5 Unsolved Mysteries of World War 2

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Listed are 5 unsolved mysteries or better said enduring riddles of World War 2. Even after 70 years of research, these still have not been solved and we might never get to know the answer. The answers may be simple but aren’t proven and can’t be confirmed or unconfirmed.

#5 What happened to the crew of the US Navy blimp L-8 that caused them to disappear without a trace?

It was August 16, 1942, around 0603 hours in the morning, when US Navy blimp L-8 took off from Treasure Island, San Francisco Bay to conduct an anti-submarine patrol of the coast of California. The crew consisted out of Lieutenant Ernest DeWitt Cody, the pilot, and Ensign Charles E. Adams. An hour and a half into the patrol, Lt. Cody radioed that he and Adams had located a possible oil slick in the water and would go out and investigate. Three hours later the blimp came ashore just south of San Francisco, eight miles off course. The blimp struck a cliff on Ocean Beach, knocking off one of its two depth charges from its rack and fell to the ground. After it continued drifting further inward, it finally plummeted to the ground in Daly City. After various people went to the crash site in order to help any of the survivors, they were stunned, as the doors were open and nobody was in the cabin. Several possible explanations were given including that one of them went out to repair something on the blimp, the other one went to assist, and they both fell out or they spotted a Japanese sub, lowered to investigate, and were captured.

US Navy Blimp L-8 or "Ghost Blimp" in April, 1942. (Credits: U.S. Navy)

US Navy Blimp L-8 or “Ghost Blimp” in April, 1942. (Credits: U.S. Navy)

#4 What happened to the “Amber Room”?

It was described as the “Eighth wonder of the world” and is certainly the most unique missing treasure in history. The creation of the Amber Room begun in 1701 in Prussia and was created for Prussia’s King Friedrich I. It was an 11-foot-square hall consisting of large wall panels inlaid with several tons of superbly designed amber, large gold-leaf-edged mirrors, and four magnificent Florentine mosaics. Arranged in three tiers, the amber contained precious jewels, and glass display cases housed one of the most valuable collections of Prussian and Russian artwork. In 1716, the Amber Room, was given as a gift to the Russian czar Peter the Great by King Friedrich I’s son in order to forge a Russo-Prussian alliance. It was moved to Catherine Palace, near St. Petersburg. In 1941, the Germans stormed Leningrad, disassembled the Amber Room within 36 hour and put it on display in Königsberg Castle. However, in April of 1945, the treasure was nowhere to be found. According to various sources, the Amber Room was destroyed during the bombing of Königsberg, however several others claim it was saved and hidden underground.

The original Amber Room, 1931. (Credits: Wikimedia)

The original Amber Room, 1931. (Credits: Wikimedia)

#3 Who betrayed Jean Moulin & Anne Frank?

Monument to Jean Moulin, (Credits: Wikimedia)

Monument to Jean Moulin, (Credits: Wikimedia)

Jean Moulin was one of the organizers of the French Resistance and was captured on June 21, 1943 after someone had alerted the local Gestapo that a meeting would take place of Resistance leaders in Caluire, others say the Gestapo followed one of the Resistance’s members. Gestapo stormed the meeting, arresting Moulin and other senior resistance leaders. Moulin was taken to Montluc Prison in Lyon, where he was subjected to torture in order to reveal information by Klaus Barbie. Jean Moulin died on a train that was heading to a concentration camp in Germany. Still today, no one was able to figure out who betrayed Jean Moulin. Some pointed their finger to a junior member named Rene Hardy, who was reported to be either reckless or a traitor however he was found innocent in two trials. Other suggest it may have been Raymond Aubrac, a fellow Resistance leader of Moulin or his wife.

Anne Frank, a 15-year old girl, who would eventually grow to possible one of the most famous victims of the German Endlösung (“Holocaust”). Especially her diary, “The Diary of a Young Girl“, consisting of Anne Frank’s writings while she was in hiding for two years with her family during World War II, affected many people. It was on the morning of 4 August 1944, following a tip from an informer who has never been identified, that she, her family and the family that hid them were arrested. They were send to various concentration camps. Anne Frank and her sister, Margot Frank, where transferred to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Both sisters would lose their lives here. Only her father, Otto Frank, would survive the concentration camps. Its still unknown to who has betrayed the Frank family, some believe it was Miep Braams, who was the girlfriend of a Dutch resistance member.

#2 What Really Happened To Raoul Wallenberg?

Raoul Wallenberg (Credits: Wikimedia)

Raoul Wallenberg (Credits: Wikimedia)

Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg has been subjected to numerous humanitarian honors in the decades following his presumed death as he saved up to 60,000 Hungarian Jews from ending up in a concentration camp, offering them fake passports and shelter, as well as providing food. However the Germans weren’t the ones who would eventually capture him. In January, 1945, after Soviet forces advanced through Eastern Europe and launched their offensive against Budapest, Raoul Wallenberg was arrested by the Red Army for suspicion of espionage. Whatever happened to him afterwards remains a mystery. Although the Soviet Government claim he died in prison on July 17, 1947 after releasing a document in 1957, which stated: ““I report that the prisoner Wallenberg who is well-known to you, died suddenly in his cell this night, probably as a result of a heart attack or heart failure. Pursuant to the instructions given by you that I personally have Wallenberg under my care, I request approval to make an autopsy with a view to establishing cause of death… I have personally notified the minister and it has been ordered that the body be cremated without autopsy.” Although others claim he was executed in his cell, was poisoned with C-2 or even that he was beaten to death. While others claim that he was still alive in 1987. His fate still remains a mystery, all what is known for sure is that he disappeared after 17 January 1945. He allegedly was arrested by the Soviets because of his connection with U.S. Intelligence.

#1 Rudolf Hess’ flight to Scotland and what are the circumstances of his death?

Rudolf Hess (Credits: Bundesarchiv)

Rudolf Hess (Credits: Bundesarchiv)

It was May 10, 1941, when Rudolf Hess flew solo to Scotland. Instead of landing the plane, he jumped out with a parachute and was captured immediately upon hitting the ground. Identifying him as Hauptmann Alfred Horn, and saying that he had an important message for Duke of Hamilton. He was taken to the headquarters from a local Home Guard unit. After revealing his true identity to a Wing Commander of the RAF, he also outlined the reason of his flight. Hess hoped to arrange peace talks with the Duke of Hamilton. However since 1946, more than twenty books dealing with the Deputy Führer’s mysterious ‘peace mission’ have appeared in print and even more conspiracies arise. Did Hitler know of Hess’ flight to Scotland? After the news, Adolf Hitler described his Deputy as a madman who made the decision to fly to Scotland entirely on his own, without his knowledge or authority. Though Hess’ adjutant Karlheinz Pinsch, wrote down in his memories, that after hearing the news Hitler remained calmed and acted like he already knew. So did Hitler’s most loyal servant act on behalf on Adolf Hitler or on his own? What were the real facts behind his flight? Another mystery related to Rudolf Hess involves his death. According to the official statement, Hess hung himself with an electrical cord on August 17, 1987 at the age of 93. However many conspiracies arise as why Rudolf Hess committed suicide at the age of 93 after being interned for 46 years. Some believe he was murdered by the British Secret Intelligence Service to prevent him from revealing information about British misconduct during the war. Also historian Peter Padfield claims the suicide note found on the body was written in 1969 while Hess was hospitalized.




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  1. In the nineteen seventies in Jersey channel islands near the village of st Peters I was out walking and exploring in some trees I found a entrance to tunnel so.I climbed in it was. Lighted by the other end of tunnel which I believe is another tunnel that was originally for artillery shells now use to grow mushrooms .there was a aircraft with nazi symbols on the wings I can only describe as looking like a modern day American aircraft that can evade radar its wings all attach to the body of the aircraft . I told my late father who said it sounds like a secret German bomber jet from ww2 the next year I went back and the entrance was all bricked up and barbed wire fence and a sign saying keep out in large letters MOD Keep out

    I do not know what happened but I was told some.boys had got in to another part of the tunnel and had died due to foul air so the states of Jersey and the British ministry of defence had sealed it off

  2. I want to signal more secret, more mysteries of WW2
    the death of General Sikorski at the hands of the Russians with the help of Churchill and Americanshigh levels

    the next time I signal another mystery.
    there are a lot of, and are great mysteries,
    for example Mussolini’s assassination at the hands of British intelligence masked by Italian partisans, and the corresponding disappearance of documents nailing churchill its great responsibility for trying to push the war to extremes conseguences. (World War II would have ended much earlier, but the imperialist interests of the British and American (and Soviet ones) could only be met by bringing the war to the complete destruction of Europe and most other countries in the world).

    all political and military actions taken by the British to do is start the war before the eyes of all but because the history books continue to tell the truth of the winners? it is time to overcome this shame, for not making sure that in the future the same things happen
    Iraq
    Libya
    Ukraine
    afghanistan
    etc.
    etc.
    They have the same signature of the same industrial and economic interests of the families that rule the world (which are few but encompasses almost 90% of the economic powers of the planet)

    excuse for little english, but the meaning of my words is very clear . . . . .

    please write the truth

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