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WW2 German U-Boat Wreck Found in the 'Graveyard of the Atlantic'

Two vessels from the Battle of the Atlantic have been found 30 miles off the coast of North Carolina.

Two vessels from the Battle of the Atlantic have been found 30 miles off the coast of North Carolina. German U-Boat 576 and the freighter Bluefields were found in an area known as the 'Graveyard of the Atlantic' by a team of researchers led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Sonar Images of U576

Sonar image of the U-576 wreck

 

The NOAA said the finds will provide insight into 'a relatively little-known chapter in American history.' 

On July 15th 1942 the Nicaraguan flagged freighter Bluefields was part of convoy KS-520 escorted by the U.S. Navy. U-576 sank the ship before being attacked by Kingfisher aircraft and sunk itself. U-576 and Bluefields went down within minutes of each other and came to rest on the seabed less than 240 yards apart.

 

Credit: Ed Caram

U-576 navigates choppy waters in this image

 

The wrecks will be protected under international law and the wreck site is now a war grave for the crew of the U-Boat. The wrecks were found as part of a programme to survey and document vessels lost during the Second World War off the North Carolina coast.

 

Credit: Ed Caram

The crew of U-576

 

Credit: Ed Caram

The crew of U-576