|Ordered||16 Oct 1939|
|Laid down||30 Jul 1941||Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel (werk 13)|
|Launched||21 Mar 1942|
|Commissioned||25 Apr 1942||Oblt. Herbert Juli|
|Successes||1 ship damaged, total tonnage 9,811 GRT|
Decommissioned on 30 June 1944 at La Pallice and laid up in the U-boat pen. Repaired and returned to service on 25 August 1944.
Decommissioned on 20 March 1945 at Wilhelmshaven after being damaged by bombs during British air raid (RAF Bomber Command) on 12 January 1945.
Scuttled on 5 May 1945 in the western entrance to Readerschleuse at Wilhelmhaven.
U-382 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Luchs (27 Sep 1942 - 6 Oct 1942)
Panther (6 Oct 1942 - 11 Oct 1942)
Leopard (12 Oct 1942 - 13 Oct 1942)
Robbe (16 Feb 1943 - 25 Feb 1943)
Without name (15 Apr 1943 - 18 Apr 1943)
Borkum (18 Dec 1943 - 3 Jan 1944)
Borkum 1 (3 Jan 1944 - 13 Jan 1944)
Rügen (13 Jan 1944 - 15 Jan 1944)
Attacks on this boat and other events
12 Oct 1942
Depth charges from an unidentified allied aircraft caused extensive damage, forcing the boat to return to France, escorting the blockade runner Tannenfels while doing so. Date is approximate. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 38.)
23 Feb 1943
The boat suffered severe damage from depth charging by escorts of convoy UC 1, and was forced to return to France. Date of attack is approximate. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 198)
17 Apr 1943
Escorts of convoy HX 233 depth charged the boat for 16 hours, causing such heavy damage that the boat had to return to France. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 282)
11 Jan 1944
In action against convoys ON 64 and KMS 38 U-382 fired a T-5 homing torpedo at an escort, which missed, and was then severely damaged by the reprisals, forcing her to break off her attack. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 490)
13 Jan 1944
After breaking off a convoy attack two days earlier when attacked by aircraft from the USS Block Island hunter-killer group, U-382 was attacked by its destroyers, but escaped, reaching St. Nazaire on 26 Jan. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 491)
5 recorded attacks on this boat.
General notes on this boat
18 Apr 1943. On 18 April, 1943 U-382 had to return to base due to technical problems.
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in October 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-382 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 3 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
The Snorting Bull - U-47
Clover and 13
Torpedoes and fat Man