|Ordered||5 Jun 1941|
|Laid down||24 Jul 1942||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 178)|
|Launched||1 Apr 1943|
|Commissioned||12 May 1943||Oblt. Günther Pulst (Knights Cross)|
|Successes||1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 7,176 GRT|
Surrendered on 9 May 1945 at Trondheim, Norway (Waller & Niestlé, 2010).
Transferred from Trondheim, Norway to Loch Ryan, Scotland on 29 May 1945 for Operation Deadlight.
Operation Deadlight (post-war Allied operation, info)
General notes on this boat
9 Oct 1944. U-978 carried out the longest Schnorchel patrol of the war, 68 days from Bergen, Norway on 9 Oct. 1944, returning there on 16 Dec.
This surpassed the more famous 66-day submerged run U-977 undertook while en route to Argentina to surrender there in August 1945.
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus and sailed equipped with it in October 1944 but it was of course installed prior to that date. Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-978 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.