Abel Basti says in his book there are a few subs in the sand in Patagonia, in the nearest Atlantic bay to Bariloche.
There is apparently some sonar imaging of the area to back this up.
Plus of course U-977 ended up in Argentina - and U-530, the sub where the crew handed themselves over to Argentine authorities, floated right into
Buenos Aires port - the crew were sent to the USA and interrogated for quite a while - the U-boats themselves were practically empty of cargo when
searched by Argentines (who of course supported Hitler's Reich at the time of Peron).
This is what Wiki says:
On July 10, 1945, the U-530 departed from Kristiansand, Norway, on March 3, with a complement of 54 men, under the command of Otto Vermouth, a young
officer aged 24. After a failed attack on an Allied convoy off New York, the boat received a clear message ordering the surrender at the nearest
Curiously, in contrast with what you would expect from the rigid discipline of German military, the determination was taken by consensus.
Before entering port to surrender to the Argentinean authorities, Vermouth threw overboard the codes and crypto-machines, and discarded the 88-mm deck
gun and torpedoes from U-530.
The boat had been launched in 1941, and during her operational life sank two merchantment ( the freighter Milos and the tanker Sunoil, also torpedoing
and damaged another oiler, the Chapultepec) all of them in the course of 1943. The crew was immediately interned by a presidential decree and taken by
bus to Buenos Aires.
But the case was not finished yet. On August 17, another U-boat, U-977 (commander Heinz Schaeffer) was surprised on the surface, off the naval port,
by the minesweeper ARA Py and the submarine ARA Salta. A boarding party from the Argentinean boat took care of her German counterpart, and she was
towed toward the military docks.
Contrary to Vermouth, Schaeffer released his U-boat intact, giving up to the Naval Authorities codebooks, crypto-machines, guns and torpedoes, as a
good will gesture.
Schaeffer learned about the death of Hitler a few days after departing from Kiel.
Like the U-530, the chance of election was given to the crew to decide about their own fate.
After sailing for more than 100 days, Schaeffer had the Argentinean coast on sight. On August 22, U-977âs 31 men complement was also transported to
There was speculation about the submarine carrying some of the Nazi Regime's prominent figures, but according to the Canadian historian Ronald C.
Newton, this proved to be just a legend born largely before the surrender of any German unit in Argentina.
Both commanders were interrogated, with the help of a young Argentinean sailor of German ancestry acting as interpreter, about the landing of
personnel previous to the surrendering.
The analysis of the log (in the case of U-977) and the fuel consumption of U-530 left no extra time for the boats to have executed any suspicious
activities before reaching Mar del Plata.
The German sailors as well as the submarines were finally turned over to the US Navy.[/QUOTE]
Of course - if you were the leader of the Nazi party looking to flee, would you hop into a tired old VIIC class U-Boot, or would you take your chances
in the newest XX1 class submarine instead?
There are at least 4 off the coast of Ireland, scuppered by the Allies after the war.
These, much like the jet plane operational in 1945 that supposedly whisked Hitler from Berlin, were part of a new wave of Nazi technology that would
have been kept top secret from design to deployment.
An XX1 could easily have made it to Patagonia and back to Norway.
And don't forget the Japanese I Class Submarines, also capable of huge operational range and depth. Old A
[edit on 18-5-2007 by Arthur Fuxake]