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Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down15 Aug 1942 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1068)
Launched8 Jun 1943
Commissioned7 Oct 1943Kptlt. Heinrich Timm (Knights Cross)
7 Oct 1943 - 5 May 1945  KrvKpt. Heinrich Timm (Knights Cross)
2 patrols
7 Oct 1943-30 Apr 1944  4. Flottille (training)
1 May 1944-30 Sep 1944  12. Flottille (active service)
1 Oct 1944-5 May 1945  33. Flottille (active service)
Successes7 ships sunk, total tonnage 42,374 GRT

Taken over by Japan at Singapore on 5 May 1945, and became the Japanese submarine I 502 on 15 July 1945.

Post war information (see more post-war boats):
The Japanese submarine I 502 (ex. U-862) surrendered at Singapore in August 1945. On 15 Feb 1946 towed into the Straits of Malacca, off Singapore, by HM Tug Growler and scuttled there (alongside I 501 / U-181) by the frigate HMS Loch Lomand.

Loss position

See the 7 ships hit by U-862 - View the 2 war patrols

Attacks on this boat and other events

20 Aug 1944

A British Catalina (Sqdn 265/H) attacked the boat. The boat shot down the aircraft and escaped, despite a massive search that followed.

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat

This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in March 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-862 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.

Chimneysweeper with Torpedo

Media links

Hitler's Gray Wolves

Lawrence Paterson

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

U-Boat Far from Home

Stevens, David
(£ 9.56)

Battle Surface!

Jenkins, David

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