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Largs mechanic was German U-boat officer

Published: 22 Jun 2012 07:305 comments

Josef Beuckmann was a chief petty officer in a German submarine which surrendered to the British, and ran a mechanic's business in Largs

Winston Churchill once commented that the thing that frightened him most during the war was the threat posed by the German submarine fleet, the U-boats. And a former U-Boat petty officer became a mechanic in Largs in 1980.

Back in 1945, Josef Beuckmann was a chief petty officer in a German submarine which surrendered to the British.

However, in 1980, we reported that Josef ran a car repair and marine engineering business at 5 Wilson Street in Largs.

In an interview with former 'News' editor John McCreadie, Mr Beuckmann spoke about the day when the Germans held up the white flag.

TheGerman said: "We were in the Atlantic off Ireland when we received orders from the German High Command to surrender. The war was over and the Allies had laid down terms for the cease fire. We sent out an all clear radio message giving our position. We sailed all the next day on our own and finally a fishing vessel from Kyles of Lochalsh escorted us until a British destroyer took us over.

"We were given to understand that we would be sent home within a few weeks but I was a prisoner of war for three years."

Full story in this week's Largs News.

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