- Apr 11, 2001
Well I hope somebody else saw the PBS special on Hitler's Lost Sub tonight-am just breathless having just seen it. This was a boat lost off the coast of New Jersey, probably a victim of one of its own torpedoes circling around and blowing up .Three divers lost their lives on it recently, trying to find out which Uboat it was. Germany had it as lost off Gibralter for the past half century- her last orders redirected her there from the US Coast orders previously given. What was amazing is that one of the crewmen didn't go out on patrol because of pneumonia, and saw this TV program about finally finding the U869 and called the TV station to tell about his part in the story. A knife with the name of a crewman was discovered which helped to confirm her identity but it was a plate off one of the engine spare parts box with U869 on it that clinched her ID. And re-wrote history. The divers visited the families of the lost men -one sister lived in Maryland and was so emotionally moved to find her brother's remains were only 60 miles away. Absolutely incredible program- available on VCR. Got me to thinking about artifacts and salvage and Titanic of course. I met the Shuttles from Florida whose lives changed when a family member's letters were found on Titanic and restored. Not to start the pro-salvage thing again- but it sure CAN make such a positive difference in lives to know what happened and what a loved one was doing and where they were at the end. It took fifty years for the story of my cousin's disappearance in WWII over New Guinea to come to light- I spent three years nearly night and day searching until the magic thread came to light-I know how happy it made my family to know at last what happened. Who knows what Titanic may yet give up.