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Ordered28 May 1940
Laid down25 Feb 1941 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1020)
Launched10 Dec 1941
Commissioned16 May 1942Fregkpt. Werner Musenberg
16 May 1942 - 4 Jan 1944  FrgKpt. Werner Musenberg
Oct, 1943 - 7 Nov 1943  Oblt. (R) Harald Lange
2 Apr 1944 - 23 Aug 1944  Oblt. Rolf Riesen
2 patrols
16 May 1942-31 Jan 1943  4. Flottille (training)
1 Feb 1943-1 Nov 1943  12. Flottille (active service)
1 Apr 1944-23 Aug 1944  12. Flottille (active service)
Successes2 ships sunk, total tonnage 13,298 GRT

Missing since 23 Aug 1944 in the Bay of Biscay west of Bordeaux, France in approximate position 44.00N, 02.00W.

Her loss to mines as listed in many sources is not very likely. 56 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 2 ships hit by U-180 - View the 2 war patrols

General notes on this boat

27 Apr 1943.

U-180 met I-29 in the Indian Ocean to transfer two Indian Nationalists to the Japanese submarine, one of whom was Subhas Chandra Bose. I-29 put both men ashore at Sumatra.

Fregkpt. Werner Musenberg, commander of U-180, and Subhas Chandras Bose.

There is an interesting video on Youtube concerning this incident (among other things).

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat

This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in April 1944.

Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-180 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.

Mercedes Benz

Media links

U-Boat Adventures

Wiggins, Melanie

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

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Related page:
U-boats Missing in Action.

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