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Ordered15 Aug 1940
Laid down16 May 1941 Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel (werk 17)
Launched19 Aug 1942
Commissioned10 Oct 1942Oblt. Hans-Albrecht Kandler
10 Oct 1942 - 10 Jun 1943  Oblt. Hans-Albrecht Kandler
10 Jun 1943 - 19 Feb 1944  Oblt. Rolf Heinrich Fritz Albrecht
4 patrols
10 Oct 1942-30 Apr 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 May 1943-19 Feb 1944  6. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 1,997 GRT

Sunk on 19 February 1944 in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 48.51N, 22.44W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Spey. 33 dead and 16 survivors.

Loss position

See the 1 ships hit by U-386 - View the 4 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-386 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Star (27 Apr 1943 - 30 Apr 1943)
   Leuthen (15 Sep 1943 - 21 Sep 1943)
   Stürmer (26 Jan 1944 - 3 Feb 1944)
   Igel 1 (3 Feb 1944 - 17 Feb 1944)
   Hai 1 (17 Feb 1944 - 19 Feb 1944)

Attacks on this boat and other events

28 Apr 1943
In attacking convoy ON(S) 5 the boat suffered severe damage from the escorts. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 293)

6 Sep 1943
Surprise attack from an unidentified aircraft in the Atlantic off Finisterre when the Wanze radar warning device failed to register the threat. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 420)

20 Sep 1943
The target of the attack on 20 Sept 1943 SW of Iceland in position 57.40N, 29.48W, in which a Fido homing torpedo from a British B-24 Liberator (Sqdn. 120/F) was believed to have sunk U-338, was actually U-386, which escaped unscathed. (Sources: 1992-10-01, FDS/NHB)

21 Sep 1943
U-386 had to break off an attack on convoy ON 202 in mid Atlantic after being heavily depth charged. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 423)

4 recorded attacks on this boat.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-386 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.

Thief with a Bag

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