Originally posted by Haunebu
reply to post by TeslaandLyne
Here's a list of the missing U-Boats. It is interesting to know that it is almost a complete fleet.
The book you are citing - Bodo Herzog - was published 1959.
There has been allot of research since then and allot of the supposedly missing boats have been found today.
This is the complete list of German U-boats that have never been located up to today:
U-116 (Okt. 1942 Nordatlantik),
U-122 (21.6.1940 ?)
U-163 (15.3.'43 französische Küste),
U-165 (27.9.'42 in der Biskaya),
U-196 (30.11.'44 südlich Java),
U-242 (3.4.'45 ?),
U-377 (Jan. '44 Atlantik),
U-398 (Mai '45 England),
U-553 (Jan. '43 Mittelatlantik),
U-602 (23.4.'43 ?),
U-647 (3.8.'43 vor England),
U-650 (7.1.'45 westlich England),
U-703 (Sept. '44 Nordmeer),
U-745 (4.2.'45 im Finnbusen),
U-753 (15.5.'43 ?),
U-925 (Sept. '44 ?),
U-972 (Jan. '44 Nordatlantik),
U-1020 (Jan. '45 ?),
U-1226 (28.10.'44 Nordatlantik).
That's 19, not hundreds of them. Don't know what you want to make of it. But knowing some things about U-boats, I can tell you that for every
operational U-boat you need a rather large dock facility and tons of personell that need to be stationed there. You could not hide facilities for
100's of U-boats, I'd even assert that providing infrastructure for those 19 boats would be a very hard thing to do without someone noticing.
Is it possible that some of those 19 U-boats were used to smuggle out Nazis to places like South America? Absolutely.
It is possible that these 19 U-boats were part of a secret fleet that operated well into the 50's and 60's ? Not so much.