|Ordered||5 Jun 1941|
|Laid down||7 Sep 1942||Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 53)|
|Launched||15 May 1943|
|Commissioned||26 Jun 1943||Oblt. Willy Meyer|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk 3 April, 1944 in the Barents Sea south-east of Bear Island, Norway, in position 73.44N, 27.12E, by depth charges and rockets by Swordfish (Sqdn. 819) and Avenger / Wildcat (Sqdn 846) of the British escort carriers HMS Activity (Sqdn 819) and HMS Tracker (Sqdn 846). 49 dead (all hands lost).
For the following sequence of photographs that show U-288 being attacked shortly before sinking we would like to thank David Tolley who's father Raymond Tolley was an Air Artificer aboard HMS Tracker during that time.
Attacks on this boat
3 Apr 1944
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:British Swordfish (Sqdn )
The boat was lost in this attack.
1 recorded attack 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-288 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.