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Ordered4 Nov 1940
Laid down7 Oct 1941 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1036)
Launched8 Jun 1942
Commissioned24 Sep 1942Kptlt. Max Wintermeyer
24 Sep 1942 - 5 Jul 1944  Kptlt. Max Wintermeyer
6 Jul 1944 - 14 May 1945  Oblt. Hans-Erwin Reith
6 patrols
24 Sep 1942-28 Feb 1943  4. Flottille (training)
1 Mar 1943-30 Sep 1944  2. Flottille (active service)
1 Oct 1944-1 May 1945  33. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 7,015 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 590 tons

Surrendered on 14 May 1945 at Bay Bulls, Newfoundland.

Post war information (see more post-war boats):
The boat was taken to St. John's in June and then to Halifax, Canada. Used for tests and finally sunk 21 Oct 1947 off Nova Scotia by bombs and gunfire from the Canadian destroyer HMCS Nootka and the minesweeper HMCS New Liskeard and several Fireflies and Seafire aircraft.

Final location

See the 2 ships hit by U-190 - View the 6 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-190 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Neuland (4 Mar 1943 - 6 Mar 1943)
   Ostmark (6 Mar 1943 - 11 Mar 1943)
   Stürmer (11 Mar 1943 - 19 Mar 1943)
   Without name (5 May 1943 - 10 May 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

28 May 1943
The boat was bombed by an American B-24 Liberator (pilot J. M. Vivian) off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, causing severe damage. The crew were able to effect repairs and continue the patrol. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 347)

23 Oct 1943
While escorting convoy GUS 18 the American destroyer USS Turner (DD-648) engaged a surfaced U-boat ahead of the convoy with gunfire and dropped depth charges as it dived. U-190 escaped almost unharmed. (Sources:

2 recorded attacks on this boat.

General notes on this boat

Read about U-190's career, both in German and Canadian hands here.

The Crow's Nest Officers Club in St. John's, Newfoundland had a ceremony on 22 Oct. 1998 to celebrate the complete refurbishment of U-190's periscope, installed in the club since 1963. It had apparently finally succumbed to 35 years of "horrible weather" overlooking Water Street outside the club.

21 Oct 1947. U-190 was sunk by the Royal Canadian Navy on 21 October 1947 as a training exercise called "Operation Scuttled". The site chosen was the position off Halifax where she sank HMCS Esquimalt in 1945, the last Canadian vessel lost to enemy action in WW2.

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 the boat

18 Oct 1943
A lookout suffered a broken arm in a storm off Vigo, Spain.

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

U-boat Emblems

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

Star and Swastika



Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

Another Place, Another Time

Hirschmann, Werner
(£ 20.69)

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

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