|Ordered||2 Apr 1942|
|Laid down||26 Jun 1943||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1087)|
|Launched||11 Jan 1944|
|Commissioned||19 Apr 1944||Kptlt. Erwin Manchen|
|Successes||1 ship damaged, total tonnage 8,537 GRT|
Sunk 30 April, 1945 east of Cape Hatteras, USA, in position 36.34N, 74.00W, by depth charges from the US patrol frigate USS Natchez and the US destroyer escorts USS Coffmann, USS Bostwick and USS Thomas. 52 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, January 1990).
Previously recorded fate
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-879 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.