The U-534 was one of these vessels, a Type IXC/40 submarine
launched in September 1942 and in her first missions she was used as a
data-gathering platform for weather conditions in the
On 5th May 1945 Admiral Donitz agreed a partial
surrender of all German forces in both their own country and
#While the submarine was able to shoot one of them down, the second one dropped depth charges which exploded and seriously damaged the stern of the vessel, forcing her to abandon their sub as it was now flooding and would not have long left on the surface. All 52 crew members managed to escape the sinking, but three of these would not make it to be rescued.
The wreck was discovered in 1986 at a depth of 67 meters by a Danish wreck hunter named Aage Jensen and soon after a team of salvors had sponsor from a media millionaire named Karsten Ree who funded an expedition to raise the sub in the hope that the rumours of lost Nazi treasure would bare fruit.
On 23rd August 1993 the Dutch salvage company Smit Tak finally brought the wreck of U-534 to the surface with cheers and headlines to capture the moment. But it may have been a complete waste of their time, for no treasure was found – instead they unlocked the secrets of a U-boat that was like a time capsule of World War II. An Enigma machine, sailor’s possessions, boots and even an ensign were among the things found, along with dozens of condoms. These were used to fill with air and let go attached to metal strips to confuse enemy detection equipment.
So how sad it was that this company, Warship Preservation
Trust, ceased trading in 2006 and all the hard work had to be disbanded.
With 75% of