List of all U-boats

U-867

Type

IXC/40

 
Ordered25 Aug 1941
Laid down5 Feb 1943 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1075)
Launched24 Aug 1943
Commissioned12 Dec 1943Kpt. z. S. Arved von Mühlendahl
Commanders
12 Dec 1943 - 19 Sep 1944  Kpt. Arved von Mühlendahl
Career
1 patrol
12 Dec 1943-31 Aug 1944  4. Flottille (training)
1 Sep 1944-19 Sep 1944  11. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

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).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

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.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in August 1944. Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

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.

U-boat Emblems

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

Media links


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

Wynn, Kenneth


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Dark Sky, Deep Water

Franks, Norman