|Ordered||9 Jun 1938|
|Laid down||5 Oct 1939||Flender Werke AG, Lübeck (werk 291)|
|Launched||9 Dec 1940|
|Commissioned||8 Feb 1941||Oblt. Hans-Werner Kraus|
|Successes||5 ships sunk, total tonnage 8,425 GRT|
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 96 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 2,590 GRT
1 auxiliary warship damaged, total tonnage 6,746 GRT
Sunk 4 March 1943 in the Mediterranean south-east of Cartagena, in position 37.10N, 00.05E, by 3 depth charges from a British Hudson aircraft (500 Sqn RAF/V). 50 dead (all hands lost).
Attacks on this boat and other events
28 Dec 1941
An attack by a convoy escort in the Mediterranean damaged U-83 so severely she was forced to return to base at Salamis, Greece.
1 recorded attack on this boat.
General notes on this boat
21 Oct 1941. U-83 fired a spread of torpedoes at a British task force (which included the ageing aircraft carriers HMS Eagle and HMS Argus) in the Straits of Gibraltar. The boat reported a destroyer sunk, but no hits were in fact scored.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-83 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 emblems individually below.
There was another U-83 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 13 Jul 1916 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 6 Sep 1916. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 83 during WWI.