|Ordered||25 Aug 1941|
|Laid down||5 Jan 1943||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1073)|
|Launched||12 Jul 1943|
|Commissioned||25 Oct 1943||Oblt. Dietrich Stellmacher|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Missing since leaving Trondheim, Norway on 9 Sept 1944. 59 dead (all hands lost).
U-865 had experienced some problems with its Schnorchel in a previous patrol.
Previously recorded fate
- Probably sunk 19 Sept, 1944 north-west of Bergen, in position 62.20N, 02.30E, by depth charges from a British Liberator aircraft (Sqdn. 206/S).
Notes. This attack was actually against the U-858 inflicting minor damages.
Attacks on this boat
27 Jul 1944
The boat was attacked by a British B-24 Liberator aircraft (Sqdn 86, pilot G. G. Gates) causing some damage. The Germans put up a powerful flak setting the plane on fire that was later put out. The boat returned to base (as did the plane). (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 598)
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-865 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.