|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|
Sunk 12 Nov 1943 in the Bay of Biscay north of Cape Ortegal, Spain, in position 46.00N, 07.30W, by depth charges from a US Liberator aircraft (VB-103/C). 57 dead (all hands lost).
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.