|Ordered||10 Apr 1941|
|Laid down||19 Nov 1942||Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 310)|
|Launched||14 Aug 1943|
|Commissioned||27 Oct 1943||Oblt. Friedrich-Wilhelm Sons|
|Successes||1 warship damaged, total tonnage 56 tons|
Sunk after 27 Nov 1944 in the Baltic Sea north-west of Odensholm, in position 59.20N, 23.10E, by a Soviet mine. 51 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, September 2013).
In the summer of 2013 the wreck of a type VIIC U-boat was discovered by the Estonian Maritime Administration in a depth of 95 meters. It shows damage from mining and was tentatively identified as U-479 by Axel Niestlé.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-479 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.