German submarine U-1059

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-1059[1]
Ordered: 25 August 1941
Builder: Germaniawerft, Kiel
Yard number: 693
Laid down: 4 June 1942
Launched: 12 March 1943
Commissioned: 1 May 1943
Fate: Sunk by aircraft, 19 March 1944
General characteristics
Type: Type VIIF submarine[1]
Displacement: 1,084 tonnes (1,067 long tons) surfaced
1,181 t (1,162 long tons) submerged
Length: 77.63 m (254 ft 8 in) o/a
60.4 m (198 ft 2 in) pressure hull
Beam: 7.3 m (23 ft 11 in) o/a
4.7 m (15 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Draft: 4.91 m (16 ft 1 in)
Propulsion: 2 × supercharged GW 6-cylinder, 4-stroke F46 diesel engines totalling 2,800–3,200 bhp (2,100–2,400 kW). Max rpm: 470-490
2 × AEG GU 460/8-276 electric motors, totalling 750 shp (560 kW) Max rpm: 295
Speed: 17.6 knots (32.6 km/h; 20.3 mph) surfaced
Range: 14,700 nmi (27,200 km; 16,900 mi) at 10 knots surfaced
130 nmi (240 km; 150 mi) at 2 knots submerged
Test depth: 200 m (660 ft)
Calculated crush depth: 220–240 m (720–790 ft)
Crew: 4 officers, 42 enlisted
Armament:
Service record
Part of: 5th U-boat Flotilla
(1 May 1943–31 December 1943)
12th U-boat Flotilla
(1 January 1944–19 March 1944)
Commanders: Oblt.z.S. Herbert Brüninghaus
(1 May 1943–30 September 1943)
Oblt.z.S. Günter Leupold
(1 October 1943–19 March 1944 )
Operations: 1st patrol: 12 February 1944 –19 March 1944
Victories: None

German submarine U-1059 was one of a series of four Type VIIF transport submarine of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

Commissioned on 1 May 1943, U-1059 was one of four Type VIIF torpedo transport submarines, which could carry 40 torpedoes,[1] and were used to re-supply other U-boats at sea. U-1059 first served with 5th U-boat Flotilla for training, and later served with 12th U-boat Flotilla from 1 January 1944 to 19 March 1944. U-1059 completed one torpedo transport patrol.

While transporting torpedoes to Monsun Gruppe U-boats operating in the Far East, U-1059 was sunk on 19 March 1944 at 13°10′N 33°44′W / 13.167°N 33.733°W / 13.167; -33.733Coordinates: 13°10′N 33°44′W / 13.167°N 33.733°W / 13.167; -33.733, southwest of the Cape Verde Islands by Avengers and Wildcats from the escort carrier USS Block Island.[2] Of U-1059’s crew, 47 were killed and 8 survived the attack.[3]

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Notes
  1. ^ a b c Gröner 1985, p. 104.
  2. ^ Allen Tony. "U-1059". Wreck Site. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ Guðmundur Helgason. "U-1059". uboat.net. Retrieved 2008-04-01. 
Bibliography
  • Busch, Rainer; Röll, Hans-Joachim (1999). Deutsche U-Boot-Verluste von September 1939 bis Mai 1945. Der U-Boot-Krieg (in German) IV (Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn: Mittler). ISBN 3-8132-0514-2. 
  • Gröner, Erich (1985). U-Boote, Hilfskreuzer, Minenschiffe, Netzleger, Sperrbrecher. Die deutschen Kriegsschiffe 1815-1945 (in German) III (Koblenz: Bernard & Graefe). ISBN 3-7637-4802-4. 
  • Bishop, C. Kriegsmarine U-Boats, 1939–45. Amber Books, 2006.