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Submarine surrenders to father

Ian and Noreen Honey



Ian Honey: The last day of the war my father was still in Plymouth on the barrage balloon boats, he heard a bump on the side of the boat, went and had a look and this was a German submarine that surrendered to my father's ship. My father went down on board this thing and took the gun away from the Captain of the submarine, brought him aboard the boat and interviewed him. And then they found out that this submarine didn't know the war had finished by one day. They were short of food, fed up with fighting and they come in and surrendered. So after that incident my father put in a claim for salvage to The Admiralty. It was turned down because technically the submarine had surrendered after the war had finished by one day.



2013