List of all U-boats

U-589

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered16 Jan 1940
Laid down31 Oct 1940 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 565)
Launched6 Aug 1941
Commissioned25 Sep 1941Kptlt. Hans-Joachim Horrer
Commanders
25 Sep 1941 - 14 Sep 1942  KrvKpt. Hans-Joachim Horrer
Career
7 patrols
25 Sep 1941-1 Feb 1942  6. Flottille (training)
1 Feb 1942-30 Jun 1942  6. Flottille (active service)
1 Jul 1942-14 Sep 1942  11. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 417 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 2,847 GRT
Fate

Sunk 14 Sept 1942 in the Arctic Ocean south-west of Spitzbergen, in position 75.40N, 20.32E, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Onslow, and depth charges from a Swordfish aircraft of the British escort carrier HMS Avenger (Sqdn 825). 44 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 2 ships hit by U-589 - View the 7 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-589 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Aufnahme (9 Mar 1942 - 11 Mar 1942)
   Blücher (11 Mar 1942 - 18 Mar 1942)
   Eiswolf (28 Mar 1942 - 31 Mar 1942)
   Bums (8 Apr 1942 - 10 Apr 1942)
   Robbenschlag (10 Apr 1942 - 14 Apr 1942)
   Blutrausch (15 Apr 1942 - 19 Apr 1942)
   Strauchritter (29 Apr 1942 - 5 May 1942)
   Greif (16 May 1942 - 22 May 1942)
   Nebelkönig (27 Jul 1942 - 11 Aug 1942)
   Trägertod (12 Sep 1942 - 14 Sep 1942)

Attacks on this boat and other events

1 Apr 1942
At 18.40 hrs U-589 fired four G7a torpedoes at HMS Niger, which was searching for the missing HMS Sulla from PQ 13 off Kola Inlet. The minesweeper took evasive action after three torpedo tracks were seen by lookouts in the calm sea and then dropped five depth charges in two runs after following down the tracks. No damage (Sources: Ritschel/ADM 199-1782)

1 recorded attack on this boat.

General notes on this boat

13 Sep 1942. On 13 Sept, 1942 U-589 rescued four Luftwaffe airmen in the Arctic. She did not have the chance to bring them to shore as she was herself sunk the very next day.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-589 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


The Polar Bear - 11th Flotilla

Media links


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay