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Ordered15 Aug 1940
Laid down6 May 1941 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 589)
Launched29 Jan 1942
Commissioned12 Mar 1942Kptlt. Helmut Köppe
12 Mar 1942 - 23 Jul 1943  KrvKpt. Helmut Köppe
4 patrols
12 Mar 1942-31 Oct 1942  8. Flottille (training)
1 Nov 1942-23 Jul 1943  3. Flottille (active service)
Successes2 ships sunk, total tonnage 8,087 GRT

Sunk 23 July 1943 in the mid-Atlantic south of the Azores, in position 35.32N, 28.36W, by depth charges from the US destroyer USS George E. Badger. 48 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 2 ships hit by U-613 - View the 4 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-613 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Natter (2 Nov 1942 - 8 Nov 1942)
   Westwall (8 Nov 1942 - 18 Nov 1942)
   Habicht (10 Jan 1943 - 19 Jan 1943)
   Haudegen (19 Jan 1943 - 9 Feb 1943)
   Adler (7 Apr 1943 - 13 Apr 1943)
   Meise (13 Apr 1943 - 25 Apr 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

17 Nov 1942
The new boat was attacked by a British Hudson bomber (Sqdn, 608, pilot J. B. R. Petrie) and seriously damaged. She managed to limp to France with assistance from other boats. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 113)

1 May 1943
00.07hrs, off the Bay of Biscay inbound: British Wellington bomber (RAF Sqdn 172/N, pilot Sgt P.W. Phillips) strafed U-613 and dropped six depth charges in a Leigh Light attack. U-613 escaped with minor damage, but the aircraft's hydraulics and port tyre were damaged by flak. The six aircrew escaped uninjured from a crash-landing at their base at Predannack, Cornwall.

(Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

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-613 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 2

Wynn, Kenneth

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay