List of all U-boats
|Ordered||15 Aug 1940|
|Laid down||18 Aug 1941||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1028)|
|Launched||31 Mar 1942|
|Commissioned||5 Aug 1942||Oblt. Siegfried Lüdden (Knights Cross)|
|Successes||8 ships sunk, total tonnage 49,725 GRT|
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,190 tons
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 9,977 GRT
Decommissioned on 20 August 1944 at Bordeaux and laid up in the U-boat pen. Scuttled there on 25 August 1944 as the unseaworthy boat was unable to escape the Allied advance. Wreck broken up in 1947.
U-188 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Seeteufel (21 Mar 1943 - 29 Mar 1943)
Adler (7 Apr 1943 - 13 Apr 1943)
Meise (13 Apr 1943 - 20 Apr 1943)
Attacks on this boat and other events
2 May 1943
10.14 hrs, Bay of Biscay, inbound: British Whitley aircraft (612 Sqn RAF/W) strafed U-188 and dropped four depth charges. Gunfire wounded the commander, KptLt Siegfried Lüdden, and one of the crew, who died in hospital in Paris on 14 May. [Matrosengefreiter Leo Rupp] (Sources: Rohwer/Ritschel)
1 recorded attack on this boat.
General notes on this boat
HMS Beverly took part in sinking U-188's sister ship U-187 on 4 Feb, 1943.
19 Jun 1944. U-188 arrived at Bordeaux with a cargo of tin, wolfram, opium and quinine after leaving Penang, Sumatra on the 9th January. U-boat HQ had assumed U-188 was sunk because the boat's radio had failed and it had been unable to send messages since early May.
Men lost from the boat
2 May 1943
10.14 hrs, Bay of Biscay, inbound: British Whitley aircraft (612 Sqn RAF/W) strafed U-188 and dropped four depth charges. Gunfire wounded the commander, KptLt Siegfried Lüdden, and one of the crew, who died in hospital in Paris on 14 May. [Matrosengefreiter Leo Rupp]
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Globe and U-boat
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