List of all U-boats

U-1008

Type

VIIC/41

 
Ordered23 Mar 1942
Laid down12 Feb 1943 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 208)
Launched8 Dec 1943
Commissioned1 Feb 1944Oblt. Diether Todenhagen
Commanders
1 Feb 1944 - 17 Nov 1944  Oblt. Diether Todenhagen
18 Nov 1944 - 6 May 1945  Oblt. Hans Gessner
Career
No patrols
1 Feb 1944-31 Oct 1944  31. Flottille (training)
1 Nov 1944-31 Jan 1945  24. Flottille (trial boat)(eb)
1 Feb 1945-28 Feb 1945  18. Flottille (trial boat)(eb)
1 Mar 1945-6 May 1945  5. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Scuttled at 2230hrs on 6 May 1945 in the Kattegat north of Hjelm Island, in position 56.14,2N, 10.51,2E, after being damaged by depth charges from a British Liberator aircraft (86 Sqn RAF/Z) on 5 May. 44 survivors (no casualties). (FDS/NHB and Axel Niestlé, June 1986).

Final location

On 5 May 1945, U-1008 was damaged by depth charges from a British Liberator aircraft (86 Sqn RAF/Z, pilot F/Lt J.T. Lawrence) in the Kattegat. The boat was en route from Sonderburg, Denmark to Norway and the crew decided the next day to scuttle it.

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk 6 May, 1945 at 1839hrs in the Skagerak northeast of Skagen Horn, Denmark, in position 57.52N, 10.49E, by depth charges from a British Liberator aircraft (Sqdn. 86/G). (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack however resulted in the sinking of U-3523

Attacks on this boat and other events

5 May 1945
The target of the attack by a British B-24 Liberator bomber (RAF Sqdn 224/T, pilot W/Cdr M.A. Ensor) on 5 May 1945 in position 56.06N, 11.06E, previously credited with sinking U-3523, was actually U-1008, which escaped with minor damage. (Sources: 1994-03-01, Axel Niestle)

1 recorded attack on this boat.

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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-1008 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Shark and Boat

Media links


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

Wynn, Kenneth


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel