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Ordered16 Jan 1940
Laid down31 Oct 1940 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 563)
Launched23 Jul 1941
Commissioned11 Sep 1941Kptlt. Ulrich Borcherdt
11 Sep 1941 - 27 Mar 1942  KrvKpt. Ulrich Borcherdt
2 patrols
11 Sep 1941-1 Jan 1942  6. Flottille (training)
1 Jan 1942-27 Mar 1942  6. Flottille (active service)
Successes4 ships sunk, total tonnage 22,734 GRT
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 655 GRT

Sunk on 27 March 1942 in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 47.21N, 21.39W, by depth charges from the British escort destroyers HMS Grove and HMS Aldenham and the British destroyers HMS Volunteer and HMS Leamington. 42 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 5 ships hit by U-587 - View the 2 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-587 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Robbe (15 Jan 1942 - 24 Jan 1942)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-587 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.

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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

Blair, Clay

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