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Ordered2 Apr 1942
Laid down26 Jun 1943 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1087)
Launched11 Jan 1944
Commissioned19 Apr 1944Kptlt. Erwin Manchen
19 Apr 1944 - 30 Apr 1945  Kptlt. Erwin Manchen
1 patrol
19 Apr 1944-31 Jan 1945  4. Flottille (training)
1 Feb 1945-30 Apr 1945  33. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship damaged, total tonnage 8,537 GRT

Sunk on 30 April 1945 in the North Atlantic east of Cape Hatteras, USA, in position 36.34N, 74.00W, by depth charges from the US patrol frigate USS Natchez and the US destroyer escorts USS Coffmann, USS Bostwick and USS Thomas. 52 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, January 1990).

Loss position

See the 1 ships hit by U-879 - View the 1 war patrol

Because U-879 was lost while operating in the same area as U-857 in April 1945 it is unclear which U-boat was responsible for three attacks on merchant ships between 14 and 23 April and which one was sunk by the depth charge attacks carried out by four US warships on 30 April.

Another possibility is that one of them was sunk by a US blimp (airship) that made a claim of dropping a homing torpedo on a submarine on 18 April 1945.

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk 19 April 1945 in the North Atlantic east of Boston, in position 42.19N, 61.45W, by depth charges from the US destroyer escorts USS Buckley and Reuben James. (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack probably resulted in the loss U-548.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat

This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in December 1944.

Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-879 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

Media links

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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