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On the 23rd of April 1945, a patrol boat, the USS Eagle PE-56 was sunk by a torpedo fired from a German submarine, U-853, a few miles off the coast of Maine. Split In two by the explosion of the Eagle to quickly sink to the sea floor and make the most of her 62 crew members lost their lives in the attack, except for a small group of survivors in the name of ‘lucky 13.’
One of the last of US ships are sunk by a German sub during world WAR ii, the terrifying images of the ship was recently offered a look into the special patrol boat’s final resting place. The exploration of the wreck can be seen in the Smithsonian Channel’s three-part series, “The Hunt-for-Eagle-56.”
Eric, Breeze’s father, John Breeze, a machinist’s mate first class, was one of the “lucky 13”, which survived the attack. “He was in the boiler room at the time of the explosion,” Eric told Fox News. “He always used to say that he commented to a mate that, “we have been struck by a fish, an ‘fish,’ is a nautical term for a torpedo.”
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“So, he reminded himself on the way to the ladder, and with another mate for him, he reminded him, pressing the back of it, because he had a feeling that the ship is sinking, it was,” Eric said. Both his father and his mate, and climbed up the stern of the ship, the Eagle’s fantail, and then jumped into the water, where they watched the ship go.
The USS Eagle PE-56 was sunk by a German submarine on April 23, 1945.
Clinging to the drift wood in the cold of the North, the Atlantic ocean, the water, the wind, and was soon aware of the enemy and the ship that sank his ship.
“He told me that they saw a submarine surface close to them, and the hatch is opened, some of the German sailors came up and took pictures of the survivors of the shipwreck, in order to confirm that it’s dead,” said Eric.
The young sailor wanted the German sailors to use the machine gun on the boat, the bow of the ship in order to kill him and his shipmates, so there will be no survivors of the attack. “They were very, very close to the most likely to get shot,” Eric told Fox News. However, a united states destroyer, which appeared in the distance and may have prevented the U-boat crew, with the rotation of the gun on the survivors. Breeze told me of his son, that is, with the destroyer racing to the scene of the disaster, as the German sailors came up, quickly go back into the conning tower, and closed the hatch, the U-boat, then dive beneath the waves. “They wanted to get the heck out of there,” Eric said.
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John Breeze, passed away in 2010 at the age of 88.
Take a boat out to the sea in SHIPS, Eagle wreck.
Jeremiah Foster, a historian at the naval History and Heritage Command, told Fox News that it takes about 30 minutes for the SHIP to Southridge reached the men and began to pull them out of the water.
The sinking of the ship, which was originally blamed on a boiler explosion, while Foster’s remarks is that, like the wind, some of the survivors of the shipwreck are reported with the look of the sub.
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The Navy also established, in 2001, the bald Eagle was sunk by U-853. The wreck of the patrol boat, however, was only in the last few years.
One of the items on the USS Eagle PE-56 on the wreck. The patrol boat was sunk by the U-853, a German submarine.
Research carried out by Paul Lawton, a lawyer, of Mass., naval historian and scuba diver, and Bernard Cavalcante, from the NHHC, played an important role in the fixing of the Eagle’s sinking, by U-853.
The attack was also the subject of Stephen puleo’s book of 2005, “Due to Enemy Action: The True World War II Story of the USS Eagle 56.”
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In a review of the book on Amazon, Sharon Atkins writes that she and her father, Oscar Davis, was one of 13 survivors of the ship’s sinking.
“He has always maintained that he saw a submarine, and if they have to jump from the sinking of PE-56,” she writes. “In fact, he told me that even the sight of a black sub with a running horse emblem in it’s [sic], conning tower, and he bore his testimony to the Court of justice of the Investigation, and he visited the widow, who are living in the area to express his condolences and to tell them the real story.”
Only 13 of the Eagle’s 62 crew members died.
Atkins says that her father used to say that the Navy wanted to “keep the public in a panic” due to the fact that a German sub was close to the AMERICAN coast.
To quote from an eyewitness account of the attack, Paul Lawton, told Fox News that the events of the 23rd of April, 1945, and is more consistent with a torpedo strike and then a tank exploded. The bald Eagle is to be physically lifted out of the water amidships, due to the strike, ” he said, which was accompanied by a 350-meter column of water.
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Lawton said that about 3 dozen of the crew of the ship into the water, and only half of them survived the ordeal.
“There were about a half-a-dozen men, who have seen the submarine,” Paul Lawton told Fox News, adding that the sub was about 500 to 600 meters away from the survivors. Some of the survivors clearly saw the sub’s insignia, a yellow shield with a red horse, standing up, with the “U-853” is in the black and also painted the inside of the shell.
Scuba divers are exploring the wreck, which was discovered in 2018.
The Naval Historical Center notes that the Eagle was towing targets for Navy dive-bombers when they were attacked by a U-boat. Her sinking came just two weeks before V-E Day.
Researchers are working to make sure that the families of the Eagle, and the members of the crew of the Purple Heart is deserved by their loved ones.
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“A lot of the Purple Hearts went out to the families in 2004 and 2005,” the diver, Ryan is the King of the Brentwood, N. H., told Fox News last month, adding that officials are still trying to get medals for their families.
Scuba divers approach the wreck.
Eric Sits there, told Fox News that his father never received a Purple Heart.
“He said,” I’ve got my job, it is what it is, and I’m one of the ‘lucky 13,'” he said. ‘He never felt any ill will toward the marines.”
“My father was always very proud of his service,” Eric added.
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Lawton has been pushed to the wind, the family received a Purple Heart for their father in the service of the Eagle. Although it is not injured by the torpedo strike, Provided notice is that Breeze suffered hypothermia after jumping into the icy waters of the North Atlantic ocean. “Hypothermia can kill you, it throws you into a state of shock and the causes of cardiac arrest,” he said.
The divers had to contend with poor visibility at the wreck site.
Hypothermia as a result of this, he added, caused the death of at least one of the other Eagle, the crew is plucked from the ocean.
The Navy did not respond to a Fox News request for comment for this story.
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The U-853, was later sunk off Block Island on 6 May 1945 by depth charges from the USS Atherton, and the USS Moberly. All hands were lost in the sub-sink, which is two days before V-E Day, according to the naval History and Heritage Command.
The wreck was discovered off the coast of Maine.
Mystery still swirls around the fact that the U-853 was made for the continuation of its operations at that time.
“We know that the U-853 had actually given the order to surrender to the allied forces for a couple of weeks,” Forster told Fox News. “It’s something we’re still trying to figure out, some of the U-boats were given the order to surrender, they were still in the fight.”
“It is still an open question,” he added. “There will be a review of the German records, and discussions with the scientists, who are specialist with German plates.”
File photo – in This undated photo from the U.S. Navy, shows an Eagle-class patrol boat, was built during the second world War-I. it is similar to the USS Eagle PE-56, which exploded and sank off the coast of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, on April 23, 1945, killing most of its crew are in New England, the greatest maritime disaster during world War ii.
(AP Photo/U.s. Navy, File)
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A memorial plaque is located in Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at the latest, remembering those killed when the USS Eagle PE-56 was sunk During world War ii off the coast of Maine, on the 23rd of April, 1945.
(AP Photo/David Sharp)
The Eagle PE-56, which was due to have a private dive team from the previous year, ending a decades-long mystery about the ship’s location. The bow of the ship was spotted at approximately 260 feet of water in June 2018 and, in the stern of the next month. The final pieces of the wreckage have been found to be in May of 2019 at the latest, the King has recently told Fox News.
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