|Ordered||16 Jan 1940|
|Laid down||30 Oct 1940||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 567)|
|Launched||20 Aug 1941|
|Commissioned||9 Oct 1941||Oblt. Hans-Jürgen Zetsche|
|Successes||4 ships sunk, total tonnage 19,932 GRT|
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 5,701 GRT
Sunk 30 July, 1943 in the South Atlantic near Pernambuco, in position 08.36S, 34.34W, by depth charges from a US Ventura aircraft (VB-127/B-10). 19 dead and 28 survivors.
U-591 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Schlei (21 Jan 1942 - 12 Feb 1942)
Bums (6 Apr 1942 - 10 Apr 1942)
Greif (14 May 1942 - 29 May 1942)
Nebelkönig (27 Jul 1942 - 13 Aug 1942)
Ungestüm (11 Dec 1942 - 30 Dec 1942)
Sturmbock (21 Feb 1943 - 26 Feb 1943)
Wildfang (26 Feb 1943 - 5 Mar 1943)
Westmark (6 Mar 1943 - 11 Mar 1943)
Seewolf (21 Mar 1943 - 30 Mar 1943)
Attacks on this boat
15 May 1943
12.36 hrs, west of the Bay of Biscay: the boat was strafed and bombed by a British Whitley bomber (RAF Sqdn 10 OTU/M, pilot F/Sgt G.W. Brookes). The boat was not damaged, but the commander, Kptlt. Hans-Jürgen Zetzsche, and one of the crew were wounded by gunfire, forcing the boat to return to base. (Sources: Norman Franks)
23 Jul 1943
U-591 was twice attacked by an American B-24 Liberator bomber off Cape de Sao Roque, Brazil, but each time escaped by diving instead of fighting it out. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 370)
2 recorded attacks on this boat.
Men lost from the boat
15 May 1943
The boat was hit with machine gun fire from a Whitley aircraft (Sqdn 10 OTU/M) that wounded the Commander and one seaman on 15 May, 1943. The boat had to abort its 3 day-old patrol and returned to St. Nazaire 2 days later.
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
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