U-541 Kreigsmarine U-Boat Hat Emblem. Kptlt. Kurt Petersen - Stork - New Condition
In May, 1944, the U-boat stopped the neutral Portuguese passenger liner Serpa Pinto en route to Canada. The Germans found contraband for the USA and Mexico aboard and men of military age belonging to enemy countries and Jewish refugees among the 200 passengers.
All hands were ordered to abandon ship, but the U-Boat Command instructed the commander not to sink her. The crew and passengers were allowed to re-board the ship after 9 hours, but three died in the evacuation process. Two American passengers were taken prisoner.
U-541 sunk one ship & surrendered at Gibraltar on 12 May 1945. The stork was adopted as emblem following the birth of the Commanders first son.