|Ordered||23 Dec 1939|
|Laid down||11 Nov 1940||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1009)|
|Launched||1 Jul 1941|
|Commissioned||4 Oct 1941||Kptlt. Helmut Witte (Knights Cross)|
|Successes||23 ships sunk, total tonnage 119,554 GRT|
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 265 GRT
Sunk 28 July, 1943 in the Caribbean Sea, south of Haiti, in position 15.57N, 68.30W, by depth charges from an American Mariner aircraft (VP-32, P-1). 53 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, December 1997).
Previously recorded fate
- Sunk 15 July 1943 in the Caribbean Sea east of Jamaica, in approximate position 15.58N, 73.44W, by depth charges from a US Mariner aircraft, P-10 (VP-32). (Postwar assessment)
Notes. This attack sank the U-759.
Attacks on this boat and other events
13 Jul 1942
01.02 hrs, Bay of Biscay: a Leigh-Light equipped British Wellington (172 Sqn RAF) dropped three A/S bombs. The bombs fell close on the port side and caused severe damage, leaving the boat unable to dive. U-159 nonetheless managed to reach Lorient approx. 12 hours later. (Sources: Ritschel)
10 Oct 1942
14.41 hrs, west of Cape Town: an SAAF Ventura bomber dropped three depth charges shortly after the boat crash dived. Only minor damage was caused, but U-159 was forced to give up her chase of a freighter sighted earlier.
28 Mar 1943
In an attack on convoy RS-3 by Wolfpack Seeräuber (Pirate) off the coast of Spanish (now Western) Sahara, 3 ships were sunk and 3 U-boats (of 8) severely damaged. U-159 was hit by depth charges from aircraft. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 204)
3 recorded attacks 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-159 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.
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