U 853

Rhode Island,USA

U 853 was laid down at A.G Weser in Bremen in August 1942, and was launched in March the following year. She was commissioned in June 1943, and was sent to 4.Flotille for training.  In April 1944 she was transferred to active duty in 10.Flotille in Lorient France, and six months later to 33.Flotille in Flensburg. She did a total of three war patrols and sunk two ships during the war. Outside Rhode Island she was spotted by the destroyer escort USS Atherton and the frigate USS Moberly 6.May 1945, and sunk after being hit by depth charges. The whole crew of 55 men went down with her. The wreck of 853 rest today on a depth of 35 to 40 meter east of Block Islands.

Former names:
U 853

251,1 x 22,2 x 31,6 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
1120 displ ( surfaced ) Bremen ( D ) 1943 Flensburg ( D )

N 41 12 40 W 71 25 20
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