German submarine U-586

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-586
Ordered: 8 January 1940
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Yard number: 562
Laid down: 1 October 1940
Launched: 10 July 1941
Commissioned: 4 September 1941
Fate: Sunk in port near Toulon, France. She was bombed by USAAF B-24 Liberators (15th Air Force) on 5 July 1944 at position 43°07′N 05°55′E / 43.117°N 5.917°E / 43.117; 5.917.
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Type VIIC submarine
Displacement: 769 tonnes (757 long tons) surfaced
871 t (857 long tons) submerged
Length: 67.1 m (220 ft 2 in) o/a
50.5 m (165 ft 8 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.2 m (20 ft 4 in) o/a
4.7 m (15 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Height: 9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)
Draft: 4.74 m (15 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: 2 × supercharged Germaniawerft 6-cylinder 4-stroke F46 diesel engines, totalling 2,800–3,200 bhp (2,100–2,400 kW). Max rpm: 470-490
2 × electric motors, totalling 750 shp (560 kW) and max rpm: 296
Speed: 17.7 knots (32.8 km/h; 20.4 mph) surfaced
7.6 knots (14.1 km/h; 8.7 mph) submerged
Range: 8,500 nmi (15,700 km; 9,800 mi) at 10 kn (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
80 nmi (150 km; 92 mi) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement: 44–52 officers & ratings
Armament:
Service record[2]
Part of: 6th U-boat Flotilla
(4 September 1941 - 1 January 1942) - Training
6th U-boat Flotilla
(1 January - 30 June 1942)
11th U-boat Flotilla
(1 July 1942 - 31 May 1943)
13th U-boat Flotilla
(1 June 1942 - 30 September 1943)
6th U-boat Flotilla
(1 October 1943 - 29 February 1944)
29th U-boat Flotilla
(1 March - 5 July 1944)
Commanders: Kptlt. Dietrich von der Esch
(4 September 1941 - 30 September 1943)
Oblt.z.S. Hans Götze
(1 October 1943 - 5 July 1944)
Operations: 1st patrol:
12 January - 12 February 1942
2nd patrol:
14–22 March 1942
3rd patrol:
10 May - 1 June 1942
4th patrol:
25 July - 16 August 1942
5th patrol:
11–12 October 1942
6th patrol:
18 November - 1 December 1942
7th patrol:
2–13 March 1943
8th patrol:
29 March - 2 May 1943
9th patrol:
5 June - 10 July 1943
10th patrol:
21–31 July 1943
11th patrol:
19 October - 3 December 1943
12th patrol:
29 January - 22 February 1944
13th patrol:
9 May - 21 June 1944
Victories: 2 merchant ships sunk (12,716 GRT)
1 merchant ship damaged (9,057 GRT)

German submarine U-586 was a Type VIIC U-boat built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine for service during World War II. She was laid down on 1 October 1940 by Blohm & Voss in Hamburg as yard number 562, launched on 10 July 1941 and commissioned on 4 September 1941 under Kapitänleutnant Dietrich von der Esch.

Service History[edit]

The boat's service began on 4 September 1941 with training as part of the 6th U-boat Flotilla. She was transferred to the 11th flotilla on 1 July 1942 and then to the 13th flotilla on 1 June 1943. She returned to the 6th Flotilla a short while later on 1 October 1943, and then to her final assignment with 29th Flotilla in the Mediterranean.

In 13 patrols she sank two merchant ships for a total of 12,716 gross register tons (GRT), plus 1 merchant ship damaged.

Wolfpacks[edit]

She took part in ten wolfpacks, namely,

  • Robbe (15–24 January 1942)
  • Greif (14–29 May 1942)
  • Nebelkönig (27 July – 14 August 1942)
  • Boreas (19–26 November 1942)
  • Taifun (2–4 April 1943)
  • Jahn (31 October – 2 November 1943)
  • Tirpitz 3 (2–8 November 1943)
  • Eisenhart 5 (9–15 November 1943)
  • Schill 2 (17–22 November 1943)
  • Weddigen (22–25 November 1943)

Fate[edit]

She was sunk whilst alongside at Missiessy East Quay, Toulon, France, by a USAAF air raid by B-24 Liberator bombers of 15th Air Force.

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate[3]
9 February 1942 Anna Knudsen  Norway 9,057 Damaged
2 November 1942 Empire Gilbert  United Kingdom 6,640 Sunk
9 March 1943 Puerto Rican  United States 6,076 Sunk

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gröner 1985, pp. 72-74.
  2. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type VIIC boat U-586". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by U-586". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Busch, Rainer; Röll, Hans-Joachim (1999). Deutsche U-Boot-Verluste von September 1939 bis Mai 1945. Der U-Boot-Krieg (in German) IV (Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn: Mittler). ISBN 3-8132-0514-2. 
  • Gröner, Erich (1985). U-Boote, Hilfskreuzer, Minenschiffe, Netzleger, Sperrbrecher. Die deutschen Kriegsschiffe 1815-1945 (in German) III (Koblenz: Bernard & Graefe). ISBN 3-7637-4802-4. 

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