Accounts of 1943 Nazi Landing, Friday at Life-Saving Station
Seventy-five years ago on June 13, four saboteurs came ashore on the beach at Atlantic Avenue in Amagansett from a U-boat, the northern prong of a two-prong infiltration by German-Americans planned by the Nazis.
On Friday night at 6, Richard Barons, the former director of the East Hampton Historical Society, will speak about the event and read from firsthand accounts at the Amagansett Life-Saving and Coast Guard Station. The station is halfway down Atlantic Avenue from Bluff Road, on the right. All have been invited.
In that 1942 landing, the targets were to be major hydroelectric plants, aluminum factories, critical railroad tracks, bridges and canals, and the water supply system of New York City.
The saboteurs had just finished burying their cache of explosives and other things when a young seaman on duty at the Life-Saving and Coast Guard Station and starting his eastward patrol came across them. It was his quick reaction in combination with the saboteur leader's betrayal of his co-conspirators that led to the Federal Bureau of Investigations' speedy apprehension both of the Amagansett crew and a crew that had landed in Florida.