|Ordered||24 May 1938|
|Laid down||27 Dec 1939||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 971)|
|Launched||15 Jul 1940|
|Commissioned||22 Oct 1940||Kptlt. Klaus Scholtz (Knights Cross/Oak Leaves)|
|Successes||25 ships sunk, total tonnage 118,722 GRT|
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 16,644 GRT
Sunk on 11 April 1944 in pontoon dock at the U-boat base in Stettin by bombs during US air raid (8th AF). Raised and decommissioned on 17 July 1944.
Scuttled on 24 April 1945 in the Oder River near Swinemünde. Wreck raised by Soviets in summer 1946 and probably scrapped at Stettin.
U-108 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
West (2 Jun 1941 - 20 Jun 1941)
Seeräuber (14 Dec 1941 - 22 Dec 1941)
Schlagetot (9 Nov 1942 - 17 Nov 1942)
Rochen (28 Jan 1943 - 11 Feb 1943)
Adler (7 Apr 1943 - 13 Apr 1943)
Meise (13 Apr 1943 - 27 Apr 1943)
Specht (27 Apr 1943 - 28 Apr 1943)
Attacks on this boat and other events
11 Nov 1942
While operating against the Torch landings in North Africa, damage caused by depth charges from an Allied destroyer forced the boat to withdraw to attempt running repairs. These proved inadequate and U-108 was forced to return to France. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 109)
10 Feb 1943
16.15 hrs, mid Atlantic N of the Canaries: three bombs from a British Catalina flying boat (RAF Sqdn 202/N, pilot William Ogle-Skan) based at Gibraltar caused extensive damage. Unrepairable problems with the bow torpedo tubes forced U-108 to return to base the day after. (Sources: Ritschel)
22 Apr 1943
The boat was depth charged for a "fairly long time", but continued to shadow convoy ON(S) 4. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 285)
3 recorded attacks on this boat.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-108 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Polar Bear standing on Ice
There was another U-108 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 11 Oct 1917 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 5 Dec 1917. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 108 during WWI.