|Ordered||10 Apr 1941|
|Laid down||31 Mar 1942||Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 44)|
|Launched||16 Dec 1942|
|Commissioned||3 Feb 1943||Oblt. Otto Finke|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk in the Atlantic south-west of Iceland in position 60.40N, 26.30W by depth charges from an American Ventura aircraft (Sqdn. VB-128/B). 48 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB, August 1994).
Previously recorded fate
- Sunk 4 Oct, 1943 southwest of Iceland, in position 60.51N, 28.26W, by depth charges from a British
B-24 Liberator aircraft (Sqdn. 120/X). (Postwar assessment)
Notes. This attack accounted for the loss of U-389.
U-279 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Rossbach (24 Sep 1943 - 4 Oct 1943)
General notes on this boat
20 Sep 1943. On 20 September, 1943 espionage agent Jens Fridriksson was landed in Iceland by 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-279 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.