|Ordered||20 Oct 1939|
|Laid down||1 Nov 1940||Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 305)|
|Launched||19 Aug 1941|
|Commissioned||4 Nov 1941||Korvkpt. Karl-Heinz Wolff|
|Successes||5 ships sunk, total tonnage 29,091 GRT|
3 ships damaged, total tonnage 20,014 GRT
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 7,129 GRT
Sunk on 15 July 1943 in the North Atlantic south of the Azores, in position 34.02N, 26.01W, by a Fido homing torpedo from an Avenger aircraft (VC-29 USN/T-12), assisted by a Wildcat aircraft (VC-29 USN/F-7), of the US escort carrier USS Santee. 54 dead (all hands lost).
Attacks on this boat and other events
11 Nov 1942
While operating against the Allied Torch landings off Morocco the boat operated for three days in waters less than 200 ft (61m) deep, and Witte reported being constantly bombed and depth charged by Allied surface vessels and aircraft. Damage forced her to move to deeper water and then to France. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 108)
10 Feb 1943
After sinking the British merchantman Queen Anne, U-509 was fired on by ASW trawler HMS St. Zeno, which also dropped seven depth charges before the boat managed to escape. No damage. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 229)
2 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-509 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
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