|Ordered||21 Nov 1936|
|Laid down||15 Sep 1938||F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 584)|
|Launched||24 Jun 1939|
|Commissioned||12 Aug 1939||Kptlt. Kurt von Goßler|
|Successes||1 ship sunk, total tonnage 4,258 GRT|
Attacks on this boat and other events
13 Nov 1939
After being attacked by a British aircraft the boat dived to 160m (525 ft). Minor damage.
16 Nov 1939
Depth charging by British destroyers HMS Echo and HMS Wanderer forced the boat down to 170m (557ft), by far the deepest a U-boat had ever gone at that time, before she managed to escape. (Sources: Blair, vol 1, page 119)
2 recorded attacks on this boat.
General notes on this boat
The wreck was located on 3 March 1993 by the Norwegian submarine Skolpen. The boat is lying at a depth of 300 meters.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-49 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
There was another U-49 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 26 Nov 1915 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 31 May 1916. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 49 during WWI.