|Ordered||10 Apr 1941|
|Laid down||8 Dec 1942||Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 311)|
|Launched||14 Aug 1943|
|Commissioned||6 Oct 1943||Oblt. Hans-Joachim Förster|
|Successes||2 ships sunk, total tonnage 12,846 GRT|
2 warships sunk, total tonnage 1,775 tons
Sunk between 29 January and about 20 February 1945 in minefield Brazier D2 in position 50.22.04N, 001.44.10W. 48 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, December 2001).
The wreck of U-480 was discovered by divers in 1998 south of Isle of Wight in the position listed above.
Previously recorded fate
Attacks on this boat
13 Jun 1944
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:Canadian Catalina (Sqdn 162/B, pilot Laurance Sherman). The crew of this aircraft had sunk the U-980 only 2 days earlier. 3 of the 8 man crew of the aircraft died when ditched and 4 more on life rafts, leaving only 1 survivor, J. E. Roberts. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 591)
1 recorded attack on this boat.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-480 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.