|Ordered||22 May 1940|
|Laid down||8 Feb 1941||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 578)|
|Launched||30 Oct 1941|
|Commissioned||29 Dec 1941||Oblt. Philipp Schüler|
|Successes||1 warship a total loss, total tonnage 1,540 tons|
U-602 sent its last radio message on 19 April 1943 from its operational area north of Oran, in approx. position 36.50N, 00W. The boat was posted as missing after repeatedly failing to report its position on 23 April 1943.
Previously recorded fate
- Sunk on 23 April, 1943 in position 36.10N, 00.30W by depth charges from a British Hudson aircraft (RAF 500/N). (Postwar assessment)
Notes. That attack was in fact against U-453 inflicting no damage.
Attacks on this boat and other events
4 Dec 1942
Vectored to a convoy by signals from the inbound U-603, U-602 was herself driven down and hunted extensively, but managed to escape and resume shadowing the convoy. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 136)
1 recorded attack on this boat.
Annoucements related to this boatU-602 reported as found off Ibiza (8 Apr 2005)
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-602 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.