The two subs in that video were running scared and had a bit of bad luck. Nothing to show that they had any involvement with the Arctic.
Snippets from U-Boat.net:
17 Aug 1945. U-Boat 977
Surrender in Argentina in August, 1945
The boat left Kristiansand, Norway on 2 May, 1945 for a combat patrol in the English Channel. When Germany surrendered a few days later the boat was
outbound in Norwegian waters. After deciding to head for Argentina Schäffer gave the married men on board the chance to go to shore. Roughly a third
of the crew, 16 men, opted for the shore and were put on land on 10 May near Holsenöy in dinghies. They all ended up in British hands. U-977 then
sailed for Argentina; from May 10 to July 14 the voyage was a 66-day continuous submerged Schnorchel run, the second longest in the war (after U-978's
The journey was extremely difficult for the crew and many were apparently on the edge of a nervous breakdown. The boat stopped in Cape Verde Islands
for a short swim break and then headed south on the surface using one diesel. Crossing the equator on July 23 she arrived in Mar del Plata, Argentina
on 17 August for a total patrol length of 108 days.
The commander, Heinz Schäffer, published a book in 1952 called U-boat 977 about his journey.
Interned at Mar del Plata, Argentina on 17 August, 1945 after a 66-day submerged trip from Norway.
Surrendered to USA in Boston on 13 Nov, 1945. She was torpedoed off Massachusetts on 13 Nov, 1946 during torpedo trials by the US submarine USS Atule.
General notes on this boat. U-Boat 530
Encounter with the Japanese I-52
On 22 May, 1944 the boat left Lorient, France for operations in the Trinidad area. Outbound she was to rendezvous with the incoming Japanese submarine
I-52 (huge boat, 356 feet and roughly 2600 tons) and supply the larger boat with a Naxos radar detector, Naxos operator and a German navigator to help
navigate the end-leg of the journey.
The three German men, Pilot Lieutenant Schafer and Radiomen Petty Officers Schulze and Behrendt, all perished with the boat along with its Japanese
The boats met on 23 June in the middle of the Atlantic, some 850 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands, and the exchange went well except the Naxos
radar detector fell into the Atlantic, being retrieved by a Japanese who jumped in after it. U-530 immediately headed for Trinidad, finally returning
to base after 133 days at sea. The Allies knew of the encounter and had the escort carrier USS Bogue at the scene and its aircraft managed to sink the
I-52 with Fido torpedoes with the help of sonobuoys.
The I-52 seems to have been found in 3,2 mile deep water in 1995, I have seen photos of the wreck which are amazing. The interest in this boat,
especially at this depth, is simple: She contains 2 tons of gold in 146 bars plus an assortment of other valuable industrial metals. Recovery was
planned but according to an article in National Geographic (Oct 99) it was not possible to reach the gold and further attempts have been called off.
Surrendered in the Mar del Plata, Argentina on 10 July 1945.
Transferred to USA and used for tests. Scuttled during tests on 28 Nov, 1947 north-east of Cape Cod, by a torpedo.
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