List of all U-boats

U-709

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered15 Aug 1940
Laid down5 May 1941 H C Stülcken Sohn, Hamburg (werk 773)
Launched14 Apr 1942
Commissioned12 Aug 1942Oblt. Karl-Otto Weber
Commanders
12 Aug 1942 - 2 Dec 1943  Oblt. Karl-Otto Weber
3 Dec 1943 - 1 Mar 1944  Oblt. Rudolf Ites
Career
5 patrols
12 Aug 1942-28 Feb 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 Mar 1943-1 Mar 1944  9. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Sunk 1 March, 1944 north of the Azores, in approximate position 49.10N, 26.00W, by depth charges from the US destroyer escorts USS Thomas, USS Bostwick and USS Bronstein. 52 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 5 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-709 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Westmark (6 Mar 1943 - 11 Mar 1943)
   Amsel (22 Apr 1943 - 3 May 1943)
   Amsel 3 (3 May 1943 - 6 May 1943)
   Rhein (7 May 1943 - 10 May 1943)
   Elbe 1 (10 May 1943 - 14 May 1943)
   Without name (11 Jul 1943 - 29 Jul 1943)
   Siegfried (22 Oct 1943 - 27 Oct 1943)
   Siegfried 3 (27 Oct 1943 - 30 Oct 1943)
   Jahn (30 Oct 1943 - 2 Nov 1943)
   Tirpitz 4 (2 Nov 1943 - 8 Nov 1943)
   Eisenhart 6 (9 Nov 1943 - 13 Nov 1943)
   Schill 2 (17 Nov 1943 - 22 Nov 1943)
   Igel 2 (3 Feb 1944 - 17 Feb 1944)
   Hai 1 (17 Feb 1944 - 22 Feb 1944)
   Preussen (22 Feb 1944 - 1 Mar 1944)

Attacks on this boat and other events

15 Nov 1943
An unknown aircraft attacked the boat which escaped unharmed. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 441)

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

12 Jul 1943
A torpedo explosion on board of U-709 killed 2 men and wounded another.

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

U-boat Emblems

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


Sailing Shoe

Media links


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