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OpanaPointer - The U-505 Submarine, Chicago, Illinois, USA

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  1. Otto

    Otto Rested & Resupplied with MREs. Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    From: The U-505 Submarine, Chicago, Illinois, USA

    And now OpanaPointer checks in from the famous U-505 Unterseeboot housed in Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. Having visited the U-505 many times myself, I'm happy to finally see her appear in on of our postcards.

    With the look and feel of a U-Boat pen, the underground exhibit is truly one of the best naval WWII museums I've seen. It is not to be missed if you are ever in the Windy City.

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    My mate has this on his FB page.
    A postcard from when he visited it in 1991.
     

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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    I'm sorry to say I didn't get a snappy of the screen door.
     
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    When I saw it as a kid, it was still sitting outside in the elements.
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Same with my first visit. He was starting to go down hill even back then.
     
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    ColHessler, my memory of it too. A little the worst for wear. That the museum would house it and put it into better shape is near-miraculous and we are indebted to them for their good efforts. It is hard to believe it is a type 9 long-range boat when you compare it to say the USS Drum, a cruise ship by comparison.. the mortality rate of U-Boats causes one to shutter!
     
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    What happened to the deck gun? Had a model of this boat when I was a kid and I seem to remember a deck gun!
     
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    Well it is Chicago.You know how they feel about guns.
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Hmmm...two 20mm twins or a 20mm quad? or both...! Now we are talking...

    Speaking of 20mm action...now this would be fun...

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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    @CAC The 20mms were good for killing pilots, but the 40s were needed to kill the planes, especially the ones in a death dive.
     
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    That's funny, I was there just yesterday with the wife and eldest son. Last visit was over 30 years ago.
     
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    I imagine it got a little loud when the action was hot and heavy in that part of the ship. Nary a noise cancelling ear protection device in sight. Osha would have a sh1tfit over something like that these days.
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    The cannon cockers of the day routinely went deaf. Hazards of war.
     
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    Some U-boats had a quad 20mm in lieu of the 37mm on the aft extension of the conning tower. These would still have the two twin 20mm side by side abaft the bridge, for a total of eight.

    Some of "flak traps" that were briefly tried in 1943 had quad 20s on bandstands fore and aft of the bridge plus the 37mm.
     
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    I saw the sub on my eight grade field trip. Back then it was outside and I remember it, being Chicago, was windy, rainy and miserable even though it was May.
     

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