German Submarine at Cape Henlopen

German Submarine at Cape Henlopen (HMQC1)

Location: Lewes, DE 19958 Sussex County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 47.167', W 75° 6.09'

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The Surrender of U-858

On May 14, 1945, the officers and crew of the German submarine, U-858 gave themselves up to U.S. Marines after hearing of Germany's surrender to Allied troops. They and their vessel were escorted here to the Fort Miles Army dock. Crew members were held for a short time and then transferred to the P.O.W. camp at Fort DuPont, Delaware. The captain was sent to Washington, D.C. for questioning.

The Delaware River provides access to some of the East Coast's busiest ports, and was considered vulnerable to enemy attack. Because of its location, Fort Miles was a vital part of the defense of the river throughout the war. Even though U-858 never took part in combat, German U-boats sank 400 vessels in East Coast waters during the war.
HM NumberHMQC1
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Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 7:15pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 491184 N 4293047
Decimal Degrees38.78611667, -75.10150000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 47.167', W 75° 6.09'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 47' 10.02" N, 75° 6' 5.40" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 43 Bike Loop, Lewes DE 19958, US
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