|Ordered||20 Jan 1941|
|Laid down||30 Aug 1941||Flender Werke AG, Lübeck (werk 305)|
|Launched||25 Jul 1942|
|Commissioned||17 Sep 1942||Oblt. Rudolf Bahr|
|Successes||2 ships sunk, total tonnage 13,045 GRT|
2 warships sunk, total tonnage 2,560 tons
Sunk on 16 January 1944 in the North Atlantic north-east of the Azores, in approx. position 49N/18W, probably by one of its own torpedoes. 51 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, September 2003).
U-305 stated its intention to return to port in five days in its last radio message on 15 January 1944 and was reported missing after it failed to arrive in France. German and Allied radio stations picked up an emergency signal from an unknown U-boat that it was sinking quickly after a torpedo hit at 0539hrs on 16 January 1944, this signal must have come from U-305.
Previously recorded fate
U-305 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Stürmer (11 Mar 1943 - 20 Mar 1943)
Seewolf (21 Mar 1943 - 30 Mar 1943)
Mosel (19 May 1943 - 23 May 1943)
Leuthen (15 Sep 1943 - 24 Sep 1943)
Rossbach (25 Sep 1943 - 5 Oct 1943)
Borkum (18 Dec 1943 - 3 Jan 1944)
Borkum 1 (3 Jan 1944 - 13 Jan 1944)
Rügen (13 Jan 1944 - 16 Jan 1944)
Attacks on this boat and other events
When the boat surfaced again at noon, a second Avenger from USS Bogue (pilot Robert L. Stearns) was waiting, and dropped four depth charges, causing further damage. The boat managed to escape and return to base at Brest.(Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 336)
1 recorded attack on this boat.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-305 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.
Squirrel and Ship