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Ordered25 Sep 1939
Laid down30 Aug 1940 Deutsche Schiff und Maschinenbau AG, Bremen (werk 704)
Launched15 Aug 1941
Commissioned3 Feb 1942Korvkpt. Eberhard Hoffmann
3 Feb 1942 - 27 Sep 1942  FrgKpt. Eberhard Hoffmann
1 patrol
3 Feb 1942-31 Aug 1942  4. Flottille (training)
1 Sep 1942-27 Sep 1942  10. Flottille (active service)
Successes2 ships sunk, total tonnage 8,396 GRT
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 358 GRT
3 ships damaged, total tonnage 14,499 GRT
1 auxiliary warship damaged, total tonnage 7,252 GRT

Sunk on 27 September 1942 in the Bay of Biscay south-west of Lorient, in position 47.00N, 05.30W, by depth charges from a Czech Wellington aircraft (311 Sqn RAF/Q). 51 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé & Eric Zimmerman, February 2003).

Loss position

See the 7 ships hit by U-165 - View the 1 war patrol

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-165 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

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

Shield with Building

Media links

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

Wynn, Kenneth

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

There was another U-165 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 21 Aug 1918 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 6 Nov 1918. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 165 during WWI.

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