|Caption||Captured German submarine U-505 with salvage crew on deck (distance) being taken under tow by fleet tug USS Abnaki (foreground), 7 Jun 1944, mid-Atlantic. ww2dbase|
|Source||ww2dbaseUnited States Navy via NavSource|
|Photos on Same Day||7 Jun 1944|
|Photos at Same Place||Atlantic Ocean|
|Added By||David Stubblebine|
|Added Date||26 Jan 2020|
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Famous WW2 Quote"We no longer demand anything, we want war."
Joachim von Ribbentrop, German Foreign Minister, Aug 1939
26 Aug 2020 09:04:39 PM
The man facing the camera is a warrant officer and Abnakiâ€™s Boatswain Schroeder. Behind him are probably Abnaki commanding officer Lieutenant Dewey Walley and Commander Jesse C Johnson.
The speck off U-505â€™s bow is a motor whaleboat, presumably to carry Abnakiâ€™s tow cable to the submarine.
What is interesting (at least to me) was that from the moment Abnaki arrived to join the Guadalcanal task group, her log listed the captured vessel as â€śUSS Nemoâ€ť complete with quotation marks. U-505 was called by the codename â€śUSS Nemoâ€ť in all US Navy documents until the end of the war to preserve the secret of her capture.