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Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down13 Feb 1942 Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 317)
Launched25 Sep 1943
Commissioned1 Dec 1943Kptlt. Hartmut Graf von Matuschka
Freiherr von Toppolczan und Spaetgen
1 Dec 1943 - 25 Nov 1944  Kptlt. Hartmut Graf von Matuschka, Freiherr von Toppolczan und Spaetgen (German Cross in Gold)
2 patrols
1 Dec 1943-31 Jul 1944  5. Flottille (training)
1 Aug 1944-30 Sep 1944  9. Flottille (active service)
1 Oct 1944-25 Nov 1944  11. Flottille (active service)
Successes4 ships sunk, total tonnage 31,611 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,010 tons

Sunk on 25 November 1944 in the North Atlantic west of the Shetland Islands, in position 60.18N, 04.52W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Ascension, after being located by a Norwegian Sunderland aircraft (330 Sqn RAF/G) on 24 November 1944. 48 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, April 2005).

Loss position

See the 5 ships hit by U-482 - View the 2 war patrols

Previously recorded fate

  • Went missing in December 1944 in the North Channel. Possibly lost to mines north-west of Malin Head around 7 Dec in the minefields A1 or A2 which crossed its route. (FDS/NHB, August 1993)
  • Sunk 16 Jan, 1945 in the Northern Channel, in position 55.30N, 05.53W, by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Peacock, HMS Starling, HMS Hart and HMS Amethyst and the British frigate HMS Loch Craggie.

    (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack was actually directed against a nonsub target.

General notes on this boat

15 Jan 1945. Change in attribution
Two ships were believed to have been torpedoed and damaged by U-482 on 15 Jan, 1945. The assailant was actually U-1172 - U-482 was sunk with all hands on 25 Nov. 1944. U-1172 was sunk 16 Jan. 1945.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat

This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in June 1944.

Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-482 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.

Frog with Crown

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

Darkest before dawn

John Peterson
($ 19.52)
(£ 12.99)

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth

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