List of all U-boats




Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down3 May 1943 Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 320)
Launched15 Jan 1944
Commissioned23 Feb 1944Oblt. Friedrich Lutz
23 Feb 1944 - 12 May 1945  Kptlt. Friedrich Lutz
3 patrols
23 Feb 1944-31 Oct 1944  5. Flottille (training)
1 Nov 1944-8 May 1945  11. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Surrendered at Gibraltar on 12 May 1945 (Waller & Niestlé, 2010).

Transferred to Loch Ryan, Scotland for Operation Deadlight.

Operation Deadlight (post-war Allied operation, info)
Sunk on 8 December 1945 at 56.10N x 10.05W by unknown causes.

Final location

Blue marker shows final fate during Operation Deadlight. Orange marker shows German surrender.

View the 3 war patrols

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in October 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-485 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

Media links

The Grey Wolves of Eriboll

David M. Hird

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

The Royal Navy and German Naval Disarmament, 1942-1947

Madsen, Chris