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U BOATS IN ACTION SOUTH ATLANTIC - U-518 U-863

17)U 863




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


Commanders 

3 Nov 1943 - 29 Sep 1944 KptLt Dietrich von der Esch (German Cross in Gold)


Career

1 patrol           


3 Nov 1943 - 30 Jun 1944 4. Flotille (training)


1 Jul 1944 - 29 sep 1944  12. Flotille (active service)


Successes  No ships sunk or damaged


Fate: Sunk 29 Sept 1944 in the South Atlantic east-south-east of Recife, in position 10º.45'S, 25º.30'W, by depth charges from 2 US Liberator aircraft (VB-107/B-9). 69 dead (all hands lost).


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