Operation Deadlight Expedition II

by Innes McCartney

Day Two: 5 May, 2002

Depth: Weather and sea conditions:
57m Wind 2-3, fair and sunny - 20 underwater visibility.

Diving report:
This wreck is quite broken. A complete contrast from yesterdays, which is only three miles distant. The conning tower area is peppered with shell holes.

The top section of the schnorchel mast lies on the sand. The majority of the superstructure has come away, as have the bow tubes. Interestingly, the dry locker for the 88mm cannon is in place, although it is almost certain that U-1009 was never fitted with one.

We assume that the identity of this wreck is ok, since it is only a few hundred metres from the official sinking position form Operation Deadlight. Its proximity to Inistrahull makes it likely that the position fixing was fairly accurate.

We made a second dive on the liner Laurentic. Also a great wreck.

We have a magnetometer tomorrow - so we will be searching for U-boats we were unsuccessful in locating last year.

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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