List of all U-boats

U-86

Type

VIIB

 
Ordered9 Jun 1938
Laid down20 Jan 1940 Flender Werke AG, Lübeck (werk 282)
Launched10 May 1941
Commissioned8 Jul 1941Oblt. Walter Schug
Commanders
8 Jul 1941 - 29 Nov 1943  Kptlt. Walter Schug
Career
8 patrols
8 Jul 1941-31 Aug 1941  5. Flottille (training)
1 Sep 1941-30 Nov 1941  1. Flottille (training)
1 Dec 1941-29 Nov 1943  1. Flottille (active service)
Successes3 ships sunk, total tonnage 9,614 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 8,627 GRT
Fate

Sunk 29 Nov, 1943 east of the Azores, in position 40.52N, 18.54W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Tumult and HMS Rocket. 50 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, January 2005).

Loss position

See the 4 ships hit by U-86 - View the 8 war patrols

U-86 reported for the last time on 28 Nov, 1943, while operating against the combined convoys MKS-31/SL-140 in position 39.40N, 17.10W. She was then ordered to operate with the wolfpacks Weddigen and Coronel in the eastern North Atlantic, but was listed as missing effective 14 December after failing answer radio calls.

Previously recorded fate

  • Listed as missing in the in the North Atlantic after 28 Nov 1943. All hands lost, 50 men. (Eric Zimmermann, December 1996)
  • Sunk 29 Nov, 1943 east of the Azores, in position 39.33N, 19.01W, by depth charges from aircraft (VC-19) of the US escort carrier USS Bogue. (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack in fact was directed towards U-764 that escaped undamaged.

Wolfpack operations

U-86 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Ziethen (7 Jan 1942 - 22 Jan 1942)
   Wolf (13 Jul 1942 - 31 Jul 1942)
   Natter (6 Nov 1942 - 8 Nov 1942)
   Westwall (8 Nov 1942 - 16 Dec 1942)
   Neuland (4 Mar 1943 - 13 Mar 1943)
   Dränger (14 Mar 1943 - 20 Mar 1943)
   Seewolf (21 Mar 1943 - 30 Mar 1943)
   Without name (11 Jul 1943 - 29 Jul 1943)
   Schill 2 (17 Nov 1943 - 22 Nov 1943)
   Weddigen (22 Nov 1943 - 29 Nov 1943)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-86 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.


Coat of Arms

Media links


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

Wynn, Kenneth


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

There was another U-86 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 7 Nov 1916 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 30 Nov 1916. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about the U 86 during WWI.