|Ordered||16 Jan 1940|
|Laid down||4 Jan 1941||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 572)|
|Launched||17 Sep 1941|
|Commissioned||13 Nov 1941||Kptlt. Gunter Jahn (Knights Cross)|
|Successes||12 ships sunk, total tonnage 41,411 GRT|
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 246 tons
2 ships damaged, total tonnage 14,180 GRT
Scuttled on 24 Sept, 1944 in the Mediterranean in Skaramanga Bay, near Salamis in position 37.59N, 23.34E, after being damaged by US bombs. 1 dead, unknown number of survivors.
Wreck blown up 30 Sept, 1944 (?).
Attacks on this boat
24 Aug 1942
At 21.08 hours, the boat had to dive after reporting the convoy ONS-122 because HNoMS Potentilla had seen her on the starboard bow of the convoy and approached together with HMS Viscount, which obtained an Asdic contact and made a Hedgehog attack at 21.42 hours that failed because it was fired 5 seconds too late. The contact was lost afterwards and the destroyer returned to the convoy after dropping a single heavy depth charge. U-596 was not damaged but unintentionally dived to 190 meters when the linkage to a flood valve jammed. (Sources: ADM reports, KTB U-596)
30 Sep 1942
U-596 was attacked by an aircraft in the North Atlantic and suffered severe damage. She managed to reach base at St. Nazaire on 3 October.
4 Oct 1943
14.17 hrs, approx. 75 miles west of Derna, Liyba: the submerged boat was located by HMS Gloxinia following a successful attack on convoy XT-4. The corvette carried out four depth charge runs before losing contact. U-596 was damaged but managed to escape the A/S sweep of the area after she surfaced during the night without being detected. (Sources: ADM 199/773)
3 recorded attacks on this boat.
General notes on this boat
28 Jun 1942. On 28 June, 1942 a battery explosion on U-596 forced the boat to return to base.
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus but the date of fitting or sailing date with the equipment is unknown. Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.
Men lost from the boat
30 Aug 1942
In the North Atlantic U-596 lost a man overboard. [Fähnrich zur See Wolfgang Aldag]
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
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