|Ordered||22 May 1940|
|Laid down||8 Feb 1941||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 578)|
|Launched||30 Oct 1941|
|Commissioned||29 Dec 1941||Oblt. Philipp Schüler|
|Successes||1 warship a total loss, total tonnage 1,540 tons|
Left Toulon on 11 April, 1943.
Missing since 19 April, 1943, in the Mediterranean, north of Oran. 48 dead (all hands lost).
Previously recorded fate
- Sunk on 23 April, 1943 in position 36.10N, 00.30W by depth charges from a British Hudson aircraft (RAF 500/N). (Postwar assessment)
Notes. That attack was in fact against U-453 inflicting no damage.
Attacks on this boat and other events
4 Dec 1942
Vectored to a convoy by signals from the inbound U-603, U-602 was herself driven down and hunted extensively, but managed to escape and resume shadowing the convoy. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 136)
1 recorded attack on this boat.
Annoucements related to this boatU-602 reported as found off Ibiza (8 Apr 2005)
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-602 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.