|Ordered||9 Jun 1938|
|Laid down||18 Dec 1939||Flender Werke AG, Lübeck (werk 281)|
|Launched||10 Apr 1941|
|Commissioned||7 Jun 1941||Oblt. Eberhard Greger|
|Successes||3 ships sunk, total tonnage 15,060 GRT|
This boat is a dive site
The wreck is located approximately 18 miles east of Nags Head, NC. The depth is about 100 feet and currents can be very strong in that area making this an advanced dive.
This wreck is a German war grave and should be respected as suchDepth: 100 feet (30 meters)
Position (lat, long): 35.55, -75.13
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U-85 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Markgraf (1 Sep 1941 - 11 Sep 1941)
Schlagetot (20 Oct 1941 - 1 Nov 1941)
Raubritter (1 Nov 1941 - 17 Nov 1941)
Störtebecker (17 Nov 1941 - 22 Nov 1941)
Attacks on this boat and other events
10 Sep 1941
The boat, having sunk the British freighter Thistleglen from convoy SC-42, was attacked by convoy escorts and damaged so heavily that she was forced to abort to France. (Sources: Blair, vol 1, page 361)
1 recorded attack on this boat.
General notes on this boat
On the day that she was sunk, 14 April, U-85 stayed on the surface throughout the engagement. After repeated hits on the boat fatally damaged her, the order to abandon ship was given, and perhaps half the crew got into the water before U-85 started to go down fast. USS Roper then dropped 11 depth charges onto the already sinking U-boat and the two dozen or so survivors, and in the process killed everyone in the water.
The wreck is now a popular dive site.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-85 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
There was another U-85 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 22 Aug 1916 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 23 Oct 1916. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 85 during WWI.