(Tampa Bay Times) A diving expedition in the Gulf of Mexico just south of the Mississippi River has produced stunning new images of one of Hitler's U-boats from World War II.
Some people may be surprised that the Nazis got so close to American soil.
On July 30, 1942, a Coast Guard escort vessel destroyed the U-boat, U-166, after it attacked and sank the SS Robert E Lee about 25 miles southeast of the entrance to the Mississippi. The Lee, a freighter, was delivering hundreds of survivors of other U-boat attacks to New Orleans. Twenty-five passengers and crewmen aboard the ship were killed. Another 404 survived. The German submarine was sunk with no survivors. Its wreck is protected as a war grave for the 52 crewmen who died. Both vessels lie about 5,000 feet below the surface.
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