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U-505

  u-505 submarine
 
  u-505

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On 4 June 1944, a hunter-killer group of the United States Navy captured the German submarine U-505. This event marked the first time a U.S. Navy vessel had captured an enemy vessel at sea since the nineteenth century. The action took place in the Atlantic Ocean, about 150 miles off the coast of Rio De Oro, Africa.

The task group itself was awarded the Presidential Unit citation, in part because of the unique and difficult feat of boarding and capturing an enemy warship on the high-seas--something the U.S. Navy had not accomplished since the 19th-century. More significantly, however, the capture of codebooks on U-505 allowed American cryptanalysts to occasionally break the special "coordinate" code in enciphered German messages and determine more precise locations for U- boat operating areas.

In addition to vectoring in hunter-killer task groups on these locations, these coordinates enabled Allied convoy commanders to route shipping away from known U-boat locations, greatly inhibiting the effectiveness of German submarine patrols.

U-505--as the only Type IX-C boat still in existence--was designated a National Historic Landmark.

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Like all our submarine models, this U-505 Uboat model has the following qualities:

- Plank-on-frame, hollow hull construction, weighing less than 7 lbs  (A solid hull of this model would be over 20 lbs.)

- All parts are wood and metal


- Rust marks that project realism (not like a shiny children's toy.)


45" long  
$1,200    S & H is $90

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