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Ordered20 Oct 1939
Laid down24 Sep 1940 Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 304)
Launched30 Jul 1941
Commissioned20 Oct 1941Oblt. Georg Staats
20 Oct 1941 - 12 Nov 1943  Kptlt. Georg Staats (Knights Cross)
6 patrols
20 Oct 1941-30 Jun 1942  4. Flottille (training)
1 Jul 1942-12 Nov 1943  10. Flottille (active service)
Successes14 ships sunk, total tonnage 74,087 GRT

Sunk on 12 November 1943 in the Bay of Biscay north of Cape Ortegal, Spain, in position 46.00N, 07.30W, by depth charges from a US Liberator aircraft (VB-103 USN/C). 57 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 14 ships hit by U-508 - View the 6 war patrols

Attacks on this boat and other events

26 Feb 1943
On the fifth day outbound from France through the Bay of Biscay the boat was attacked by a British B-24 Liberator bomber (RAF Sqdn 224, pilot Peter J. Cundy) and seriously damaged. Left unable to dive, KL Staats ran west to get out of Allied range and asked for help. U-508 made port on 15 March 1943. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 200)

12 Nov 1943
The sinking of U-508 Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down: American PB4Y-1 Liberator (VB-103 USN/C, pilot Lt jg Ralph B. Brownell, USNR)

At 01.16 hrs the last message from the aircraft reported they were attacking a U-boat 95 miles (153 km) north of Cape Penas, Spain. A search later found two oil slicks in the area, one larger than the other, about five miles (8.5 km) apart. The aircraft's attack on the outbound U-508 apparently resulted in their mutual destruction, leaving no survivors. Losses were 57 from the U-boat, ten from the plane. (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-508 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.

10th Flotilla

Media links

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

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