|Ordered||5 Jun 1941|
|Laid down||16 Nov 1942||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1063)|
|Launched||25 May 1943|
|Commissioned||16 Sep 1943||Kptlt. Rudolf Premauer|
|Successes||2 ships sunk, total tonnage 15,259 GRT|
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 6,825 GRT
Missing since April, 1945 in the North Atlantic off the US East Coast.
No explanation exists for its loss. 59 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB, April 1994).
There is a chance that this boat was sunk by the escort vessels currently being credited for U-879 as both boats might have been in the area at the same time.
Another chance is that she was sunk by an American Blimp (airship) that made a claim of dropping a homing torpedo on a submarine on 18 April, 1945.
Previously recorded fate
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-857 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Sword and Oak Leaves