|Ordered||5 Jun 1941|
|Laid down||7 Sep 1942||Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 53)|
|Launched||15 May 1943|
|Commissioned||26 Jun 1943||Oblt. Willy Meyer|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk on 3 April 1944 in the Barents Sea east of Bear Island, in position 73.44N, 27.12E, by depth charges, rockets and strafing from a British Swordfish aircraft (819 Sqn FAA/C) of the British escort carrier HMS Activity and the British Avenger & Wildcat aircraft (846 Sqn FAA/G & Y) of the British escort carrier HMS Tracker. 49 dead (all hands lost).
For the following sequence of photographs that show U-288 being attacked shortly before sinking we would like to thank David Tolley who's father Raymond Tolley was an Air Artificer aboard HMS Tracker during that time.
Attacks on this boat and other events
3 Apr 1944
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:British Swordfish (Sqdn )
The boat was lost in this attack.
1 recorded attack 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-288 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.