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Ordered21 Nov 1936
Laid down21 Dec 1937 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 947)
Launched16 Feb 1939
Commissioned15 Jul 1939Kptlt. Rolf Dau
15 Jul 1939 - 13 Oct 1939  Kptlt. Rolf Dau
1 patrol
15 Jul 1939-1 Oct 1939  6. Flottille (training)
2 Oct 1939-13 Oct 1939  6. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship damaged, total tonnage 4,803 GRT

Sunk 13 Oct 1939 in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland in position 49.12N, 16.00W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Imogen and HMS Ilex. 26 dead and 20 survivors.

Loss position

See the 1 ships hit by U-42 - View the 1 war patrol

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-42 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

Media links

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

Wynn, Kenneth

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay