List of all U-boats




Ordered16 Oct 1939
Laid down30 Sep 1940 Danziger Werft AG, Danzig (werk 109)
Launched16 Jul 1941
Commissioned19 Nov 1941Kptlt. Reinhard von Hymmen
19 Nov 1941 - 5 Nov 1942  KrvKpt. Reinhard von Hymmen
3 patrols
19 Nov 1941-30 Apr 1942  5. Flottille (training)
1 May 1942-30 Jun 1942  9. Flottille (active service)
1 Jul 1942-5 Nov 1942  11. Flottille (active service)
Successes3 ships sunk, total tonnage 19,689 GRT

Sunk on 5 November 1942 in the Greenland Sea north of Iceland, in position 67.40N, 18.32W, by depth charges from a US Catalina aircraft (VP-84 USN/H). 45 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 3 ships hit by U-408 - View the 3 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-408 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Eisteufel (21 Jun 1942 - 10 Jul 1942)
   Trägertod (12 Sep 1942 - 22 Sep 1942)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-408 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.

Media links

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

Wynn, Kenneth

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

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