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Ordered21 Nov 1936
Laid down15 Sep 1938 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 584)
Launched24 Jun 1939
Commissioned12 Aug 1939Kptlt. Kurt von Go├čler
12 Aug 1939 - 15 Apr 1940  Kptlt. Kurt von Gossler
4 patrols
12 Aug 1939-31 Oct 1939  7. Flottille (training)
1 Nov 1939-31 Dec 1939  7. Flottille (active service)
1 Jan 1940-15 Apr 1940  7. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 4,258 GRT

Sunk on 15 April 1940 in the Norwegian Sea north-east of Harstad, in position 68.53N, 16.59E, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Fearless and HMS Brazen. 1 dead and 41 survivors.

Loss position

See the 1 ships hit by U-49 - View the 4 war patrols

Attacks on this boat and other events

13 Nov 1939
After being attacked by a British aircraft the boat dived to 160m (525 ft). Minor damage.

16 Nov 1939
Depth charging by British destroyers HMS Echo and HMS Wanderer forced the boat down to 170m (557ft), by far the deepest a U-boat had ever gone at that time, before she managed to escape. (Sources: Blair, vol 1, page 119)

2 recorded attacks on this boat.

General notes on this boat

The wreck was located on 3 March 1993 by the Norwegian submarine Skolpen. The boat is lying at a depth of 300 meters.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-49 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.

White Elephant

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

Blair, Clay

There was another U-49 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 26 Nov 1915 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 31 May 1916. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 49 during WWI.

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