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Ordered15 Aug 1940
Laid down17 May 1941 Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 296)
Launched30 Mar 1942
Commissioned20 May 1942 Kptlt. Heinz Wolf
20 May 1942 - 2 May 1943  Kptlt. Heinz Wolf
4 patrols
20 May 1942-30 Sep 1942  8. Flottille (training)
1 Oct 1942-2 May 1943  6. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk on 2 May 1943 in the Bay of Biscay north-west of Cape Ortegal, Spain, in position 44.48N, 08.58W, by depth charges from an Australian Sunderland aircraft (461 Sqn RAAF/M). 48 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, November 1989).

Loss position

View the 4 war patrols

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk 7 May, 1943 in the Bay of Biscay west of St. Nazaire, France, in position 47.06N, 10.58W, by depth charges from an Australian Sunderland aircraft (RAAF-Sqdn. 10/W). (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack was in fact against U-663 inflicting major damages.

Wolfpack operations

U-465 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Panzer (23 Nov 1942 - 11 Dec 1942)
   Raufbold (11 Dec 1942 - 12 Dec 1942)
   Landsknecht (19 Jan 1943 - 28 Jan 1943)
   Pfeil (1 Feb 1943 - 8 Feb 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

6 Feb 1943
The boat was attacked by an Allied aircraft during a convoy action and had to abort its attack due to damage. (Sources: BdU KTB)

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-465 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.

Bucket in a Shield

Media links

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

Wynn, Kenneth

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

Maritime Is Number Ten - The Sunderland Era 1939-45

Baff, K.C. (Flight Lieutenant)

They Shall Not Pass Unseen

Southall, Ivan

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