posted on Jul, 5 2014 @ 06:00 AM
Sunken German U-boat search
to begin off Newfoundland
Jerry Eliason from Minnesota said he's searching for the U-656, the first U-boat sunk by U.S. Forces based out of Argentia at the time.
According to Eliason, he's found data indicating the vessel was destroyed by an American plane about 24 kilometres off Cape Race on March 1, 1942.
"We were able to acquire the logbooks of two destroyers that were sent out the following day after the original attack by the Lockeed Hudson aircraft
out of Argentia," he said. "They sent two destroyers out there and they found the oil slick and spent a full day dropping depth charges in and around
the oil slick, and those logbooks are the key."
The U-boat threat around Newfoundland (then a Dominion of the British Empire and under blockade by the Nazis) is a mostly forgotten aspect of WWII. I
was thrilled to read the news that a well respected underwater archaeologist was looking into U656, which was sank by an American aircraft off the
community of Trepassy.
The Germans sank not only military vessels, but also fishing vessels (which were the lifeblood of industry in Newfoundland at that time) as well as
passenger ferries carrying women and children as well as young soldiers heading to and from training in mainland Canada.
Their worst atrocity in Newfoundland waters was the sinking of the SS Caribou, a passenger ferry shuttling civilians to and fro between Newfoundland
and Canada. 136 Newfoundlanders were lost, including 10 innocent children.
On a fairly recent anniversary of the disaster, I saw an interview from a gentleman who was at the time little more than a young boy, a survivor from
U-69's cowardly sinking of the SS Caribou and he recounted how himself and a group of other survivors would try and gather 'round as best they could,
clinging to wooden wreckage singing traditional Newfoundland folks songs to keep their morale up in the unforgiving and bitterly cold North Atantic as
they awaited an uncertain rescue.
One in particular he mentioned was Squid Jiggin Ground, which is nearly as popular around here today as it was then. I'll see if I can find a YT link,
but I don't know how to embed.
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edit on 7/5/2014 by Monger because: Add an image of the SS Caribou and sundry typos