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Patrol info for U-596

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
8 Aug 1942Bergen3 Oct 1942St. Nazaire57 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Gunter Jahn

Ltn. Günther Heinrich

Ltn. Ernst Fischer

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-596

We have daily positions for all 57 days on this patrol.

Wolfpack operations during this patrol

U-596 operated with the following Wolfpacks during this patrol
   Lohs (11 Aug 1942 - 22 Sep 1942)

Ships hit by U-596 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
16 Aug 1942U-596Gunter Jahn Suecia4,966swSC-95A
20 Sep 1942U-596Gunter Jahn Empire Hartebeeste5,676brSC-100B

2 ships sunk (10,642 tons).

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General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-596 during this patrol

24 Aug 1942
U-596 was forced to dive at 21.08 hrs after reporting the position of convoy ONS 122 on being sighted ahead of the convoy to starboard by HNoMS Potentilla. HNoMS Potentilla approached in company with HMS Viscount, which obtained an Asdic contact and made a Hedgehog attack at 21.42 hrs, which failed because it was fired five seconds too late. The destroyer then returned to the convoy after dropping a single heavy depth charge after the contact was lost. U-596 was not damaged, but unintentionally dived to 190m (623 ft) when the linkage to a flooding valve jammed. (Sources: ADM reports, KTB U-596)

30 Sep 1942
U-596 was attacked by an aircraft in the North Atlantic and suffered severe damage. She managed to reach base at St. Nazaire on 3 October.

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Men lost from U-boats

30 Aug 1942
U-596 lost a man overboard in the North Atlantic. [Fähnrich zur See Wolfgang Aldag]

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