|Ordered||16 Jan 1940|
|Laid down||31 Oct 1940||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 564)|
|Launched||23 Jul 1941|
|Commissioned||18 Sep 1941||Kptlt. Viktor Vogel|
|Successes||7 ships sunk, total tonnage 31,492 GRT|
2 ships damaged, total tonnage 13,131 GRT
Sunk on 31 July 1942 in the North Atlantic east of Newfoundland, in position 49.59N, 36.36W, by depth charges from the Canadian corvette HMCS Wetaskiwin and the Canadian destroyer HMCS Skeena. 46 dead (all hands lost).
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Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-588 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
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