|Ordered||25 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||8 May 1940||Deutsche Schiff und Maschinenbau AG, Bremen (werk 702)|
|Launched||1 May 1941|
|Commissioned||21 Oct 1941||Korvkpt. Kurt-Eduard Engelmann|
|Successes||3 ships sunk, total tonnage 15,011 GRT|
1 warship a total loss, total tonnage 2,000 tons
Sunk 13 March, 1943 in the North Atlantic north-west of Cape Finisterre in position 45.05N, 15.00W by depth charges from the Canadian corvette HMCS Prescott. 57 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB, April 1987).
Previously recorded fate
- Sunk by the American submarine USS Herring on 21 March, 1943 in position 44.13N, 08.23W. (Postwar assessment)
Notes. This attack was actually against a nonsub target or possibly a Spanish fishing 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-163 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 2 emblem entry for this boat! See the emblem page for this boat or view each one below.
There was another U-163 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 1 Jun 1918 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 21 Aug 1918. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about the U 163 during WWI.