List of all U-boats

U-602

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered22 May 1940
Laid down8 Feb 1941 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 578)
Launched30 Oct 1941
Commissioned29 Dec 1941Oblt. Philipp Schüler
Commanders
29 Dec 1941 - 19 Apr 1943  Kptlt. Philipp Schüler
Career
4 patrols
29 Dec 1941-30 Sep 1942  5. Flottille (training)
1 Oct 1942-31 Dec 1942  7. Flottille (active service)
1 Jan 1943-19 Apr 1943  29. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 warship a total loss, total tonnage 1,540 tons
Fate

Left Toulon on 11 April, 1943.
Last radio message sent on 19 April from 36.50N, 00W.

Missing since 19 April, 1943, in the Mediterranean, north of Oran. 48 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 1 ships hit by U-602 - View the 4 war patrols

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.

Wolfpack operations

U-602 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Panther (6 Oct 1942 - 16 Oct 1942)
   Puma (16 Oct 1942 - 29 Oct 1942)

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 boat

U-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.


Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


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