|Ordered||15 Aug 1940|
|Laid down||1 Jul 1941||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1025)|
|Launched||2 Mar 1942|
|Commissioned||13 Jun 1942||Kptlt. August Maus (Knights Cross)|
|Successes||9 ships sunk, total tonnage 62,761 GRT|
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 6,840 GRT
14 men from U-604 also perished on this boat that had previously saved them.
U-185 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Westwall (8 Nov 1942 - 16 Dec 1942)
Attacks on this boat and other events
10 Mar 1943
After sinking two ships from convoy KG-123 in the Caribbean the boat was counter-attacked and forced to abort a second attack. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 219)
14 Jun 1943
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:British Whitley bomber (10 OTU RAF/G)
U-564 was sunk in this attack. The aircraft had to ditch at sea.
3 Aug 1943
While seeking U-604 to make a second attack, a Lockheed PV-1 Ventura bomber (Sqdn VB-107, pilot Prueher) instead found U-185, depth charging her and wounding one man. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 371)
11 Aug 1943
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:American B-24 Liberator bomber (Sqdn VB-107). Shot down while alongside the stricken U-604 (later scuttled).
4 recorded attacks on this boat.
General notes on this boat
12 Jul 1943. On 12 July 1943 some 90 miles off Recife, Brazil, U-185 was attacked by an American B-24 Liberator bomber (VB-107/B-7). Although the bomber crew believed they had crippled the boat, U-185's radio report of the attack was that it caused only slight damage.
Men lost from the boat
3 Aug 1943
While seeking U-604 to make a second attack, a Lockheed PV-1 Ventura bomber (Sqdn VB-107, pilot Prueher) instead found U-185, depth charging her and wounding one man.
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
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