German submarine U-598
|Career (Nazi Germany)|
|Ordered:||16 January 1940|
|Builder:||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg|
|Laid down:||11 January 1941|
|Launched:||2 October 1941|
|Commissioned:||27 November 1941|
|Fate:||Sunk by US aircraft, July 1943|
|General characteristics |
|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 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
80 nmi (150 km; 92 mi) at 4 knots (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 and ratings|
|Part of:||8th U-boat Flotilla
(27 November 1941–30 June 1942)
6th U-boat Flotilla
(1–27 July 1942)
|Commanders:||K.Kapt. Gottfried Holtorf
(27 November 1941–23 July 1943)
7 July–13 September 1942
26 December 1942–8 February 1943
6 March–13 May 1943
26 June–23 July 1943
|Victories:||Sank two ships, total 9,295 GRT; damaged one ship - 6,197 GRT|
She carried out four patrols, was a member of four wolfpacks and sank two ships; she also damaged one other.
The boat was sunk by depth charges from two US aircraft, off the Brazilian coast in July 1943.
The submarine was laid down on 11 January 1941 at Blohm & Voss, Hamburg as yard number 574, launched on 2 October 1941 and commissioned on 27 November under the command of Korvettenkapitän Gottfried Holtorf.
U-598 's first patrol began from Kiel on 7 July 1942. She headed for the Atlantic Ocean via the gap separating Iceland and the Faroe Islands. One man drowned while carrying out maintenance on hydroplanes and propellers in mid-Atlantic on 5 August.
She damaged the Standella, sank the Michael Jebsen and the Empire Corporal, all on 14 August northwest of Barlovento Point, Cuba. The Empire Corporal had, as the British Corporal, been damaged by a torpedo and bombs in the English Channel in 1940. She had been repaired and returned to service in 1942.
The boat arrived at St. Nazaire, in occupied France on the 13 September.
2nd and 3rd patrols
U-598 's second sortie was to the south of Greenland; it was relatively uneventful.
Her third foray also started and finished in St. Nazaire between March and May 1943.
4th patrol and loss
Forty-three men died with U-598; there were two survivors.
U-598 took part in four wolfpacks, namely.
- Jaguar (18–31 January 1943)
- Stürmer (11–20 March 1943)
- Seeteufel (23–30 March 1943)
- Meise (11–27 April 1943)
Summary of raiding career
|14 August 1943||Empire Corporal||United Kingdom||6,972||Sunk|
|14 August 1943||Michael Jebson||United Kingdom||2,323||Sunk|
|14 August 1943||Standella||United Kingdom||6,197||Damaged|
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- U-598 at ubootwaffe.net[dead link]