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SHARKHUNTERS International
2016 "Hitler in Argentina"
     Expedition

Day 17     15 February     the Mysterious Airplane

Sharkhunters President
HARRY  COOPER 1-LIFE-1983 and his guide Martin, tracked down Herta von Metzker, daughter of Alfred von Metzker, owner of the very important estancia.

Before we meet Herta however, we spent more than an hour with Gerrard Korn and he had been friends with von Metzker.  He told us how he survived the bombing in Berlin as a child and how his family escaped to Uruguay.  He told us that the rumor persisted that the JU 390-V2 actually landed on this estancia or on the road that fronted it.....but nobody remembers.  Remember Sergeant Schultz on Hogan's Heroes TV show?  His standard line was:
       "I hear nothing!  I see nothing!  I know nothing!"
.....but everyone here KNOWS something - they just don't talk.

Now let's meet Herta.  She was born in 1948 and obviously did witness anything that happened in 1945.  When Martin asked her if she would speak with me, she asked Martin what I wanted.  He told her that I was researching about all the Germans who came to South America, especially the more important men.  Martin said that she immediately went into a defensive posture but agreed to talk with me.  In the photos immediately below, which she let me copy, we see the German School being built then when it was complete in 1932.  Her father sponsored the German School and was the driving force behind it.

 

German School under construction

 

German School ready for use

     
Here we see Professor Becker with his class but remember, right after the beginning of World War Two and anything German was made illegal, Professor Becker was arrested and taken away.  We have not yet learned what happened to him.  

     

  Herta and her husband were gracious hosts, making us comfortable and furnishing ice water etc.  She answered all my questions politely and properly.  She let us look at her photos from the old days as you see above.  These are but three of the photos; we have many more.

Then I asked about the airplane and got the same nervous laugh as we got the previous day from Anna Wolf.  This is a huge indication there is something they do not wish to reveal.

She did however, tell us that in early 1945 the area police chief came to the estancia to search for an airplane after someone reported a mysterious airplane landing on his estancia.  She quickly said that there was only a small airplane in the barn which was covered by a tarp.  That certainly seems like a most convenient smokescreen.  A small airplane used mostly for crop dusting that belongs on the estancia certainly would not cause a call to the police.......but a huge aircraft with six engines landing late at night sure would.

15 March Very Important Update from S.E.I.G. Agent PIZZARRO:
"Very interesting, the information
that the police chief for this remote grid in Uruguay came in 1945 to search the estancia because he received reports that an airplane had landed there.  This is a very interesting proof.  So this was in 1945.  Look to this report - the police chief came, the highest chief in this remote grid...and he looked for the airplane.  In this time, 1945, all researchers worldwide look to the two German U-Boats in Mar del Plata, Argentina (U-530 and U-977) but researcher look to Uruguay look to big airplane; only the police chief in this grid.
   The pilot in 1969 (when PIZZARRO met with this pilot) smiled and told me; 'Yes, in 1945 it was the best camouflage for the big JU' and the rest of the story he told, I think it was in 1965 I received information that a Uruguay diplomat or the Uruguay Government in November 1945 and in second week of February 1946 has received two Uruguay police reports that it is possible that a big German Reich airplane was landed near the estancia near on the the street in the direction of Rivera in May 1945 but the police found no proof and the airplane is missing, but the report is written that many people have heard the airplane sound but not seen the plane.
   In the last words the pilot told me that the signal for the radio of 311.5 Khz was very important.  The strong signal was in the night along the route to Rivera so the airplane radio received the exact signal for the exact route in this time and the airplane was on the right landing course, 300 meters above the ground with only 80 knots and landing with 75 knots.  In this remote grid were not many estancias.  And he smiled and told me; 'In July 1945 and in August 1945 all US Agents and all British Agents and all other sad sack agents look to Argentina and the Argentine port Mar del Plata because two German Reich war U-Boats were there'......and he smiled, took his beer and said Prost!  To your health.  This was the best camouflage for the airplane and the best defense, and so the Uruguay Government take the two Uruguay police reports to the Uruguay Police Archive or in the Uruguay Government Military Archive in Montevideo."

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