List of all U-boats

U-1163

Type

VIIC/41

 
Ordered14 Oct 1941
Laid down5 Dec 1942 Danziger Werft AG, Danzig (werk 135)
Launched12 Jun 1943
Commissioned6 Oct 1943Oblt. Ernst-Ludwig Balduhn
Commanders
6 Oct 1943 - 9 May 1945  Oblt. Ernst-Ludwig Balduhn
Career
4 patrols
6 Oct 1943-31 Jul 1944  8. Flottille (training)
1 Aug 1944-30 Sep 1944  11. Flottille (active service)
1 Oct 1944-8 May 1945  13. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 433 GRT
Fate

Surrendered on 9 May 1945 at Kristiansand-Süd, Norway (Waller & Niestlé, 2010).

Transferred from Kristiansand-Süd, Norway to Loch Ryan on 29 May 1945 for Operation Deadlight.

Operation Deadlight (post-war Allied operation, info)
Sunk on 11 December, 1945 at 55.50N x 10.05W by aircraft.

Final location

Blue marker shows final fate during Operation Deadlight. Orange marker shows German surrender.

See the 1 ships hit by U-1163 - View the 4 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-1163 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Panther (16 Oct 1944 - 30 Oct 1944)
   Stier (25 Nov 1944 - 15 Dec 1944)

Attacks on this boat and other events

2 Aug 1944

Off Egerøy, Nth of Stavanger, Norway: U-1163 and U-771 were being transferred from Stavanger to Kristiansand South and were proceeding on the surface accompanied by surface escorts when RAF Mosquitoes E/333 and S/333 (HR126) attacked. S for Sugar crashed into the sea with the loss of Fnr. Axel Reidar Eikemo and Kvm. Claus Harr. The boats were undamaged.

(Sources: 333 Squadron Operations Record Book)

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-1163 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.


Media links


The Grey Wolves of Eriboll

David M. Hird


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

Wynn, Kenneth


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


The Royal Navy and German Naval Disarmament, 1942-1947

Madsen, Chris