List of all U-boats

U-405

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered16 Oct 1939
Laid down8 Jul 1940 Danziger Werft AG, Danzig (werk 106)
Launched4 Jun 1941
Commissioned17 Sep 1941Korvkpt. Rolf-Heinrich Hopmann
Commanders
17 Sep 1941 - 1 Nov 1943  KrvKpt. Rolf-Heinrich Hopman
Career
8 patrols
17 Sep 1941-28 Feb 1942  8. Flottille (training)
1 Mar 1942-30 Jun 1942  1. Flottille (active service)
1 Jul 1942-28 Feb 1943  11. Flottille (active service)
1 Mar 1943-1 Nov 1943  6. Flottille (active service)
Successes2 ships sunk, total tonnage 11,841 GRT
3 warships sunk, total tonnage 361 tons (lost aboard transport ships)
Fate

Sunk 1 Nov, 1943 in the North Atlantic, in position 49.00N, 31.14W, by ramming, small arms fire and depth charges from the US destroyer USS Borie, during a storm. 49 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 5 ships hit by U-405 - View the 8 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-405 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Wrangel (11 Mar 1942 - 18 Mar 1942)
   Strauchritter (2 May 1942 - 5 May 1942)
   Nebelkönig (27 Jul 1942 - 14 Aug 1942)
   Trägertod (12 Sep 1942 - 18 Sep 1942)
   Boreas (19 Nov 1942 - 9 Dec 1942)
   Neptun (18 Feb 1943 - 3 Mar 1943)
   Westmark (6 Mar 1943 - 11 Mar 1943)
   Siegfried (25 Oct 1943 - 27 Oct 1943)
   Siegfried 1 (27 Oct 1943 - 30 Oct 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

4 May 1943
19.24 hrs, Bay of Biscay, outbound: three bombs from British Halifax bomber A for Apple of RAF Sqdn 502 left the boat with an oil leak that that could not be stemmed. The patrol was aborted on 12 May. (Sources: Rohwer )

18 May 1943
NW of Finisterre, inbound: the boat was bombed by Australian Sunderland flying boat S for Sugar of RAAF Sqdn 10. No damage. (Sources: Rohwer)

2 recorded attacks on this boat.

General notes on this boat

12 May 1943. On 12 May, 1943 U-405 had to return to base due to technical difficulties.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-405 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.


The Polar Bear - 11th Flotilla

Polar Bear

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


Sailors' Journey Into War

Maher, Robert and Wise, James


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

Wynn, Kenneth


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay