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Making selfie, 1941.
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If memory serves me wasn't it French Waffen SS troops defending Hitler's Bunker there at the end? I thought I read that somewhere recently.
 
Colourised pic of U-899 surrendering to Canadian Navy in Nova Scotia, May1945.

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U-889 was laid down on 13 September 1943 at the DeSchiMAG AG Weser shipyard in Bremen and was commissioned on 4 August 1944, with Kapitänleutnant Friedrich Braeucker (Crew IV/37) as commander. Until 14 March 1945 she was attached to 4th U-boat Flotilla for training. She was then assigned to 33rd U-boat Flotilla, a combat unit based at Flensburg. Her first, and only, active patrol started on 5 April 1945. She sank no vessels before the war ended and subsequently surrendered to a Canadian patrol.

After the German surrender on 8 May 1945, the German High Command ordered all U-boats to surrender. On the afternoon of 10 May, U-889 was spotted south of Newfoundland by a RCAF airplane, steaming at 10 knots and flying a black flag of surrender. The RCAF plane radioed to nearby Western Escort Force W-6 who intercepted the submarine an hour later. U-889 was ordered to head to Bay Bulls, Newfoundland. On 13 May, U-889 was turned over to the frigates HMCS Buckingham and HMCS Inch Arran who escorted her to Shelburne Harbour where she was boarded and Braeucker, her commanding officer, made a formal surrender.

On 14 May 1945, U-889 was commissioned into the RCN and decommissioned in December 1945.

U-889 was one of ten U-boats allocated to the United States as part of the Tripartite Naval Commission sitting in Berlin in November 1945. She sailed to Portsmouth, New Hampshire on 10 January 1946 and experiments were conducted on her special hydrophone gear. She was sunk off Cape Cod on 20 November 1947.
 
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