List of all U-boats




Ordered25 Jan 1939
Laid down17 Apr 1940 Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 7)
Launched25 Jan 1941
Commissioned13 Mar 1941Kptlt. Wolfgang Kaufmann
13 Mar 1941 - 23 Dec 1941  Kptlt. Wolfgang Kaufmann
6 patrols
13 Mar 1941-30 Jun 1941  1. Flottille (training)
1 Jul 1941-30 Sep 1941  1. Flottille (active service)
1 Oct 1941-23 Dec 1941  23. Flottille (active service)
Successes2 ships sunk, total tonnage 2,983 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 10,356 GRT
1 warship a total loss, total tonnage 625 tons

Sunk on 23 December 1941 in the Mediterranean Sea north of Sollum, in position 32.15N, 25.19E, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Hasty and HMS Hotspur. 44 survivors (no casualties).

Loss position

See the 4 ships hit by U-79 - View the 6 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-79 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Goeben (28 Sep 1941 - 5 Oct 1941)

Attacks on this boat and other events

12 Aug 1941
The boat was heavily depth charged by convoy escorts near the Portuguese coast and forced to abort its attack. (Sources: Blair, vol 1, page 336)

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-79 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.

Shield with Flag with 4 Sections

Dancing Elf

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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

Wynn, Kenneth

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

There was another U-79 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 9 Apr 1916 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 25 May 1916. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 79 during WWI.

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