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The Hunt for Eagle 56

The Hunt for Eagle 56

  • Premiered: 
    September 22, 2019
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  • Network: Smithsonian
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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Plot Synopsis

THE HUNT FOR EAGLE 56 is a three-part docuseries that follows the Nomad Exploration Team -- a group of New England wreck divers who discovered the "Holy Grail" of missing World War II warships -- as they unearth cryptic clues 200 feet below the ocean's surface off the coast of Maine. The revelation confirms that Eagle 56 is the last U.S. Navy warship sunk by a German submarine off the U.S. East Coast during WWII. The series features moving interviews with relatives of Eagle 56 sailors and never-before-seen accounts from survivors. Each hour-long episode follows the expedition team of citizen-historians and divers in their search for the warship in a challenging underwater terrain. Their remarkable discovery of wreckage - a ship's bow, sprawling debris and eyewitness accounts - should enable them to piece together the evidence in order to end the 74-year-old lingering mystery. After more than seven decades, the U.S. Navy finally has definitive proof and physical evidence discovered by the divers that Eagle 56 was a tragedy of war and didn't sink due to a boiler room explosion. The search team heads to Germany's National U-boat Archive on a deep and dangerous dive away from the wreck, where team members discover ground zero, enabling them to conclude a torpedo attack was likely. The team presents their findings to the U.S. Navy for final judgement and determines that Eagle 56 was indeed sunk by a German U-boat, killing 49 of the 62 crew members on board. After decades of uncertainty, the families of the sailors can finally find peace and vindication.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Lone Wolf Media