In 1963 the body of a German navy NCO was found in Neelova Gulf with the remnants of his uniform and rifle ammunition.
In 1985 Soviet helicopter pilot Peter Statsyukom discovered a small complex of five underground Nazi bunkers in the delta of the Lena River in the Siberian Arctic.
Article in Russian: What did the Nazis build in the mouth of Lena?
Apparently these artificial caves were built into a large rocky outcrop and blasted out with explosives. Nearby there was a 200m concrete jetty built linked by a small tramway to the storage caves. These storage bunkers sheltered 250 German manufactured fuel drums.
Inside an accommodation bunker they also found Nazi era coins, German naval badges and buttons. There had always been wartime tales amongst the indigenous Yakut people about mysterious men called chuchuna dressed in black spotted in the Bykovskaya Duct area between 1940-42.
According to some accounts when the intact wreck of a German U-boat, U-534 was raised in the Baltic by a wealthy private individual, amongst her soaked papers were orders at the end of WWII to sail to the Lena Delta.
My question is what was the base used for?
The nearest U-Boat base was at Narvik in Norway. DISTANCE FROM Narvik to Tokyo was 7,540nm, easily within the 13,450nm range of an IXC40 class Uboat
Was it in support of U-boat operations to Japan or to refuel flying boat operations to Japan, or for espionage/reconnaissance flights deep into the soviet rear?
Does anybody know and if so please could you identify sources?
OPERATION WUNDERLAND August 1942 my speculation is that the LENA BASE could have been built by the GERMAN Merchant Raider Komet, disguiset as a SOVIET ice breaker
Komet voyage to Japan via the Soviet ARCTIC Nor should we forget U362 was sunk in the Laptev Sea at 89.27 deg East: