|Ordered||17 Jul 1941|
|Laid down||3 Jan 1942||F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 557)|
|Launched||17 Oct 1942|
|Commissioned||1 Feb 1943||Ltnt. Erwin Bartke|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk on April 26, 1944 in the mid-Atlantic west of Cape Verde in position 17.54N, 38.05W by depth charges from the US destroyer escorts USS Frost, USS Huse, USS Barber and USS Snowden. 64 dead (all hands lost).
U-488 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Trutz (6 Jun 1943 - 12 Jun 1943)
Attacks on this boat and other events
12 Oct 1943
Two American Avenger aircraft from the escort carrier USS Card sent to intercept the milch cow found the boat and dropped Fido homing torpedoes. Claimed sunk, she nonetheless survived unharmed. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 431)
1 recorded attack on this boat.
Men lost from the boat
15 Oct 1943
A man died of illness on 15 Oct. [Maschinenmaat Karl Bergmann]
25 Nov 1943
A man fell overboard, he was rescued died of heart failure shortly afterwards. [Matrosenobergefreiter Heinz Heinlein]
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
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