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Ordered16 Jan 1940
Laid down11 Jan 1941 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 574)
Launched2 Oct 1941
Commissioned27 Nov 1941Oblt. Gottfried Holtorf
27 Nov 1941 - 23 Jul 1943  KrvKpt. Gottfried Holtorf
4 patrols
27 Nov 1941-30 Jun 1942  8. Flottille (training)
1 Jul 1942-23 Jul 1943  6. Flottille (active service)
Successes2 ships sunk, total tonnage 9,295 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 6,197 GRT

Sunk on 23 July 1943 in the South Atlantic north-east of Natal, Brazil, in position 04.05S, 33.23W, by depth charges from three US Liberator aircraft (VB-107 USN/B-12, B-8 & B-6). 43 dead and 2 survivors.

Loss position

See the 3 ships hit by U-598 - View the 4 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-598 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Jaguar (18 Jan 1943 - 31 Jan 1943)
   Stürmer (11 Mar 1943 - 20 Mar 1943)
   Seeteufel (23 Mar 1943 - 30 Mar 1943)
   Meise (11 Apr 1943 - 27 Apr 1943)

Men lost from the boat

5 Aug 1942
While U-598 was refuelling in the Middle Atlantic by U-463 one of its men drowned during maintenance work on the hydroplanes and propellers. [Maschinenmaat Willi Bredereck]

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

U-boat Emblems

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Red Cross

Media links

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth

Dark Sky, Deep Water

Franks, Norman

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

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