A Nazi submarine full of looted gold may have been ‘smuggled out of Europe’ after World War II, a treasure hunter has claimed.
It is believed that Adolf Hitler ordered his devastating submarines to smuggle looted gold and art, and possibly even the bodies of Nazi officers, out of Germany.
American explorer Roger Miklos said in 1981 that he once found one of the specially modified war submarines that had been filled with gold, writes Express.co.uk.
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The famous treasure hunter who died in 2018 never revealed the exact location of his find, but said it was one of nine cargo submarines in the Turks and Caicos Islands, according to History Channel UK .
Submarines – short for “unterseeboot” (submarine boat) – wreaked havoc in the Battle of the Atlantic until Germany’s defeat in 1945.
German U-boats swarmed the Atlantic Ocean, sinking merchant ships with torpedoes as they crossed the United States towards Britain and the Soviet Union.
Mr Miklos’ documents were given to diver and explorer Mike Fletcher, who is researching the submarine in the US History Channel documentary, ‘History’s Greatest Mysteries’, released in September.
Speaking on the show, Mr Fletcher said: ‘We know there are billions of dollars in personal property looted.
“Gold, all kinds of precious materials that disappeared during the war.
“It certainly made sense that some of this could have been loaded onto the submarines to smuggle them out of Europe and into safe haven.”
Mr. Fletcher, who has 40 years of experience as a wreck explorer, leads a small team to search for the submarine.
The group collects the clues left by Mr. Miklos after his death, including sketches and codes.
The evidence is all enigmatic due to the late treasure hunter’s fears that one of his rivals would swoop in and steal his find.
Mr. Miklos rose to fame as a top treasure hunter after a series of high-profile discoveries.
One of his most impressive finds is the ship Atocha, lost in 1622, which was carrying tens of millions of dollars worth of treasure.
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His announcement 40 years ago that he had discovered one of Hitler’s lost submarines sent the treasure-hunting world into a frenzy.
At the time, Mr Miklos was in the Turks and Caicos Islands looking for the Pinta, a ship used by Christopher Columbus to travel to the “New World” in 1492.
After his crew’s magnetometer took a reading, Mr Miklos dived to scan the ocean floor.