|Ordered||9 Jun 1938|
|Laid down||18 Apr 1940||Flender Werke AG, Lübeck (werk 283)|
|Launched||21 Jun 1941|
|Commissioned||19 Aug 1941||Oblt. Joachim Berger|
|Successes||5 ships sunk, total tonnage 38,014 GRT|
Sunk on 4 March 1943 in the North Atlantic west of Leixoes, in position 41.36N, 13.31W, by depth charges from the Canadian corvette HMCS Shediac and the Canadian destroyer HMCS St. Croix. 49 dead (all hands lost).
U-87 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Ziethen (6 Jan 1942 - 17 Jan 1942)
Westwall (2 Mar 1942 - 12 Mar 1942)
Iltis (6 Sep 1942 - 23 Sep 1942)
Delphin (20 Jan 1943 - 9 Feb 1943)
Rochen (9 Feb 1943 - 26 Feb 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-87 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Large Bird's Claw
There was another U-87 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 22 May 1916 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 26 Feb 1917. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 87 during WWI.