|Ordered||20 Oct 1939|
|Laid down||24 Sep 1940||Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 304)|
|Launched||30 Jul 1941|
|Commissioned||20 Oct 1941||Oblt. Georg Staats|
|Successes||14 ships sunk, total tonnage 74,087 GRT|
Attacks on this boat and other events
26 Feb 1943
On the fifth day outbound from France through the Bay of Biscay the boat was attacked by a British B-24 Liberator bomber (RAF Sqdn 224, pilot Peter J. Cundy) and seriously damaged. Left unable to dive, KL Staats ran west to get out of Allied range and asked for help. U-508 made port on 15 March 1943. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 200)
12 Nov 1943
The sinking of U-508 Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down: American PB4Y-1 Liberator (VB-103 USN/C, pilot Lt jg Ralph B. Brownell, USNR)
At 01.16 hrs the last message from the aircraft reported they were attacking a U-boat 95 miles (153 km) north of Cape Penas, Spain. A search later found two oil slicks in the area, one larger than the other, about five miles (8.5 km) apart. The aircraft's attack on the outbound U-508 apparently resulted in their mutual destruction, leaving no survivors. Losses were 57 from the U-boat, ten from the plane. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)
2 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-508 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.