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US Navy Capture of U-505 on the high seas

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Very nice thread . . . thanks for posting. I have visited U-505 on several occasions when in Chicago for work and/or family trips; the Museum of Science and Industry is a great visit for all ages.

 

I, too, encountered Hans Goebeler on the gun show circuit in the early 1990's . . . selling autographed books, mugs, reprint photographs, ect. I recall that at his table he had on display a piece of U-505's outer hull that was bent, split, etc. from being hit by a projectile fired from a surface ship. Apparently U-505 had gotten caught on the surface earlier in the war and was attacked by an Allied naval vessel, who almost destroyed U-505 with shell fire. Anyway, U-505 managed to get away and limp back to port (France, I believe). Goebeler indicated that one of the shipyard workers who was working to repair U-505 from the battle damage gave him the cut-away piece of damaged outer hull plate as a souvenir. Goebeler either mailed (or transported while on leave) the souvenir piece of hull plate back to his parents' home, where it remained for the duration of the war (and he retrieved it when repatriated home post-war). I wonder what ever happened to this sounvenir piece after Goebeler's passing? I recall that he had stamped some of the "battle damage" story into the souvenir piece using a metal-stamping alphabet set.

 

I'm a bit surprised to hear reports that Goebeler (who, post-war emigrated to the U.S. and became a Citizen) would in the later part of his life still retain any "regrets" about not having successfully scuttled U-505. After all, any "mistake" he might have made as a young man during combat ended up turning out pretty well for him . . . he and virtually all of his crew survived the war in the (relative) comfort of a U.S. POW camp; he had become a U.S. Citizen; and U-505 was well-preserved as a historic artifact for generations to come.

 

Again, great thread!

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Hans Goebeler's book offers a good look at the capture from the German perspective. I believe it is available via Amazon.

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Great post and excellent additions! I also toured the U-505 years ago (likely about 1973). I haven't been back to the museum for many, many years, sad to say. I was pleased to hear about the restoration many years ago insuring the preservation of the story for many years to come. I do hope political correctness stays away from this exhibit!

BKW

I do remember the wax figures you could purchase from the vending machine! I got a bust of Abraham Lincoln, yes, too hot to hold for a bit of time! Great Memories! I toured as a Jr-High student.

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