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Ordered21 Nov 1940
Laid down12 Sep 1941 Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel (werk 19)
Launched12 Nov 1942
Commissioned31 Dec 1942Ltnt. Peter Sues
31 Dec 1942 - 20 Jun 1943  Oblt. Peter Sues
1 patrol
31 Dec 1942-1 Jun 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 Jun 1943-20 Jun 1943  9. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk on 20 June 1943 in the North Atlantic south-east of Cape Farewell, in position 57.36N, 31.20W, by a Fido homing torpedo from a US Catalina aircraft (VP-84 USN/P-1). 47 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-388 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

Media links

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

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

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