List of all U-boats

U-442

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered5 Jan 1940
Laid down19 Oct 1940 F Schichau GmbH, Danzig (werk 1493)
Launched17 Jan 1942
Commissioned21 Mar 1942Korvkpt. Hans-Joachim Hesse
Commanders
21 Mar 1942 - 12 Feb 1943  FrgKpt. Hans-Joachim Hesse
Career
2 patrols
21 Mar 1942-30 Sep 1942  5. Flottille (training)
1 Oct 1942-12 Feb 1943  7. Flottille (active service)
Successes4 ships sunk, total tonnage 25,417 GRT
Fate

Sunk 12 Feb 1943 west of Cape St. Vincent, in position 37.32N, 11.56W, by depth charges from a British Hudson aircraft (48 Sqdn.). 48 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 4 ships hit by U-442 - View the 2 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-442 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Luchs (27 Sep 1942 - 6 Oct 1942)
   Panther (6 Oct 1942 - 12 Oct 1942)
   Leopard (12 Oct 1942 - 19 Oct 1942)
   Veilchen (27 Oct 1942 - 4 Nov 1942)
   Delphin (26 Dec 1942 - 12 Feb 1943)

Men lost from the boat

10 Oct 1942
On board U-442, bad weather caused an accident in which one man was badly injured.

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


The Snorting Bull - U-47

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, Vol II

Blair, Clay


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay