|Ordered||5 Jun 1941|
|Laid down||24 Jul 1942||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 178)|
|Launched||1 Apr 1943|
|Commissioned||12 May 1943||Oblt. Günther Pulst (Knights Cross)|
|Successes||1 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)
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.
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.
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.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.