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U505 German Submarine

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  1. aquist

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    One of the most impressive things in Chicago is the complete German Submarine the u505. it has tours and a film and it crossed the outer drive to it resting place at he Museum of Science and industry. one of the prime movers was a man named Carl Stockholm who in his day was a great Bicycle racer. he opened a string of dry cleaners, and I was an officer in the Carl Stockholm bn of the US Navy Sea Cadets. when in Chicago go see the sub :lol:
     
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    I'd love to. Unfortunately, such a trip is currently outside my budget range and likely to remain so.
     
  3. aquist

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    U505 has a new home

    O my prophetic soul... No sooner do I post and the armchair general ( a new magazine ) has an article about the Museum building a new building to house it. this will insure that the environment will not destroy the sub and provide additional display space to teach museum visitors what the U-boat menace and the battle of the Atlantic were all about http://www.msichicago.org
     
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    There is a U Boat on display Birkenhead England. It's not in the greatest condition since it was pulled off the sea bed.

    http://www.historicwarships.org/displaypage.asp?page=13

    This place also has two Veterans of the Falklands war. The HMS Plymouth and the submarine Onyx which justifiably enjoyed the nickname the Sardines Revenge.
     
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    I forget where exactly,but in Michigan you can find the U.S.S. Silversides.You can even spend the night on it for a price.This WWII sub is still somewhat seaworthy.I was told a long time ago during a tour(when it was still in Chicago) that it could do everything but dive.
     
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    I live in Hawaii and at Pearl Harbor they have a sub called the bowfin, I think it is a gato-class sub, not sure though. Its in excellent condition, but is overshadowed by the Arizona and Missouri.
     
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    Understandable.Those battleships represent the start and finish of WWII for the US.
     
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    Indeed. Many people are not even aware that there *was* a US submarine campaign against Japan.
     
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    Yes indeed, and a very successful campaign at that. Read "Silent Victory" by Clay Blair for the full story.
     
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    I have, and it was a very excellent account. Mr. Blair now has a two-volume work out on the U-boat war from the German side.
     
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    Both of those volumes are on my shelf waiting to be read - need to carve out a big chunk of time to do that !
     
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    I need to carve out enough money to buy them; unfortunately, my wife and I have to give priority to the things we need.
     
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    The USS Torsk is in Baltimore
     
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    U-505
    Type IXC
    Laid down 12 Jun, 1940 Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg
    Commissioned 26 Aug, 1941 Kptlt. Axel-Olaf Loewe
    Commanders 26 Aug, 1941 - 5 Sep, 1942 KrvKpt. Axel-Olaf Loewe
    6 Sep, 1942 - 24 Oct, 1943 Kptlt. Peter Zschech
    24 Oct, 1943 - 7 Nov, 1943 Oblt. Paul Meyer (in deputize) -- acting
    8 Nov, 1943 - 4 Jun, 1944 Oblt. Harald Lange

    Career 12 patrols 26 Aug, 1941 - 31 Jan, 1942 4. Flottille (training)
    1 Feb, 1942 - 4 Jun, 1944 2. Flottille (front boat)

    Successes 8 ships sunk for a total of 44.962 GRT
    Fate Captured at sea west of Africa on 4 June, 1944 by ships and Wildcat aircraft of the US Navy task force 22.3, escort carrier USS Guadalcanal, destroyer escorts USS Pillsbury, USS Chatelain, USS Flaherty, USS Jenks and USS Pope. 1 dead and 59 survivors.

    see - http://uboat.net/boats/u505.htm
    or the home page - http://uboat.net/index.html

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    It was very interesting to visit a Gato class fleet sub after reading so many accounts of the submarine campaigns in the Pacific. One can climb all over the boat and explore below decks. If travelling I-10 through Mobile Alabama take an hour to visit the USS Drum - 13 war patrols and sunk 80,000 tons of Japanese shipping.
     
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    I toured the U 505..

    Kinda tight, nicely machined
     
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    Looking forward to visiting Chicago someday and seeing U-505. Some years ago, I toured USS Pampanito in SF - nicely preserved (and a little too clean !). Thing about a sub is that it's all forward and backward inside - you can't go anywhere sideways. I visited USS Torsk a few years ago, but she had been thoroughly modernized and no longer resembles her WWII days. Last year, I went to see USS Bowfin in Honolulu but she was closed for maintenance. In the Navy Yard in Washington DC, the conning tower of USS Balao is on display ashore.
     
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    USS Lionfish (SS298) at Battleship Cove, Fall River Massachusetts.

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    Jimmy Carter was aboard the Torsk, it was a training vessle after WWII
     
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    The U-boats did run kinda small, most of the classes that saw combat. The American fleet boats were a good deal larger.
     

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