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WWII Type XXI discovered in Scandinavia!

Discussion in 'Underwater Treasures' started by Dan_P, Apr 14, 2018.

  1. Dan_P

    Dan_P DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Scandinavia
    May 6th 1945 was the day after Denmark's liberation from Germany, and also the day U-3523 would be sunk by British B-24 Liberators using depth charges.

    U-3523 was special.

    It was one of just four commissioned Type XXI-submarines that had been developed during WWII at Admiral Dönitz's request. He desperately needed an ocean-going submarine with increased battery capacity, better tactical utility and snorkel recharging options.

    Type XXI was it, and had it been developed sooner, it's tactical and strategical impact would no doubt have been catastrophic to allied forces.
    While Type XXI did take submarine warfare and -production to new levels - it inspired the designs of American, British, Swedish and Russian submarines in decades to come - it became nothing more than a footnote in WWII-history.

    Until now, that is!
    Sea War Museum Jutland has discovered U-3523 at 123m in Skagerrak, Denmark, and it's one of just two preserved Type XXI's. A truly fantastic discovery, which hopefully will lead to great contributions to maritime history.

    This post from UTD Norway has an article reference about it, from national Danish news broadcaster - Danmarks Radio. Please note, the article is in Danish.
  2. Scared Silly

    Scared Silly Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: on the path to perdition
  3. Wookie

    Wookie ScubaBoard Business Sponsor Staff Member ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

    I have dived U-2513 a number of times.
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  4. HalcyonDaze

    HalcyonDaze Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Miami
    Interesting subs; they and the independently developed Japanese I-201 class were the precursors to modern diesel-electric subs. A number of the survivors were split up among the Allied navies; the one example provided to the French Navy served into the 1960s. As Frank mentioned one of the two US examples was eventually scuttled off the Dry Tortugas after several years of testing: U-2513 - The First True Modern Submarine • ADVANCED DIVER MAGAZINE • by Michael C. Barnette

    One example of the class is still floating as a museum ship in Bremerhaven, Germany today. U-2540 was scuttled off Flensburg at the end of the war and raised by West Germany in 1957; after refurbishment it went on to serve as a testbed (renamed Wilhem Bauer, after the designer of the first U-boat) until the early 1980s: German submarine Wilhelm Bauer - Wikipedia
  5. Tom Winters

    Tom Winters Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Boca Raton, FL
    I have dived U-2513 following Wookie many times, but he never had a clue that I was following him.

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