List of all U-boats

U-601

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered22 May 1940
Laid down10 Feb 1941 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 577)
Launched29 Oct 1941
Commissioned18 Dec 1941Oblt. Peter-Ottmar Grau
Commanders
18 Dec 1941 - 28 Nov 1943  Kptlt. Peter-Ottmar Grau
29 Nov 1943 - 25 Feb 1944  Oblt. Otto Hansen
Career
10 patrols
18 Dec 1941-30 Jun 1942  5. Flottille (training)
1 Jul 1942-31 May 1943  11. Flottille (active service)
1 Jun 1943-25 Feb 1944  13. Flottille (active service)
Successes4 ships sunk, total tonnage 8,869 GRT
Fate

Sunk 25 Feb, 1944 in the Arctic Ocean north-west of Narvik, Norway, in position 70.26N, 12.40E, by depth charges from a British Catalina aircraft (Sqdn. 210/M). 51 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 4 ships hit by U-601 - View the 10 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-601 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Boreas (19 Nov 1942 - 6 Dec 1942)
   Wiking (20 Sep 1943 - 3 Oct 1943)
   Eisenbart (19 Dec 1943 - 5 Jan 1944)
   Isegrim (16 Jan 1944 - 27 Jan 1944)
   Werwolf (27 Jan 1944 - 1 Feb 1944)

General notes on this boat

In August 1943 the boat rescued survivors from a Luftwaffe flying boat that had crashed into the sea. She brought them to Narvik, Norway on 28 August.

Men lost from the boat

4 May 1943
The II WO on U-601 was killed in a machine gun misfire.

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

U-boat Emblems

We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Shield

Coat of Arms of Hamburg

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