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Ordered25 May 1941
Laid down18 Sep 1942 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 185)
Launched20 May 1943
Commissioned24 Jun 1943Kptlt. Horst Kessler
24 Jun 1943 - 19 Apr 1944  Kptlt. Horst Wilhelm Kessler
20 Apr 1944 - 15 Nov 1944  Kptlt. Heinz Wolff
3 patrols
24 Jun 1943-31 Dec 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 Jan 1944-15 Nov 1944  7. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 1,735 GRT

Decommissioned on 15 November 1944 at Kristiansand, Norway, after being badly damaged by a German mine off Lister, in position 58.08N, 06.22E, on 23 October 1944.

Cannibalized for spare parts, its hulk was captured by British forces in May 1945 and broken up.

Loss position

See the 1 ships hit by U-985 - View the 3 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-985 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Stürmer (26 Jan 1944 - 3 Feb 1944)
   Igel 1 (3 Feb 1944 - 17 Feb 1944)
   Hai 1 (17 Feb 1944 - 22 Feb 1944)
   Preussen (22 Feb 1944 - 10 Mar 1944)

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat

This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in June 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-985 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.

Lion and Spear

Media links

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

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