Bonus – Some of the Lost Treasures of World War II
The Awa Maru was a Japanese ocean liner designed for passenger service, which was built in 1941-1943. At the outbreak of the war, the Japanese Navy took her. On March 28, 1945, the ship left Singapore with several hundred stranded merchant marine officers, military personnel, diplomats, and civilians. There were also rumours of a treasure worth approximately $5 billion, made up of platinum, diamonds and gold.
Four days later, on April 1, 1945, Awa Maru was intercepted in the Taiwan Strait by the American submarine USS Queenfish (pictured above), and subsequently sunk. Only 1 of the 2,204 passengers and crew survived, and any treasure that may have been aboard sunk to the bottom of the sea.