|Ordered||30 May 1938|
|Laid down||27 Sep 1939||F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 603)|
|Launched||31 Aug 1940|
|Commissioned||12 Oct 1940||Kptlt. Robert Gysae (Knights Cross/Oak Leaves)|
|Successes||10 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).
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.
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.
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
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.
As an Amazon Associate uboat.net earns a commission from qualifying purchases.