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Ordered10 Apr 1941
Laid down31 Mar 1942 Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 44)
Launched16 Dec 1942
Commissioned3 Feb 1943Oblt. Otto Finke
3 Feb 1943 - 4 Oct 1943  Kptlt. Otto Finke
1 patrol
3 Feb 1943-31 Jul 1943  8. Flottille (training)
1 Aug 1943-4 Oct 1943  9. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk on 4 October 1943 in the North Atlantic south-west of Iceland, in position 60.40N, 26.30W, by depth charges from a US Ventura aircraft (VB-128 USN/B). 48 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB, August 1994).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk 4 Oct, 1943 southwest of Iceland, in position 60.51N, 28.26W, by depth charges from a British B-24 Liberator aircraft (Sqdn. 120/X). (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack accounted for the loss of U-389.

Wolfpack operations

U-279 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Rossbach (24 Sep 1943 - 4 Oct 1943)

General notes on this boat

20 Sep 1943. On 20 September 1943 espionage agent Jens Fridriksson was landed on Iceland by U-279.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-279 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

Media links

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

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel