On March 24th 1945, whilst on patrol, German U-boat U249, came
under attack from a Mosquito flown by Flt Lt Williams (235/Q). During
sustained and accurate flack from the U-boat, the Mosquito suffered
damage, forcing the pilot to bail out, and be later captured by U249.
The U-boat later
became the first one to Surrender at cessation of hostilities, with the
order to put into the nearest port, flying a black flag. She docked at
Weymouth, U.K. U249 was later sank on the 13 Dec 1945 as part of
The original painting
is signed by John Nikas, a crew member of U249, who was present at
the time of the depicted action.