List of all U-boats




Ordered15 Aug 1940
Laid down28 May 1941 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1023)
Launched9 Jan 1942
Commissioned1 Apr 1942Korvkpt. Heinrich Schäfer
1 Apr 1942 - 19 Nov 1943  Kptlt. Heinrich Schäfer
20 Nov 1943 - 23 Apr 1945  Kptlt. Fritz Schneewind (German Cross in Gold)
6 patrols
1 Apr 1942-30 Sep 1942  4. Flottille (training)
1 Oct 1942-30 Sep 1944  2. Flottille (active service)
1 Oct 1944-23 Apr 1945  33. Flottille (active service)
Successes4 ships sunk, total tonnage 19,260 GRT
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 6,993 GRT

Sunk at 0729hrs on 23 April 1945 in the Java Sea north of Soerabaja, in position 04.57S, 112.52E, by a torpedo from the US submarine USS Besugo. 54 dead and 1 survivor.

Loss position

See the 5 ships hit by U-183 - View the 6 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-183 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Luchs (4 Oct 1942 - 6 Oct 1942)
   Panther (7 Oct 1942 - 11 Oct 1942)
   Hartherz (3 Feb 1943 - 7 Feb 1943)

General notes on this boat

* Fritz Schneewind was born on 10 April, 1917 in Padang/Sumatra. Thus, his life ended in the same region it began.

U-183 was one of the Monsun boats that patrolled in the Far East.

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

Men lost from the boat

13 May 1944
One man was killed in an accident working in a diving cell while preparing U-183 for the next patrol in the Far East. The boat sailed from Penang on 17 May. [Obermaschinenmaat Erich Adelsheimer]

  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.

Rising sun and Kriegsmarine flag

Media links

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay
(EUR 51.51)

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

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay
($ 39.00)
(EUR 57.06)