|Ordered||23 Dec 1939|
|Laid down||21 Nov 1940||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1010)|
|Launched||12 Jul 1941|
|Commissioned||16 Oct 1941||Oblt. Georg Lassen (Oak Leaves)|
|Successes||26 ships sunk, total tonnage 156,082 GRT|
5 ships damaged, total tonnage 34,419 GRT
Sunk on 14 July 1943 in the North Atlantic south of the Azores, in position 33.54N, 27.13W, by a Fido homing torpedo from an Avenger (VC-29 USN/T-7), assisted by a Wildcat aircraft (VC-29 USN/F-1), of the US escort carrier USS Santee. 57 dead (all hands lost).
Attacks on this boat and other events
16 Oct 1942
After sinking one small ship and damaging a larger one from a small convoy north of Trinidad, the boat escaped an attack by the escorts without significant damage. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 53.)
1 recorded attack on this boat.
Men lost from the boat
14 Dec 1941
U-160 lost 7 men dead and one wounded in a fire at Danzig during the boat´s working up exercises. [Maschinenmaat Melchior Schwipp, Matrosengefreiter August Männel, Matrosengefreiter Heinrich Meckenstock]
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
There was another U-160 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 27 Feb 1918 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 26 May 1918. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 160 during WWI.