|Ordered||25 Jan 1939|
|Laid down||17 Apr 1940||Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 7)|
|Launched||25 Jan 1941|
|Commissioned||13 Mar 1941||Kptlt. Wolfgang Kaufmann|
|Successes||2 ships sunk, total tonnage 2,983 GRT|
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 10,356 GRT
1 warship a total loss, total tonnage 625 tons
Sunk on 23 December 1941 in the Mediterranean Sea north of Sollum, in position 32.15N, 25.19E, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Hasty and HMS Hotspur. 44 survivors (no casualties).
U-79 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Goeben (28 Sep 1941 - 5 Oct 1941)
Attacks on this boat and other events
12 Aug 1941
The boat was heavily depth charged by convoy escorts near the Portuguese coast and forced to abort its attack. (Sources: Blair, vol 1, page 336)
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-79 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Shield with Flag with 4 Sections
There was another U-79 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 9 Apr 1916 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 25 May 1916. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 79 during WWI.
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