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Ordered30 May 1938
Laid down27 Sep 1939 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 603)
Launched31 Aug 1940
Commissioned12 Oct 1940Kptlt. Robert Gysae (Knights Cross/Oak Leaves)
12 Oct 1940 - 23 Mar 1942  Kptlt. Robert Gysae (Knights Cross)
24 Mar 1942 - Oct, 1942  KrvKpt. Wilhelm Schulze
Oct, 1942 - 15 Nov 1942  Oblt. Kurt Eichmann
9 patrols
12 Oct 1940-28 Feb 1941  7. Flottille (training)
1 Mar 1941-15 Nov 1942  7. Flottille (active service)
Successes10 ships sunk, total tonnage 48,878 GRT
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 10,549 GRT
1 warship damaged, total tonnage 185 tons

Sunk on 15 November 1942 in the North Atlantic west of Gibraltar, in position 36.09N, 07.42W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Wrestler. 46 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB, June 1988).

Loss position

See the 12 ships hit by U-98 - View the 9 war patrols

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk on 19 Nov, 1942 in the Atlantic, southwest of Cape St. Vincent in position 35.38N, 11.48W by depth charges from a British Hudson aircraft (RAF Sqdn. 608/C). (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack was in fact against U-413 which escaped severely damaged.

Wolfpack operations

U-98 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   West (8 May 1941 - 27 May 1941)
   Seewolf (3 Sep 1941 - 15 Sep 1941)
   Störtebecker (5 Nov 1941 - 19 Nov 1941)
   Gödecke (19 Nov 1941 - 22 Nov 1941)
   Natter (30 Oct 1942 - 8 Nov 1942)
   Westwall (8 Nov 1942 - 15 Nov 1942)

Attacks on this boat and other events

2 Apr 1942
00.47 hrs, Bay of Biscay, outbound: six 250lb depth charges dropped by a British Whitley bomber (RAF Sqdn 502/F) caused minor damage. U-98 escaped by diving. (Sources: ASW 822/42, KTB U-98)

1 recorded attack 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-98 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.

The Snorting Bull - U-47

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

Attack and Sink!

Edwards, Bernard
($ 12.95)

There was another U-98 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 28 Feb 1917 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 31 May 1917. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 98 during WWI.

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