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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 SW 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