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Ordered25 Aug 1941
Laid down5 Apr 1943 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1077)
Launched5 Oct 1943
Commissioned26 Jan 1944Kptlt. Hellmut Neuerburg
26 Jan 1944 - 11 Feb 1945  Kptlt. Hellmut Neuerburg
1 patrol
26 Jan 1944-30 Nov 1944  4. Flottille (training)
1 Dec 1944-11 Feb 1945  33. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

The boat was sunk on Feb 11 1945 off New Jersey, USA in position 39.33N, 73.02W by Hedgehogs and depth charges from the American destroyer escorts USS Howard D. Crow and USS Koiner. 56 dead (all hands lost). (US Coast Guard, June 2005).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

The boat was sunk near convoy CU 58 off New Jersey.

The fate for this boat was revised once again, probably for the last time, in June 2005. Read more about it here on the US Coast Guard site.

U-869 is confirmed as the mysterious "U-Who"

A German U-boat was found off the coast of New Jersey, USA on 2 Sept, 1991 by several divers. On 31 August, 1997 these same divers reported evidence that the boat they found is U-869 (knife inscribed with a U-869 crew member's name, UZO torpedo aiming device, machinery-numbers from the engine room). This location is at 39.33N, 73.20W in about 230 feet (around 73m) of water. She is thus a very advanced dive site.

This location is extremely far from the Gibraltar area which U-869 was claimed to have been sunk in (see the red X for the old estimated position). The explanation is that the boat never received the orders from BdU to change its operational area to Gibraltar and thus stayed in its North American area after passing through the Straits of Denmark. According to this the boat was lost in February 1945.

Previously recorded fate

  • Lost around 17 Feb 1945 in the North Atlantic south-west of New York to unknown causes, possibly its own homing torpedo. 56 dead (all hands lost). (Dr. Axel NiestlĂ©, January 1994)
  • Sunk 28 Feb, 1945 in the mid-Atlantic near Rabat, in position 34.30N, 08.13W, by depth charges from the US destroyer escort USS Fowler (DE 222) and the French submarine chaser L'Indiscret. (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack was probably not against a submarine.

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-869's final fate discovered (23 Jul 2005)
U-869 memorial dive (5 Aug 2001)
U-Who confirmed as U-869? (7 May 1998)
U-869 located of New Jersey? (11 Nov 1997)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-869 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.

The Olympic Rings - Crew 36

Coat of Arms

Media links

Shadow Divers

Kurson, Robert

Last Dive

Chowdhury, Bernie

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

Dive into History

Keatts, Henry C. and Farr, George C.