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Ordered9 Jun 1938
Laid down18 Apr 1940 Flender Werke AG, L├╝beck (werk 283)
Launched21 Jun 1941
Commissioned19 Aug 1941Oblt. Joachim Berger
19 Aug 1941 - 4 Mar 1943  Kptlt. Joachim Berger
5 patrols
19 Aug 1941-30 Nov 1941  6. Flottille (training)
1 Dec 1941-4 Mar 1943  6. Flottille (active service)
Successes5 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).

Loss position

See the 5 ships hit by U-87 - View the 5 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

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.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.

Large Bird's Claw

Media links

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

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.

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