List of all U-boats




Ordered17 Jul 1941
Laid down21 Feb 1942 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 559)
Launched24 Dec 1942
Commissioned27 Mar 1943Oblt. Wilhelm Gerlach
27 Mar 1943 - 12 Jun 1944  Oblt. (R) Wilhelm Gerlach
1 patrol
27 Mar 1943-31 Mar 1944  4. Flottille (training)
1 Apr 1944-12 Jun 1944  12. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk on June 12 1944 north-west of the Azores in position 42.47N, 40.08W by depth charges from the US escort carrier USS Croatan, and depth charges from the destroyer escorts USS Frost, USS Huse and USS Inch. 60 survivors (no casualties).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat

This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in April 1944.

Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-490 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.

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Media links

The Milk Cows

John F White
(£ 17.99)

USS Frost

Kerrigan, Warren J.

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

U-Boat Tankers, 1941-1945

White, John F.

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

Wynn, Kenneth

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