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German submarine U-608
Career
Name: U-608
Ordered: 22 May 1940
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Laid down: 27 March 1941
Launched: 11 December 1941
Commissioned: 5 February 1942
Fate: Sunk, 10 August 1944
General characteristics
Type: Type VIIC submarine
Displacement: 769 tonnes (757 long tons) surfaced
871 t (857 long tons) submerged
Length: 67.1 m (220 ft 2 in) o/a
50.5 m (165 ft 8 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.2 m (20 ft 4 in) o/a
4.7 m (15 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Draft: 4.74 m (15 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: 2 × supercharged Germaniawerft 6-cylinder 4-stroke M6V 40/46 diesel engines, totalling 2,800–3,200 bhp (2,100–2,400 kW). Max rpm: 470-490
2 × electric motors, totalling 750 shp (560 kW) and max rpm: 296.
Speed: 17.7 knots (20.4 mph; 32.8 km/h) surfaced
7.6 knots (8.7 mph; 14.1 km/h) submerged
Range: 15,170 km (8,190 nmi) at 10 kn (19 km/h) surfaced
150 km (81 nmi) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement: As U-441 : 44–52 officers & ratings
As U-flak 1 : 67 officers & ratings
Armament: As U-441
• 5 × 533 mm (21 in) torpedo tubes (4 bow, 1 stern)
• 14 × G7e torpedoes or 26 TMA mines
• 1 × C35 88mm gun/L45 deck gun (220 rounds)
• Various AA guns
As U-Flak 1
• 2 × quad Flakvierling 38 20 mm guns
• 1 × 3.7 cm gun
• Additional MG 42 machine guns

German submarine U-608 was a Type VIIC U-boat of the German Kriegsmarine during World War II. She was sunk in the Bay of Biscay in 1944 by the HMS Wren and a liberator aircraft, both of which were British and fired depth charges. Until it was sunk, no casualties were suffered, which was uncommon of U boats.

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