|Ordered||5 Jun 1941|
|Laid down||23 Jan 1943||F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 683)|
|Launched||23 Oct 1943|
|Commissioned||20 Nov 1943||Oblt. Rolf Lindschau|
|Successes||No 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)
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 FB Mk.VI HR434 (235 Sqn RAF/Q, pilot F/Lt J.R. Williams)
1324hrs, about 10 miles north-west of Fedje, Norway: the boat was attacked by a Mosquito on a reconnaisance patrol between Utsira and Utvaer, but managed to shoot it down by AA fire. The navigator was lost and the pilot rescued by U-249 which transferred him to the Vorpostenboot V 1703 Unitas 5 before continuing its patrol. The pilot was landed at Bergen and handed over to the local authorities, who executed him.
1 recorded attack on this boat.
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in December 1944.
Men lost from the boat
3 Oct 1944
A crew member was washed overboard during exercises off Danzig at 1410hrs. He was rescued and given artificial respiration, but could not be revived. [Matrosenobergefreiter Franz Albrecht]
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
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