|Ordered||16 Jan 1940|
|Laid down||31 Oct 1940||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 565)|
|Launched||6 Aug 1941|
|Commissioned||25 Sep 1941||Kptlt. Hans-Joachim Horrer|
|Successes||1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 417 GRT|
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 2,847 GRT
Sunk on 14 September 1942 in the Barents Sea south of Spitzbergen, in position 75.40N, 20.32E, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Onslow and a Swordfish aircraft (825 Sqn FAA) of the British escort carrier HMS Avenger. Four Luftwaffe aircrew rescued the day before were lost with the crew of 44. 48 dead (all hands lost).
U-589 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Aufnahme (9 Mar 1942 - 11 Mar 1942)
Blücher (11 Mar 1942 - 18 Mar 1942)
Eiswolf (28 Mar 1942 - 31 Mar 1942)
Bums (8 Apr 1942 - 10 Apr 1942)
Robbenschlag (10 Apr 1942 - 14 Apr 1942)
Blutrausch (15 Apr 1942 - 19 Apr 1942)
Strauchritter (29 Apr 1942 - 5 May 1942)
Greif (16 May 1942 - 22 May 1942)
Nebelkönig (27 Jul 1942 - 11 Aug 1942)
Trägertod (12 Sep 1942 - 14 Sep 1942)
Attacks on this boat and other events
1 Apr 1942
At 18.40 hrs U-589 fired four G7a torpedoes at HMS Niger, which was searching for the missing HMS Sulla from PQ 13 off Kola Inlet. The minesweeper took evasive action after three torpedo tracks were seen by lookouts in the calm sea and then dropped five depth charges in two runs after following down the tracks. No damage (Sources: Ritschel/ADM 199-1782)
1 recorded attack on this boat.
General notes on this boat
13 Sep 1942. U-589 rescued the crew of the Heinkel He111H-6 WNr 7567 (I./KG 26, 1H+NK) in the Greenland Sea about 100 miles south-west of Spitsbergen at 1715hrs. The airmen were all lost when the U-boat was sunk with all hands the next day while operating against the convoy PQ-18.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-589 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
The Polar Bear - 11th Flotilla