Eerie pictures of a massive shipwreck rumoured to have helped Adolf Hitler escape to Argentina at the end of World War II has emerged – and experts believe it could in fact be a genuine Nazi submarine. The wreck, which is a massive 262ft-long, has been found by the Eslabón Perdido research group near Quequén, a port and a resort town in Necochea Partido, Buenos Aires province in Argentina. Group leader Abel Basti believes it was a Nazi submarine that could have helped Hitler escape to South America as the war came to an end.
But after now analysing new pictures taken by Argentine divers, shipwreck experts claim the wreck could, in fact, be a German U-boat after all.
Fabio Bisciotti, who leads the underwater study group at the Italian Naval League which operates under the supervision of Italy’s ministries of defence and navigation, has studied the underwater pictures of the fallen vessel.
He has found several possible clues, including one showing a yellow plate, marked with two S-like characters in a familiar font.
Mr Bisciotti said: “Talking to other historians, we have discovered that this type of character is very similar to the German alphabet used during the war.”
“The plate itself is yellow-golden. In every submarine it’s like this, every plate or important item in a submarine is golden. Because the gold is the first and last natural colour able to be seen in the darkness with red light.”
Pointing towards the whereabout of the wreck, he continued: “If we are talking about a submarine, yes, it could be German. Because this area was avoided by American or British warships, including submarines. So at the end of the war, May 1945, if we are talking about submarines, it’s German.”
Among the other pictures that have emerged, a possible periscope has been revealed, as well as what could be hatches, while there is also an image showing the potential remains of a conning tower, which is a raised platform on a ship or submarine.
Mr Bisciotti said: “It’s quite destroyed and very, very ruined. But by the images I can see something very, very interesting such as the deflector of the conning tower for the waves.
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“The U-boat has got a particular design, very similar to the SS uniform – it’s unique. We can’t confuse it with a British submarine – British submarines are totally different. The design is quite similar to a German conning tower; so this is one of the proofs that maybe can bring us to the truth.”
The expert believes even the size appears to fit, adding: “The dimension matched with a U-boat.”
Mr Bisciotti himself has insisted he takes no particular stance on the theory Hitler may have survived World War II and that he would have to personally dive the wreck to identify it with confidence.
Mr Basti appears much more confident, and speaking in September, said: “My main hypothesis – which I have detailed in my books – is that Hitler fled to Argentina. This could be the submarine that evacuated Hitler at the end of the war.”
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Declassified documents from the FBI also include an account from just after the end of the war in 1945 of Hitler making it to Argentina by U-boat.
However, one contradicting element to the new claims is that was the Valdes Peninsula – some 400 miles south of the newly-found wreckage.
But much scepticism remains, with a number of experts urging caution when the wreck was found earlier this year.
Steven Woodbridge, a senior history lecturer at London’s Kingston University, said: “Until it can be fully verified by the Argentinian authorities one has to tread very carefully.”
The Argentine Naval Prefecture (PNA), which has dived the wreck, declined to comment.