List of all U-boats
|Ordered||22 May 1940|
|Laid down||10 Feb 1941||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 577)|
|Launched||29 Oct 1941|
|Commissioned||18 Dec 1941||Oblt. Peter-Ottmar Grau|
|Successes||4 ships sunk, total tonnage 8,869 GRT|
Sunk on 25 February 1944 in the Norwegian Sea north-west of Narvik, Norway, in position 70.26N, 12.40E, by depth charges from a British Catalina aircraft (210 Sqn RAF/M). 51 dead (all hands lost).
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
26 Jul 1942. At night U-601 entered Moller Bay in order to attack a radio station discovered two days earlier at Malye Karmakuly, Novaya Zemlya. It fired 44 shells from the 88mm deck gun and 280 rounds with the 20mm AA guns between 23.21 and 23.40 hours, destroying the radio station, three shelters, two storage sheds and two GST flying boats lying at anchor. Soviet soldiers initially returned fire and hit the U-boat once in the conning tower fairing, but were soon silenced. An aircraft mechanic was killed and four other men wounded during the shelling. U-601 ceased the attack after running slightly aground in an attempt to fire at a small sailing vessel sheltered behind rocks.
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 -
We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Coat of Arms of Hamburg
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