List of all U-boats

U-604

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered22 May 1940
Laid down27 Feb 1941 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 580)
Launched16 Nov 1941
Commissioned8 Jan 1942Kptlt. Horst Höltring
Commanders
8 Jan 1942 - 11 Aug 1943  Kptlt. Horst Höltring (German Cross in Gold)
Career
6 patrols
8 Jan 1942-31 Jul 1942  5. Flottille (training)
1 Aug 1942-11 Aug 1943  9. Flottille (active service)
Successes6 ships sunk, total tonnage 39,891 GRT
Fate

Scuttled 11 Aug 1943 in the South Atlantic, in position 04.30S, 21.20W, after being badly damaged by depth charges from 2 American aircraft, a Ventura (VB-129) and a Liberator (VB-107). 14 dead and 31 survivors.

Loss position

See the 6 ships hit by U-604 - View the 6 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-604 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Vorwärts (25 Aug 1942 - 1 Sep 1942)
   Streitaxt (20 Oct 1942 - 31 Oct 1942)
   Draufgänger (1 Dec 1942 - 11 Dec 1942)
   Ungestüm (11 Dec 1942 - 22 Dec 1942)
   Knappen (19 Feb 1943 - 25 Feb 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

21 Feb 1943
The target of the depth charge attack on 21 Feb. 1943 in the North Atlantic at 51. 25N, 27. 28W by Coast Guard cutter USS John C. Spencer, believed to have sunk U-225, was in fact U-604, which escaped unscathed. (Sources: 1987-05-01, FDS/NHB)

30 Jul 1943
U-604 was attacked by a US B-24 Liberator bomber (VB-129) off the coast of Brazil on 30 July, and both the IWO and Coxswain were killed in action. [Oberleutnant zur See Frank Aschmann (see right) and Oberbootsmaat Herbert Lurz]. The boat was left in a crippled state but nonetheless manged to escape from the area. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 371)

3 Aug 1943
Already crippled from an attack three days earlier, the boat was attacked by a second American B-24 (VB-107, pilot Bertram J. Prueher). (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 371)

3 Aug 1943
After evading an attack by a B-24 aircraft earlier in the day, U-604 was depth charged by two American destroyers while proceeding submerged, but managed to elude her attackers and escape once again. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 371)

4 recorded attacks on this boat.

General notes on this boat

Crew was taken over by U-185 (during the sinking of U-185 14 men from U-604 died) and U-172.

Men lost from the boat

30 Jul 1943
U-604 was attacked by a US B-24 Liberator bomber (VB-129) off the coast of Brazil on 30 July, and both the IWO and Coxswain were killed in action. [Oberleutnant zur See Frank Aschmann (see right) and Oberbootsmaat Herbert Lurz]. The boat was left in a crippled state but nonetheless manged to escape from the area.

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

U-boat Emblems

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


Fish on a Shield

Media links


No ordinary war

Prag, Christian


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


Dark Sky, Deep Water

Franks, Norman


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay