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Ordered25 Aug 1941
Laid down4 Jun 1942 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 693)
Launched12 Mar 1943
Commissioned1 May 1943 Oblt. Herbert Brüninghaus
1 May 1943 - 30 Sep 1943  Oblt. Herbert Brüninghaus
1 Oct 1943 - 19 Mar 1944  Oblt. Günter Leupold
1 patrol
1 May 1943-31 Dec 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 Jan 1944-19 Mar 1944  12. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk on 19 March 1944 in the Atlantic south-west of the Cape Verde Islands, in position 13.10N, 33.44W, by depth charges from an Avenger and a Wildcat aircraft (VC-6 USN/T-3) of the US escort carrier USS Block Island. 47 dead and 8 survivors.

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

U-1059 was en route to the Far East with a cargo of torpedoes for the Monsun boats.

Attacks on this boat and other events

19 Mar 1944
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down: American Avenger (VC-6 USN, pilot Lt (jg) N.T. Dowty)

The sinking of U-1059At 07.26 hours, the boat was attacked by an Avenger/Wildcat team from USS Block Island operating on ULTRA reports southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. The aircraft completely suprised U-1059, as she was not underway and men were seen swimming in the water. While the Wildcat (Lt (jg) W.H. Cole) made a strafing run, the Avenger dropped three depth charges that straddled the boat perfectly. U-1059 began to sink, but the AA gunners scored hits on the Avenger during its second attack run and it crashed into the sea, killing the pilot and one the crew. The mortally wounded pilot had nevertheless dropped two depth charges that sent the boat to the bottom. Ensign M.E. Fitzgerald survived the aircraft crash and found himself on a dinghy amidst German survivors. He helped a wounded survivor but kept the others at a distance with his pistol until USS Corry arrived and rescued him and eight German survivors, including the badly-wounded commander, Oblt Günther Leupold. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

1 recorded attack 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-1059 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Media links

Battle Beneath the Waves

Stern, Robert C.

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

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