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Operation Deadlight Expedition II

by Innes McCartney

Day Five: 8 May, 2002

Target:
Unidentified boat
Depth: Weather and sea conditions:
87m - Wind 2-3 westerly, overcast

Diving report:
This is the deepest dive so far undertaken on the Deadlight expeditions. We spent the morning using the magnetometer to confirm other information we possess. We located four wrecks, two of which we were certain were submarines. However at nearly 100 metres, we opted for another position, which we thought may be a submarine. Its position, near to the official position for the sinking of the type IID U-149 encouraged us to give it a go. In the event we found a steamer, a certain U-boat victim for WW1. The wreck is very broken up.

Comments:
We plan to search U-825 tomorrow, then make a second dive on U-861.

The fantastic weather continues.

Innes McCartney


This article was published on 13 May 2002.


Operation Deadlight Expedition II

Day One: 4 May, 2002 - Diving on the U-1271 since U-861 is hard to locate.

Day Two: 5 May, 2002 - The broken down wreck of U-1009, plus the Laurentic.

Day Three: 6 May, 2002 - Going back to the U-2511 which Innes describes as the world's greatest submarine dive.

Day Four: 7 May, 2002 - A dive on the U-1104 in a nice Atlantic swell.

Day Five: 8 May, 2002 - Another unidentified U-boat location, plus a steamer from WWI.

Day Six: 9 May, 2002 - A dive on another unidentified boat which turned out to be an awesome dive on the other type XXI boat there!

Day Seven: 12 May, 2002 - Finally Oesten's elusive U-861 is located.

Day Eight: 13 May, 2002 - No diving due to poor weather conditions.

Day Nine: 14 May, 2002 - No diving due to poor weather conditions.

Day Ten: 15 May, 2002 - Another visit on the type XXI boat U-2506.

Day Eleven: 16 May, 2002 - Dropping onto the U-1271.

Day Twelve: 17 May, 2002 - The end report of the Operation Deadlight Expedition II.

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Books dealing with this subject include

Czarne dni U-Bootwaffe. Perepeczko, Andrzej, 1961.
The Grey Wolves of Eriboll. David M. Hird, 2010.
The Royal Navy and German Naval Disarmament, 1942-1947. Madsen, Chris, 1998.
U-Boat Fact File. Sharpe, Peter, 1988.
The U-Boat Wrecks of Operation Deadlight. McCartney, Innes, 2003.

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