World War Two U-boat found on Spanish seabed

The wreckage of a Nazi U-boat has been found off the Spanish coast after years of searching.

The Gut Holz, also known as U-966, was heavily damaged after it was intercepted by British and US fighter planes in a skirmish on November 10, 1943, in World War Two .

The crew deliberately blew the boat up, and all but eight reached dry land.

But during the battle, a British Sunderland MK 111 Boat Patrol Bomber was also shot down and broke into two pieces. In total, 14 German and British servicemen lost their lives.

The search for the U-boat began years ago by the Spanish Navy.

The team used a large aluminium sheet, which had been part roof of the henhouse at a farm in nearby Galicia, north-west Spain, to start their investigation as the metal is thought to have come from the fuselage of the Sunderland bomber.

Divers were then able to identify the exact resting place of the submarine, believed to have been around 85ft underwater in a rocky area.

Anxo Gonzalez, one of the three divers who found the wreckage for the Centre For Subaquatic Activities, said: "The U-Boat was manned by a novice crew with a novice commander.

"It had come under sustained Allied fire."

The 14 German and British dead were taken to cemeteries in nearby Caceres and Vizcaya.

The Gut Holz, which was 220ft long, was launched in January 1943 but had a brief career lasting just ten months.

Its design was based on a bowling pin and ball.

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