On June 4, 1944, the German sub known as U-505 was captured off the coast of West Africa. Tracking and disabling this elusive U-boat not only protected vital supply lines, but the swift and courageous action taken to save and secure the sub yielded vital secrets that would change the course of World War II. To mark the 70th anniversary of this remarkable chapter in naval history, MSI is proud to present special events to provide even more insight into the U-505 capture and legacy.
June 4 (70th anniversary) and June 7-8
The U-505 Submarine exhibit's interactive Dive Trainer will be open for a hands-on lesson in U-boat buoyancy, and submarine-themed make-and-take activities will be featured throughout the exhibit. MSI submariner volunteers will be on hand to share their expertise and adventures, and Chief Petty Officers from the Great Lakes Naval Base who participated in the USO U-505 Naval History Program will return to MSI to serve as exhibit facilitators. This unique program is offered in partnership with the USO of Illinois and the Pritzker Military Library and made possible through support from the Tawani Foundation.
Saturday, June 7: Searching and Exploring the U-550
Speaker: Joe Mazraani, Shipwreck Diver and Captain of D/V Tenacious
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. in the Little Theater
For nearly two decades, Joe Mazraani was a part of a team that feverishly researched and dreamed of exploring the elusive U-550. On July 23, 2012, near the end of a grueling round-the-clock side scan operation, the final resting place of the Grey Wolf was located in approximately 100 meters of North Atlantic water off the coast of Massachusetts. Join us for a special presentation by Joe Mazraani detailing the search and exploration experience of the U-550. [Seating is limited and first-come, first-served.]
Sunday, June 8: The History and Legacy of the U-505
Moderator: Kurt Haunfelner, Vice President of Exhibits and Collections.
Panelists include: Keith Gill, former curator of the U-505 restoration project at MSI; Dick Klarich, MSI Capital Programs Manager. Additional panelists are being confirmed.
1:30 - 3 p.m. in the Auditorium
Join us for a special panel presentation in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the U-505's capture. Moderated by Kurt Haunfelner, Vice President of Exhibits and Collections at MSI, the panel will discuss the U-505’s fascinating history, from the Battle for the Atlantic and the submarine’s capture to its legacy today as an exhibition at MSI. [Seating is limited and first-come, first-served.]