|Ordered||25 May 1941|
|Laid down||2 Oct 1942||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 188)|
|Launched||3 Jun 1943|
|Commissioned||15 Jul 1943||Oblt. Erich Dobberstein|
|Successes||1 ship sunk, total tonnage 2,385 GRT|
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 7,058 GRT
1 warship a total loss, total tonnage 925 tons
Sunk 29 June 1944 in the English Channel west of Guernsey, in position 49.37N, 03.41W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Essington, HMS Duckworth, HMS Domett and HMS Cooke, and a Liberator aircraft (Sqdn 244/L). 50 dead (all hands lost).
Another possible fate for this boat is that she might have been sunk on 18 June, 1944 by depth charges from a Polish Wellington aircraft (Sqdn 304/A).
General notes 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-988 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.