|Ordered||5 Jun 1941|
|Laid down||30 Apr 1942||Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 45)|
|Launched||4 Jan 1943|
|Commissioned||13 Feb 1943||Ltnt. Walter Hungershausen|
|Successes||No 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).
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.