List of all U-boats

U-385

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered15 Aug 1940
Laid down16 May 1941 Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel (werk 16)
Launched8 Jul 1942
Commissioned29 Aug 1942Oblt. Hans-Guido Valentiner
Commanders
29 Aug 1942 - 11 Aug 1944  Kptlt. Hans-Guido Valentiner
Career
2 patrols
29 Aug 1942-29 Feb 1944  5. Flottille (training)
1 Mar 1944-11 Aug 1944  6. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Sunk 11 Aug 1944 in the Bay of Biscay west of La Rochelle, in position 46.16N, 02.45W, by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Starling and depth charges from an Australian Sunderland aircraft (RAAF Sqdn. 461/P). 1 dead and 42 survivors.

Loss position

View the 2 war patrols

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus and sailed equipped with it in August 1944 but it was of course installed prior to that date. Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-385 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Snail

Media links


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


They Shall Not Pass Unseen

Southall, Ivan