|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
Sunk on 24 August 1943 in the North Atlantic west of the Canary Islands, in position 27.00N, 37.06W, by depth charges from an Avenger aircraft (VC-13 USN/T-5), assisted by two Wildcat aircraft (VC-13 USN), of the US escort carrier USS Core. 29 dead and 22 survivors.
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 and other events
10 Mar 1943
After sinking two ships from convoy KG 123 in the Caribbean the boat was counter-attacked and forced to abandon a second attack. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 219)
14 Jun 1943
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:British Whitley bomber (10 OTU RAF/G)
U-564 was sunk in this attack. The aircraft had to ditch at sea.
12 Jul 1943
On 12 July 1943 some 90 miles (145 km) off Recife, Brazil, U-185 was attacked by a US Liberator aircraft (VB-107 USN/B-7). Although the bomber crew believed they had crippled the boat, U-185s radio report stated the attack caused only minor damage.
3 Aug 1943
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down: US Liberator aircraft (VB-107 USN, pilot LtCdr Bertram J. Prueher). Shot down while accompanying the crippled U-604 which was later scuttled and the crew taken over by U-185.
5 recorded attacks on this boat.
General notes on this boat
Men lost from the boat
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
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