|Ordered||10 Apr 1941|
|Laid down||30 Sep 1942||F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 676)|
|Launched||20 Jul 1943|
|Commissioned||14 Aug 1943||Oblt. Karl-Wilhelm Pancke|
|Successes||2 ships sunk, total tonnage 2,095 GRT|
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 500 GRT
Sunk on 5 April, 1945 at 0715hrs by a mine in barrage QZX in St. Georges Channel, position 52.02,9N, 05.46,8W, just off St Davids Head, Wales. 44 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, January 1991).
Previously recorded fate
- Sunk 30 April, 1945 in the Irish Sea west of Blackpool, in position 53.42N, 04.53W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Hesperus and HMS Havelock after being discovered by a British Sunderland aircraft (Sqdn. 201). (Postwar assessment)
Notes. This attack was in fact against the already sunken wreck of U-246 and it brought personal belongings of a crew member of U-246 to the surface.
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus and sailed equipped with it in March 1945 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-242 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 2 emblem entry for this boat! See the emblem page for this boat or view each one below.
Coat of Arms of Husum
Skull and crossbones