|Ordered||25 Aug 1941|
|Laid down||5 Apr 1943||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1077)|
|Launched||5 Oct 1943|
|Commissioned||26 Jan 1944||Kptlt. Hellmut Neuerburg|
|Successes||No 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).
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 Niestlé, 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.
Annoucements related to this boatU-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.
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