Elżbieta and Italian friend Andrea had been cycling along the beach in the seaside resort of Łeba when they spotted the clear glass bottle with a floral print and the note inside. She later said: “When I started reading this my heart almost broke. I couldn't help but cry.”
Identified by specialist divers as a U-649, the U-boat was a training sub and was assigned to the 5th training flotilla in Kiel, which trained crews in theory, practice with weapons and tactics, including hunting in ‘wolfpack’ formation.
The grim discovery was made as divers carried out routine photo and video documentation for the Gdynia Maritime Office. But it now emerges that French military divers also found the body one day EARLIER whilst illegally exploring the wreck.