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Scape_G
11-03-2008, 01:08 PM
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One naval story shows what Canadian sailors could do when faced with a close in enemy. In 1942 the corvette Oakville rammed a German U-boat, then ran up alongside it as its crew began spilling out of the conning tower. Twenty-two year-old Sub-Lt.Harold Lawrence and 23-year-old PO Arthur Powell jumped over the side onto the narrow, slippery deck of the damaged U-boat, hoping to capture it. The Canadian officer signaled the Germans to get back in the sub. Lawrence was afraid the jerries had pulled the plugs, but reasoned if they were back inside they would stop the craft from sinking. The first German refused so Lawrence shot him with a pistol. A second German lunged at Powell and a bullet in the chest for his effort. Both Germans fell into the sea, the rest surrendered. While Powell kept the prisoners covered, Lawrence entered the submarine to look for documents. He soon came out as it was obvious the U-boat was sinking rapidly. The German crew was herded aboard the Oakville. Lawrence, who went into action wearing only a lifebelt and pair of shorts, was awarded the DSO, Distinguished Service Award. Powell, clad only in swimming trunks, a lifebelt and a pair of sock, got the DSM, Distinguished Service Medal. Surely few sailors or soldiers get closer to the enemy. Lawrence's and Powell's story would make a Hollywood movie.

story of the U-94 encounter (http://images.oakville.halinet.on.ca/details.asp?ID=14359)

Scape_G
11-03-2008, 01:08 PM
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">One naval story shows what Canadian sailors could do when faced with a close in enemy. In 1942 the corvette Oakville rammed a German U-boat, then ran up alongside it as its crew began spilling out of the conning tower. Twenty-two year-old Sub-Lt.Harold Lawrence and 23-year-old PO Arthur Powell jumped over the side onto the narrow, slippery deck of the damaged U-boat, hoping to capture it. The Canadian officer signaled the Germans to get back in the sub. Lawrence was afraid the jerries had pulled the plugs, but reasoned if they were back inside they would stop the craft from sinking. The first German refused so Lawrence shot him with a pistol. A second German lunged at Powell and a bullet in the chest for his effort. Both Germans fell into the sea, the rest surrendered. While Powell kept the prisoners covered, Lawrence entered the submarine to look for documents. He soon came out as it was obvious the U-boat was sinking rapidly. The German crew was herded aboard the Oakville. Lawrence, who went into action wearing only a lifebelt and pair of shorts, was awarded the DSO, Distinguished Service Award. Powell, clad only in swimming trunks, a lifebelt and a pair of sock, got the DSM, Distinguished Service Medal. Surely few sailors or soldiers get closer to the enemy. Lawrence's and Powell's story would make a Hollywood movie. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

story of the U-94 encounter (http://images.oakville.halinet.on.ca/details.asp?ID=14359)

AtlantikEel
11-03-2008, 10:13 PM
Shot for refusing to re-enter a boat that he knew was sinking?
The rest of the crew was still inside ... if there was any possibility of preventing scuttling, that fact should have been enough. I suppose that shooting someone who lunges at you might be understood, but given that the first shooting was unnecessary outright murder, that lunge is also understandable.
War is war, and all Allied sailors had reason to fear the u-boats and some maybe even to hate their crews .... but this story leaves me feeling cold toward the Canadians.