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Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down28 Sep 1942 Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 370)
Launched28 Apr 1943
Commissioned14 Jul 1943Kptlt. Detlev Krankenhagen
14 Jul 1943 - 29 May 1944  Kptlt. Detlev Krankenhagen
2 patrols
14 Jul 1943-31 Dec 1943  4. Flottille (training)
1 Jan 1944-29 May 1944  10. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 warship sunk, total tonnage 9,393 tons
1 warship damaged, total tonnage 1,300 tons

Sunk 29 May 1944 in the mid-Atlantic south-west of Madeira, Portugal, in position 31.13N, 23.03W, by depth charges from the US destroyer escorts USS Eugene E. Elmore and USS Ahrens. 57 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 2 ships hit by U-549 - View the 2 war patrols

More information about the engagement between the hunter-killer Task Group 21.11 and U-549, that led to the loss of the U-boat after sinking USS Block Island (CVE 21) and damaging USS Barr (DE 576) can be found in the U-boat Archive.

Wolfpack operations

U-549 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Igel 1 (3 Feb 1944 - 17 Feb 1944)
   Hai 1 (17 Feb 1944 - 22 Feb 1944)
   Preussen (22 Feb 1944 - 22 Mar 1944)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-549 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

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

Coat of Arms of Heilbronn

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel