Event: The Dump That Sunk a U-Boat – April 1945
Relieving oneself aboard a submerged submarine doesn’t differ from the usual dry land procedure, but getting rid of the resulting waste is much, much more complicated, requiring advanced technology and the training of personnel to operate the equipment. Unfortunately for the crew of German U-1206, a systems failure was the beginning of unlucky events that would lead to four deaths.
The original toilet or “head” developed for U-boats was a two-valve system that only worked during shallow dives. The newest VIIC U-boats like U-1206 were outfitted with new toilets with a high pressure valve rigged for deep water dives.
On April 14, 1945, while patrolling at 200 feet, 10 miles off Scotland’s coast under the command of Karl-Adolph Schlitt, an improperly flushed toilet aboard U-1206 malfunctioned and began flooding the compartment with sewage and salt water. The water leaked into the batteries, creating deadly chlorine gas. The captain was forced to surface the submarine.
While repairs were being made, U-1206 was spotted by British patrols and fired upon. The captain burned his orders and scuttled the boat. One crewman died in the attack, and three others drowned. Forty-six other crewmen were captured. While it’s not known exactly whose “movement” caused the initial problem, some have speculated the captain himself was responsible.
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Submarine aircraft carrier
“HMS M2 was a Royal Navy submarine monitor completed in 1919, converted in 1927 into the world’s first submarine aircraft carrier. She was one of three M-class boats completed.
“M2 was laid down at Vickers shipyard at Barrow in Furness in 1916, and launched in 1919. Like the other members of her class, she was armed with a single 12-inch (305mm) gun as well as torpedo tubes.
“After the accidental sinking of M1 in 1925, M2 and her sister M3 were taken out of service and reassigned for experimental use. Her 12-inch gun was removed, replaced by a small aircraft hangar, the work being completed in 1927.
“This could carry a small Parnall Peto seaplane, specially designed for the M2, which, once its wings had been unfolded, could be lowered onto the sea alongside by a derrick for take off.
“On landing, the aircraft was hoisted back onto the deck and replaced into the hangar. In October 1928, a hydraulic aircraft catapult was fitted, to enable the seaplane to take off directly from the deck. The submarine was intended to operate ahead of the battle fleet in a reconnaissance role, flying off her unarmed seaplane as a scout.
Los Angeles-class submarine USS Albuquerque
Good Morning from Scotland
Aberlady Bay Sunrise, East Lothian
This is the wreckage of a midget submarine. There are two in the bay, training versions of the “x-craft” used during world war 2, used for target practice after the war. Hard to imagine they had a four man crew.
Submarino Severodvinsk el nuevo gigante nuclear
Se llama Severodvinsk, igual que una pequeña ciudad rusa, y es el nuevo gigante nuclear de ese país…
A Japanese destroyer, seen through its attackers periscope, sinks after being torpedoed by the American submarine USS Seawolf. Pacific Ocean. 23rd of April 1943.