List of all U-boats

U-659

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered9 Oct 1939
Laid down12 Feb 1941 Howaldtswerke Hamburg AG, Hamburg (werk 808)
Launched14 Oct 1941
Commissioned9 Dec 1941Oblt. Hans Stock
Commanders
9 Dec 1941 - 4 May 1943  KrvKpt. Hans Stock
Career
5 patrols
9 Dec 1941-31 Aug 1942  5. Flottille (training)
1 Sep 1942-4 May 1943  9. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 7,519 GRT
3 ships damaged, total tonnage 21,565 GRT
Fate

Sank at 0030hrs on 4 May 1943 in the North Atlantic west of Cape Finisterre, in position 43.32N, 13.20W, after a collision with U-439. 44 dead and 3 survivors.

Loss position

See the 4 ships hit by U-659 - View the 5 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-659 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Vorwärts (25 Aug 1942 - 11 Sep 1942)
   Streitaxt (20 Oct 1942 - 31 Oct 1942)
   Spitz (22 Dec 1942 - 29 Dec 1942)
   Neptun (18 Feb 1943 - 3 Mar 1943)
   Westmark (6 Mar 1943 - 8 Mar 1943)
   Neuland (8 Mar 1943 - 13 Mar 1943)
   Drossel (29 Apr 1943 - 4 May 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

10 Sep 1942
The boat was attacked by escorts from convoy ON 127 and seriously damaged. She was forced to return to France. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 31)

1 recorded attack on 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-659 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.


The Laughing Sawfish - 9th Flotilla

Media links


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

Wynn, Kenneth


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay