Four 21 inch, One 21in, 14, 26 TMA or 39 TMB, 1 x 88mm cannon, 1 x 20mm Flak
9th May 1942
Depth of Wreck
The Battle of the Atlantic (1940-43) was the longest continuous campaign of WWII. Between January and May 1942, the German submarine U-352 hunted allied shipping on the North Carolina coast until she encountered the USCGC Icarus. On 9 May 1942, they engaged in an exchange of torpedoes and depth charges forcing the U-352 to surface. Severely damaged and taking on water, the submarine was destined for the sandy bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, but not before Icarus rescued 33 survivors, the first German POWs taken by the U.S. in the war.
The U-352, and the remains of the 14 sailors lost in the action, sat silently in 110 feet of water until April 1975 when she was discovered and identified by George Purifoy of the Olympus Dive Center. Her outer hull has almost completely disintegrated leaving a shadow of the sleek German submarine she was in 1942.
U-352 Broken Bow
This video shows the broken forward torpedo tubes of the U-352’s bow. Also visible is the inner pressure hull, the outer hull having disintegrated after more than 70 years on the bottom. (Video, Joyce Steinmetz)
U-352 Aft Portside Hull Degradation
Aft of the conning tower, degradation of the portside outer hull is clearly visible. (Video, Joyce Steinmetz)
U-352 Bow to Conning Tower
A view down the starboard side of the hull shows the broken bow, the forward torpedo-loading hatch, the forward gun mount and the conning tower. (Video, Mohamed Hafez)
Portside view of the inner pressure hull at the stern to the rudder. (Video, Joyce Steinmetz)
U-352 360° Video
Experience what a dive on the U-352 is like with this 360° video.
The submarine listing at a 30 degree angle to starboard, the forward gun mount, outer hull degradation and the remains of the conning tower engulfed in marine life. (Photo, Tanya Houppermans)
U-352 Forward Gun Mount
This is what remains of the forward gun mount on the U-352. It accepted the 8.8mm SK C/35. (Photo, Mohamed Hafez)
U-352 Broken Torpedo Tubes
As the U-352 hit the ocean bottom for the last time, its bow cracked breaking open the forward torpedo tubes. (Photo, Frank Stopa)