List of all U-boats




Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down7 Jul 1942 Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 50)
Launched3 Apr 1943
Commissioned15 May 1943Oblt. Walter Otto
15 May 1943 - 16 Apr 1944  Oblt. Walter Otto
17 Apr 1944 - 15 Apr 1945  Kptlt. Konrad Bornhaupt
3 patrols
15 May 1943-31 Jul 1944  8. Flottille (training)
1 Aug 1944-30 Sep 1944  7. Flottille (active service)
1 Oct 1944-15 Apr 1945  11. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk on 15 April 1945 in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 50.13N, 12.48W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Grindall and HMS Keats. 44 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 3 war patrols

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat

This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in July 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-285 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.

Crew X/39

Media links

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

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

Wynn, Kenneth

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