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Ordered16 Oct 1939
Laid down5 Aug 1940 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 637)
Launched21 May 1941
Commissioned5 Jul 1941Oblt. Alfred Schlieper
5 Jul 1941 - 7 Dec 1941  Oblt. Alfred Schlieper
2 patrols
5 Jul 1941-31 Aug 1941  5. Flottille (training)
1 Sep 1941-7 Dec 1941  1. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 3,872 GRT

Sunk on 7 December 1941 in the North Atlantic west of Gibraltar, in position 35.51N, 07.45W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Harvester and HMS Hesperus. 45 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB, January 1986).

Loss position

See the 1 ships hit by U-208 - View the 2 war patrols

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk 11 Dec, 1941 in the Atlantic west of Gibraltar, in position 36.40N, 09.20W, by depth charges from the British corvette HMS Bluebell. (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack was directed against U-67 causing slight damages.

Wolfpack operations

U-208 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Mordbrenner (16 Oct 1941 - 2 Nov 1941)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-208 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.

Coat of Arms of Köln

Media links

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

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