U-boats to Japan with Uranium

August 7, 2013


I don't know if you recognize my name but I've written quite a bit on Allied POWs during WWII, U.S. intelligence, and the history of Japan's nuclear weapons program.

I have a book-in-the-works on various subjects including North Korea when it was a colony of Japan, an American B-29 that was shot down by Soviet Yak fighters over the largest fertilizer and chemical complex
in the Far East, and the U-boats that Germany sent to Japan with uranium on board.

Here is my website: http://TheFlightoftheHogWild.com

We are all aware of U-234 with uranium on board. What you might not be aware of, is that it was only one of three that Hitler agreed to send. The first was U-864 which was sunk by a British submarine off the
coast of Norway. The third hadn't sailed when German surrendered.

What was the uranium to be used for?

Since the amount of uranium aboard U-864 was more than three times the amount found on U-234, the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) concluded that the uranium aboard U-234 wasn't for a nuclear weapon at all but rather to strengthen steel. At the time, they were unaware of any other uranium shipments or plans.

In the 1980's, a Japanese colonel came forward and said that Hitler agreed to send two metric tons of uranium to Japan, but the submarine sank. About 560 kg of uranium was discovered aboard U-234 when it

Although the Norwegian Coastal Authority tested U-864 for uranium, and the results were negative, they admitted their results were inconclusive, The only way to know for sure is to raise the sub which might
be hazardous to sea life since there's also many tons of mercury on board.

If you want to discuss this further, e-mail me. By the way, one of my consultants (and friends) is the son
of the only Australian officer at the Konan POW camp in (what is now) North Korea.


Hello Bill,

Thank you for your very interesting E-Mail, the subject of Germany sending uranium to Japan via a U-boat is not one sees regularly on the net, nor is it well documented, but is still a fascinating subject.

My thanks again,

Best regards,

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