|Ordered||5 Jun 1941|
|Laid down||10 Aug 1942||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 179)|
|Launched||15 Apr 1943|
|Commissioned||20 May 1943||Oblt. Johannes Meermeier|
|Successes||1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 348 GRT|
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 6,386 GRT
1 auxiliary warship damaged, total tonnage 5,969 GRT
The wreck of U-979 was still present in July 1991.
Attacks on this boat and other events
23 Sep 1944
On attacking a small convoy, one of the escorts, the British anti-submarine trawler HMS St. Kenan, rammed and depth charged the boat. Damage to the periscope forced U-979 to return to Bergen. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 632)
1 recorded attack on this boat.
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus and sailed equipped with it in August 1944 but it was of course installed prior to that date. Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-979 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.