|Ordered||25 May 1941|
|Laid down||17 Oct 1942||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 189)|
|Launched||16 Jun 1943|
|Commissioned||22 Jul 1943||Oblt. Hardo Rodler von Roithberg|
|Successes||1 ship sunk, total tonnage 1,791 GRT|
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 7,176 GRT
Sunk 14 Feb, 1945 in the Northern Sea at the Faeroe Islands, in position 61.36N, 01.35W by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Bayntun, HMS Bratwaite, HMS Loch Eck and HMS Loch Dunvegan. 47 dead (all hands lost).
Attacks on this boat and other events
7 Jun 1944
An attack from a British Leigh-light equipped Wellington (Sqdn 179, pilot W. J. Hill) in the Bay of Biscay caused minor damage. A B-24 Liberator and a flight of Mosquitos also took part, wounding the U-boat commander and forcing U-989 to return to base. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 583)
1 recorded attack on this boat.
General notes on this boat
14 Feb 1945. After U-989 was sunk 2 men managed to escape, but both died before reaching the surface. One was the commander, Oblt Hardo von Roithberg. It was his 27th birthday.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-989 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.