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Patrol info for U-867

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
9 Sep 1944Kiel19 Sep 1944Lost11 days


Officers *

Kpt. Arved von Mühlendahl

Patrol description
U-867 left for a patrol in the North Atlantic and was ordered to place an automatic weather station on Labrador. On 17 September, both diesel engines were disabled by heavy weather west of Stadlandedt, Norway. The boat sent a distress signal and headed for the Norwegian coast using power from the batteries. The BdU ordered U-218, U-858 and U-1228 to take off the crew while the signal was also picked up in Britain and a Mosquito strike sent out the next morning, but they found and attacked U-275 instead. On 19 September, U-867 had empty batteries and the crew was forced to scuttle their boat after an air attack in the evening. However, the U-boats searching the survivors were not able to find them due to bad weather and air attacks on themselves.

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-867

We have 8 daily positions for the 11 days U-867 was at sea.

Departure from Kiel on 9 Sep 1944.
10 Sep 1944 - 11 Sep 1944 - 12 Sep 1944 - 13 Sep 1944 - 14 Sep 1944 - 15 Sep 1944 - 16 Sep 1944 - 17 Sep 1944 - 18 Sep 1944 -
Sunk on 19 Sep 1944.

Ships hit by U-867 during this patrol

General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-867 during this patrol

18 Sep 1944
At 21.07 hours, the boat was attacked by a B-24 Liberator (224 Sqdn RAF/H) west of Stadlandet, Norway. The AA fire was temporarily silenced by the front gunner, but the six depth charges fell on the starboard side, apparently causing only minor damage. U-867 kept firing at the circling aircraft and then escaped by diving, leaving a small patch of oil behind. Both diesel engines had been disabled in heavy weather the day before and the boat was making for the coast when attacked. (Sources: BdU KTB/ADM199-1786)

19 Sep 1944
The sinking of U-867:
On 17 September, both diesel engines had been disabled in heavy weather and the boat had headed towards the coast until the batteries were almost empty, waiting for U-218, U-858 and U-1228 which were ordered there to give assistance by BdU (C-i-C U-boats). On 18 September U-867 and U-1228 were attacked by Liberators and the latter was left damaged and forced to return to base. At 17.37 hrs on 19 September U-867 was found and attacked by another Liberator (224 Sqdn RAF/Q, pilot FL H.J. Rayner), but the six depth charges dropped overshot. However, the pilot reported that the U-boat was already losing oil before the attack and that dinghies were visible alongside. Apparently this attack had so demoralised the crew that U-867 was scuttled while the aircraft circled the area, counting some 50 men in rubber dinghies. U-218 and U-858 both heard the detonations from close by and headed towards the area, but the latter was attacked by another Liberator at 20.10 hrs. The large oil patch and 21 dinghies sighted by the crew of that aircraft following its attack on U-858 were actually from U-867. Despite being so close, neither U-boat was able to locate the survivors due to bad weather, and the search for them was abandoned on 22 September. (Sources: BdU KTB/ADM199-1786)

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