German submarine U-599

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-599
Ordered: 22 May 1940
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Yard number: 575
Laid down: 13 January 1941
Launched: 1 October 1941
Commissioned: 4 December 1941
Fate: Sunk northwest of the Azores by a British aircraft, October 1942[1]
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 × 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
Armament:
Service record[2]
Part of: 8th U-boat Flotilla
(4 December 1941–30 August 1942)
1st U-boat Flotilla
(1 September–24 October 1942)
Commanders: Kptlt. Wolfgang Breithaupt
(4 December–24 October 1942)
Operations: 27 August–24 October 1942
Victories: None

German submarine U-599 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

She was a member of four wolfpacks, carried out one patrol and sank no ships.

She was sunk northwest of the Azores by a British aircraft, in October 1942.

Service history[edit]

The submarine was laid down on 27 January 1941 at Blohm & Voss, Hamburg as yard number 575, launched on 15 October and commissioned on 4 December under the command of Kapitänleutnant Wolfgang Breithaupt.

She served with the 8th U-boat Flotilla from 4 December 1941 for training and the 1st flotilla from 1 September 1942 for operations.

Patrol and loss[edit]

U-599 departed Kiel on 27 August 1942 and headed for the Atlantic Ocean. Her route took her through the gap between Iceland and the Faroe Islands. She then patrolled the area southeast of Greenland and east of Labrador.

She was sunk on 24 October northwest of the Azores by depth charges dropped by a British B-24 Liberator of No. 224 Squadron RAF.

Forty-four men died in U-599; there were no survivors.

Wolf packs[edit]

U-599 took part in 4 wolfpacks, namely.

  • Lohs (13 Sep 1942 - 22 Sep 1942)
  • Blitz (22 Sep 1942 - 26 Sep 1942)
  • Tiger (26 Sep 1942 - 30 Sep 1942)
  • Wotan (5 Oct 1942 - 19 Oct 1942)

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Kemp, Paul: U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars, 1997, Arms & Armour, ISBN 1-85409-515-3, p. 93
  2. ^ "The Type VIIC boat U-599 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
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. 

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See also[edit]

List of German submarines