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Ordered16 Jan 1940
Laid down31 Oct 1940 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 564)
Launched23 Jul 1941
Commissioned18 Sep 1941Kptlt. Viktor Vogel
18 Sep 1941 - 31 Jul 1942  Kptlt. Victor Vogel
4 patrols
18 Sep 1941-1 Jan 1942  6. Flottille (training)
1 Jan 1942-31 Jul 1942  6. Flottille (active service)
Successes7 ships sunk, total tonnage 31,492 GRT
2 ships damaged, total tonnage 13,131 GRT

Sunk on 31 July 1942 in the North Atlantic east of Newfoundland, in position 49.59N, 36.36W, by depth charges from the Canadian corvette HMCS Wetaskiwin and the Canadian destroyer HMCS Skeena. 46 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 9 ships hit by U-588 - View the 4 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-588 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Robbe (15 Jan 1942 - 24 Jan 1942)
   Pirat (29 Jul 1942 - 31 Jul 1942)

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.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.

Two Roosters

Media links

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

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