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Wilcox cites the story of the U-234 as evidence that the Japanese may have been close to developing their own atomic bomb and would not have hesitated to use it. Major John Lansdale and others argue persuasively that U-234's uranium shipment, intended by Germany for its Japanese ally, was ultimately delivered by the US ... in the bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
In 1995, Mr. Lansdale added a surprising twist to the surrender of the Nazi submarine U-234 to American forces in May 1945. Bound for Tokyo, the submarine was carrying 10 containers filled with uranium oxide. For years, historians had wondered what the American military did with it.
In an interview with The New York Times in 1995, Mr. Lansdale said the material, originally intended for Japan's atomic program, instead ended up in the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
"It went to the Manhattan District," he said. "It certainly went into the Manhattan District supply of uranium."
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U-859's wreck was recovered from the straits of Malacca in 1972 to remove a hazardous chemical cargo claimed to be mercury. When the Boxing Day tsunami swept across the Indian Ocean up against the Somali shore where U-852 had been driven into coral shoals in 1944, local Somalis contracted radiation sickness from the radioactive sands driven ashore by the tsunami.