|Ordered||2 Apr 1942|
|Laid down||30 Jun 1943||F Schichau GmbH, Danzig (werk 1578)|
|Launched||13 Jan 1944|
|Commissioned||6 Apr 1944||Korvkpt. Georg Hagene|
|Successes||1 ship sunk, total tonnage 1,644 GRT|
Sunk 24 Feb 1945 in the English Channel south-east of Isles of Scilly, in position 49.51.783N, 06.06.750W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Duckworth and HMS Rowley. 49 dead (all hands lost). (Dr. Axel Niestlé, 2010).
The wreck lies in 81m deep waters with a 45 degree list to portside. On 18 July 2008 ROV Zeus located the wreck.
Reassessment of this wreck
See the following PDF file for more details on further research into this wreck.
Niestlé, Axel (2010). The ‘Atlas’ Survey Zone: Deep-sea Archaeology & U-boat Loss Reassessments, Oddyssey Marine Exploration
Previously recorded fate
- Sunk on 20 Feb, 1945 in the North Atlantic south of Waterford in position 51.48N, 07.07W by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Amethyst. (British U-boat tracking room, 1945)
Notes. This attack however resulted in the sinking of U-1276.
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus and sailed equipped with it in January 1945 but it was of course installed prior to that date. Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-1208 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.