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German submarine U-988
Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-988
Ordered: 25 May 1941
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Yard number: 188
Laid down: 2 October 1942
Launched: 3 June 1943
Commissioned: 15 July 1943
Fate: Sunk on 29 June 1944 in the English Channel at 49°37′N 03°41′W / 49.617°N 3.683°W / 49.617; -3.683Coordinates: 49°37′N 03°41′W / 49.617°N 3.683°W / 49.617; -3.683 by RN frigates HMS Essington, HMS Cooke, HMS Duckworth and HMS Domett, and RAF Liberator
General characteristics
Type: Type VIIC submarine
Displacement: 769 tonnes (757 long tons) surfaced
871 t (857 long tons) submerged
Length: 67.1 m (220 ft 2 in) o/a
50.5 m (165 ft 8 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.2 m (20 ft 4 in) o/a
4.7 m (15 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Draft: 4.74 m (15 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: 2 × supercharged Germaniawerft 6-cylinder 4-stroke F46 diesel engines, totalling 2,800–3,200 bhp (2,100–2,400 kW). Max rpm: 1920-490
2 × BBC GG UB 720/8 electric motors, totalling 750 shp (560 kW) and max rpm: 296
Speed: 17.7 knots (32.8 km/h; 20.4 mph) surfaced
7.6 knots (14.1 km/h; 8.7 mph) submerged
Range: 8,500 nmi (15,700 km) at 10 kn (19 km/h) surfaced
80 nmi (150 km) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement: 44–52 officers & ratings
Armament: 5 × 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedo tubes (4 bow, 1 stern)
14 × torpedoes or 26 TMA mines
1 × 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun (220 rounds)
Various AA guns
Service record
Part of: 5th U-boat Flotilla (Training)
15 July 1943 - 31 May 1944
7th U-boat Flotilla
1–29 June 1944
Commanders: Oblt.z.S. Erich Dobberstein[1]
15 July 1943 - 29 June 1944
Operations: 1 patrol
Victories: 1 merchant ship total loss (7,058 GRT)
1 auxiliary warship sunk (2,385 GRT)
1 warship total loss (925 tons)

German submarine U-988 was a Type VIIC U-boat built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine for service during World War II. She was laid down on 2 October 1942 by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg as yard number 188, launched on 3 June 1943 and commissioned on 15 July 1943 under Oberleutnant zur See Erich Dobberstein.

Service History[edit | edit source]

The boat's career began with training at 5th Flotilla on 15 July 1943, followed by active service on 1 June 1944 as part of the 7th Flotilla.

Wolfpacks[edit | edit source]

U-988 took part in no wolfpacks.

Fate[edit | edit source]

U-988 was sunk on 29 June 1944 in the English Channel at 49°37′N 03°41′W / 49.617°N 3.683°W / 49.617; -3.683 by RN frigates HMS Essington, HMS Cooke, HMS Duckworth and HMS Domett, and RAF Liberator of 244 Squadron.

Summary of Raiding Career[edit | edit source]

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate[2]
27 June 1944 HMS Pink  Royal Navy 925 Total loss
28 June 1944 HMS Maid of Orleans  Royal Navy 2,385 Sunk
29 June 1944 Empire Portia  United Kingdom 7,058 Total loss

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. Helgason, Guðmundur. "Erich Dobberstein". http://www.uboat.net/men/commanders/207.html. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  2. Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by U-988". http://uboat.net/boats/successes/u988.html. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • Sharpe, Peter (1998). Ships hit by U-Boat Fact File. Great Britain: Midland Publishing. ISBN 1-85780-072-9. 
  • Kemp, Paul (1997). Ships hit by U-Boats Destroyed – German Submarine Losses in the World Wars. Arms and Armour Press. p. 200. ISBN 1-85409-321-5. 

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