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Veteran diver & author Jim Bunch, to speak in NC about Enigma he helped to recover from sunken U-85.

Veteran diver & author Jim Bunch, to speak in NC about Enigma he helped to recover from sunken U-85.

Photo by Jim Bunch of Enigma machine recovered from sunken U-85 off coast of NC.

On April 10-11, 2015 veteran diver and author Jim Bunch will give a lecture at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in the Outer Banks, NC about the U-85 Nazi submarine and the Enigma machine he helped to recover from the sunken wreckage of the U-85 in 2001. His talk will be part of a salute to the diving pioneers.

Bunch began to explore the sunken U-85 in the 1970s and did over 1,000 dives in 30 years, mostly covering the exterior of the wreckage. When he and fellow divers finally entered the vessel, they found the Enigma buried in the radio room under several feet of muck that fortunately helped to preserve it from the damaging effects of salt and oxygen. The machine was recovered approximately 100 feet of water about 15 miles from the Oregon Inlet.

Bunch later published a book, "Germany's U-85, A Shadow in the Sea" about the vessel, its crew, the sinking and how a team of divers recovered artifacts in 2001. Although several different government agencies wanted to have the recovered Enigma machine, it was donated to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. It will be a part of an upcoming exhibit focused on submarine warfare off the Outer Banks coast.

Learn more via the Virginian-Pilot article about Bunch and the recovered Enigma.

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The NCMF directly supports the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community. We think you will agree it is truly a "museum like no other."

Located adjacent to the National Security Agency (NSA) in Maryland, the NCM houses a priceless collection of artifacts that represent our Nation's history in code making and code breaking, as well as a world class library of cryptologic media. The NCMF acquires the best artifacts for the NCM and supports new educational and interactive exhibits.

The NCMF provides exceptional cryptologic programs throughout the year, encourages young minds to explore cryptology and innovation through valued awards, and hosts educational, cryptology-related exhibits at various community events.

As part of the Foundation's partnership with NSA to build the Cyber Center for Education and Innovation - Home of the National Cryptologic Museum (CCEI-NCM), the NCMF also serves as a leader in the field of cybersecurity - striving to provide the best in educational resources and programs.

The NCMF and NCM share a joint three-fold mission to Educate, Stimulate, and Commemorate. Learn more about our MISSION.