|Ordered||15 Aug 1940|
|Laid down||16 May 1941||Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel (werk 16)|
|Launched||8 Jul 1942|
|Commissioned||29 Aug 1942||Oblt. Hans-Guido Valentiner|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk on 11 August 1944 in the Bay of Biscay north-west of La Rochelle, in position 46.16N, 02.45W, by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Starling and an Australian Sunderland aircraft (461 Sqn RAAF/P). 1 dead and 42 survivors.
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus and sailed equipped with it in August 1944 but it was of course installed prior to that date. 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-385 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.