|Ordered||15 Aug 1940|
|Laid down||6 May 1941||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 589)|
|Launched||29 Jan 1942|
|Commissioned||12 Mar 1942||Kptlt. Helmut Köppe|
|Successes||2 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).
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
00.07 hrs, off the Bay of Biscay: the inbound boat was attacked by a British Wellington (172 Sqdn RAF/N, pilot Sgt P.W. Phillips). The aircraft used Leigh Light to strafe its target and dropped six depth charges. U-613 escaped with minor damage, but the aircraft hydraulics and port tyre were damaged by AA fire. The crew of six escaped uninjured from a crash-landing at its base at Predannack.
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.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.