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K. W. "CHARLIE" GRÜTZEMACHER was L. I. (Engineering Officer) aboard a Type VII-C based in Trondheim at the end of the war.  Upon hearing of the surrender order, his Skipper and the other officers hit upon a plan - they filled all the fuel tanks and the fresh water tanks with diesel fuel and were ready to depart, much as U-530 and U-977 had already done.  However, rather than head for Argentina as the other two boats had done, they were going to sail to Tahiti!  "Charlie" said it is every sailor's dream to go to Tahiti, and that's where they were going.  Their dreams were dashed when "Teddy" Suhren announced that he would personally shoot any officer on any U-Boat that attempted to depart the harbor.

Some years after the end of the war, "Charlie" began to build an archive and it was a superb archive of U-Boat information and history.  On his death, it was sold to another private archive in Germany.

"Charlie" was a fun guy - he and I and another Sharkhunters Member hiked all over the Obersalzberg and explored some bunkers that even today, are not know to more than a handful of people.


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