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Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down24 Jul 1942 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 178)
Launched1 Apr 1943
Commissioned12 May 1943Oblt. Günther Pulst (Knights Cross)
12 May 1943 - 9 May 1945  Kptlt. Günther Pulst (Knights Cross)
2 patrols
12 May 1943-31 Jul 1944  5. Flottille (training)
1 Aug 1944-4 Sep 1944  3. Flottille (active service)
5 Sep 1944-8 May 1945  11. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 7,176 GRT

Surrendered on 9 May 1945 in the Lofjord near Trondheim, Norway (Waller & Niestlé, 2010).

Transferred to Loch Ryan, Scotland on 29 May 1945.

Operation Deadlight (post-war Allied operation, info)
Sunk on 11 Dec, 1945 in position 56.10N, 10.05W.

Final location

See the 1 ships hit by U-978 - View the 2 war patrols

General notes on this boat

9 Oct 1944. U-978 began the longest Schnorchel patrol of the war, 68 days from Bergen, Norway on 9 Oct. 1944, returning there on 16 Dec.

This surpassed the more famous 66-day submerged run U-977 undertook while en route to Argentina to surrender there in August 1945.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat

This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus and sailed equipped with it in October 1944 but it was of course installed prior to that date.

Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-978 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.

Red Bird

Media links

The Grey Wolves of Eriboll

David M. Hird

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

The Royal Navy and German Naval Disarmament, 1942-1947

Madsen, Chris
($ 58.77)

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

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