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Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down23 Jan 1943 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 683)
Launched23 Oct 1943
Commissioned20 Nov 1943Oblt. Rolf Lindschau
20 Nov 1943 - 16 Jul 1944  Oblt. Rolf Lindschau
17 Jul 1944 - 10 May 1945  Oblt. Uwe Kock
2 patrols
20 Nov 1943-1 Jan 1945  5. Flottille (training)
1 Jan 1945-8 May 1945  5. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Surrendered on 10 May 1945 at Portland, UK (Waller & Niestlé, 2010).

Commissioned as research vessel N 85 in the Royal Navy on 29 May 1945, later transferred to Loch Ryan, Scotland.

Operation Deadlight (post-war Allied operation, info)
Sunk on 13 Dec, 1945 in position 56.10N, 10.05W

Final location

Blue marker shows final fate during Operation Deadlight. Orange marker shows German surrender.

View the 2 war patrols

Surrender: The boat surfaced on 9 May 1945 and, flying the required black flag, signalled its surrender to a PB4Y-1 Liberator aircraft of the Fleet Air Wing of the USN based at Dunkeswell, Devon. U-249 was then escorted to Portland where it surrendered as first U-boat in a British harbor.

Attacks on this boat and other events

24 Mar 1945
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:British Mosquito (Sqdn 235/Q)

1 recorded attack on this boat.

General notes on this boat

When the boat shot down the Mosquito aircraft (Sqdn 235/Q) on March 24, 1945 they captured the pilot, Lt. Williams, and questioned him it appears. The boat then landed in Bergen to unload wounded members and then headed out again leaving the pilot with the flakship Unitas Vp. 1703.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in December 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-249 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 3 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


U-boat on top of World

Knight on yellow Shield

Media links

The Grey Wolves of Eriboll

David M. Hird

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

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

The Royal Navy and German Naval Disarmament, 1942-1947

Madsen, Chris