|Ordered||16 Jan 1940|
|Laid down||31 Oct 1940||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 565)|
|Launched||6 Aug 1941|
|Commissioned||25 Sep 1941||Kptlt. Hans-Joachim Horrer|
|Successes||1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 417 GRT|
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 2,847 GRT
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).
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 hours, U-589 fired a spread of four G7a torpedoes at HMS Niger, which was searching for the missing HMS Sulla from PQ-13 off Kola Inlet. The minesweeper evaded the attack because three torpedo tracks were seen by the lookouts in the calm sea and attacked the U-boat twice with five depth charges after following down the tracks, causing 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.
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