MSI COMMEMORATES 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF U-505 CAPTURE AND D-DAY
Private ceremony with veterans and public activities mark special day
CHICAGO (June 4, 2014)—As the nation marks the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion, the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is honoring the 70th Anniversary of the capture of its famed U-505 German submarine, captured off the coast of West Africa on June 4, 1944. The day will include a private ceremony with members of the Task Group 22.3, who seized the boat, as well as activities for guests on June 4 and the weekend of June 7-8.
The U-505 was the only German U-boat captured by the U.S. Navy during World War II, and its seizure, just two days before D-Day, was critical in helping the Allies understand German technology and codes. The 252-foot vessel was captured by the U.S.S. Guadalcanal Task Force 22.3, led by Navy Captain Daniel Gallery, a Chicagoan.
The U-505 is the only U-boat of its kind (type IX-C) in the United States, and one of only five left in the world. A National Historic Landmark and memorial to those Americans who gave their lives in Atlantic battles during WWI and WWII, it is part of a spectacular exhibit that has been visited by more than approximately 30 million people in its 60-year history at the Museum.
Private Veteran Events
As part of the 70th anniversary of the U-505’s capture, the Museum will welcome the final reunion of the U.S Navy Task Group 22.3 on June 4, 2014 for a special private ceremony at 10:30 a.m., exhibit and on-board boat tours prior and a reunion dinner that evening. With their families, these men have come together throughout the years to see the historic vessel, celebrate their unique experience and share stories. But with their numbers dwindling and many too frail to travel, they have decided that this year will be their final meeting. Please note: The exhibit tours and ceremony events are private and not open to the public. Should media want to attend, they should contact the Museum’s PR department.
As part of the 70th anniversary of the U-505’s capture, the Museum will host various activities:
- • Free days for Illinois residents June 1-6, 2014 (Sunday-Friday)
- • Submarine-themed “make-and-take” activities offered in the exhibit space June 4, 7 and 8.
- • Chief Petty Officers from the Great Lakes Naval Base and additional submarine veterans stationed throughout the U-505 exhibit to docent and answer questions June 4 - 8.
- • The new giant-screen film, D-Day: Normandy 1944 offered in the Omnimax® Theater daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. An additional timed-entry ticket is required for this film. (Film will run through the end of the year.)
Weekend presentations, included in Museum Entry:
Saturday, June 7, 2:30-3:30 p.m.: “Searching and Exploring the U-550”
For nearly two decades, Joe Mazraani, a shipwreck diver and captain of D/V Tenacious, was a part of a team that feverishly researched and dreamed of exploring the elusive U-550 German submarine. Join MSI for a special presentation by Mazraani detailing the search for and exploration of this vessel.
Sunday, June 8, 1:30-3 p.m.: “The History and Legacy of the U-505”
This panel will discuss the U-505’s fascinating history—from the Battle for the Atlantic and the submarine’s capture to its legacy today as an exhibition at MSI.
Moderated by Kurt Haunfelner, vice president of exhibits and collections at MSI, panelists will include Ed Offley, author, Scorpion Down and Turning the Tide; Keith Gill, former curator of the U-505 restoration project at MSI; and Dick Klarich, MSI capital programs manager.
Both presentations are included in Museum Entry and seating is limited, on a first-come, first-served basis.
For additional information on the U-505’s anniversary and activity updates, visit msichicago.org/u505at70
The U-505 Submarine exhibit was made possible through the generous support of the McCormick Tribune Foundation as well as thousands of individual donors.
About the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI)
The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), one of the largest science museums in the world, offers world-class and uniquely interactive science experiences that inspire inventive genius and foster curiosity. Through groundbreaking and award-winning exhibits that can’t be found anywhere else, to Live Science Experiences that make you the scientist—a visit to MSI is where fun and learning mix. Through its Center for the Advancement of Science Education (CASE), MSI offers a variety of student, teacher and family programs that make a difference in communities and contribute to the Museum’s larger vision: to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, medicine and engineering. Come visit and find your inspiration! MSI is open 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Extended hours, until 5:30 p.m., are offered during peak periods. The Museum is supported in part through the generosity of the people of Chicago through the Chicago Park District. For more information, find MSI online at msichicago.org or call (773) 684-1414 or (800) GO-TO-MSI outside of the Chicago area.
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- Captain Daniel V. Gallery, commander of the USS Guadalcanal, sits atop the captured U-505 submarine. [Museum of Science and Industry]
- Aerial view of U-505 on 57th Street Beach, prior to it crossing Lake Shore Drive to become a permanent exhibition at MSI in 1954. [Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago]
- The U-505 is a 35,000-square-foot permanent exhibit that that showcases the story of the German sub’s legendary capture in World War II and explores technology and life aboard the vessel. [Museum of Science and Industry]
- A glimpse of the crew bunks in the U-505 submarine aft torpedo room. [Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago]
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