|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.
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.