Gustav Weler was a distant cousin of Adolf Hitler who came to the notice of Gestapo Chief Heinrich Mueller as an almost identical double of his famous cousin. Mueller had Gustav Weler replace Adolf Hitler in the Wolf's Lair bunker in late April 1945. Subsequent events such as the wedding were a sham using doubles, and Mueller drugged Weler and shot him in the forehead one day before the Russians arrived. The Russians found the body of Gustav Weler, Hitler'a double in the bunker.
Russian Army in Hitler bunker early May 1945 standing over body of Gustav Weler (Hitler double)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHA8wnuUaQQ
In 1941 Gestapo chief Heinrich Mueller was informed by the local Gestapo duty station in Breslau that a man who worked in a printing plant there was almost an exact double of Adolf Hitler. He had them photograph him and after seeing the pictures acknowledged that the resemblance was remarkable. He was younger and a little shorter than Hitler. His hair was cut differently and he had no moustache. He smoked and was a bit fatter than Hitler. The man was born in the Waldviertel district of Austria and was a distant relative of Hitler. Actually, a number of people from that area bore some resemblance to Hitler. This man's family had moved north of Prague.
At first, Hitler did not want any part of this, especially when he learned that the man was his distant relative as Hitler was very severe about anyone interviewing one of his relatives. However, Mueller eventually convinced Hitler of the security value of having a double. Ultimately, the man was only used for a few very brief appearances after the 20 July 1944 bomb attempt and during the final week of April 1945 in the bunker. He only met Hitler twice in a secure office across the street from the Reichschancellery in order for him to learn to impersonate certain petty details which could only be acquired from an up close encounter such as where Hitler held his hand when he signed a letter, certain phrases Hitler customarily used when he talked, et cetera. Hitler remarked to Muller that meeting this man was like looking into a mirror.
The double was given extra heel supports in his shoes, made quit smoking and lose weight. The double was furnished with a set of Adolf Hitler's uniforms manufactured by the same tailor. Of course, the tailor never met or even knew of the existence of this man as it was a state secret. Only Muller, Hitler and a few others ever knew about this. The only members of Hitler's inner circle who knew were his longtime personal valet Heinz Linge and Johann Rattenhuber who was the chief of Hitler's personal security. According to Muller, Hitler's military adjutant Otto Gunsche probably figured this business out as well.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinz_Lingehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Rattenhuberhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_G%C3%BCnsche
-----------------------------------------------------The Flight of the Wolf
(The following interview of former Gestapo Chief Heinrich Mueller by a CIA official in September & October of 1948 in Switzerland is taken from:'Gestapo Chief: The 1948 Interrogation of Heinrich Muller, Volume 1'
According to the interview published in this book, Mueller became a personal friend of President Harry Truman and constructed CIA domestic dossier systems based on Gestapo models and provided the CIA with much of its initial foreign policy perspective and knowledge.
Mueller - There existed two ways in and out of the bunker complex. One is through the Chancellery and the other is an emergency exit into the Chancellery garden. Located at a lower level than the upper bunker, Hitler's personal quarters alone contained an emergency exit to the garden. Hitler got everyone used to his going upstairs with his dog for a walk in the garden at night. Usually, the garden was heavily guarded with dogs and floodlights, but when Hitler went up for his brief walks the lights were dimmed and the security dogs removed. Sometimes Hitler would come up with Linge and sometimes alone. Rattenhuber who was the head of all these security operations was also privy to the business about the double.
American Interrogator - When was the last time you saw Hitler alive during the month of April, 1945 and where did you see him?
Mueller - On the 22nd of April in the evening, about 2030 hours. I last saw him in the garden of the Chancellery.
American Interrogator - Did...was he alive at the time?
Mueller - He was quite alive.
American Interrogator - You spoke with him then?
Mueller - I did.
American Interrogator - Were ther any other people present at that time?
Mueller - Yes, Linge his valet was there and Rattenhuber came a little later on.
American Interrogator - Was there anyone else with Hitler when you last saw him?
Mueller - His shepherd. That's all. He had his dog on a leash. At that time, he was supposed to be walking his dog in the garden.
American Interrogator - Did you speak with him at that time?
Mueller - Yes, or rather he spoke with me.
American Interrogator - Could you tell me what he said at that time?
Mueller - Yes. He shook my hand warmly and thanked me from his heart for all i had done for him and the country. He hoped that I would see him soon and he wished my family to be safe from harm. He handed...no, he had Linge hand me a leather briefcase and he told me...that is Hitler told me...that this was all he could do for me now and then he shook my hand again, this time with tears in eyes.
American Interrogator - And what did he do then? After he gave you the briefcase?
Mueller - Yes...well now...he walked away with Linge and his dog and I did not see him again. A little while later Linge came back to where I was waiting and I remember he too was weeping.
American Interrogator - Did Linge say anything?
Mueller - Yes. He said, "The Chief is gone. I will never see him again."
American Interrogator - By "gone" did he mean Hitler was dead? That he killed him for example?
Mueller - No, we both knew what Linge meant. He said that Hitler had left, and he would never see him again. Not dead, just left.
American Interrogator - I see. You are positive of this?
Mueller - Absolutely. If you wish me to be specific, Hitler left Berlin, alive on the 22nd of April, the year 1945.
American Interrogator - You...Rattenhuber was mentioned. You said a few moments ago that he came along to where you were. Is that correct?
Mueller - He did.
American Interrogator - Was Linge still there?
Mueller - Yes. He was very upset at the time.
American Interrogator - Did Rattenhuber know about this...departure?
Mueller - Of course he did.
American Interrogator - And he came up to you in the Chancellery garden then. Did he say anything about Hitler?
Mueller - Yes. He said, "The Chief is gone, but now we have a new Chief."
American Interrogator - A new Chief? Was he speaking of Hitler?
Mueller - He was speaking about the new Chief.
American Interrogator - Do you mean Martin Bormann?
Mueller - No. I mean that we had a new Hitler.
American Interrogator - What is that?
Mueller - He came with Rattenhuber. A new Hitler.
American Interrogator - You do not grasp what I am asking you. Who was the new Chief, who replaced Hitler that night?
Mueller - His double.
American Interrogator - We have heard rumors about a double before. The Soviets have claimed a double might have been used. Are you certain about this?
Mueller - Yes.
Mueller - ...It was a very simple matter for Hitler to come up at night for his walk, with Linge or alone. He left through another exit from the garden and the double went back down into the bunker with another sheepdog from the kennels. All of this happened in my presence so I can assure you that I am not guessing about it. We kept the double out of view as much as we could. There were a number of visits from people really not close to Hitler, but as few as possible. Goebbels and Linge were the best help in this matter. I remember Bormann saying to me in a very worried manner, "The Chief looks very different, Mueller. Do you think he might have had some kind of a stroke?" I said I didn't think so.
American Interrogator - ...Let us get back to the matter of the double. The Russians found him dead in the garden, buried in the ground as we know. Excellent. Now how did he come to be underground?
Mueller - Obviously he was dead.
American Interrogator - I'm aware of that. How did he come to die?
Mueller - You read the Russian reports. He was shot once in the head with a small calbre pistol.
American Interrogator - Did he shoot himself?
Mueller - No, he did not.
American Interrogator - Who shot him then?
Mueller - I cannot remember. It was such a confusing time after all.
American Interrogator - But you knew he was shot?
Mueller - Of course. I helped bury him. That was a dangerous thing, trying to bury him. The Russians were shelling everything and you never knew when a few shells might land on top of you.
American Interrogator - Was he expecting to be shot?
Mueller - Probably not. I think he felt he might leave Berlin as some sort of a false trail.
American Interrogator - Did you mislead him?
Mueller - I discussed matters with him and put things in a light to ease his worries. Put it that way if you will. He was drugged at the time he died in any case. If he had been captured alive, there would have been serious problems as you can imagine.
In 'The Warplanes of the Third Reich' by William Green
(1972) on page 508:
"The sole Ju290 A-6 was initially conceived as a pressurized personnel transport for Hitler's personal flight. Some pressurization trials were conducted at Prague but this scheme was abandoned at an early stage, and the aircraft was completed as an unpressurized 50-passenger transport. This aircraft was eventually taken on the strength of I./KG 200 at Finsterwalde for special transport operations, and in the last week of April 1945, was flown to Barcelona by Hauptmann Braun, the original Staffelkapitan of LTS 290 who subsequently served with FAGr 5, and with the disbandment of that Gruppe, joined Kampfgeschwader 200.
The I/KG 200 was largely responsible for the transportation of escaping NAzi leaders, and the identity of the passengers ferried to Barcelona aboard the Ju290 A-6 is open to conjecture."
On 27 April 1945, a Junkers Ju 290 A-6 arrived at Barcelona, Spain.
"One Ju-290A-6 was built and used as a fifty-seat transport in the Führer-Kurrierstaffel, Hitler's private transport unit commanded by Flugkapitän Heinz Baur. It was finally scrapped in Spain in the mid-1950s due to lack of spares."http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_ju290.html
Special features of the Fuehrertransport:
- an armored ejection seat with built-in parachute and 13mm steel on all sides designed to fall free by operation of an ejection handle. Successfully tested with dummies.
- All windows constructed of 50mm thick bulletproof glass.
- area where Hitler sat protected by additional armor on roof, floor , and sides of fuselage
This palne was scrapped by the Spanish in 1956, but Hitler's armored chair still exists.
OSS Telegram From Agent Molden 8 March 1945
Telegram 6487, Document 5-55 / 8 March 1945
"Source K-28, report B-1839. In Pocking, lower Bavaria near Braunnau between Zeithen and Schoenberg, recognizable by two hangers and large runways is located part of "Fleiger Staffel Adolf Hitler." Work going on actively in hangars. There is one 4-motored JU 290 being luxuriously equipped with armored plates, bulletproof glass, guns fore and aft, etc. Capacity 20-22 perons. Delivery originally fixed for February 28 for Berchtesgaden now postponed to middle March. Hitler greatly disturbed over delay. Original plan called for three machines but, on account of material shortage, only one built. General Bauer, air pilot of Fuehrer, personally supervising reconstruction together with assembly man Zintel. Bauer also practicing handling of airplane."
British Promotion of the Gestapo's Suicide Propaganda
Since Hitler had to maintain a low profile much like George Bush, he and Heinrich Mueller probably appreciated the publicity given to the suicide theory by British intelligence. As the Russians had complete control of the Chancellery area, the British MI6 sent their own man to do a report. They sent a young Oxford student who could not read, write, or speak German. His name was Hugh Trevor-Roper. Roper's report was later made into a book entitled 'The Last Days of Hitler' which became the standard account of the last days of Hitler and constitutes the foundation of Trevor-Roper's fame. This book contains many outright lies such as an interview with an alleged SS member of the Reichschancellery security detail by the name of Herman Karnau who claimed he saw Hitler's body burning. It has been shown that the Reichschancellery employed no one by that name and even searches of the SS personnel files did not include the name of this fictitious person. Roper-doper also invented Erich Mansfeld out of nothingness, and attributed statements to Hitler's valet Heinz Linge although Linge was unavailable to Trevor-Roper since he was already in a Soviet prison.
The bad publicity which the MI6 agent Trevor-Roper famously received in the early 1980's for his endorsement of the phony 'Hitler Diaries' was long overdue.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitler_DiariesSearching For the Truth
Germar Rudolf's investigation into the controversy between David Irving and Gregory Douglashttp://www.vho.org/GB/c/GR/StahlDouglas.html