|Ordered||25 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||12 Jun 1940||Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 295)|
|Launched||24 May 1941|
|Commissioned||26 Aug 1941||Kptlt. Axel-Olaf Loewe|
|Successes||8 ships sunk, total tonnage 45,005 GRT|
Captured at sea west of Africa on 4 June, 1944 by ships and Wildcat aircraft of the US Navy task force 22.3, escort carrier USS Guadalcanal, destroyer escorts USS Pillsbury, USS Chatelain, USS Flaherty, USS Jenks and USS Pope. 1 dead and 59 survivors.
U-505 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Hela (28 Dec 1943 - 1 Jan 1944)
Attacks on this boat
18 Apr 1942
U-505 was attacked by an aircraft in mid-Atlantic and suffered a small amount of damage.
10 Nov 1942
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:British Hudson V9253 (RAF Sqn 53/L, pilot F/S R.R. Sillcock, RAAF)
The II WO and a lookout on U-505 were seriously wounded in a surprise air attack out of low cloud by a Hudson aircraft southeast of Trinidad. Four depth charges were released and scored a direct hit, but the aircraft was destroyed with its five crew in the explosion. The boat suffered heavy damage and broke off its patrol. 12 days later the II WO was transferred to the milch cow U-462.(Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)
8 Jul 1943
On the 6th day out of Lorient, France, 3 British destroyers from a hunter-killer group pursued the submerged boat for 36 hours (assisted by a leak from an external fuel tank). The boat managed to slip away and docked at Lorient on 13 July for repair. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 383.)
24 Oct 1943
The commander of U-505, Kptlt. Peter Zschech, committed suicide during heavy depth charging on 24 Oct. This was the only such case of the war. The IWO, Oblt. Meyer took over and brought the boat back to port.
4 recorded attacks on this boat.
General notes on this boat
29 Dec 1943. The boat saved the commander and 33 survivors from the German torpedo boat T-25 (KKpt von Gartzen), which had been sunk the day before by British cruisers in the Bay of Biscay.
Annoucements related to this boatU-505 project in Chicago on schedule (3 Mar 2005)
U-505 being moved (12 Apr 2004)
U-505 to have its original periscope back (14 Sep 2002)
U-505 needs repairs (11 Nov 1997)
Men lost from the boat
10 Nov 1942
The II WO and one lookout from U-505 were seriously wounded in an air attack by an Hudson aircraft from the 53th Squadron RAF, which was lost in that attack. The boat was damaged heavily and headed back. 12 days later the wounded II WO was transferred to the Milch Cow U-462.
The heavy damages suffered by U-505
24 Oct 1943
The commander of U-505, Kptlt. Peter Zschech, committed suicide while under a heavy depth charge attack on 24 Oct. This was the only such case in the war. The IWO, Meyer, saved the boat and brought it back to port.
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
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