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Wurrfler

The Wurrfler gets a stowaway

The Wurrfler,[1] also known as U26,[2] was a Nazi U-boat that was used in the Mediterranean Sea.

HistoryEdit

In 1936, it took aboard Colonel Dietrich and René Belloq from the Nazi archaeological expedition at Tanis, and set after the Bantu Wind, which was carrying Indiana Jones, Marion Ravenwood, and the stolen Ark of the Covenant.

The next morning, the submarine caught up with the freighter, between Egypt and Sicily, and ordered them to stop. With the deck guns aimed at the suspect merchant ship, several launch boats were sent over from the submarine, carrying Dietrich, Belloq, and a large number of Nazi soldiers. The soldiers quickly rounded up the crew of the Bantu Wind and recovered the Ark of the Covenant, and found Marion Ravenwood. Belloq and Dietrich returned to the Wurrfler with their cargo and captive, and the ship's officers began to make preparations to get underway.

Unbeknownst to the U-boat's crew, Indiana Jones had swum aboard the ship, and climbed onto the conning tower. When the U-boat dived to head toward its destination, Jones lashed himself to the periscope with his whip, thankful that submarines traveled faster on the surface than deeper underwater.[3]

The submarine arrived at secret island base near Crete, and docked in the submarine pen hidden in a grotto. Jones snuck onto the dock, and hid behind some equipment before procuring a Nazi disguise. Meanwhile, Belloq and Dietrich came out with Ravenwood, and Captain Mohler announced that everything had been set up in accordance with Belloq's wishes for the opening of the Ark at the Tabernacle.

During World War II, the vessel was captained by Klaus Ewerth and was used on a mission to lay mines near the Strait of Gibraltar.

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Behind the scenesEdit

The exterior submarine model used in the filming of Raiders of the Lost Ark was borrowed from the production of the movie Das Boot. The filming of the submarine shots occurred at La Rochelle, France, where Das Boot was being shot.

The Wurrfler also appeared in LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures and its sequel. In the second game, Oskar Schomburg and the other Wurrfler crew members are absent; instead Belloq and Toht control the entire submarine.

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