|Ordered||25 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||23 Mar 1940||Deutsche Schiff und Maschinenbau AG, Bremen (werk 700)|
|Launched||1 Mar 1941|
|Commissioned||8 Jul 1941||Kptlt. Hans-Ludwig Witt (Knights Cross)|
|Successes||12 ships sunk, total tonnage 60,107 GRT|
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,130 tons
5 ships damaged, total tonnage 35,672 GRT
1 warship damaged, total tonnage 5,450 tons
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 3,305 GRT
Sunk 27 Sept, 1943 in the South Atlantic near Bahia, in position 12.30S, 35.35W, by depth charges from a US Mariner aircraft (USN VP-74/P-2). 53 dead (all hands lost).
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-161 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat! See the emblem page for this boat or view each one below.
Black Viking Ship
There was another U-161 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 23 Mar 1918 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 29 Jun 1918. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about the U 161 during WWI.