|Ordered||5 Jun 1941|
|Laid down||14 May 1942||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 168)|
|Launched||4 Feb 1943|
|Commissioned||18 Mar 1943||Ltnt. Otto Westphalen (Knights Cross)|
|Successes||2 ships sunk, total tonnage 14,386 GRT|
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,350 tons
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 8,129 GRT
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 7,200 GRT
1 warship a total loss, total tonnage 1,350 tons
Surrendered on 9 May 1945 at Narvik, Norway (Waller & Niestlé, 2010).
Transferred to Loch Eriboll, Scotland, on 19 May and later to Loch Ryan for Operation Deadlight.
Operation Deadlight (post-war Allied operation, info)
The U-boats that were in the Narvik area at the end of the war were all moved to the Skjomenfjord upon Allied orders to avoid conflicts with the Norwegians on 12 May. On 15 May, a German convoy of five ships (the fleet tender Grille with the staff of FdU Norwegen aboard, the fleet oiler Kärnten, the repair ship Kamerun and the depot ships Huascaran and Stella Polaris) and 15 U-boats (U-278, U-294, U-295, U-312, U-313, U-318, U-363, U-427, U-481, U-668, U-716, U-968, U-992, U-997 and U-1165) left for transfer to Trondheim, but was intercepted after two days by the 9th Escort Group off the Norwegian coast and officially capitulated. While the ships were allowed to proceed to Trondheim, the U-boats were escorted to Loch Eriboll, Scotland, arriving on 19 May. All U-boats were later that month transferred to Lisahally or Loch Ryan for Operation Deadlight.
U-968 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Hammer (17 Mar 1944 - 1 Apr 1944)
Dachs (1 Sep 1944 - 5 Sep 1944)
Zorn (26 Sep 1944 - 1 Oct 1944)
Grimm (1 Oct 1944 - 2 Oct 1944)
Panther (16 Oct 1944 - 10 Nov 1944)
Rasmus (7 Feb 1945 - 13 Feb 1945)
Hagen (13 Mar 1945 - 21 Mar 1945)
Attacks on this boat
19 Jul 1944
11.40 hrs, Norwegian Sea west of Narvik, outbound: U-968 was depth charged twice by a British Liberator (RAF Sqdn 86/R, pilot F/L W.F.J. Harwood), causing minor damage. Strafing killed one AA gunner and wounded six more [Bootsmaat Werner Hahne]. The boat returned to Bogenbucht for repairs and to replace the casualties. (Sources: Franks)
1 recorded attack on this boat.
Men lost from the boat
19 Jul 1944
1 AA gunner was killed and 6 more wounded during a battle with a Liberator aircraft (Sqdn 86/R).[Bootsmaat Werner Hahne]
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -