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Question for U-Boat Aficionados

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Was hoping there might be a U-Boat expert out there who could tell me whether there was ever an example of a Type VII U-Boat having both a deck gun and a snorkel? Thanks in advance!

 

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Removal of the deck gun predates the installation of the snorkel. AIUI it was removed in 1943 when the AA armamant was upgraded and before the snorkel began to be fitted. The snorkel stowed into the submarine deck casing in front of the conning tower port side. So there would not have been room for the gun crew to operate it without falling into the "hole". Here is a list of German snorkel subs. If you can trace photos you might find an exception.

 

https://uboat.net/technical/schnorchel_fitted.htm

 

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Thanks Ewen

 

I've struggled to find any references so might use the idea as a 'what if' for my VIIC 41 build, perhaps reflecting the boat of an eccentric, if fictional, commander, who decided to keep both features. 

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Yep! Tried there. Nearest I found was a VIIC/41 that still had its deck gun plus the expanded flak platform but no snorkel.

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