List of all U-boats

U-387

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered21 Nov 1940
Laid down5 Sep 1941 Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel (werk 18)
Launched1 Oct 1942
Commissioned24 Nov 1942Oblt. Rudolf Büchler
Commanders
24 Nov 1942 - 9 Dec 1944  Kptlt. Rudolf Büchler
Career
10 patrols
24 Nov 1942-30 Jun 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 Jul 1943-31 Oct 1943  7. Flottille (active service)
1 Nov 1943-9 Dec 1944  13. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Sunk 9 Dec, 1944 in the Barents Sea near Murmansk, Russia, in position 69.41N, 33.12E, by depth charges from the British corvette HMS Bamborough Castle. 51 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 10 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-387 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Monsun (4 Oct 1943 - 5 Oct 1943)
   Eisenbart (23 Oct 1943 - 5 Dec 1943)
   Eisenbart (7 Dec 1943 - 3 Jan 1944)
   Donner & Keil (21 Apr 1944 - 3 May 1944)
   Trutz (23 May 1944 - 31 May 1944)
   Grimm (31 May 1944 - 6 Jun 1944)
   Feuer (17 Sep 1944 - 17 Sep 1944)
   Zorn (29 Sep 1944 - 1 Oct 1944)
   Grimm (1 Oct 1944 - 2 Oct 1944)
   Panther (17 Oct 1944 - 7 Nov 1944)
   Stier (25 Nov 1944 - 9 Dec 1944)

Attacks on this boat and other events

19 Jul 1944
A Norwegian Sunderland aircraft (Sqdn 330, pilot Bredo Thurmann-Nielsen) attacked the boat causing some damage. The boat aborted to Trondheim for repairs. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 597)

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-387 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Figure on Shield

The Olympic Rings - Crew 36

Media links


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel