A long lost British Second World War submarine that vanished 73 years ago has been found with 71 dead bodies of crew off the coast of Italy.
The Royal Navy T-class submarine – the legendary, HMS P 311 submarine was found at a depth of 100m — 73 years after its disappearance with 71 bodies inside, near the island of Tavolara.
“It looks like she probably went down with air sealed inside, meaning the crew eventually died of oxygen deprivation,” Mr Bondone told Italian newspaper, La Nuova Sardegna.
The 84-meter-long, eight-meter-wide submarine left Malta on December 28, 1942, on a mission to sink two Italian battleships but was never seen again and is believed was hit by a mine in the Gulf of Olbia.
But after sending its last signal on December 31 vessel disappeared without a trace. Military officials assumed the submarine had been sunk, ‘Daily Express’ reported.
Local fisherman at the time reported hearing a loud rumble at night, but the 84-metre-long T-class vessel was never found.
The ‘ghost’ was found in excellent condition with only a small amount of damage from the explosion and puts an end to a decades-long mystery over its whereabouts.