List of all U-boats




Ordered23 Dec 1939
Laid down21 Nov 1940 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1010)
Launched12 Jul 1941
Commissioned16 Oct 1941Oblt. Georg Lassen (Oak Leaves)
16 Oct 1941 - 14 Jun 1943  Kptlt. Georg Lassen (Knights Cross)
15 Jun 1943 - 14 Jul 1943  Oblt. Gerd von Pommer-Esche
5 patrols
16 Oct 1941-28 Feb 1942  4. Flottille (training)
1 Mar 1942-14 Jul 1943  10. Flottille (active service)
Successes26 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).

Loss position

See the 31 ships hit by U-160 - View the 5 war patrols

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 -

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.

10th Flotilla

Media links

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

The Approaching Storm

Chewning, Alpheus J.

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.

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