List of all U-boats

U-879

Type

IXC/40

 
Ordered2 Apr 1942
Laid down26 Jun 1943 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1087)
Launched11 Jan 1944
Commissioned19 Apr 1944Kptlt. Erwin Manchen
Commanders
19 Apr 1944 - 30 Apr 1945  Kptlt. Erwin Manchen
Career
1 patrol
19 Apr 1944-31 Jan 1945  4. Flottille (training)
1 Feb 1945-30 Apr 1945  33. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship damaged, total tonnage 8,537 GRT
Fate

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).

Loss position

See the 1 ships hit by U-879 - View the 1 war patrol

There is a change that the escort vessels credited with sinking U-879 might have sunk U-857 as both boats might have been in the area at the same time.

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk 19 April 1945 in the North Atlantic east of Boston, in position 42.19N, 61.45W, by depth charges from the US destroyer escorts USS Buckley and Reuben James. (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack probably resulted in the loss U-548.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in December 1944. Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

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.


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