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U BOATS IN ACTION SOUTH ATLANTIC - U-518 U-862

15)U-861



Ordered - 5 Jun 1941 


Laid down - 15 Jul 1942


Launched - 29 Apr 1943


Commissioned 02/Sep/43 U-861 a IX-D2 type


Commanders - 2 Sep 1943 - 9 May 1945 KrvKpt. Jürgen Oesten (Knights Cross)


Career  2 patrols - 

2 Sep  1943 -31 Mar 1944  4. Flottille (training)

1 Apr 1944 - 30 Sep 1944  12. Flotille (active service)

1 Oct 1944 - 6  May 1945  33. Flottille (active service)


3 ships sunk, total tonnage 20,311 GRT

1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 1,737 GRT

1 ship damaged for a total of 8,139 GRT1 auxiliary warship sunk for a total of 1,737 GRT


Fate: Surrendered on 9 May 1945 at Trondheim, Norway (Waller & Niestlé, 2010). Transferred to LisahallyNorthern Ireland on 29 May, 1945 for Operation Deadlight. 


Sunk on 31 Dec, 1945 in position 55º25"N 07º15"W.


By www.uboat.net


In the south Atlantic U-861 had 2 ships sunk for a total of 8,914 GRT WILLIAM GASTON - VITAL DE OLIVEIRA


WILLIAM GASTON


VITAL DE OLIVEIRA


 

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