5 Jan

Military History Now

Germany put nearly 1250 U-boats to sea in World War Two. Of those, nearly 800 were destroyed by Allied ships and aircraft, 220 were intentionally scuttled by their crews at war’s end, 156 were handed over to the British and Americans on VE-Day (116 of those were later sent to the bottom), 50 were declared missing and six were captured in action. Today, only five U-boats remain and four of them are open to the public. So where can you visit these fascinating relics?

The Chicago Museum of Science and Technology has been home to the U-505, a Type IXC u-boat, since 1954. The vessel was captured by the USS Chatelain on June 4, 1944 off the coast of West Africa. After its capture, the 505 remained with the U.S. Navy until it was donated to the Chicago museum. It’s been on display there to this day. Visitors can…

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