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Ordered20 Jan 1941
Laid down31 Mar 1942 Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel (werk 26)
Launched19 Jun 1943
Commissioned7 Aug 1943Oblt. Ernst-Günther Unterhorst
7 Aug 1943 - 18 Aug 1943  Oblt. Ernst-Günther Unterhorst
19 Aug 1943 - 2 Sep 1944  Kptlt. Wolfgang Borger
2 patrols
7 Aug 1943-31 Mar 1944  5. Flottille (training)
1 Apr 1944-31 May 1944  1. Flottille (active service)
1 Jun 1944-2 Sep 1944  11. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk on 2 September 1944 in the Norwegian Sea south-east of Jan Mayen Island, in position 69.47N, 04.10E, by rockets and depth charges from a Swordfish aircraft (825 Sqn FAA/V) of the British escort carrier HMS Vindex, the British destroyers HMS Keppel and HMS Whitehall and the British sloops HMS Mermaid and HMS Peacock. 50 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 2 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-394 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Trutz (2 Jun 1944 - 6 Jul 1944)
   Trutz (17 Aug 1944 - 2 Sep 1944)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-394 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 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