|Ordered||25 May 1941|
|Laid down||2 Oct 1942||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 188)|
|Launched||3 Jun 1943|
|Commissioned||15 Jul 1943||Oblt. Erich Dobberstein|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk on 22 June 1944 in the English Channel north-west of Cherbourg, in position 50.01,3N, 02.59,7W, by depth charges from a US Liberator aircraft (VB-110 USN/K). 50 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, December 2013).
A U-boat wreck was located in 1998 north-west of Cherbourg and eventually identified as U-988 in 2013.
General notes on this boat
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-988 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.