List of all U-boats

U-505

Type

IXC

 
Ordered25 Sep 1939
Laid down12 Jun 1940 Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 295)
Launched24 May 1941
Commissioned26 Aug 1941Kptlt. Axel-Olaf Loewe
Commanders
26 Aug 1941 - 5 Sep 1942  KrvKpt. Axel-Olaf Loewe
6 Sep 1942 - 24 Oct 1943  Kptlt. Peter Zschech
24 Oct 1943 - 7 Nov 1943  Oblt. Paul Meyer (in deputize) -- acting
8 Nov 1943 - 4 Jun 1944  Oblt. (R) Harald Lange
Career
12 patrols
26 Aug 1941-31 Jan 1942  4. Flottille (training)
1 Feb 1942-4 Jun 1944  2. Flottille (active service)
Successes8 ships sunk, total tonnage 45,005 GRT
Fate

Captured at sea off Mauritania, west Africa on 4 June 1944 by ships and Wildcat aircraft from 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.

Post war information (see more post-war boats):
Arrived in Bermuda on 19 Jun 44. Used for secret trials and training in Bermuda until May 45. Gifted to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry on 9 Mar 54. Now on display in Chicago, USA.

Loss position

Green marker shows current location of the U-boat, now open as a museum. Orange marker shows German surrender. Map is click-able and zoom-able.

See the 8 ships hit by U-505 - View the 12 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-505 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Hela (28 Dec 1943 - 1 Jan 1944)

Attacks on this boat and other events

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 bomber SE of Trinidad. Four depth charges were released and a direct hit was scored, but the explosion also destroyed the aircraft and its five crew. Heavy damage cased the boat to abandon the 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

Check out the U-505 Gallery page

The Museum of Science of Industry website also has great material on U-505.

29 Dec 1943. The boat saved the commander and 33 survivors from the German torpedo boat T-25 (KKpt von Gartzen), sunk the day before by British cruisers in the Bay of Biscay.

Annoucements related to this boat

U-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
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 bomber SE of Trinidad. Four depth charges were released and a direct hit was scored, but the explosion also destroyed the aircraft and its five crew. Heavy damage cased the boat to abandon the patrol. 12 days later the II WO was transferred to the milch cow U-462.

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.

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

U-boat Emblems

We have 4 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


The Olympic Rings - Crew 36

Axe

Seashell

Lion with Axe

Media links


Hunt and Kill

Savas, Theodore


Twenty Million Tons under the Sea

Gallery, Daniel V., RAdm., USN, ret.


U-Boat Adventures

Wiggins, Melanie


Admiral Dan Gallery

Gilliland, C. Herbert and Shenk, Robert


Steel Boats, Iron Hearts

Goebeler, Hans Jacob


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


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

Wynn, Kenneth


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay