List of all U-boats

U-3505

Type

XXI

 
Ordered6 Nov 1943
Laid down9 Jul 1944 F Schichau GmbH, Danzig (werk 1650)
Launched25 Aug 1944
Commissioned7 Oct 1944Oblt. Horst Willner
Commanders
7 Oct 1944 - 3 Apr 1945  Oblt. Horst Willner
Career
No patrols
7 Oct 1944-15 Feb 1945  8. Flottille (training)
16 Feb 1945-3 Apr 1945  5. Flottille (training)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Sunk at 1730hrs on 3 April 1945 at Kiel, by bombs.

Wreck broken up.

1 dead, unknown number of survivors.

Loss position

General notes on this boat

2 Apr 1945. On 28 March 1945 Oblt. Horst Willner took his new Type XXI Elektro boat U-3505 from Gotenhafen (Gdynia, Poland) and rescued 110 women and children, including his own wife and child. They had planned to escape on the liner Wilhelm Gustloff and had even boarded the ship, but Willner came aboard and took them to his base. The Wilhelm Gustloff was then sunk by a Soviet submarine with some 9,400 lost. Willner brought the boat to Travemünde (Lübeck) on 2 April.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-3505 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.


Media links


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel