|Ordered||10 Apr 1941|
|Laid down||19 Nov 1942||Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 310)|
|Launched||14 Aug 1943|
|Commissioned||27 Oct 1943||Oblt. Friedrich-Wilhelm Sons|
|Successes||1 warship damaged, total tonnage 56 tons|
Sunk on or after 27 November 1944 in the Baltic Sea north-west of Odensholm, in position 59.20N, 23.10E, by a Soviet mine. 51 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, September 2013).
In the summer of 2013 the wreck of a type VIIC U-boat was discovered by the Estonian Maritime Administration in a depth of 95 meters. It shows damage from mining and was tentatively identified as U-479 by Axel Niestlé.
Previously recorded fate
- Listed as missing since 15 November 1944 with no explanation for its loss. In some Soviet sources mentioned as being lost after an underwater collision with the Soviet submarine Lembit south of Utö on 14 December 1944. However, the story is very doubtful because the position is far from the operational area of U-479 and an examination of the submarine hull in a dock afterwards showed only light damage, probably from grazing a wreck.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-479 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
U-boats Missing in Action.