|Ordered||4 Nov 1940|
|Laid down||7 Oct 1941||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1036)|
|Launched||8 Jun 1942|
|Commissioned||24 Sep 1942||Kptlt. Max Wintermeyer|
|Successes||1 ship sunk, total tonnage 7,015 GRT|
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 590 tons
Surrendered on 14 May 1945 at Bay Bulls, Newfoundland.
The boat was taken to St. John's in June and then to Halifax, Canada.
She was used for tests and finally sunk 21 Oct, 1947 off Nova Scotia by bombs and gunfire from the Canadian destroyer HMCS Nootka and the Canadian minesweeper HMCS New Liskeard and several Fireflies and Seafire aircraft.
U-190 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Neuland (4 Mar 1943 - 6 Mar 1943)
Ostmark (6 Mar 1943 - 11 Mar 1943)
Stürmer (11 Mar 1943 - 19 Mar 1943)
Without name (5 May 1943 - 10 May 1943)
Attacks on this boat
28 May 1943
The boat was bombed by an American B-24 (pilot J. M. Vivian) off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, causing severe damage. The crew were able to effect repairs and continue the patrol. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 347)
23 Oct 1943
While escorting convoy GUS-18 the American destroyer USS Turner (DD-648) engaged a surfaced U-boat ahead of the convoy with gunfire and dropped depth charges as it dived. U-190 escaped almost unharmed. (Sources: http://www.ussturner.org/history648.php)
2 recorded attacks on this boat.
General notes on this boat
The Crow's Nest Officers Club in St. John's, Newfoundland had a ceremony on 22 Oct. 1998 to celebrate the complete refurbishment of U-190's periscope, installed in the club since 1963. It had apparently finally succumbed to 35 years of "horrible weather" overlooking Water Street outside the club.
21 Oct 1947. U-190 was sunk by the Royal Canadian Navy on 21 October 1947 as a training exercise called "Operation Scuttled". The site chosen was the position off Halifax where she sank HMCS Esquimalt in 1945, the last Canadian vessel lost to enemy action in WW2.
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus and sailed equipped with it in August 1944 but it was of course installed prior to that date. 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-190 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 2 emblem entry for this boat! See the emblem page for this boat or view each one below.