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Ordered21 Nov 1940
Laid down3 Dec 1941 Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel (werk 20)
Launched19 Dec 1942
Commissioned6 Feb 1943Oblt. Siegfried Heilmann
6 Feb 1943 - 4 Oct 1943  Kptlt. Siegfried Heilmann
1 patrol
6 Feb 1943-31 Jul 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 Aug 1943-4 Oct 1943  9. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk on 4 October 1943 in the North Atlantic south-west of Iceland, in position 60.51N, 28.26W, by depth charges from a British Liberator aircraft (120 Sqn RAF/X). 50 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB, August 1994).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk 5 Oct, 1943 in the Straits of Denmark southwest of Iceland, in position 62.43N, 27.17W, by depth charges from a British Hudson aircraft (Sqdn. 269/F). (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack accounted for the loss of U-336.

Wolfpack operations

U-389 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Rossbach (24 Sep 1943 - 4 Oct 1943)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-389 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.

Penguin with Olympic rings

Media links

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

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

Wynn, Kenneth

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