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Ordered8 Jan 1940
Laid down31 Aug 1940 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 555)
Launched28 May 1941
Commissioned17 Jul 1941Kptlt. Dietrich Lohmannn
17 Jul 1941 - 12 Oct 1941  Kptlt. Dietrich Lohmann
27 May 1942 - Oct, 1942  Oblt. G√ľnther Ruppelt
Oct, 1942 - Sep, 1944  Oblt. Gerhard Linder
Sep, 1944 - 5 May 1945  Oblt. Hans-Dietrich Schwarzenberg
No patrols
17 Jul 1941-12 Oct 1941  5. Flottille (training)
27 May 1942-31 Aug 1943  24. Flottille (training)
1 Sep 1943-28 Feb 1945  23. Flottille (training)
1 Mar 1945-5 May 1945  4. Flottille (training)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Decommissioned on 12 October 1941 at Danzig after a fire in the forward torpedo compartment. Repaired in the Holmwerft at Danzig and returned to service on 27 May 1942.

Sunk at 1642hrs on 5 May 1945 in the Kattegat east of Aarhus, in position 56.10,7N, 11.04E, by depth charges from a British Liberator aircraft (547 Sqn RAF/K).

24 dead, unknown number of survivors. (FDS/NHB and Axel Niestlé, June 1986).

Loss position

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-579 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

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

Shield with Sword and Swastika

Media links

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

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