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U-505

CountryGermany
Ship ClassIXC-class Submarine

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U-505 Operational Timeline

26 Aug 1941 German Type IXC U-Boat U-505 was a commissioned at Hamburg, Germany with Kapitänleutnant Axel-Olaf Loewe in command.
16 Mar 1944 German Type IXC submarine U-505 left Brest, France on the submarine's 12th patrol, with Oberleutnant-zur-See Harald Lange in command.
4 Jun 1944 USS Guadalcanal's anti-submarine hunter-killer group with Captain Daniel V. Gallery in command captured the German U-505 in-tact, including all code books, two Enigma machines, and two Zaunkönig acoustically-guided torpedoes. One German crew member was killed in the initial attack but all others, including the U-Boat commander Oberleutnant-zur-See Harald Lange, were captured. The U-Boat was taken under tow bound for Bermuda. This was the US Navy's first capture of an enemy warship on the high seas since the War of 1812. The US leader of the initial boarding party, Lieutenant (jg) Albert L. David, was awarded the Medal of Honor.
19 Jun 1944 USS Guadalcanal's anti-submarine hunter-killer group with the captured German Type IXC submarine U-505 in tow arrived in Bermuda where the U-Boat would remain for the rest of the war to preserve the secret of its capture.

Photographs

A salvage party from USS Guadalcanal on the captured German submarine U-505, 4 Jun 1944 in the eastern Atlantic. Note the twin 20mm anti-aircraft guns and the seashell insignia on the tower.Abandoned by her crew but with engines still running, German Type IXC submarine U-505 circles at 7 knots before US boarding parties complete the capture off the West African coast, 4 Jun 1944.
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A salvage party from USS Guadalcanal on the captured German submarine U-505, 4 Jun 1944 in the eastern Atlantic. Note the twin 20mm anti-aircraft guns and the seashell insignia on the tower.Abandoned by her crew but with engines still running, German Type IXC submarine U-505 circles at 7 knots before US boarding parties complete the capture off the West African coast, 4 Jun 1944.
See all 25 photographs of Submarine U-505


Famous WW2 Quote
"Goddam it, you'll never get the Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me!"

Captain Henry P. Jim Crowe, Guadalcanal, 13 Jan 1943