|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
Scuttled on 20 August, 1944 at the U-boat base in Bordeaux, France when unable to escape the Allied advance. Broken up in 1947.
Attacks on this boat
2 May 1943
10.14 hrs, Bay of Biscay, inbound: British Whitley bomber W for William from Sqdn 612 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. 19 June 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.
Men lost from the boat
2 May 1943
The boat was heading home through the Bay of Biscay when it was attacked by a Whitley aircraft. The commander, KL Siegfried Lüdden and a crewmember were heavily wounded. The crewmember died two weeks later in a hospital in Paris. [Matrosengefreiter Leo Rupp]
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -