|Ordered||5 Jun 1941|
|Laid down||3 Aug 1942||Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 51)|
|Launched||21 Apr 1943|
|Commissioned||5 Jun 1943||Oblt. Willi Dietrich|
|Successes||1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,150 tons|
Sunk on 29 April, 1945 in the Barents Sea north of Murmansk, Russia, in position 69.29N, 33.37E, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Loch Insh, HMS Anguilla and HMS Cotton. 51 dead (all hands lost).
Attacks on this boat and other events
18 Jul 1944
On 18 July a Norwegian Mosquito aircraft (Sqdn 333/K) attacked the boat, causing damage and killing 1 man and wounding 7 more. The boat reached Kristiansand, Norway on the same day.
1 recorded attack on this boat.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-286 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.