List of all U-boats

U-480

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered10 Apr 1941
Laid down8 Dec 1942 Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 311)
Launched14 Aug 1943
Commissioned6 Oct 1943Oblt. Hans-Joachim Förster
Commanders
6 Oct 1943 - 20 Feb 1945  Oblt. Hans-Joachim Förster (Knights Cross)
Career
3 patrols
6 Oct 1943-31 May 1944  5. Flottille (training)
1 Jun 1944-14 Oct 1944  9. Flottille (active service)
15 Oct 1944-20 Feb 1945  11. Flottille (active service)
Successes2 ships sunk, total tonnage 12,846 GRT
2 warships sunk, total tonnage 1,775 tons
Fate

Sunk between 29 January and about 20 February 1945 in minefield Brazier D2 in position 50.22.04N, 001.44.10W. 48 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, December 2001).

Loss position

See the 4 ships hit by U-480 - View the 3 war patrols

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk 24 Feb, 1945 in the English Channel south-east of Isles of Scilly, in position 49.51.783N, 06.06.750W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Duckworth and HMS Rowley. (British U-boat tracking room, March 1945)
    Notes.

    That attack instead sank the U-1208.

This boat is a dive site

The wreck of U-480 was discovered by divers in 1998 south of Isle of Wight in the position listed above.

More information (external link)

Depth: 190 feet (58 meters)
Position (lat, long): 50.22, -1.44

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Attacks on this boat and other events

13 Jun 1944
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:Canadian Catalina (Sqdn 162/B, pilot Laurance Sherman). The crew of this aircraft had sunk the U-980 only 2 days earlier. 3 of the 8 man crew of the aircraft died when ditched and 4 more on life rafts, leaving only 1 survivor, J. E. Roberts. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 591)

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in May 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-480 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.


Panther and Clover

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


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