Note from Peter Moon. Wilhelm Bernard was a pseudonym. He appeared in the works of Howard A. Buechner, who wrote “Adolf Hitler and the Holy Lance” and “Hitler’s Ashes” who identified this as a pseudonym. Before dismissing “Captain Bernard’s” written testimony, it would be best to review the source material. According to Wiki, the U-530 surrounded on 10 July 1945. The phrases “from when he served aboard U-530 until the boat surrendered” and was “scuttled off the coast of Mar del Plata on 10 July 1945” at first look appear to be careless reporting because 10 July was the date of the surrendering. It is not likely the ship surrendered and then was scuttled on the same day. This could be an error of the writer who was most definitely an arbitrary intermediary between “Captain Bernhard” and what found its way into print. Writers make mistakes frequently.
AS THERE EVER A “CAPTAIN WILHELM BERNHARD” ABOARD U-530?
The Black Sun at pages 116 and 121 mentions books authored jointly by Colonel Howard Buechner and a German “Captain”, Wilhelm Bernhard, who is alleged to have “served aboard U-530 on her final voyage”. The immediate problem with “Captain Wilhelm Berhard” is that he does not appear on the U-530 crew list.
U-530 had a crew of 54 men. The five officers were the commander Otto Wermuth together with Karl-Felix Schuller, Karl Heinz Lenz, Peter Leffler, and Gregor Schlüter, all interrogated by the Argentine Navy and the US Navy later. The rest of the crew was made up of 18 NCO’s and 31 ratings.
“Captain” (of what?) Bernhard says he joined the German Navy in 1943 and was “assigned to the U-boat Service”. He would then have undergone training until August 1944 “from when he served aboard U-530 until the boat surrendered” and was “scuttled off the coast of Mar del Plata on 10 July 1945.”
Bernhard has such a remarkable memory that he recalls U-530 being scuttled at Mar del Plata on 10 July 1945, even though U-530 was taken afloat to the United States in August 1945 for close examination there, together with the crew, of which he obviously claims to have been one, before being scuttled months afterwards off the US coast.
Therefore it is fair to conclude that “Captian Wilhelm Bernhard”, if he ever existed was never aboard U-530, and one wonders what purpose it served to claim to have been so.
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