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Tango0108 Jun 2017 9:45 p.m. PST

… Submarine To Ever Be Captured By An Aircraft.

"There were many extraordinary events in the Battle of the Atlantic, the contest between the Germans and the Allies for control of the sea lanes, from 1939 to 1945. It usually involved the Germans waging submarine warfare against Allied shipping, especially British Shipping at first. One of the strangest incidents in the ‘Battle of the Atlantic' was when a German submarine surrendered to a British plane.

In 1941, the submarine U-570 went into service for the German Navy. It was based in Norway and was under the command of Captain-Lieutenant Hans-Joachim Rahmlow. Though an experienced naval officer, this was Rahmlow's first time in charge of a submarine. His First Watch Officer (second-in-command) and Second Watch Officer were likewise inexperienced in submarines while the rest of the crew were raw recruits.

AdvertisementOn August 23, the B-Dienst intercepted British communications regarding a large group of Allied merchant ships off Iceland. Sixteen U-boats were ordered to sink them all, and the following morning, the U-570 set off to do just that – her very first war patrol. It was a trap. The British suspected that their communications had been compromised, so the message was a decoy to see if the Germans would bite…"
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