List of all U-boats




Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down21 Mar 1942 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 159)
Launched3 Dec 1942
Commissioned21 Jan 1943Oblt. Martin Duppel
21 Jan 1943 - 25 Jul 1943  Oblt. Martin Duppel
26 Jul 1943 - 2 May 1944  Oblt. Friedrich Weitz
2 patrols
21 Jan 1943-29 Feb 1944  5. Flottille (training)
1 Mar 1944-2 May 1944  13. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk on 2 May 1944 in the Norwegian Sea south-east of Jan Mayen Island, in position 69.20N, 00.20W, by depth charges from a British Swordfish aircraft (842 Sqn RAF/K) of the British escort carrier HMS Fencer. 53 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 2 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-959 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Boreas (29 Feb 1944 - 10 Mar 1944)
   Thor (10 Mar 1944 - 15 Mar 1944)

Men lost from the boat

12 Aug 1943
A crew member was washed overboard during aircraft exercise about 40nm north of Rixhöft at 1602hrs. Despite wearing a life jacket he was not found during a search of four hours by six U-boats and the submarine tender Isar and drowned. [Bootsmaat Johann Toifl]

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

U-boat Emblems

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

U-boat in Circle

Media links

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

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

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