|Ordered||22 May 1940|
|Laid down||7 Apr 1941||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 585)|
|Launched||23 Dec 1941|
|Commissioned||12 Feb 1942||Oblt. Klaus Rudloff|
|Successes||2 ships sunk, total tonnage 10,288 GRT|
Sunk at 2204hrs on 6 February 1943 in the North Atlantic south-east of Cape Farwell, in position 54.56N, 28.11W, by depth charges from the Free French corvette Lobelia. 47 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, January 2004).
U-609 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Vorwärts (25 Aug 1942 - 1 Sep 1942)
Panther (13 Oct 1942 - 16 Oct 1942)
Draufgänger (6 Dec 1942 - 11 Dec 1942)
Raufbold (11 Dec 1942 - 18 Dec 1942)
Landsknecht (19 Jan 1943 - 28 Jan 1943)
Pfeil (1 Feb 1943 - 7 Feb 1943)
Attacks on this boat and other events
12 Oct 1942
Depth charging by escorts of convoy ON(S) 136 caused severe damage, forcing U-609 to abandon her attack. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 39.)
17 Oct 1942
Depth charges from HMS Celandine severely damaged U-609 in the action against convoy ONS 137.
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-609 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.