|Ordered||16 Oct 1939|
|Laid down||1 Oct 1940||Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel (werk 11)|
|Launched||5 Nov 1941|
|Commissioned||22 Dec 1941||Kptlt. Josef Röther|
|Successes||2 ships sunk, total tonnage 14,063 GRT|
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 7,191 GRT
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 7,178 GRT
Sunk at 1200hrs on 11 March, 1944 in the Mediterranean near Toulon, France, in position 43.07N, 05.55E, by US air attack. 1 dead, unknown number of survivors.
Attacks on this boat and other events
12 Sep 1942
Escorts from convoy ON 127 damaged the boat - causing a diesel engine to fail - forcing the boat to abort its attack. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 31.)
11 Mar 1944
Sunk at 1200hrs on 11 March, 1944 in the Mediterranean near Toulon, France, in position 43.07N, 05.55E, by US air attack. There was one fatality. [Maschinenmaat Jonny Christoph]
2 recorded attacks on this boat.
General notes on this boat
10 May 1943. On 10 May, 1943 in the Mediterranean, U-380 rescued five German soldiers escaping from Tunisia in a small boat. She brought them to port at La Spezia, Italy on 16 May.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-380 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.