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Ordered24 May 1938
Laid down27 Dec 1939 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 971)
Launched15 Jul 1940
Commissioned22 Oct 1940Kptlt. Klaus Scholtz (Knights Cross/Oak Leaves)
22 Oct 1940 - 14 Oct 1942  KrvKpt. Klaus Scholtz (Knights Cross)
Oct, 1942 - Oct, 1942  Oblt. Erich Hilsenitz
15 Oct 1942 - 16 Oct 1943  KrvKpt. Ralf-Reimar Wolfram
17 Oct 1943 - 11 Apr 1944  Oblt. Matthias Brünig
11 patrols
22 Oct 1940-31 Jan 1941  2. Flottille (training)
1 Feb 1941-31 Aug 1943  2. Flottille (active service)
1 Sep 1943-11 Apr 1944  8. Flottille (training)
Successes25 ships sunk, total tonnage 118,722 GRT
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 16,644 GRT

Sunk on 11 April 1944 in pontoon dock at the U-boat base in Stettin by bombs during US air raid (8th AF). Raised and decommissioned on 17 July 1944.

Scuttled on 24 April 1945 in the Oder River near Swinemünde. Wreck raised by Soviets in summer 1946 and probably scrapped at Stettin.

Loss position

See the 26 ships hit by U-108 - View the 11 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-108 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   West (2 Jun 1941 - 20 Jun 1941)
   Seeräuber (14 Dec 1941 - 22 Dec 1941)
   Schlagetot (9 Nov 1942 - 17 Nov 1942)
   Rochen (28 Jan 1943 - 11 Feb 1943)
   Adler (7 Apr 1943 - 13 Apr 1943)
   Meise (13 Apr 1943 - 27 Apr 1943)
   Specht (27 Apr 1943 - 28 Apr 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

11 Nov 1942
While operating against the Torch landings in North Africa, damage caused by depth charges from an Allied destroyer forced the boat to withdraw to attempt running repairs. These proved inadequate and U-108 was forced to return to France. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 109)

10 Feb 1943
16.15 hrs, mid Atlantic N of the Canaries: three bombs from a British Catalina flying boat (RAF Sqdn 202/N, pilot William Ogle-Skan) based at Gibraltar caused extensive damage. Unrepairable problems with the bow torpedo tubes forced U-108 to return to base the day after. (Sources: Ritschel)

22 Apr 1943
The boat was depth charged for a "fairly long time", but continued to shadow convoy ON(S) 4. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 285)

3 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-108 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.

Polar Bear standing on Ice

Media links

U-108 at war

Jonathan Sutherland
(£ 11.95)

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

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

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

There was another U-108 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 11 Oct 1917 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 5 Dec 1917. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 108 during WWI.

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