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Ordered21 Nov 1940
Laid down6 Dec 1941 Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel (werk 21)
Launched23 Jan 1943
Commissioned13 Mar 1943Ltnt. Heinz Geissler
13 Mar 1943 - 5 Jul 1944  Oblt. Heinz Geissler
3 patrols
13 Mar 1943-30 Nov 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 Dec 1943-5 Jul 1944  7. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 545 GRT

Sunk 1500hrs on 5 July 1944 in the Baie de la Seine, English Channel, in position 49.52N, 00.48W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Wanderer and the British frigate HMS Tavy. Omech Erich Stein was picked up by HMS Wanderer. 48 dead and 1 survivor. (Whinney, B The U-Boat Peril, Cassell 1986).

Loss position

See the 1 ships hit by U-390 - View the 3 war patrols

This boat is a dive site

U-390 has been dived onto but we're not sure about the conditions there, like depth, visibility and alike.

Position (lat, long): 49.52, -0.48

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Wolfpack operations

U-390 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Coronel 2 (15 Dec 1943 - 17 Dec 1943)
   Rügen 3 (23 Dec 1943 - 7 Jan 1944)
   Rügen (7 Jan 1944 - 26 Jan 1944)
   Stürmer (26 Jan 1944 - 3 Feb 1944)

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in April 1944. 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-390 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.

The Snorting Bull - U-47

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