List of all U-boats




Ordered25 Jan 1939
Laid down1 Jul 1940 Flender Werke AG, Lübeck (werk 292)
Launched16 Aug 1941
Commissioned15 Oct 1941Kptlt. Heino Bohmann
15 Oct 1941 - 12 Sep 1942  Kptlt. Heino Bohmann
3 patrols
15 Oct 1941-30 Apr 1942  8. Flottille (training)
1 May 1942-30 Jun 1942  7. Flottille (active service)
1 Jul 1942-12 Sep 1942  11. Flottille (active service)
Successes2 ships sunk, total tonnage 12,304 GRT

Sunk on 12 September 1942 in the Arctic Sea south-west of Spitzbergen, in position 75.04N, 04.49E, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Faulknor. 46 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 2 ships hit by U-88 - View the 3 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-88 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Strauchritter (29 Apr 1942 - 2 May 1942)
   Eisteufel (21 Jun 1942 - 11 Jul 1942)
   Trägertod (12 Sep 1942 - 12 Sep 1942)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-88 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.

Viking Ship

Media links

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

There was another U-88 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 22 Jun 1916 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 7 Apr 1917. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 88 during WWI.