|Ordered||9 Oct 1939|
|Laid down||12 Feb 1941||Howaldtswerke Hamburg AG, Hamburg (werk 808)|
|Launched||14 Oct 1941|
|Commissioned||9 Dec 1941||Oblt. Hans Stock|
|Successes||1 ship sunk, total tonnage 7,519 GRT|
3 ships damaged, total tonnage 21,565 GRT
Sunk at 0030hrs on 4 May 1943 in the North Atlantic west of Cape Finisterre, Spain, in position 43.32N, 13.20W, in a collision with U-439. 44 dead and 3 survivors.
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U-659 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Vorwärts (25 Aug 1942 - 11 Sep 1942)
Streitaxt (20 Oct 1942 - 31 Oct 1942)
Spitz (22 Dec 1942 - 29 Dec 1942)
Neptun (18 Feb 1943 - 3 Mar 1943)
Westmark (6 Mar 1943 - 8 Mar 1943)
Neuland (8 Mar 1943 - 13 Mar 1943)
Drossel (29 Apr 1943 - 4 May 1943)
Attacks on this boat and other events
10 Sep 1942
The boat was attacked by escorts from convoy ON 127 and seriously damaged. She was forced to return to France. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 31)
1 recorded attack on this boat.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-659 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
The Laughing Sawfish - 9th Flotilla