War Zone: World War II off North Carolina’s Outer Banks
In 1942, the United States suffered one if its worst defeats of WWII, not in Europe or the Pacific, but along the nation’s eastern seaboard. Three hundred ninety-seven ships were sunk or damaged, and 5,000 people died. For six months, sixty-five German U-boats hunted merchant vessels, practically unopposed, within view of coastal communities. The greatest of these attacks occurred off NC’s Outer Banks. For this program, Kevin Duffus has compiled a stunning collection of eyewitness stories of merchant sailors, Coast Guard recruits and coastal residents who survived the events. He discusses the facts behind decades-old urban legends of German spies, sympathizers, and saboteurs. His story is one of faith, courage, and determination as well as infamy, irony, and innocence.