List of all U-boats

U-864

Type

IXD2

 
Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down15 Oct 1942 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1070)
Launched12 Aug 1943
Commissioned9 Dec 1943Korvkpt. Ralf-Reimar Wolfram
Commanders
9 Dec 1943 - 9 Feb 1945  KrvKpt. Ralf-Reimar Wolfram
Career
1 patrol
9 Dec 1943-31 Oct 1944  4. Flottille (training)
1 Nov 1944-9 Feb 1945  33. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Sunk 9 Feb 1945 in the North Sea west of Bergen, Norway, in position 60.46N, 04.35E, by torpedo from the British submarine HMS Venturer. 73 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

General notes on this boat

9 Feb 1945. On 9 Feb, 1945 the British submarine HMS Venturer, commanded by Lt. James S. Launders, torpedoed and sank this boat. This is the only known incident in naval history in which one submarine sank another while both were submerged. Lt. Landers sank U-771 on the surface the year before.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in October 1944. Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Annoucements related to this boat

U-864 to undergo further research before possible raising (6 Mar 2010)
U-864 to be raised after all (31 Jan 2009)
U-864 not fully located yet? (3 Mar 2007)
U-864 in the news again (21 Dec 2006)
U-864 off Norway - wreck photos! (6 Oct 2005)
U-864 possibly raised off Norway (9 Jun 2005)
U-864 recovery plans due on May 20th (5 Mar 2005)
U-864 discovered by Norwegian vessel KNM Tyr (21 Oct 2003)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-864 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.


Crosses and Crown

Media links


Code Name Caesar

Jerome Preisler


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


Submarines versus U-boats

Jones, Geoffrey