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Ordered25 May 1941
Laid down2 Oct 1942 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 188)
Launched3 Jun 1943
Commissioned15 Jul 1943Oblt. Erich Dobberstein
15 Jul 1943 - 29 Jun 1944  Oblt. Erich Dobberstein
1 patrol
15 Jul 1943-31 May 1944  5. Flottille (training)
1 Jun 1944-29 Jun 1944  7. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 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).

Loss position

See the 3 ships hit by U-988 - View the 1 war patrol

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

8 Sep 1943. On 8 Sept, 1943 U-988 had a collision with her sister ship U-983 in the Baltic Sea training waters. U-983 sank with the loss of 5 men.

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.

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel