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Ordered21 Nov 1940
Laid down6 Dec 1941 Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel (werk 21)
Launched23 Jan 1943
Commissioned13 Mar 1943Ltnt. Heinz Geissler
13 Mar 1943 - 5 Jul 1944  Oblt. Heinz Geissler
3 patrols
13 Mar 1943-30 Nov 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 Dec 1943-5 Jul 1944  7. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 545 GRT

Sunk at 1500hrs on 5 July 1944 in the English Channel, Seine Bay, in position 49.52N, 00.48W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Wanderer and the British frigate HMS Tavy. 48 dead and 1 survivor. (Whinney, B The U-Boat Peril, Cassell 1986).

Loss position

See the 1 ships hit by U-390 - View the 3 war patrols

The sole survivor OMech Erich Stein was picked up by HMS Wanderer.

Wolfpack operations

U-390 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Coronel 2 (15 Dec 1943 - 17 Dec 1943)
   Rügen 3 (23 Dec 1943 - 7 Jan 1944)
   Rügen (7 Jan 1944 - 26 Jan 1944)
   Stürmer (26 Jan 1944 - 3 Feb 1944)

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in April 1944. 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-390 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.

The Snorting Bull - U-47

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