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For anyone wondering why the Japanese had U-boats, the former U-181 and U-862 conducted long range wartime patrols off South Africa and later in the Pacific Southeast, operating out of Penau. They were both in Singapore when Germany surrendered in May of 1945 and so were commandeered by the Japanese as I-501 and I-502, citing a prearranged agreement that if one nation surrendered material would be handed over to the other ally. They are shown here pictured after surrendering with the rest of the Japanese forces at Singapore.
Cool camouflage scheme! Did that come from the Germans. At any rate, thanks for the intriguing photo.