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Talk to Focus on World War II Shipwrecks

Archaeologists aboard mini submarine document the U-576. Sunk by aerial attack on July 15, 1942, by two U.S. Navy Kingfisher aircraft, the location of the U-576 was unknown until its discovery in 2014. Photo: Contributed

WANCHESE — Missing U-boats from World War II are being discovered right off the coast of North Carolina.

Joe Hoyt, acting national maritime heritage coordinator and maritime archaeologist at NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, will give a talk about World War II battles of the coast at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, as part of the Science on the Sound lecture series.

Hosted by East Carolina University’s Integrated Coastal Programs and the Coastal Studies Institute at the ECU Outer Banks Campus, 850 N.C. 345 in Wanchese, the monthly programs highlight coastal topics and issues in northeast North Carolina.

The Dixie Arrow burns at the surface after being torpedoed by the U-71 on March 19, 1942. Photo: Contributed

Hoyt’s presentation, “War Offshore! Honoring and Protecting a WWII Battlefield off the Carolina Coast” will focus on the Battle of the Atlantic as well the archaeological research projects undertaken by NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.

The presentation is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

“When many people think of WWII they conjure images of faraway places like Normandy, Dunkirk, or Iwo Jima. Few realize that there was a WWII battlefield just a few miles off the coast of North Carolina where NOAA has been exploring for more than a decade,” according to the news release.

This program will be streamed live and the online viewing audience will be able to ask the presenter questions via an online chat room.

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