WW2 German U-Boat Submarine U-550 Located “In Deep Water” Off Coast of Massachusetts

In this rare color image, a German U-Boat is shown cruising along the surface of the Atlantic, sometime during WW2. (Photo: Kreigsmarine)

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 this screenshot from the film, U-571, two actors portraying crewmen man a deck gun and prepare to fire. In real life, crewman of the U-550 used their deck guns to fire on approaching U.S. Naval forces.
(Photo: Universal Pictures)

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.

In this photo taken in 1944, just before the U-550 sank, its Captain and surviving crew members are seen gathering topside, preparing to abandon ship. Note all of the holes and battle damage to the boat’s conning tower. (Photo: US Navy)

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!


2 thoughts on “WW2 German U-Boat Submarine U-550 Located “In Deep Water” Off Coast of Massachusetts

  1. kneonknight says:

    I’ll just leave this here:

    “The Silent Service”

    “Das Boot”

    …any other submariner films. Good Stuff. I admire those guys…hell, I got a bit claustrophobic in a C-130 when I knew it was a 6 hour trip at most. Imagine spending weeks or months in cramped quarters…sheesh.

  2. Rick says:

    Hadn’t heard thanks for the lead!

    Joemanri aka

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