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Ordered15 Aug 1940
Laid down16 May 1941 Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel (werk 16)
Launched8 Jul 1942
Commissioned29 Aug 1942Oblt. Hans-Guido Valentiner
29 Aug 1942 - 11 Aug 1944  Kptlt. Hans-Guido Valentiner
2 patrols
29 Aug 1942-29 Feb 1944  5. Flottille (training)
1 Mar 1944-11 Aug 1944  6. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk on 11 August 1944 in the Bay of Biscay north-west of La Rochelle, in position 46.16N, 02.45W, by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Starling and an Australian Sunderland aircraft (461 Sqn RAAF/P). 1 dead and 42 survivors.

Loss position

View the 2 war patrols

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat

This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus and sailed equipped with it in August 1944 but it was of course installed prior to that date.

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-385 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.


Media links

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

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

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

They Shall Not Pass Unseen

Southall, Ivan

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