List of all U-boats

U-445

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered6 Aug 1940
Laid down9 Apr 1941 F Schichau GmbH, Danzig (werk 1505)
Launched19 Mar 1942
Commissioned30 May 1942Oblt. Heinz-Konrad Fenn
Commanders
30 May 1942 - 27 Jan 1944  Oblt. Heinz-Konrad Fenn
27 Jan 1944 - 24 Aug 1944  Oblt. Rupprecht Fishler, Graf von Treuberg
Career
9 patrols
30 May 1942-31 Oct 1942  8. Flottille (training)
1 Nov 1942-24 Aug 1944  6. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Sunk 24 Aug, 1944 in the Bay of Biscay west of St. Nazaire, France, in position 47.21N, 05.50W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Louis. 52 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 9 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-445 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Drachen (22 Nov 1942 - 3 Dec 1942)
   Panzer (3 Dec 1942 - 9 Dec 1942)
   Büffel (9 Dec 1942 - 15 Dec 1942)
   Ungestüm (15 Dec 1942 - 25 Dec 1942)
   Robbe (16 Feb 1943 - 13 Mar 1943)
   Igel 2 (6 Feb 1944 - 14 Feb 1944)

Attacks on this boat and other events

2 Jan 1944
Early in the morning a British Halifax bomber (Sqdn 58, T.A. Griffiths) dropped 5 depth charges. The boat escaped unharmed. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 486)

14 Feb 1944
The boat fired at a "destroyer" but was attacked in return by British Support Group 3. The boat was severely damaged but got away. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 500)

14 Aug 1944
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:British Wellington (Sqdn 172/K)

Aircraft shot down on the Brest - La Pallice route.

3 recorded attacks on this boat.

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-445 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 3 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Coat of Arms of Rendsburg

Coat of Arms of Rendsburg

Buffalo

Media links


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

Wynn, Kenneth


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay