U 352

North Carolina,North America

U 352 was put in service under Kãpitan Leutnant Hellmut Ratke 28.August 1941, and transferred to 3.Unterseeboot Flotille. In February 1942 she was transferred to St. Nazaire in France and sent on patrol as a front boat on the east coast of USA. 9.May 1942 they were in position outside Cape Hatteras in North Carolina when they attacked an American ship. Two torpedoes were launched, but both of them missed the ship that turned out to be the coast guard vessel USS Icarus. Icarus turns around quickly and engage. She fire five depth charges that destroys the conning tower on U 352, and after additional two depth charges, Hellmut Rathke is forced to give the order to surface and abandon ship. While the crew tries to abandon the uboat, USS Icarus continue her fire. 15 men of the crew are killed and the rest taken prisoners. U 352 laid herself at rest on a depth of 30 to 35 meter southeast of Morehead City.

Former names:
U 352

67,1 x 6,2 x 4,7 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
769 displ. ( Surfaced ) Flensburg ( D ) 1940 ( D )

34°13'40.98" N 76°33'53.64" W

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Picture: USS Icarus entering
Charleston with German POW`s

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