German submarine U-587

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-587
Ordered: 16 January 1940
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Yard number: 563
Laid down: 31 October 1940
Launched: 23 July 1941
Commissioned: 11 September 1941
Fate: Sunk 27 March 1942 in the North Atlantic in position 47°21′N 21°39′W / 47.350°N 21.650°W / 47.350; -21.650, by depth charges from Royal Navy surface ships.
General characteristics
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
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 × BBC GG UB 720/8 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) at 10 kn (19 km/h) surfaced
80 nmi (150 km) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement: 44–52 officers & ratings
Armament: 5 × 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedo tubes (4 bow, 1 stern)
14 × torpedoes or 26 TMA mines
1 × 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun (220 rounds)
Various AA guns
Service record[1]
Part of: 6th U-boat Flotilla
(11 September 1941 - 1 January 1942) - Training
6th U-boat Flotilla
(1 January 1942 - 27 March 1942)
Commanders: KrvKpt Ulrich Borcherdt
(11 September 1941 - 27 March 1942)
Operations: 1st patrol:
8 January 1942 - 31 January 1942
2nd patrol:
12 February 1942 - 27 March 1942
Victories: 4 merchant ships sunk (22,734 GRT)
1 warship sunk (655 tons)

German submarine U-587 was a Type VIIC U-boat built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine for service during World War II. She was laid down on 31 October 1940 by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg as yard number 563, launched on 23 July 1941 and commissioned on 11 September 1941 under Korvettenkapitän Ulrich Borcherdt.

Service History[edit]

The boat's short service career began on 11 September 1941 with training, followed by active service on 1 January 1942 as part of the 6th U-boat Flotilla. It ended just 3 months later when she was sunk in the North Atlantic.

In 4 patrols she sank 4 merchant ships, for a total of 22,734 gross register tons (GRT), plus 1 auxiliary warship sunk.

Wolf Packs[edit]

U-587 took part in 1 wolf pack, namely

  • Robbe (15 Jan 1942 – 24 Jan 1942)

Fate[edit]

U-587 was sunk on 27 March 1942 in the North Atlantic in position 47°21′N 21°39′W / 47.350°N 21.650°W / 47.350; -21.650; depth charged by Royal Navy vessels HMS Grove, Aldenham, Volunteer and Leamington. There were no survivors.

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate[2]
24 February 1942 Anadara  United Kingdom 8,009 Sunk
6 March 1942 Hans Egede Denmark Greenland 900 Sunk
8 March 1942 HMS Northern Princess  Royal Navy 655 Sunk
9 March 1942 Lily  Greece 5,719 Sunk
23 March 1942 Diala  United Kingdom 8,106 Sunk

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ "The Type VIIC boat U-587 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "U-587 successes". UBoat.net. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
Bibliography
  • 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. 
  • Edwards, Bernard (1996). Dönitz and the Wolf Packs - The U-boats at War. pp. 137, 138, 167–169. ISBN 0-304-35203-9. 
  • Sharpe, Peter (1998). U-Boat Fact File. Great Britain: Midland Publishing. ISBN 1-85780-072-9. 

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