List of all U-boats




Ordered25 Jan 1939
Laid down1 Jul 1940 Flender Werke AG, Lübeck (werk 292)
Launched16 Aug 1941
Commissioned15 Oct 1941Kptlt. Heino Bohmann
15 Oct 1941 - 12 Sep 1942  Kptlt. Heino Bohmann
3 patrols
15 Oct 1941-30 Apr 1942  8. Flottille (training)
1 May 1942-30 Jun 1942  7. Flottille (active service)
1 Jul 1942-12 Sep 1942  11. Flottille (active service)
Successes2 ships sunk, total tonnage 12,304 GRT

Sunk 12 Sept 1942 in the Arctic Ocean south of Spitzbergen, in position 75.04N, 04.49E, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Faulknor. 46 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 2 ships hit by U-88 - View the 3 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-88 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Strauchritter (29 Apr 1942 - 2 May 1942)
   Eisteufel (21 Jun 1942 - 11 Jul 1942)
   Trägertod (12 Sep 1942 - 12 Sep 1942)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-88 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.

Viking Ship

Media links

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

Wynn, Kenneth

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

There was another U-88 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 22 Jun 1916 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 7 Apr 1917. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 88 during WWI.