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Unknown U-Boat Posted by: RK () Date: January 19, 2017 07:33AM Hello, I was browsing some old CIA files and maybe i have found a "new" old german U-boat. I put the information together here: [www.abovetopsecret.com] Is this a known sub?
Re: Unknown U-Boat Posted by: Rainer () Date: January 19, 2017 10:22PM There was indeed a U-boat recovered and taken to Neptun Werft at Rostock in 1956, but this was U-929 that had been scuttled off Warnemünde at the end of the war and was subsequently broken up. It had been the first of four of the improved type VIIC/41 that were built by the Neptun Werft, but only the first two were finished. So there seems to be some truth in this released CIA report, but most of it is inaccurate or simply wrong - "appraisal of content is tentative". Best regards Rainer Crew member of uboat.net
Re: Unknown U-Boat Posted by: RK () Date: January 19, 2017 11:53PM Thank you for your answer, I do however see some problems with it. 1. the lengt of U-929 is 67.1 mtr. One could wrongley guess a few meters.. but not mistake 25 for 64. 2. They even detail out the kind of work and the division for the reconstruction. 3. The drawing is way of a U-929 4. Whats the thing under the bow? 5. there were 91 VIIC/41 build, this report states that this sub had only 4 sisters. Too much deviation, but tnx for the effort.
Re: Unknown U-Boat Posted by: Rainer () Date: January 20, 2017 07:14PM I studied the report more closely, for those interested it is available here: [www.cia.gov] In my opinion the report describes a type XXIII submarine, the "thing" under the bow is a Balkon-GHG (hydrophone). In fact one U-boat of this type (U-2344) was stored at the Neptunwerft in Rostock from its salvage in January 1955 until being broken up in 1958. However, the other information provided in the report resembles the story of U-929 which had been built by the Neptunwerft in 1944 and was one of only four U-boats of the new type VIIC/41 built there. Best regards Rainer Crew member of uboat.net