German submarine U-601

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-601
Owner: Kriegsmarine
Ordered: 22 May 1940
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Yard number: 577
Laid down: 10 February 1941
Launched: 29 October 1941
Commissioned: 18 December 1941
Out of service: 25 February 1944
Fate: Sunk by depth charges, 24 February 1944
General characteristics
Type: Type VIIC submarine
Armament:
Service record
Part of: Kriegsmarine
Identification codes: M 47 254
Commanders: Peter-Ottmar Grau
(18 December 1941 - 28 November 1943)
Otto Hansen
(29 November 1943 - 25 February 1944)
Operations: 1st patrol
14 Jul 1942 - 3 Aug 1942
2nd patrol
9 Aug 1942 - 20 Sep 1942
3rd patrol
5 Nov 1942 - 7 Dec 1942
4th patrol
15 Apr 1943 - 14 May 1943
5th patrol
14 Jul 1943 - 25 Jul 1943
6th patrol
30 Jul 1943 - 28 Aug 1943
7th patrol
16 Sep 1943 - 7 Oct 1943
8th patrol
18 Dec 1943 - 7 Jan 1944
9th patrol
10 Jan 1944 - 2 Feb 1944
10th patrol
17 Feb 1944 - 25 Feb 1944
Victories: 4 ships sunk for a total of 8,869 GRT

German submarine U-601 was a Type VIIC U-boat built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine for service the World War II. She was commissioned in December 1941 and sunk in February 1944, having sunk four ships. Her commanders were Peter-Ottmar Grau and Otto Hansen.[1]

Description[edit]

U-601 was built by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg as yard number 577. She was ordered on 22 May 1940 and the keel was laid down on 10 February 1941. U-601 was launched on 29 October 1941.

Service History[edit]

She took part in 10 patrols; exclusively in the Arctic Ocean. She was assigned to:* 11th U-boat Flotilla (1 July 1942 to 31 May 1943)

In November 1942, she along with U-625 as part of wolfpack Boreas, attacked convoy QP 15 sinking the Soviet cargo ship Kuznets Lesov.

Fate[edit]

She was sunk by depth charges in the Arctic Ocean on 25 February 1944 NW of Narvik, Norway by a RAF Catalina at position 70°26′N 12°40′E / 70.433°N 12.667°E / 70.433; 12.667. She was lost with all 51 hands.

Wolf Packs[edit]

U-601 took part in 5 wolfpacks, namely.

  • Boreas (19 Nov 1942 - 6 Dec 1942)
  • Wiking (20 Sep 1943 - 3 Oct 1943)
  • Eisenbart (19 Dec 1943 - 5 Jan 1944)
  • Isegrim (16 Jan 1944 - 27 Jan 1944)
  • Werwolf (27 Jan 1944 - 1 Feb 1944)

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Ship Name Nationality Tonnage (GRT) Fate[2]
1 August 1942 Krest’janin  Soviet Union 2,513 Sunk
24 August 1942 Kujbyshev  Soviet Union 2,332 Sunk
24 August 1942 Medvezhonok  Soviet Union 50 Sunk
24 November 1942 Kuznets Lesov  Soviet Union 3,974 Sunk

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ "The Type VIIC boat U-601". Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "U-601 successes". UBoat.net. Retrieved 5 February 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. 
  • 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.