German submarine U-608

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-608
Ordered: 22 May 1940
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Laid down: 27 March 1941
Launched: 11 December 1941
Commissioned: 5 February 1942
Fate: Scuttled, 10 August 1944
General characteristics
Type: Type VIIC submarine
Displacement: 769 tonnes (757 long tons) surfaced
871 t (857 long tons) submerged
Length: 67.1 m (220 ft 2 in) o/a
50.5 m (165 ft 8 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.2 m (20 ft 4 in) o/a
4.7 m (15 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Draft: 4.74 m (15 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: 2 × supercharged Germaniawerft 6-cylinder 4-stroke F46 diesel engines, totalling 2,800–3,200 bhp (2,100–2,400 kW). Max rpm: 470-490
2 × electric motors, totalling 750 shp (560 kW) and max rpm: 296.
Speed: 17.7 knots (32.8 km/h; 20.4 mph) surfaced
7.6 knots (14.1 km/h; 8.7 mph) submerged
Range: 8,500 nmi (15,700 km; 9,800 mi) at 10 kn (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
80 nmi (150 km; 92 mi) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement: As U-441 : 44–52 officers & ratings
As U-flak 1 : 67 officers & ratings
Armament:
Service record[1]
Part of: 5th U-boat Flotilla
(5 February 1942 - 31 August 1942) - Training
6t U-boat Flotilla
(1 September 1942 - 10 August 1944)
Commanders: Kptlt Rolf Struckmeier
(5 February 1942 - 12 January 1944)
Oblt Wolfgang Reisener
(21 January 1944 - 10 August 1944)
Operations: 1st patrol:
20 August 1942 – 24 September 1942
2nd patrol:
20 October 1942 - 9 December 1942
3rd patrol:
20 January 1943 - 29 March 1943
4th patrol:
8 May 1943 - 18 July 1943
5th patrol:
23 September 1943 - 25 September 1943
6th patrol:
29 January 1944 - 3 April 1944
7th patrol:
6 June 1944 - 14 June 1944
8th patrol:
22 July 1944 - 23 July 1944
9th patrol:
7 August 1944 - 10 August 1944
Victories: 4 merchant ships sunk (GRT 35,539)
1 warship sunk (291 tons)

German submarine U-608 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II. During the Battle of the Atlantic, she was commanded by Rolf Struckmeier as a unit of Wolf pack Vorwärts (2–15 September 1942).

Fate[edit]

She was scuttled in the Bay of Biscay on 10 August 1944 after being attacked by a RAF Liberator aircraft with depth charges. The damaged boat surfaced unnoticed and was scuttled by her crew, which was rescued by HMS Wren six hours later suffering no losses.[2]

Wolf packs[edit]

U-608 took part in 19 wolfpacks, namely.

  • 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)

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate[3]
12 September 1942 Hektoria  United Kingdom 13,797 Sunk
12 September 1942 Empire Moonbeam  United Kingdom 6,849 Sunk
16 November 1942 Irish Pine  Ireland 5,621 Sunk
8 February 1943 Daghild  Norway 9,272 Sunk
8 February 1943 HMS LCT-2335  Royal Navy 291 Sunk (while being transported)

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ "The Type VIIC boat U-608 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Busch Röll, p. 273-4.
  3. ^ "U-608 successes". UBoat.net. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
Bibliography
  • Busch, Rainer; Röll, Hans-Joachim (1999). Deutsche U-Boot-Verluste von September 1939 bis Mai 1945. Der U-Boot-Krieg (in German) IV (Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn: Mittler). ISBN 3-8132-0514-2. 
  • Edwards, Bernard (1996). Dönitz and the Wolf Packs - The U-boats at War. Cassell Military Classics. pp. 105, 107, 108, 148. ISBN 0-304-35203-9. 
  • Gröner, Erich (1985). U-Boote, Hilfskreuzer, Minenschiffe, Netzleger, Sperrbrecher. Die deutschen Kriegsschiffe 1815-1945 (in German) III (Koblenz: Bernard & Graefe). ISBN 3-7637-4802-4. 
  • Bishop, Chris (2006). Kriegsmarine U-boats 1939-45. London: Amber Books. ISBN 1904687962. 

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Coordinates: 46°30′N 03°08′W / 46.500°N 3.133°W / 46.500; -3.133