List of all U-boats

U-608

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered22 May 1940
Laid down27 Mar 1941 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 584)
Launched11 Dec 1941
Commissioned5 Feb 1942Oblt. Rolf Struckmeier
Commanders
5 Feb 1942 - 12 Jan 1944  Kptlt. Rolf Struckmeier
21 Jan 1944 - 10 Aug 1944  Oblt. Wolfgang Reisener
Career
9 patrols
5 Feb 1942-31 Aug 1942  5. Flottille (training)
1 Sep 1942-10 Aug 1944  6. Flottille (active service)
Successes4 ships sunk, total tonnage 35,539 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 291 tons (lost aboard transport ships)
Fate

Sunk 10 Aug, 1944 in the Bay of Biscay near La Rochelle, in position 46.30N, 03.08W, by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Wren and by depth charges from a British Liberator aircraft (Sqdn. 53/C). 52 survivors (no casualties).

Loss position

See the 5 ships hit by U-608 - View the 9 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-608 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Stier (29 Aug 1942 - 2 Sep 1942)
   Vorwärts (2 Sep 1942 - 15 Sep 1942)
   Pfeil (1 Feb 1943 - 9 Feb 1943)
   Neptun (18 Feb 1943 - 3 Mar 1943)
   Neuland (8 Mar 1943 - 13 Mar 1943)
   Dränger (14 Mar 1943 - 20 Mar 1943)
   Trutz (1 Jun 1943 - 16 Jun 1943)
   Trutz 1 (16 Jun 1943 - 29 Jun 1943)
   Geier 1 (30 Jun 1943 - 15 Jul 1943)
   Schlieffen (14 Oct 1943 - 22 Oct 1943)
   Siegfried (22 Oct 1943 - 27 Oct 1943)
   Siegfried 1 (27 Oct 1943 - 30 Oct 1943)
   Jahn (31 Oct 1943 - 2 Nov 1943)
   Tirpitz 2 (2 Nov 1943 - 8 Nov 1943)
   Eisenhart 7 (9 Nov 1943 - 11 Nov 1943)
   Schill 2 (17 Nov 1943 - 22 Nov 1943)
   Igel 2 (9 Feb 1944 - 17 Feb 1944)
   Hai 1 (17 Feb 1944 - 22 Feb 1944)
   Preussen (22 Feb 1944 - 14 Mar 1944)

Attacks on this boat and other events

12 Sep 1942
An escort from ON 127 attacked the boat and forced it to break off its attack on the convoy. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 31.)

13 Oct 1943
18.58 hrs, approx. 600 miles north of the Azores: the boat was attacked by an American Avenger aircraft (VC-9 USN/T-9, pilot Lt(jg) H. Fryatt) from USS Card. As U-608 dived the aircraft passed overhead and dropped a Fido homing torpedo about 50m ahead, but without result. AA shrapnel cut the hydraulic line to the starboard landing gear, so the Avenger had to land as last aircraft of the evening. It collided with the island and hit a parked Avenger, but was later repaired. The aircrew were unhurt and a sailor who fell overboard during the mishap was rescued. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

31 Jan 1944
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down: British Wellington MP813 (RAF Sqdn 172/K, pilot F/S L.D. Richards)

This attack during the night of 30/31 Jan. 1944 in the Bay of Biscay west of Bordeaux, France, in position 45.25N, 05.15W from a British Wellington bomber was formerly credited with the sinking U-364 with depth charges.

The target was in fact the outbound U-608, which escaped unscathed. The boat scored hits on the aircraft with AA fire when it switched on the Leigh Light and then escaped by diving. The Wellington did not drop any depth charges, and apparently crashed shortly afterwards, as witnessed by a Polish-crewed Wellington (RAF Sqdn 304/2B, F/S S. Czekaski), who apparently misinterpreted the crash as exploding depth charges. The six aircrew were all lost.

(Sources: Axel Niestle, Franks/Zimmerman)

10 Feb 1944
05.06 hrs: a British B-24 Liberator (RAF Sqdn 53/G, pilot S/L T. Spooner, DFC) covering convoy HX 277 made two Leigh Light attacks after locating U-608 on radar. The boat was strafed, and six depth charges were dropped on the first run, and two on the second. The AA gunners claimed hits on the Liberator, but it was not damaged. The U-boat escaped with minor damage. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

4 recorded attacks on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

17 Oct 1943
During heavy weather a lookout on U-608 broke his arm.

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

U-boat Emblems

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Symbol on Shield

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


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

Wynn, Kenneth


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay