|Ordered||25 Aug 1941|
|Laid down||5 Feb 1943||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1075)|
|Launched||24 Aug 1943|
|Commissioned||12 Dec 1943||Kpt. z. S. Arved von Mühlendahl|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk 19 Sept 1944 north-west of Bergen, Norway in position 62.15N, 01.50E, by depth charges from a British Liberator aircraft (Sqdn. 224/Q). 60 dead (all hands lost).
Attacks on this boat and other events
18 Sep 1944
At 21.07 hours, the boat was attacked by a Liberator (224 Sqdn RAF/H) west of Stadlandet, Norway. The AA fire was temporarily silenced by the front gunner, but the six depth charges fell on the starboard side and apparently only caused minor damage. U-867 kept firing at the circling aircraft and then escaped by diving, leaving a small patch of oil behind. Both diesels of the U-boat had been disabled in heavy weather the day before and it was heading for the coast when attacked. (Sources: BdU KTB/ADM199-1786)
19 Sep 1944
The sinking of U-867: On 17 September, both diesels of the boat had been disabled in heavy weather and it headed towards the coast until the batteries were almost empty, waiting for U-218, U-858 and U-1228 which were ordered to help by the BdU. On 18 September, U-867 and U-1228 were attacked by Liberators and the latter was forced to abort its patrol. At 17.37 hours on 19 September, U-867 was attacked by a Liberator (224 Sqdn RAF/Q, pilot FL H.J. Rayner) but the six depth charges dropped overshot. However, the pilot reported that the U-boat was already losing oil before the attack and dinghies were visible alongside. Apparently this air attack demoralized the crew that scuttled U-867 while the aircraft circled the area, spotting about 50 men in rubber dinghies. The nearby U-218 and U-858 both heard the detonations and headed towards it, but the latter was attacked by another Liberator at 20.10 hours. The large oil patch and 21 dinghies sighted by the crew of this aircraft after its attack were actually from U-867. Despite being so close both U-boats were unable to locate the survivors due to bad weather and the search for them was abandoned on 22 September. (Sources: BdU KTB/ADM199-1786)
2 recorded attacks 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-867 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
The Polar Bear - 11th Flotilla