Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Robert E. Lee and U-166-- Part 1

From the August 18, 2014, Marine Corps Times "A New Look: Five Things to know about Germany's U-boats" by AP.

A film crew has been out in the Gulf of Mexico taking the clearest-ever images of two sunken World War II ships.  They have been using a pair of tethered, remotely controlled mini-subs and other cameras to film the American ship Robert E. Lee and the ship that sank it, the U-166, which in turn was sunk by depth charges from the Lee's escort ship on July 30, 1942.

These images will be used for a documentary about Operation Drumbeat, the German code name for their submarine campaign against shipping along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts in early 1942.  I have been listing ships sunk just off the North Carolina coast in the first half of 1942 in other posts, and it sure was a lot.

--GreGen

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