|German submarine U-879|
|Career (Nazi Germany)|
|Ordered:||2 April 1942|
|Builder:||DeSchiMAG AG Weser, Bremen|
|Laid down:||26 June 1943|
|Launched:||11 January 1944|
|Commissioned:||19 April 1944|
|Fate:||sunk by US warships in position Coordinates: on 30 April 1945|
|General characteristics |
|Type:||Type IXC/40 submarine|
1,144 t (1,126 long tons) surfaced|
1,257 t (1,237 long tons) submerged
76.76 m (251 ft 10 in) o/a|
58.75 m (192 ft 9 in) pressure hull
|Beam:||6.86 m (22 ft 6 in) o/a 4.44 m (14 ft 7 in) pressure hull|
|Height:||9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)|
|Draft:||4.67 m (15 ft 4 in)|
2 × MAN M 9 V 40/46 supercharged 9-cylinder diesel engines, 4,400 hp (3,281 kW)|
2 × SSW GU 345/34 double-acting electric motors, 1,000 hp (746 kW)
19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph) surfaced|
7.3 kn (13.5 km/h; 8.4 mph) submerged
13,850 nmi (25,650 km; 15,940 mi) at 10 kn (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced|
63 nmi (117 km; 72 mi) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
|Test depth:||230 m (750 ft)|
|Complement:||4 officers, 44 enlisted|
|Identification codes:||M 00 832|
|Commanders:||Kptlt. Erwin Manchen|
U-879 was ordered in April 1942 from DeSchiMAG AG Weser in Bremen under the yard number 1087. Her keel was laid down on 16 June 1942 and the U-boat was launched the following year on 11 January 1944. She was commissioned into service under the command of Kapitänleutnant Erwin Manchen (Crew 36) in 4th U-boat Flotilla.
U-879 was transferred to 33rd U-boat Flotilla after completing training and work up for deployment. She left her base in Horten on 9 February 1945 for operations off the US east coast. Since another U-boat, U-857 was operating at the same time in the vicinity, it is not clear, which ships were attacked U-879 or the other U-boat, which is missing. The US tanker Atlantic States was probably hit and damaged on 5 April 1945, while the Belgian steamer Belgian Airman and the US tanker Swiftscout may have been sunk by U-879 on 14 and 18 April respectively. The Norwegian tanker Katy might have been hit and damaged on 23 April.
Late on 29 April a U-boat was picked up by escorts of convoy KN 382. USS Natchez tried to ram her but missed. Natchez with three more escorts, USS Coffmann, USS Thomas, and USS Bostwick, chased the contact for several hours with depth charges and hedgehogs. In the early hours of 30 April, a strong explosion was heard and the contact disappeared. Only in 1968 a wreck was discovered, confirming the sinking of an U-boat. It is assumed that the U-boat in question was U-879, but there are indicators that it might have been U-857 instead.
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