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Captured second world War German U-boat proved to be as dramatic images surface

An aerial view shows the dramatic capture of the German submarine U-571 during the second world War (Henry Aldridge & Son)

Incredible photos with the capture of a famous German U-boat during the second world War will go on auction in the uk this weekend.

The photos are part of an extensive archive of artifacts that belonged to the Royal Air Force Officer Group Captain Montague Whittle, who commanded the RAF station in Iceland during the second world War.

“It’s an incredible archive of material,” says Henry Aldridge & Son auctioneer Andrew Aldridge, in an e-mail to Fox News. “From an RAF officer of this importance takes it to another level completely.”

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The incredible aerial photographs show the capture of the submarine U-570 by British troops in August 1941. The U-Boat crew, who were on their first patrol, raised the white flag after the sub was damaged by depth charges dropped from a British bomber on Aug. 27, 1941.

An aerial view shows the dramatic capture of the German submarine U-571 during the second world War (Henry Aldridge & Son)

“This U-Boat was one of the few that are established during the second world WAR and the submarine images are displayed in the graphic detail with the date and time they were taken displayed on each image,” says Aldridge.

Some reports have linked the submarine to the Allied forces’ attempts to crack the Nazi’s famous Enigma code, although there are conflicting accounts of what happened with the sub’s Enigma coding machine and code books.

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It was publicly stated that, after their surrender, U-570’s crew had destroyed and thrown overboard the sub’s Enigma machine and codebooks. However, a confidential report of the AMERICAN Naval officers dated Sept. 28, 1941 suggests that the valuable encryption device can not be destroyed. According to the Defense Media Network, the report noted that “At least one German receiving or transmitting instrument had been removed . . . by the British.” The report added that “a large cabinet had been removed from the forward corner of the control room by admiralty personnel soon after the capture and sent to England . . . Given the vagueness of the information on the site, to determine the precise nature of this instrument, it is important that the correct information be obtained from the Naval Attaché in London.”

A figure of Group Captain Whittle (second from the right, in flying gear) is one of the extensive archive of artifacts on the auction (Henry Aldridge & Son)

The british troops had been a valuable Engima material in their possession at the time that U-570 was captured. Months earlier, in May 1941, an Enigma machine and code books were captured from the German submarine U-110 after its surrender to the Royal Navy.

Nevertheless, U-570’s capture is noteworthy, because the U-boat was captured by a plane. The sub’s crew raised the white flag to a Lockheed Hudson bomber flown by RAF Squadron Leader James Thompson.

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Other Whittle artifacts in the hope of 5 pilot logbooks, personal notebooks and personal letters, such a condolence letter from King George VI the following Group Captain’s death in 1942. Whittle Wing Commander and Group Captain shoulder flashes are included in the archive, together with photographs of the officer.

The party, which will be auctioned on Saturday, has a pre-sale estimate between $2,686 and $4,030.

Items in the archive at auction in the united kingdom (Henry Aldridge & Son)

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