|Ordered||10 Apr 1941|
|Laid down||8 Dec 1942||Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 311)|
|Launched||14 Aug 1943|
|Commissioned||6 Oct 1943||Oblt. Hans-Joachim Förster|
|Successes||2 ships sunk, total tonnage 12,846 GRT|
2 warships sunk, total tonnage 1,775 tons
Sunk on or after 29 January 1945 in the English Channel south-west of Portsmouth, in position 50.22N, 01.44W, by a mine in the British field Brazier D2. 48 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, December 2001).
Previously recorded fate
This boat is a dive siteThe 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 Canso flying boat (162 Sqn RCAF/B, pilot Lawrence Sherman). The crew of this aircraft had sunk U-980 two days previously. Three of them died when the aircraft ditched and four more in the life rafts, leaving only one survivor, J.E. Roberts. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 591)
1 recorded attack on this boat.
General notes on this boat
U-480 was one of about ten German U-boats that were coated with rubber in an attempt to elude the Allied ASDIC and Sonar detection equipment. The coating process became known as Alberich. Apparently this worked quite well on this boat but overall this was troublesome as the rubber tended to peel off during passage.
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in May 1944.
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.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Panther and Clover