|Ordered||15 Aug 1940|
|Laid down||1 Jul 1941||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1025)|
|Launched||2 Mar 1942|
|Commissioned||13 Jun 1942||Kptlt. August Maus (Knights Cross)|
|Successes||9 ships sunk, total tonnage 62,761 GRT|
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 6,840 GRT
14 men from U-604 also perished on this boat that had previously saved them.
U-185 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Westwall (8 Nov 1942 - 16 Dec 1942)
Attacks on this boat
10 Mar 1943
Attacking convoy KG 123 in the Caribbean (sinking 2 ships) the boat was counter-attacked and forced to abort its second attack. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 219)
14 Jun 1943
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:British Whitley (10 OTU RAF/G)
U-564 was sunk in this attack. The damaged aircraft had to ditch at sea.
3 Aug 1943
While looking for the U-604 to attack her again a Ventura aircraft (Sqdn VB-107, pilot Prueher) instead found the U-185 and attacked her with depth charges and wounding one man. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 371)
11 Aug 1943
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:An American B-24 Liberator (Sqdn VB-107). Shot down while alongside the wounded U-604.
4 recorded attacks on this boat.
General notes on this boat
12 Jul 1943. On 12 July 1943 some 90 miles off Recife, Brazil, U-185 was attacked by an American B-24 Liberator bomber (VB-107/B-7). Although the bomber crew believed they had crippled the boat, U-185's radio report of the attack was that it caused only slight damage.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-185 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
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