that it was flown out from an airfield near Espelkamp by Colonel Charles Lindbergh, who was a serving OSS Intelligence officer. That was a claim I had
never heard before.
The reason you have not heard about it before is because like a lot of claims about German atomic weapons, it is just made up.
The names of all OSS personnel and documents of their OSS service, previously a closely guarded secret, were released by the US National Archives on
August 14, 2008 - and Lindbergh is not on that list, so was not a member of the OSS.
This is a photo of US Army Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh serving on Biak Island with the 433rd Squadron during preparation for a USN Intelligence
operation to assassinate Admiral Yammamoto. General Douglas McArthur was appoplectic to discover Lindbergh was in theatre without his knowledge and
summoned him to Brisbane to expel him. Col. Lindbergh however had more powerful friends in Washington and McArthur was overruled.
Charles Lindbergh also flew ground attack missions in a Corsair with Marine Air Group 31 against Japanese strongholds in the Pacific in 1944. I find
it odd that a US army officer participated in a US Naval intelligence operation in 1944 and later flew 50 combat missions with the US Marine Air
Which service in fact did he belong with?
Lindbergh had a secret history of espionage against the Germans from 1938. He is still an enigma in history and it is not entirely clear if his
support for US isolationism was part of an act to fool the Nazis or not?
Around 1938, General Henry H. 'Hap' Arnold, the head of the Army Air Corps, was growing alarmed at the possibility of war in Europe and in the
Pacific. To prepare the Air Corps, Arnold created a special committee chaired by Brigadier General W. G. Kilner; one of its members was Charles
Lindbergh. After a tour of Luftwaffe bases, Lindbergh became convinced that Nazi Germany was far ahead of other European nations. In a 1939 report,
the committee made a number of recommendations, including development of new long-range heavy bombers.
Being an aviator, Lindbergh traveled and vacationed often. After the ghastly affair of the kidnapping and murder of his son, Charles decided that he
needed to get away from it all. That summer, he left for Germany. He traveled alone, telling his wife that he was on official business for the
military. He traveled the country, visiting Nazi airfields, trying to find one that would let him "have a go at" their new, top secret bombers. The
Germans were wary of the charming young Lindbergh at first, and reasonably so; look at how the man handled his own son, and bombers are worth much
more than babies. But the ruggedly handsome American was able to work his magic, do a few favors, and score medium level security clearance at every
airfield in Nazi Germany. And then, he got his hands on a Messerschmitt Bf 109.
Lindbergh toured German aviation facilities, where the commander of the Luftwaffe Hermann Göring convinced Lindbergh the Luftwaffe was far more
powerful than it was. With the approval of Göring and Ernst Udet, Lindbergh was the first American permitted to examine the Luftwaffe's newest
bomber, the Junkers Ju 88 and Germany's then front line fighter aircraft, the Messerschmitt Bf 109. Lindbergh received the unprecedented opportunity
to pilot the Bf 109. Lindbergh said of the fighter that he knew "of no other pursuit plane which combines simplicity of construction with such
excellent performance characteristics." Colonel Lindbergh inspected all the types of military aircraft Germany was to use in 1939 and 1940.
In early 1945 he was sent to Germany as party of Operation Lusty (= Luftwaffe Secret Technology). He was often associated during 1945 with General
Patton and visited the Akaflieg factory at Prien to inspect German hi-tech aviation.
During World War II Dr. Alexander Lippisch proposed a ramjet propelled point defence fighter Lippisch P.13a. To investigate the low speed handling and
aerodynamics of this delta-winged fighter, Lippisch arranged for Akaflieg Darmstadt to build a full-scale flying glider model, which emerged as the
Darmstadt D-33 at Prien am Chiemsee.
From 1957 until his death in 1974, Lindbergh had an affair with a woman 24 years his junior, the German hat maker Brigitte Hesshaimer. They had three
children together: Dyrk (born 1958), Astrid (born 1960), and David (born 1967). The two managed to keep the affair completely secret; even the
children did not know the true identity of their father, whom they met sporadically when he came to visit. Astrid later read a magazine article about
Lindbergh and found snapshots and more than a hundred letters written from him to her mother. She disclosed the affair in 2003, two years after both
Brigitte Hesshaimer and Anne Morrow Lindbergh had died. DNA tests have confirmed the truth of these assertions.
Perhaps Bruce you should read Cole, Wayne S. Charles A. Lindbergh and the Battle Against American Intervention in World War II. New York: Harcourt
Brace Jovanovich, 1974. ISBN 0-15-118168-3 ?
Whilst he may not appear in OSS documents he worked in several intelligence roles in both Pacific and European theatres. You are easily satisfied that
all OSS documents have been disclosed, but I am not. You call me naive, but i see your complacent acceptance of conventional history as niave.
You forget that after the war it was never disclosed that the Allies were reading Enigma. For decades unconventional historians like myself kept
insisting that the Allies must have been reading German signal traffic. Up until around 1980 people who insisted the Allies were reading German
cyphers were all dismissed as lunatic conspiracy theorists, yet eventually the truth came out and the "lunatic conspiracy theorists" were proved