Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hitler's Last Deadly Secret: The Hunt For U-864

Deep in the icy waters off Norway lies one of the last great secrets of the Second World War. In February 1945, the German submarine U-864 disappeared without trace during its clandestine journey to Japan. On board: eighteen of the Reich’s leading aeronautical scientists, two of Japan’s leading experts on aerodynamics, stacks of blueprints for the Nazi’s Me 262 fighter jet as well as some of the latest Messerschmitt jet engine parts and missile guidance systems. Had the German submarine arrived at its destination, the Nazi’s revolutionary jet technology might have changed the course of the Second World War, tipping the balance in favour of the Japanese Air Force in its desperate struggle against the U.S. Navy.


In a long term, covering is critical in several respects:

  • More rapid corrosion of the Mercury containers.
  • Problems of collapsing of the wreck because of the weight of the cover.
  • Risk of explosion of torpedoes and compressed air tanks, with the result of breakout of Mercury containers, and heavy pollution.
  • Problems in collecting the Mercury containers at a later stage.
  • Instability in the ground caused by earth quakes may brake the cover.
  • No guarantee of monitoring the poison bomb over a long time span/forever.


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