Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

On 4 June 1944, Task Group 22.3. operating in the Atlantic Ocean discovered a German submarine, U-505, recharging her batteries on the surface. Though the sub attempted to flee, the Task Group eventually cornered her. The Germans attempted to scuttle the sub before they abandoned ship, but they were unsuccessful. A boarding party boarded the abandoned sub resulting in the capture of valuable equipment, codes, and the sub itself. U-505 was towed to the United States for study. The artifacts in this collection are amongst those taken as prizes from U-505 or from the vessels involved in her capture.