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

U-1163 and U-771 were being transferred from Stavanger to Kristiansand South, and were proceeding on the surface, accompanied by surface escorts. Mosquitoes E/333 and S/333 (HR126) made the attack. Mosquito S crashed into the sea during the attack, with the loss of Fnr. Axel Reidar Eikemo and Kvm. Claus Harr. The attack took place off Egero, Norway. The boats suffered no damage.

(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