List of all U-boats

U-600

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered22 May 1940
Laid down25 Jan 1941 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 576)
Launched16 Oct 1941
Commissioned11 Dec 1941Kptlt. Bernhard Zurmühlen
Commanders
11 Dec 1941 - 25 Nov 1943  KrvKpt. Bernhard Zurmühlen (German Cross in Gold)
Career
6 patrols
11 Dec 1941-31 Jul 1942  5. Flottille (training)
1 Aug 1942-25 Nov 1943  3. Flottille (active service)
Successes5 ships sunk, total tonnage 28,600 GRT
3 ships damaged, total tonnage 19,230 GRT
Fate

Sunk 25 Nov 1943 in the North Atlantic north of Ponta Delgada, in position 40.31N, 22.07W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Bazely and HMS Blackwood. 54 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 8 ships hit by U-600 - View the 6 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-600 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Draufgänger (29 Nov 1942 - 11 Dec 1942)
   Raufbold (11 Dec 1942 - 22 Dec 1942)
   Knappen (19 Feb 1943 - 25 Feb 1943)
   Burggraf (4 Mar 1943 - 5 Mar 1943)
   Raubgraf (7 Mar 1943 - 20 Mar 1943)
   Drossel (29 Apr 1943 - 5 May 1943)
   Schill 1 (16 Nov 1943 - 22 Nov 1943)
   Weddigen (22 Nov 1943 - 25 Nov 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

14 Jun 1943
20.15 hrs, Bay of Biscay, outbound: a group of three boats (U-257, U-600 and U-615) was strafed by British Flying Fortress FK212 (RAF Sqdn 220/V, pilot F/O C.F. Callender). U-600 and U-615 observed AA hits on the aircraft and claimed it as shot down, but the Fortress was apparently finished off by a Junkers Ju88C fighter (15/KG 40, pilot Lt Lothar Wolff) about 90km northwest of Cape Ortegal at 20.40 hours. All nine crew were lost. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman/Goss)

16 Jun 1943
09.04 hrs, NW of Finisterre, outbound: a group of three boats was attacked by British Liberator Mk.V bomber FL973 (RAF Sqdn 59/C, pilot F/O E.E. Allen, RCAF) . The aircraft dropped six depth charges on the boat in the centre of the formation, U-600, which suffered only minor damage, whereas the aircraft was hit four times by AA fire from all three boats. Strafing by the tail gunner killed one man [Matrosengefreiter Georg Laub]. As the pilot backed off to assess the damage, the boats began to dive. The aircraft dropped its remaining depth charges ahead of the diving point of the starboard boat before returning to base. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

2 recorded attacks on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

16 Jun 1943
09.04 hrs, NW of Finisterre, outbound: a group of three boats was attacked by British Liberator Mk.V bomber FL973 (RAF Sqdn 59/C, pilot F/O E.E. Allen, RCAF) . The aircraft dropped six depth charges on the boat in the centre of the formation, U-600, which suffered only minor damage, whereas the aircraft was hit four times by AA fire from all three boats. Strafing by the tail gunner killed one man [Matrosengefreiter Georg Laub]. As the pilot backed off to assess the damage, the boats began to dive. The aircraft dropped its remaining depth charges ahead of the diving point of the starboard boat before returning to base.

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

U-boat Emblems

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Coat of Arms of Bielefeld

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