U 853

Rhode Island,USA

U 853 was a type IXC/40 uboat laid down at AG 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. Unterseeboot 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 her career. Outside Rhode Island she was spotted by the destroyer escort USS Atherton and the frigate USS Moberly 6. May 1945. She was sunk by depth charges and went down with all hands lost. The battered wreck of 853 rest today on a depth of 35 to 40 meter, seven nautical miles 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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