Victor Vogel

Korvettenkapitän (Crew 32)

7 ships sunk, total tonnage 31,492 GRT
2 ships damaged, total tonnage 13,131 GRT

Born  22 Nov 1912 Tübingen
Died  31 Jul 1942(29)Central North Atlantic


1 Apr 1932 Offiziersanwärter
4 Nov 1932 Seekadett
1 Jan 1934 Fähnrich zur See
1 Sep 1935 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Jan 1936 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1937 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Feb 1940 Kapitänleutnant
1 Aug 1942 Korvettenkapitän (posthumous)


U-boat Commands

U-588 18 Sep 1941 31 Jul 1942  (+)  4 patrols (130 days) 

Victor Vogel joined the German Navy (Reichsmarine) in 1932. He served in anti-submarine and mine-sweeping flotillas fro July 1939 to March 1941, his last command being the 1st and 3rd Flotillas.

In March 1941 Vogel joined the U-boat force and finished his training in June when he went straight to the U-boat Commander course at the 24th Flotilla, finishing in August 1941.

On 18 Sept 1941 Kapitänleutnant Victor Vogel took command of the new boat U-588 in Hamburg after having spent the last few weeks in U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung) at the yard. With this boat he would go out on 4 patrols, sinking 7 ships (31,492 GRT) and damaging one more (7,460 GRT).

Kptlt. Victor Vogel was killed along with his entire crew of 46 men when U-588 was sunk in the North Atlantic on 31 July 1942 by depth charges from the Canadian corvette HMCS Wetaskiwin and Canadian destroyer HMCS Skeena (Niestlé, 1998).


Busch, R and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Niestle, A. (1998). German U-boat losses during World War II.

Patrol info for Victor Vogel

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-588 8 Jan 1942  Kiel  30 Jan 1942  Lorient  Patrol 1,23 days
2. U-588 12 Feb 1942  Lorient  27 Mar 1942  St. Nazaire  Patrol 2,44 days
3. U-588 19 Apr 1942  St. Nazaire  7 Jun 1942  St. Nazaire  Patrol 3,50 days
4. U-588 19 Jul 1942  St. Nazaire  31 Jul 1942  Sunk  Patrol 4,13 days
4 patrols, 130 days at sea

Ships hit by Victor Vogel

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
22 Jan 1942U-588 Caledonian Monarch5,851brSC-63
1 Mar 1942U-588 Carperby4,890brON-66
10 Mar 1942U-588 Gulftrade6,776am
9 May 1942U-588 Greylock (d.)7,460am
10 May 1942U-588 Kitty´s Brook4,031br
17 May 1942U-588 Skottland2,117nw
18 May 1942U-588 Fort Binger (d.)5,671brONS-92
22 May 1942U-588 Plow City3,282am
23 May 1942U-588 Margot4,545br

7 ships sunk (31,492 tons) and 2 ships damaged (13,131 tons).

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(d.) means the ship was damaged.

About ranks and decorations
Ranks shown in italics are our database inserts based on the rank dates of his crew comrades. The officers of each crew would normally have progressed through the lower ranks at the same rate.

Media links

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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