|Ordered||16 Jan 1940|
|Laid down||31 Oct 1940||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 564)|
|Launched||23 Jul 1941|
|Commissioned||18 Sep 1941||Kptlt. Viktor Vogel|
|Successes||7 ships sunk, total tonnage 31,492 GRT|
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 7,460 GRT
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-588 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.