List of all U-boats

U-590

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered16 Jan 1940
Laid down31 Oct 1940 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 566)
Launched6 Aug 1941
Commissioned2 Oct 1941Kptlt. Heinrich Müller-Edzards
Commanders
2 Oct 1941 - 7 Jun 1943   Heinrich Müller-Edzards
8 Jun 1943 - 9 Jul 1943  Oblt. Werner Krüer
Career
5 patrols
2 Oct 1941-1 Apr 1942  6. Flottille (training)
1 Apr 1942-9 Jul 1943  6. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 5,228 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 5,464 GRT
Fate

Sunk on 9 July 1943 in the mid-Atlantic near the Amazon estuary, Brazil, in position 03.22N, 48.38W, by depth charges from a US Catalina aircraft (VP-94/P-1). 45 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 2 ships hit by U-590 - View the 5 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-590 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Hecht (8 May 1942 - 18 Jun 1942)
   Blücher (14 Aug 1942 - 20 Aug 1942)
   Iltis (6 Sep 1942 - 23 Sep 1942)
   Neuland (8 Mar 1943 - 13 Mar 1943)
   Dränger (14 Mar 1943 - 20 Mar 1943)
   Seewolf (21 Mar 1943 - 30 Mar 1943)

General notes on this boat

4 May 1942. On 4 May, 1942 U-590 had to return to base due to technical problems.

Men lost from the boat

21 Mar 1943
On U-590 a crew member broke his arm.

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

U-boat Emblems

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


The Snorting Bull - U-47

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, Vol II

Blair, Clay


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay