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More U-805 pictures and stories continued from page 4.

The Navy sank  four subs and badly damaged one while  losing  a single ship.U-805 escaped only by heading north  toward Canada instead of proceeding directly back to  Germany. She was in mid-ocean when she received  the  surrender order.

U-805 in color as it surrenders off Portsmouth, NH

In one of the many ironies of the war discovered  examining enemy records, the Navy Destroyer  Escort  Otter, which had intercepted U-805  off Cape Race,  Newfoundland, and escorted  her to the designated  surrender point outside  Casco Bay, Maine, had been in  the periscope  crosshairs of U-805 just two weeks  previously.  Otter then had been escorting a convoy which  Gruppe Seewulf attacked.  U-805  crash-dived to over 600 feet to escape  intensive depth charge attacks by ships attached to  Operation Teadrop

The CGC Argo Escorts the U-805 into Portsmouth.

After touring the East Coast in the fall of 1945 as  part of the "Victory Visit" war bond drive,  U-805 returned to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard  for  further testing and experiments, then  was sunk as a  torpedo target in 1947. Her  hulk lies in 500 feet of  water, some 25  miles off the coast of New Hampshire

 The U-805, first submarine to surrender, is escorted by ARGO at 12 knots for the last 50 miles to Portsmouth, N.H.  Ten prisoners were stowed in the forward anchor chain locker, 230 aft over the screws, with 5 officers below decks, all under heavy guard.  Modern conveniences at their disposal consisted solely of a 10 quart pail.  Shower baths with smelling salts and sandwiches were omitted." 

German Underzeeboot Officers under guard.

The title given to this picture by the original photographer was "Big Shots".

Although  the most inflammatory quotes came from the  hard-line Nazis of U-873, probably more significant was  the whispered reaction of a member of the crew  of U-805,  which was overheard by a boarding  crewman from the  Otter. When an officer  had asked about the flags that  would fly  from the bridge of U-805 while she was  escorted into Portsmouth Harbor, and was told that the  Nazi swatstika would not fly again, the crewman  muttered, "Thank God."


Kapitan Herbster

Captain Herbster, U.S.N.: Captain Herbster, Senior Officer present representing the Admiral, is amazed by General Kessler's uncanny memory of World War I U.S. leaders, whom the General mentions by name and present rank."

Geerman crew kept underguard in "Death Alley".

From the collection of Argo's CO in 1945, LTJG Eliot Winslow.  Photo was taken by LTJG Winslow and remained part of his personal collection.  His caption read: "Death Alley: Three prisoners standing in 'death alley', between two rows of depth charges, get their first glimpse of America.  The automatic shotgun in their stomachs did not add to the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape."

Courtesy of the Winslow family.

Here is the u-805 crew during the Commissioning.


The U.S. navy takes over the U-805

The photo taken  by Parnham that shows an American  crew  on the bridge of a sub that looks like it has been  through a war is of U-805, the first sub to come in.  Her  crew was below when this shot was taken,  confined to  quarters. Her commander, Korvettekapitan  Richard  Bernardelli, is on the bridge,  seated second from the  front.