A fantastic diorama from modelling friend J Ramon Bustamante Barbero capture of U-boote 505. On June the 4th 1944 Task Group 22.3, commanded by Captain Daniel V. Gallery, USN, captured German (Type IXC) U-boat, U-505, The capture took place about 150 miles west of the coast of Rio De Oro, Africa.
Lieutenant Junior Grade Albert L. David, USN, posthumously received the Medal of Honour for his actions boarding the U-boat. U-505 had been patrolling the Gold Coast and was now homeward bound when she was caught. Under fire by depth charges and two Grumman F4F "Wildcat" aircraft, the submarine surfaced and immediately came under attack prompting the submarine to surrender.
Upon Germany's surrender on May 7, 1945, the U.S. Navy no longer needed to keep U-505 a secret. The U-boat went on tour as part of the Seventh War Loan Drive to raise funds for the war against Japan. U-505 stopped at several East Coast cities, where spectators could climb onboard in exchange for purchasing war bonds.
In September 1954, U-505 was dedicated as a war memorial and became a permanent exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Illinois. In 1989, the U-boat was also designated as a National Historic Landmark. U-505 is the only Type IX-C U-boat in existence today.