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Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down8 Feb 1943 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 687)
Launched13 Jan 1944
Commissioned12 Feb 1944Oblt. Helmut Lange
12 Feb 1944 - 15 Feb 1945  Oblt. Helmut Lange
1 patrol
12 Feb 1944-31 Oct 1944  5. Flottille (training)
1 Nov 1944-15 Feb 1945  11. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sank on 15 February 1945 in the North Sea in the Byfjord north-west of Bergen, Norway, in position 60.26N, 05.16E, after an accident during a deep diving trial. 45 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

After an overhaul in the naval yard at Bergen the boat carried out diving trials in the Byfjord. After the first dive there must have been an accident aboard as U-1053 was seen to surface at a steep angle and then sank by the stern. All hands were lost, including seven engineers and foremen from the naval yard.

General notes on this boat

The wreck of U-1053 located off Bergen
On 18 March 2010 the Norwegian Navy announced they had located the wreck they believe to be the U-1053 north-west of Bergen. Photos of the wreck are available on the homepage of the Norwegian Coastal Administration: Kystverket.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in March 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-1053 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.

Crossed Swords

Media links

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel