List of all U-boats

U-859

Type

IXD2

 
Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down15 May 1942 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1065)
Launched2 Mar 1943
Commissioned8 Jul 1943Kptlt. Johann Jebsen
Commanders
8 Jul 1943 - 23 Sep 1944  Kptlt. Johann Jebsen
Career
1 patrol
8 Jul 1943-31 Mar 1944  4. Flottille (training)
1 Apr 1944-23 Sep 1944  12. Flottille (active service)
Successes3 ships sunk, total tonnage 20,853 GRT
Fate

Sunk 23 Sept, 1944 near Penang in the Straits of Malacca, in position 05.46N, 100.04E, by torpedoes from the British submarine HMS Trenchant. 47 dead and 20 survivors.

Loss position

See the 3 ships hit by U-859 - View the 1 war patrol

Attacks on this boat and other events

5 Jul 1944
One man was killed and three wounded, when the boat was attacked by a Catalina (RAF 262 Sqd/L) in the Indian Ocean. [Matrosenobergefreiter Hans Boldt]

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in February 1944. Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from the boat

5 Jul 1944
One man was killed and three wounded, when the boat was attacked by a Catalina (RAF 262 Sqd/L) in the Indian Ocean. [Matrosenobergefreiter Hans Boldt]

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -


Media links


The Nazi: Coming of Age in Hitler's Germany and the Voyage of the U-859

Baudzus, Arthur


Stalin's Silver

Beasant, John


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Submarines versus U-boats

Jones, Geoffrey