List of all U-boats
|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 on 14 February 1945 in the Norwegian Sea north of the Shetland 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).
U-989 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Stürmer (26 Jan 1944 - 3 Feb 1944)
Igel 1 (3 Feb 1944 - 17 Feb 1944)
Hai 1 (17 Feb 1944 - 22 Feb 1944)
Attacks on this boat and other events
7 Jun 1944
A Leigh Light attack by a British Wellington bomber (179 Sqn RAF, pilot W.J. Hill) in the Bay of Biscay caused minor damage. A B-24 Liberator and a flight of Mosquitos then joined in, 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. Two men managed to escape after U-989 was sunk, but both died before reaching the surface. One was the commander, Oblt Hardo von Roithberg. It was his 27th birthday.
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in October 1944.
Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.
Men lost from the boat
7 Jun 1944
A Leigh Light attack by a British Wellington bomber (179 Sqn RAF, pilot W.J. Hill) in the Bay of Biscay caused minor damage. A B-24 Liberator and a flight of Mosquitos then joined in, wounding the U-boat commander and forcing U-989 to return to base.
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
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