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Ordered25 May 1941
Laid down18 Sep 1942 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 186)
Launched20 May 1943
Commissioned1 Jul 1943Oblt. Karl-Ernst Kaiser
1 Jul 1943 - 10 Apr 1944  Oblt. Karl-Ernst Kaiser
1 patrol
1 Jul 1943-29 Feb 1944  5. Flottille (training)
1 Mar 1944-10 Apr 1944  6. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Missing since 10 April 1944 in the North Atlantic or Bay of Biscay. There is no explanation for its loss. 50 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, December 1999).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

U-986 sent its last radio message on 10 April 1944 from approx. position 51.30N, 20.00W stating that it will commence its return voyage in two days. The boat was ordered to head to Lorient and was posted as missing on 20 April 1944 after it failed to arrive in port.

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk 17 April 1944 south-west of Ireland, in position 50.09N, 12.51W by depth charges from the US minesweeper USS Swift and the US submarine chaser USS PC-619.

Wolfpack operations

U-986 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Preussen (2 Mar 1944 - 22 Mar 1944)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-986 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.

U and Crown

Media links

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

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