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Ordered28 May 1940
Laid down15 Jan 1941 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1019)
Launched18 Nov 1941
Commissioned7 Mar 1942Korvkpt. Ernst Sobe
7 Mar 1942 - 8 Oct 1942  FrgKpt. Ernst Sobe
1 patrol
7 Mar 1942-31 Aug 1942  4. Flottille (training)
1 Sep 1942-30 Sep 1942  10. Flottille (active service)
1 Oct 1942-8 Oct 1942  12. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 6,558 GRT

Sunk 8 Oct 1942 in the South Atlantic near Cape Town, South Africa, in position 33.28S, 17.05E, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Active. 61 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 1 ships hit by U-179 - View the 1 war patrol

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-179 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

Media links

U-Boats in the Bahamas

Eric Wiberg
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U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

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