|Ordered||16 Oct 1939|
|Laid down||8 Jul 1940||Danziger Werft AG, Danzig (werk 106)|
|Launched||4 Jun 1941|
|Commissioned||17 Sep 1941||Korvkpt. Rolf-Heinrich Hopmann|
|Successes||2 ships sunk, total tonnage 11,841 GRT|
3 warships sunk, total tonnage 361 tons (lost aboard transport ships)
Sunk on 1 November 1943 in the North Atlantic north of the Azores, in position 49.00N, 31.14W, by depth charges, ramming and small arms fire from the US destroyer USS Borie, during a storm. 49 dead (all hands lost).
U-405 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Wrangel (11 Mar 1942 - 18 Mar 1942)
Strauchritter (2 May 1942 - 5 May 1942)
Nebelkönig (27 Jul 1942 - 14 Aug 1942)
Trägertod (12 Sep 1942 - 18 Sep 1942)
Boreas (19 Nov 1942 - 9 Dec 1942)
Neptun (18 Feb 1943 - 3 Mar 1943)
Westmark (6 Mar 1943 - 11 Mar 1943)
Siegfried (25 Oct 1943 - 27 Oct 1943)
Siegfried 1 (27 Oct 1943 - 30 Oct 1943)
Attacks on this boat and other events
4 May 1943
19.24 hrs, Bay of Biscay, outbound: three bombs from British Halifax bomber A for Apple of RAF Sqdn 502 left the boat with an oil leak that that could not be stemmed. The patrol was aborted on 12 May. (Sources: Rohwer )
18 May 1943
NW of Finisterre, inbound: the boat was bombed by Australian Sunderland flying boat S for Sugar of RAAF Sqdn 10. No damage. (Sources: Rohwer)
2 recorded attacks on this boat.
General notes on this boat
12 May 1943. On 12 May, 1943 U-405 had to return to base due to technical difficulties.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-405 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
The Polar Bear - 11th Flotilla