|Ordered||5 Jun 1941|
|Laid down||15 Sep 1942||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1069)|
|Launched||29 Jun 1943|
|Commissioned||3 Nov 1943||Kptlt. Dietrich von der Esch|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk 29 Sept 1944 in the South Atlantic east-south-east of Recife, in position 10.45S, 25.30W, by depth charges from 2 US Liberator aircraft (VB-107/B-9). 69 dead (all hands lost).
Attacks on this boat and other events
20 Jul 1944
A Norwegian 'Tsetse' Mosquito (Sqdn 333, pilot Rolf Leithe) attacked the boat with 6pdr (57mm) cannon fire and dropped two depth charges. The boat suffered minor damage and retreated to base for repairs, sailing on July 26. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 597)
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-863 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.