FBI probed ‘Nazi u-boats landing sites amid fears Hitler escaped WW2 alive’

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FBI files reveal a probe was launched into reports of Nazi u-boat landing sites in Argentina amid fears Adolf Hitler escaped alive after WW2.

Declassified documents held by the FBI show that a joint effort to investigate the claims was mounted by intelligence agencies from the US, Britain and Argentina.

Adolf Hitler is known to have died when he shot himself in the Fuhrerbunker as the Red Army pressed down on Berlin.

The initial lack of a body however, and the lack of concrete answers from the Soviet Union left very real fears that Hitler had survived and fled Germany.

Numerous probes were launched into reports of Hitler hiding out somewhere in South America.

Daily Star Online can revealed top secret files show the Argentine police went on the hunt for u-boat landing sites along the coast amid fears Hitler had landed and was still alive.

Adolf Hitler died at the end of World War 2 – or did he?

Hitler was feared to have fled the collapsing Third Reich by u-boat and arrived in Argentina.

FBI files held in the declassified archives reveal correspondence between the US officials regarding an investigation mounted by police.

Reports of Hitler’s survival were surfacing weeks before Japan surrendered after the dropped of the A-bomb and the official end of World War 2.

And they were being dealt with at the top, with information packets sent to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.

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FBI agents probed claims of u-boats landing in Argentina

It is claimed Hitler along with a number of Nazi officials fled to Argentina and secretly met up with supporters along the coat, before setting up communities in thee Andes.

Decoded and redacted radiograms reveal messages sent back from FBI agents in Buenos Aires about the ongoing search for Hitler.

One message details the Argentine police investigating reports of “clandestine landings” along the coast along with other “various rumours”.

Many of the other radiograms are heavily faded and redacted, but other include detail that a “trustworthy source” had told an agent Hitler and his lover Eva Braun were in Argentina.

And another details “footprints” and “tire marks” being found at a rumoured landing site near San Julian.

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FBI radiograms reveal the hunt for Adolf Hitler in Argentina

FBI bosses also sent a radiogram to their agents in Buenos Aires informing them they were “intensely interested” in reports Hitler was in Argentina.

“Advise daily by radiogram for the present results of all investigation on rumours and leads on whereabouts of Hitler”, the communication reads.

Rumours mentioned in the communications are centred around the u-boat U-530.

U-530 surrendered to the Argentine navy on July 10, 1945, more than two months after Hitler died in Berlin.

Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun
Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun were feared to have escape the Third Reich

U-530’s captain Otto Wermuth is known to have led her escape from Nazi Germany and mystery shrouds her two months at sea.

The u-boat was found to have no deck gun, its ship’s log was missing and the crew had no idenitifcation.

Brazilian navy officials alleged the ship had come from Japan.

Reports of secretive landings on the Argentine shore have become intertwined the mysterious last few months of U-530.

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FBI agents sent messages back-and-forth about Hitler in Argentina

And another radiogram reveals Argentine police raided a “German colony” near General Madariaga Partido.

It reads: “[They were] looking for individuals who possibly entered Argentina by submarine.”

The messaged added: “Investigation revealed existence of several farms recently purchased by pro Nazi Germans.

“But no indication of recent unidentified German arrivals.”

J Edgar Hoover
J Edgar Hoover was heavily involved in the hunt for Hitler

Despite there still being unanswered questions about U-530, it appears FBI officials were content Hitler had not managed to flee to Argentina.

Making it very clear, one radiogram reads: “[REDACTED] advised that Argentine police department navy investigating possible clandestine landings from U-530 and other similar craft with negative result to date.”

It adds: “It is the consensus of USA military, naval attaches, British and Argentine authorities that reports of Hitler and Eva Braun in Argentina are unfounded.”

The radiogram is dated August 17, 1945, just days at the atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ending WW2.

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FBI radiograms revealed searches for u-boat landing sites in Argentina

Further accounts detailed in the FBI files reveal claims that Hitler and Braun landed along with two submarines and at least 50 other high ranking Nazis.

It is said they were then led away into the Andes on horseback after being met by Argentine officials who arranged him shelter.

Hitler was claimed to have been suffering from asthma and ulcers – and had shaved off his famous moustache.

FBI officials who filed the report however conclude there is a “lack of sufficient information to support the story” and concluded there is doubt whether the source is “telling the truth”.

Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler is known to have died after shooting himself at the end of World War 2

Investigations into Hitler’s feared survival after World War 2 continued well into the 50s, with attention fiercely focused on Argentina.

It is known Argentina did harbour some Nazi war criminals who used so-called “ratlines” – a network of preplanned escape routes – to flee the collapse of the Third Reich.

And just two years ago a massive treasure room of Nazi artefacts was uncovered in a Buenos Aires, including a bust of Hitler.

Researchers said the find “could offer irrefutable proof” of the presence of further “top leaders” hiding out in Argentina after World War 2.

Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler was feared to have fled Germany

FBI documents offer a fascinating insight into the very real fear that Hitler had survived World War 2.

Conspiracy theorists have often claimed Hitler lived due to the bizarre circumstance of his death.

Red Army divisions were closing in on Berlin when Hitler shot himself, and then his body was subsequently burned by Soviet soldiers.

Russian authorities also claimed Hitler was still alive – with Joseph Stalin outright denying his death to US President Harry Truman.

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Hunting for Hitler lasted well into the 1950s

Theories persist to this day, and even two years ago a fake news story about a man claiming to be Hitler went viral.

Conspiracy theorists have claimed Nazi leaders fled to South America along with troves of stolen treasures from Europe.

It is even claimed a surviving wing of the SS was set up there, and continued to plot a resurgent Fourth Reich.

Conventional wisdom however is content the Nazi leader did die in the Berlin 74 years ago – and subsequent testing has proved his corpse is genuine.



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