U-534 Kreigsmarine U-Boat Hat Emblem. Herbert Nollau. New Condition
'The Hunter from Kurpfalz' was used by Herbert Nollau on U534. He took the boat on two long patrols in the North Atlantic before it was sunk on 5 May 1945 North East of Denmark, by ten depth charges from a British B-24 Liberator (RAF Sqdn 86/G). Casualties were three dead, with 49 survivors.
The circumstances were unusual in that the boat was sunk after having shot down an Allied aircraft (RAF Liberator 547/E) after Germany had surrendered. Herbert Nollau committed suicide in 1968 without revealing why he had left port in U-534 and ordered his crew to fire on Allied aircraft after the cease fire in 1945. The ship was raised in 1998 as there was thought to be gold on board but the more likely reason was that it was on it's way to Japan with top secret and rare torpedoes to help the Japanese. The boot is now in Liverpool, England and can be visited.