|Ordered||21 Nov 1940|
|Laid down||6 Dec 1941||Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel (werk 21)|
|Launched||23 Jan 1943|
|Commissioned||13 Mar 1943||Ltnt. Heinz Geissler|
|Successes||1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 545 GRT|
Sunk at 1500hrs on 5 July 1944 in the English Channel, Seine Bay, in position 49.52N, 00.48W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Wanderer and the British frigate HMS Tavy. 48 dead and 1 survivor. (Whinney, B The U-Boat Peril, Cassell 1986).
The sole survivor OMech Erich Stein was picked up by HMS Wanderer.
This boat is a dive site
U-390 has been dived onto but we're not sure about the conditions there, like depth, visibility and alike.Position (lat, long): 49.52, -0.48
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U-390 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Coronel 2 (15 Dec 1943 - 17 Dec 1943)
Rügen 3 (23 Dec 1943 - 7 Jan 1944)
Rügen (7 Jan 1944 - 26 Jan 1944)
Stürmer (26 Jan 1944 - 3 Feb 1944)
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in April 1944.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-390 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.
The Snorting Bull - U-47