2012 has been quite the year for historic, military-related discoveries…
First, an entire squad of MIC (“mint-in-crate”) WW2 British Spitfires is found, BURIED in Burma.
Second, a WW2 P-40 Kittyhawk fighter in stunning condition is discovered in the Sahara.
Third, a massive, Korean War-era, C-124A Globemaster II is located on a mountain in Alaska.
AND NOW…In yet another exciting historical find, a WW2 German U-Boat Submarine has been located off the coast of Massachusetts. The vessel, dubbed U-550, was well-known to the U.S. Navy, which depth-charged it to the bottom after a violent sea battle fought on April 16, 1944 (the U-boat’s captain, Klaus Hänert and 11 of his crewman were captured, 44 died).
In what struck me as a weird coincidence, I had just watched the film, U-571 the night before (see screenshot above). When I learned of the U-550’s discovery the next morning, it was as if that battle had just happened (in my mind). And although fictional, the battle sequences portrayed in U-571 must’ve been very similar to the real-life horrors experienced aboard the striken U-550.
Bottom Line: Yes, U-571 was a largely inaccurate movie regarding its depiction of the allied captures of Enigma decoding machines (just ask the British Royal Navy), but in light of this recent real-life discovery at sea, I recommend that you give the film another viewing. If you’re a history buff, you’ll enjoy reading more about this discovery in an excellent article in the UK Telegraph found HERE. Enjoy!