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26. U-505 (Chicago, Illinois)

U-505 is a German World War II type IXC submarine that served in the Atlantic during World War II. Between 1941 and 1945 the American Navy and Merchant Marine fought bloody battles with German submarines for control of the sea lanes to Europe. It was only after the defeat of the German submarine menace by 1943 that men and war materiel began to flood British ports in preparation for the invasion of France in June 1944.

U-505 was selected to be preserved by the United States Navy as a tribute to the heroism of thousands of Americans who fought in the Battle for the Atlantic in World War II and as a war memorial to the many who died in this effort. U-505 represents the determination of the United States to gain victory over Germany in World War II. It was only after victory was won in the Atlantic that the full attention of the United States could be directed to the naval war against Japan. U-505 is in good condition and substantially retains her World War II integrity. She is the only surviving German type IXC submarine in the world today.


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