List of all U-boats

U-861

Type

IXD2

 
Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down15 Jul 1942 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1067)
Launched29 Apr 1943
Commissioned2 Sep 1943Kptlt. Jürgen Oesten (Knights Cross)
Commanders
2 Sep 1943 - 9 May 1945  KrvKpt. Jürgen Oesten (Knights Cross)
Career
2 patrols
2 Sep 1943-31 Mar 1944  4. Flottille (training)
1 Apr 1944-30 Sep 1944  12. Flottille (active service)
1 Oct 1944-6 May 1945  33. Flottille (active service)
Successes3 ships sunk, total tonnage 20,311 GRT
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 1,737 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 8,139 GRT
Fate

Surrendered on 9 May 1945 at Trondheim, Norway (Waller & Niestlé, 2010).

Transferred to Lisahally, Northern Ireland on 29 May, 1945 for Operation Deadlight.

Operation Deadlight (post-war Allied operation, info)
Sunk on 31 Dec, 1945 in position 55.25N, 07.15W.

Final location

Blue marker shows final fate during Operation Deadlight. Orange marker shows German surrender.

See the 5 ships hit by U-861 - View the 2 war patrols

This boat is a dive site

Innes McCartney dove on this boat in 2002 (see his report).

44 metres depth.

Depth: 141 feet (43 meters)
Position (lat, long): 55.25, -7.15

See more U-boat dive sites.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-861 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Panther with World

Media links


The Grey Wolves of Eriboll

David M. Hird


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


The Royal Navy and German Naval Disarmament, 1942-1947

Madsen, Chris


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


Two Years Behind the Mast

McCormick, Lt. Comm. Harold J.