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A German gentleman who recently sold it to me said that he himself got it many
years ago, along with a cap badge from U-168 (Monsun-boat), from a
household. To my knowledge there were only ten Type XIV U-Boats built in total
but I could only find the "conning tower" emblems of 9 of them in Georg Hogel's book -
the remaining one, U-464, is not incorporated into his book.

U-459, commissioned 15 November 1941, scuttled 24 July 1943
U-460, commissioned 24 December 1941, sunk 4 October 1943
U-461, commissioned 30 January 1942, sunk 30 July 1943
U-462, commissioned 5 March 1942, sunk 30 July 1943
U-463, commissioned 2 April 1942, sunk 15 May 1943
U-464, commissioned 30 April 1942, scuttled 20 August 1942
U-487, commissioned 21 December 1942, sunk 13 July 1943
U-488, commissioned 1 February 1943, sunk 26 April 1944
U-489, commissioned 8 March 1943, sunk 4 August 1943
U-490, commissioned 27 March 1943, sunk 12 June 1944

So I figured maybe it could have belonged to the crew of U-464. Or were perhaps
supply surface ships (versorgers) also called Milk Cow or Sea Cow? Your help is much


milkcow back.JPG

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On 06/01/2020 at 04:59, Matthew Macleod said:



Matthew, thank you for the U-464 image. I didn't even know it existed. Yes, definitely an emblem there and that's interesting enough in itself, but with the best will in the world I can't see much resemblance with the badge. Maybe other pictures of this emblem still remain and provide a definitive answer one day. 

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Unfortunately the book that covers these boats in detail 'Die Versorger der „Grauen Wölfe“
Einsatz und Schicksal der deutschen U-Tanker 1941-44' (Luftfahrtverlag-Start) doesn't shed any light on U-464's use of an emblem. It just states that up to now no emblem has been verified.

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On 08/01/2020 at 17:28, hucks216 said:

It just states that up to now no emblem has been verified.

A genuine cul-de-sac then, I'm afraid. Thank you too, Hucks.

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