|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.
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
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.Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.
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