List of all U-boats

U-873

Type

IXD2

 
Ordered25 Aug 1941
Laid down17 Feb 1943 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1081)
Launched11 Nov 1943
Commissioned1 Mar 1944Kptlt. Friedrich Steinhoff
Commanders
1 Mar 1944 - 16 May 1945  Kptlt. Friedrich Steinhoff
Career
1 patrol
1 Mar 1944-31 Jan 1945  4. Flottille (training)
1 Feb 1945-8 May 1945  33. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Surrendered at Portsmouth, New Hampshire on 16 May 1945 (Waller & Niestlé, 2010).

Post war information (see more post-war boats):
Arrived at Portsmouth Navy Yard, NH on 17 May 45. Minor refit. Used for limited trials in early 1946. Sold for scrap in New York in Mar 48 to Interstate Metals Corp.

Final location

View the 1 war patrol

Attacks on this boat and other events

29 Jul 1944
During an air raid on Bremen, Germany on 29 July the boat was damaged and four men were wounded. One of them died in December 1944. [Matrosenhauptgefreiter Fritz Grusa]

1 recorded attack on this boat.

General notes on this boat

23 May 1944. During tactical training in the Baltic Sea, the boat picked up one survivor and two bodies from the Bv138C-1 flying boat Wnr 310139 (1./FlErgGr(See)/6H+LH, pilot Hptm Joachim Kopp) which had crashed south of Bornholm following an engine fire. Two aircrew remained missing.

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

Men lost from the boat

29 Jul 1944
During an air raid on Bremen, Germany on 29 July the boat was damaged and four men were wounded. One of them died in December 1944. [Matrosenhauptgefreiter Fritz Grusa]

19 May 1945
Former commander Kptlt. Friedrich Steinhoff committed suicide while being kept in jail in Boston, USA instead of a POW camp.

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

U-boat Emblems

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


Black Bird on Globe

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