Monday, June 04, 2012

Submarine History Made This Day

On June 4th, 1944, an anti-submarine "hunter-killer" group comprised of the escort Carrier USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60) and five escort vessels - USS Pillsbury (DE-133) USS Pope (DE-134), USS Flaherty (DE-135), USS Chatelain (DE-149), and USS Jenks (DE-665) - captured the German submarine U-505.

This event marked the first time the U.S. Navy had captured an enemy warship at sea since the nineteenth century.

U-505 was retained by the U.S. Navy after World War II.  She is on public display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, IL.  She holds the distinction of being the only commissioned submarine inside a building.

Official U.S. Navy photograph from the official report of the capture.


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