|Ordered||16 Oct 1939|
|Laid down||8 Apr 1940||Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel (werk 8)|
|Launched||15 Aug 1941|
|Commissioned||2 Oct 1941||Kptlt. Otto Köhler|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk 17 Jan, 1944 in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 49.39N, 20.10W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Wanderer and the British frigate HMS Glenarm. 52 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, September 2003).
The boat is often listed as sunk by its own acoustic (T5) torpedo on Jan 15. This is for example documented in Showell's U-boat Command and the Battle of the Atlantic. The author's father was lost on that boat and thus he has researched its fate considerably. The Kriegsmarine received at least 2 unsigned but coded emergency messages around this time but at least one of them seems to have been from U-305.
Previously recorded fate
- Sunk on 15 Jan, 1944 in the North Atlantic, in approximate position 46N, 20W, by one of its circling torpedoes. (Dr. Axel Niestlé, 1998)
- Sunk 15 Jan, 1944 in the Atlantic by rockets and depth charges from aircraft of the US escort Carrier USS Santee. (Postwar assessment)
U-377 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Aufnahme (7 Mar 1942 - 11 Mar 1942)
Blücher (11 Mar 1942 - 18 Mar 1942)
Bums (6 Apr 1942 - 14 Apr 1942)
Blutrausch (15 Apr 1942 - 17 Apr 1942)
Trägertod (12 Sep 1942 - 21 Sep 1942)
Ritter (11 Feb 1943 - 21 Feb 1943)
Neptun (22 Feb 1943 - 2 Mar 1943)
Amsel (22 Apr 1943 - 3 May 1943)
Amsel 2 (3 May 1943 - 6 May 1943)
Elbe (7 May 1943 - 10 May 1943)
Elbe 2 (10 May 1943 - 14 May 1943)
Leuthen (15 Sep 1943 - 22 Sep 1943)
Borkum (24 Dec 1943 - 3 Jan 1944)
Borkum 3 (3 Jan 1944 - 13 Jan 1944)
Rügen (13 Jan 1944 - 17 Jan 1944)
Attacks on this boat
22 Sep 1943
On 22 Sept a B-24 Liberator (Sqdn 10) attacked U-377, wounding the commander. The boat had to return to port under the command of the I WO.
U-377 on arrival at Brest. Behind the flotilla commander is the wounded commander, Oblt.z.S. Kluth
1 recorded attack on this boat.
Men lost from the boat
22 Sep 1943
On 22 Sept a Liberator (Sqdn 10) attacked the U-377, wounding the commander. The boat had to return to port under the command of the I WO.
U-377 after its return to base. Behind the flotilla commander is the wounded commander Oblt.z.S. Kluth
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
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