holde Gneisenau. A fierce warrior Takao improves herself Every way possible Stars in her eyes she Pursues them and fights with you For you Orion Aoba Goldberg Has nothing on her skill for Crafty beauty things Girl Scout submarine Serves King and country good Join Salmon your scout
  16. Foul tongue but sharp blades Bulldog, you like a good fight Wellington likes you Kirov joins the fight Against the enemy and About the captain Bearn what ship is she? One which fights the enemy One which loves good food Hans Lüdemann sorgt Für alle flotten Schiffe Pünktlich und für mich Only one shirt fits Harbinger of death itself Camicia Nera Is she the finest? Nagato tries hard to be Refined Japanese Do not approach her First you need to be assigned To the sub I 8 New to the waters Find at the end of the world The musical Perth Sail on the scent of Tea brought to you by the belle Algerie by name Vive la france et Vive la morale cheers Le Triomphant now Up and at them Cheers Stewart in her routine To pump you up high Wanderlust is good Houston has plenty of it Tag along a bit Can you smell the bread? Henley made a lot of it Go on and take one
  17. For el caudillo Fierce Canarias is here Polished unwavering Can you smell kaneel? In de Keuken De Ruyter Preparing ontbijt Fearless in a storm Do not call her Peking duck Dutiful Wicher Sei auf der Hut vor Nürnberg. Sie legt Fallen für dich aus. Lass dich nicht fangen. Sharp tongue and sharp blades Watch out or you might get hurt Leningrad is here Do not insult her! Heavy cruiser heavy punch Pola means you die Create beautiful Spirits with a beautiful Kumano creates Nevada with cards Means lady luck in her hands Go on play with her Mighty Lady Hood Only the finest are good Enough to command Diether von Roeder Sie lehrt preußische Werte Du wirst perfekt sein Party ensues now New Orleans took care of it Hands and pants all down A real movie star Arizona desert dry Sails on the war path Huntress from Quebec Fluently Saguenay Follows the war path
  18. February 16 1940 The Altmark Incident: Altmark, carrying the crews of the ships Admiral Graf Spee had sunk in the South Atlantic, attempted to return to Germany by way of Norweigan territorial waters. The RAF discovered her and she was pursued to Jøssingfjord Norway by Royal Navy destroyers. She was fired on and boarded by a party from HMS Cossack, who liberated the POWs. Altmark (Kreigsmarine tanker): Ran aground in Jøssingfjord, trying to evade HMS Cossack. Later refloated, repaired and returned to service as Uckermark. 1941 HMT Ormonde (RN trawler): Bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Peterhead, Aberdeenshire by Luftwaffe aircraft. HMT Southsea (RN auxiliary minesweeper): Struck a mine in the North Sea off the mouth of the Tyne and was beached. She was declared a total loss. 1942 HMT Fuh Wo (RN auxiliary minesweeper): Beached on Bangka Island, Dutch East Indies and was skuttled by her crew. HMML 1062 (RN Harbour Defence Motor Launch): Shelled and sunk by IJN warships in the Bangka Strait. She was raised, repaired and put into Imperial Japanese Navy service as Suikei 11. 1943 USS Amberjack (USN Gato-class submarine): Depth charged and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, by Japanese aircraft, Hiyodori and CH-18. 1944 Agano (IJN Agano-class light cruiser): Torpedoed north of Truk by USS Skate and sank the next day. She had taken severe damage in Rabaul harbor and further damage while under tow to Truk the previous November. CH-39 (IJN No.13-class submarine chaser): Sunk off Three Island Harbor, New Hanover Island by US Air Force aircraft. CHa-16 (IJN auxiliary submarine chaser): Bombed and sunk off New Ireland by US Air Force aircraft. Chojo Maru (IJA transport): Torpedoed and sunk in the Flores Sea by USS Tinosa. 1945 CD-56 (IJN Type D escort ship): Torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean east of Mikura Jima Honshu by USS Bowfin. Nariu (IJN Sokuten-class minelayer): Torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean west of Japan by USS Sennet. U-309 (Kriegsmarine Type VIIC submarine): Depth charged and sunk in the North Sea by HMCS Saint John.
  19. The second part: Sleep is for the weak Parizhskaya Kommuna Work has to be done African huntress Axum dives for Italy Brings coffee with her Complete Samurai Incomplete dancer tries hard Start off the Hi-ryu Most experience Most impact most hides Yavuz Most hugged of all Loving the outside Enjoys to play with golf balls Watch out Chiyoda Ideas in mind Lampo improves every Ship with her genius Pure to most captains Traitor to one. Not easy Acting like Nerpa Can you smell what fries? Lexington prepares a treat Both for friend and foe Colour explosion Embracing the new always Nenohi searches A l’attaque Dunkerque is on our side We fear for nothing Faithful postal ship Rawalpindi bring us post Death to enemy African huntress Nubian sails for England Brings dead prey with her Can you smell something Fishy? Could it be cooking? Kitakami is
  20. I just found this randomly on tumblr so on the frown your guest is good as mine.
  21. Why the frown? Did the artist comment on that? Otherwise interesting art style.
  22. On valentines day, someone proposed to write haikus for your favourite Walküre. I did. I also asked for someone to open a forum thread about it. No one did. Now I have the time and the resources, but alas Valentines day is over. Very well, I write a haiku for every interviewed Walküre. Here's my first few. Mehr Heimat geht nicht. Mutig, stolz und forsch bist du. Liebe Scharnhorst mein. Grace- and beautiful High spirits and good humour Belfast enchantress Voykov the Russian Stoic worker in the fleet Even Winter fears Cat lady Exeter Hunting nobility far And away in spring Beautiful pictures By a beautiful lady La Motte-Picquet With a bashful voice And a bashful spirit you Are truly Boisy For la patria Black raven flies excited Cheery Velasco A Belle and southern Mississippi has to be Formally addressed Introduced them all With one big exception we Wait for it Mahan Husbando she has No mind for manners as well Eager Nautilus Deutsch und von Adel Gejagt nicht nur von der Maus Admiral Graf Spee So mysterious. Can she stay for long with you? What plots Surcouf now? For Battenberg cake And good tea, no less, we fight And die Ark Royal
  23. By an artist named artist-in-red on tumblr, not a commission by me.
  24. Otherwise you have to rely on the torpedo protection systems?
  25. that's alright just remember to keep all blows above the belt
  26. It's pretty par for the course. Now I'm just awaiting the eventual return salvo. Nothing like some banter between rivals
  27. now now now that's not nice
  28. Your keyboard messed up on the last sentence there. Might wanna get it checked. I've head she's into exploring the waters of the Rio de la Plata. Namely the bottom
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