List of all U-boats

U-188

Type

IXC/40

 
Ordered15 Aug 1940
Laid down18 Aug 1941 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1028)
Launched31 Mar 1942
Commissioned5 Aug 1942Oblt. Siegfried Lüdden (Knights Cross)
Commanders
5 Aug 1942 - 9 Aug 1944  Kptlt. Siegfried Lüdden (Knights Cross)
Career
3 patrols
5 Aug 1942-31 Jan 1943  4. Flottille (training)
1 Feb 1943-20 Aug 1944  10. Flottille (active service)
Successes8 ships sunk, total tonnage 49,725 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,190 tons
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 9,977 GRT
Fate

Decommissioned on 20 August 1944 at Bordeaux and laid up in the U-boat pen. Scuttled there on 25 August 1944 as the unseaworthy boat was unable to escape the Allied advance. Wreck broken up in 1947.

See the 10 ships hit by U-188 - View the 3 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-188 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Seeteufel (21 Mar 1943 - 29 Mar 1943)
   Adler (7 Apr 1943 - 13 Apr 1943)
   Meise (13 Apr 1943 - 20 Apr 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

2 May 1943
10.14 hrs, Bay of Biscay, inbound: British Whitley aircraft (612 Sqn RAF/W) strafed U-188 and dropped four depth charges. Gunfire wounded the commander, KptLt Siegfried Lüdden, and one of the crew, who died in hospital in Paris on 14 May. [Matrosengefreiter Leo Rupp] (Sources: Rohwer/Ritschel)

1 recorded attack on this boat.

General notes on this boat

HMS Beverly took part in sinking U-188's sister ship U-187 on 4 Feb, 1943.

19 Jun 1944. U-188 arrived at Bordeaux with a cargo of tin, wolfram, opium and quinine after leaving Penang, Sumatra on the 9th January. U-boat HQ had assumed U-188 was sunk because the boat's radio had failed and it had been unable to send messages since early May.

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

Men lost from the boat

2 May 1943
10.14 hrs, Bay of Biscay, inbound: British Whitley aircraft (612 Sqn RAF/W) strafed U-188 and dropped four depth charges. Gunfire wounded the commander, KptLt Siegfried Lüdden, and one of the crew, who died in hospital in Paris on 14 May. [Matrosengefreiter Leo Rupp]

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Globe and U-boat

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


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

Wynn, Kenneth


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay