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Ordered21 Nov 1940
Laid down17 Jul 1941 F Schichau GmbH, Danzig (werk 1520)
Launched13 Jun 1942
Commissioned22 Aug 1942Oblt. Hermann Otto
22 Aug 1942 - 24 Jun 1943  Oblt. Hermann Otto
1 patrol
22 Aug 1942-30 Apr 1943  8. Flottille (training)
1 May 1943-24 Jun 1943  7. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk at 1600hrs on 24 June 1943 in the North Atlantic, north-west of Cape Ortegal, Spain, in position 45.00N, 11.59W, by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Wren, HMS Woodpecker, HMS Kite and HMS Wild Goose. 49 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

Attacks on this boat and other events

14 Jun 1943
An attack by a British Liberator aircraft (120 Sqdn RAF, pilot Samuel E. Esler) escorting convoy ON(S)-10 caused minor damage. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 357)

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-449 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

Media links

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

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

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

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