|Ordered||25 Aug 1941|
|Laid down||4 Jun 1942||F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 693)|
|Launched||12 Mar 1943|
|Commissioned||1 May 1943||Oblt. Herbert Brüninghaus|
|Successes||No 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.
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.
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