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HORST DEGEN (116-1985)
"The Gallant Degen"
is what Admiral Karl Dönitz called him. He put U-701
into commission on 16 July 1942 and enjoyed successes with the boat
including the only successful mine field in US waters. He laid a
minefield right off the U. S. Navy base at Norfolk and some ships ran
onto these mines and were sunk. It was a dangerous mission because
there was only about thirty feet of water under his keel and if he had
been discovered, there would be no possibility to dive.
|The Turmabzeichen (tower emblem) of U-701 was a flying fish|
U-701 was found about five decades later by UWE LOVAS (1022-1989). The photos below are more recent because at times, the boat is almost completely lost in the sand with only the tower visible. Only shifting currents and strong winds above allow the boat to reappear.
|The conning tower hatch is still
open from the time DEGEN
released it and several of his men went to the surface with him.
For years, the secret of the final resting place of U-701............and forty of her crew, remained with UWE but eventually, the location was found and dive boat operators are routinely taking scuba divers to the wreck site.
Enjoy your morning coffee with
HORST DEGEN. Click on the
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