List of all U-boats

U-119

Type

XB

 
Ordered7 Aug 1939
Laid down15 May 1940 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 624)
Launched6 Jan 1942
Commissioned2 Apr 1942Kptlt. Alois Zech
Commanders
2 Apr 1942 - 16 Apr 1943   Alois Zech
15 Apr 1943 - 24 Jun 1943  Kptlt. Horst-Tessen von Kameke
Career
2 patrols
2 Apr 1942-31 Jan 1943  4. Flottille (training)
1 Feb 1943-24 Jun 1943  12. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 2,937 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 7,176 GRT
Fate

Sunk 24 June, 1943 in the Bay of Biscay north-west of Cape Ortegal, Spain, in position 44.59N, 12.24W by ramming and depth charges from the British sloop HMS Starling. 57 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 2 ships hit by U-119 - View the 2 war patrols

Attacks on this boat and other events

29 Apr 1943
At 11.24 hours, the outbound boat was strafed and bombed by an Australian Sunderland aircraft (RAAF Sqdn 461 / P). The boat was not damaged, but one man was killed by gunfire. [Bootsmaat Alfred Schmidt] (Sources: Rohwer/Ritschel)

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

29 Apr 1943
At 11.24 hours, the outbound boat was strafed and bombed by an Australian Sunderland aircraft (RAAF Sqdn 461 / P). The boat was not damaged, but one man was killed by gunfire. [Bootsmaat Alfred Schmidt]

  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.


Devil holding Man by Mine

Media links


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

There was another U-119 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 4 Apr 1918 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 20 Jun 1918. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about the U 119 during WWI.