German submarine U-579

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Career
Name: U-579
Ordered: 8 January 1940
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Yard number: 555
Laid down: 31 August 1940
Launched: 28 May 1941
Commissioned: 17 July 1941
Fate: Sunk in the Kattegat by a British aircraft, May 1945
General characteristics
Type: Type VIIC submarine
Displacement: 769 tonnes (757 long tons) surfaced
871 t (857 long tons) submerged
Length: 67.1 m (220 ft 2 in) o/a
50.5 m (165 ft 8 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.2 m (20 ft 4 in) o/a
4.7 m (15 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Draft: 4.74 m (15 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: 2 × supercharged Germaniawerft 6-cylinder 4-stroke F46 diesel engines, totalling 2,800–3,200 bhp (2,100–2,400 kW). Max rpm: 470-490
2 × electric motors, totalling 750 shp (560 kW) and max rpm: 296.
Speed: 17.7 knots (32.8 km/h; 20.4 mph) surfaced
7.6 knots (14.1 km/h; 8.7 mph) submerged
Range: 15,170 km (8,190 nmi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
150 km (81 nmi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement: 44–52 officers and ratings
Armament: 5 × 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedo tubes (four bow, one stern)
14 × G7e torpedoes or 26 TMA mines
1 × 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun (220 rounds)
Various AA guns
Service record[1]
Part of: 5th U-boat Flotilla
(17 July–22 October 1941)
24th U-boat Flotilla
(27 May–31 August 1943)
23rd U-boat Flotilla
(1 September 1943–28 February 1945)
4th U-boat Flotilla
(1 March–5 May 1945)
Commanders: Kptlt. Dietrich Lohmann
(17 July–22 October 1941)
Oblt.z.S. Günther Ruppett
(27 May 1942–October 1942)
Oblt.z.S.Gerhard Linder
(October 1942–September 1944)
Oblt.z.S. Hans-Dietrich Schwarzenberg
(September 1944–5 May 1945)
Operations: None
Victories: None

German submarine U-579 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

She carried out no patrols and sank no ships.

She was sunk in the Kattegat by a British aircraft, in May 1945.

Service history[edit]

The submarine was laid down on 31 August 1940 at Blohm & Voss, Hamburg as 'werk' 555, launched on 28 May 1941 and commissioned on 17 July under the command of Kapitänleutnant Dietrich Lohmann.

She served with the 5th U-boat Flotilla from 17 July 1941, the 24th flotilla from 27 May 1942, the 23rd flotilla from 1 September 1943 and the 4th flotilla from 1 March 1945, all for training.

Operational career[edit]

The boat had been sunk in the Baltic Sea in October 1941. She was raised and returned to service in April 1942.

Fate[edit]

U-579 was sunk in the Kattegat east of Aarhus in Denmark on 5 May 1945 by depth charges from a British B-24 Liberator of No. 547 Squadron RAF.

Twenty-four men died with U-579; the number of survivors is not known.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "The Type VIIC boat U-579 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 

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