German U-boat found

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Archaeologists have found what they believe to be the wreck of the German U-boat 168 off the coast of Indonesia.

A team made up of experts from Indonesia’s National Archaeology Center, the Yogyakarta Archaeology Center, and the Yogyakarta Diving Center found two plates printed with the Nazi swastika inside the wreck helping to identify the vessel.

Bambang Budi Utomo, head of the research team at the National Archaeology Centre that led the investigation, told Agence France-Presse: "This is the first time we have found a foreign submarine from the war in our waters. This is an extraordinary find that will certainly provide useful information about what took place in the Java Sea during World War II."

The experts say the wreck also contains human remains, a telescope, and shoes and they will be going back to investigate the site further.

Meanwhile, artefacts are undergoing further testing in order to prove identification of the vessel because two U-boats are known to have sunk in the Java Sea during World War II and the wreck could be either.

The U-168, a type IX C/40, was part of the Monsun U-boats, a group of vessels sent away from the German homeland to attack allied ships along trade routes. It was hit by a torpedo fired by a Dutch submarine in October 1944.