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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 - 22 Jun 1944  Oblt. Erich Dobberstein
1 patrol
15 Jul 1943-31 May 1944  5. Flottille (training)
1 Jun 1944-22 Jun 1944  7. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk on 22 June 1944 in the English Channel north-west of Cherbourg, in position 50.01,3N, 02.59,7W, by depth charges from a US Liberator aircraft (VB-110 USN/K). 50 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, December 2013).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

A U-boat wreck was located in 1998 north-west of Cherbourg and eventually identified as U-988 in 2013.

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