U 869

New Jersey,North America

U 869 disappeared in the deep outside the coast of New Jersey in February 1945. The cause for the sinking was for some time quite a mystery, since the identity couldnt be verified. It was believed for a long time that U 869 had been lost outside Rabat in North Africa in February 1945. But after divers found the wreck in September 1991, different items from her inventory was salvaged, and a name of one of her crew members was determined together with spare part boxes and other details. And then the riddle was solved once and for all. After six years of research and diving the identity was certain. It is most likely she was sunk by the US Coast guard escort USS Howard D Crow 11.February 1945. The wreck rest on a depth of 73 meter on her keel approx 52 nautical miles outside New Jersey.

Former names:
U 869

76,5 x 6,5 x 4,7 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
1032 displ ( surfaced ) Bremen ( D ) 1943 ( D )

39.33N, 73.02W
( Source: Uboat.net )

Picture: U 805, a type IXC\40 class
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