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Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down30 Apr 1942 Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 45)
Launched4 Jan 1943
Commissioned13 Feb 1943Ltnt. Walter Hungershausen
13 Feb 1943 - 16 Nov 1943  Oblt. Walter Hungershausen
1 patrol
13 Feb 1943-31 Jul 1943  8. Flottille (training)
1 Aug 1943-16 Nov 1943  3. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk 16 Nov 1943 south-west of Iceland, in position 49.11N, 27.32W, by depth charges from a British Liberator aircraft (Sqdn. 86/M). 49 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

Wolfpack operations

U-280 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   K├Ârner (30 Oct 1943 - 2 Nov 1943)
   Tirpitz 3 (2 Nov 1943 - 8 Nov 1943)
   Eisenhart 3 (9 Nov 1943 - 15 Nov 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

16 Nov 1943
The sinking of U-280

10.25 hrs, mid Atlantic: Liberator bomber FL931 (RAF Sqdn 86/M, pilot F/O J.H. Bookless, RAAF) attacked the boat near convoy HX 265. On the first run the Liberator's port outer engine was knocked out by accurate by AA fire and the depth charges overshot. F/O Bookless nonetheless attacked again, and sank U-280 with more depth charges. He then then remained on patrol for another hour on three engines before returning to base and landing safely. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

1 recorded attack 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-280 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

Media links

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel