List of all U-boats

U-1165

Type

VIIC/41

 
Ordered14 Oct 1941
Laid down31 Dec 1942 Danziger Werft AG, Danzig (werk 137)
Launched20 Jul 1943
Commissioned17 Nov 1943Oblt. Hans Homann
Commanders
17 Nov 1943 - 9 May 1945  Oblt. Hans Homann
Career
4 patrols
17 Nov 1943-31 May 1944  8. Flottille (training)
1 Jun 1944-1 Aug 1944  9. Flottille (active service)
1 Aug 1944-8 May 1945  11. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 warship sunk, total tonnage 39 tons
Fate

Surrendered on 9 May 1945 at Narvik, Norway (Waller & Niestlé, 2010).

Transferred to Loch Eriboll, Scotland, on 19 May and later to Lisahally for Operation Deadlight.

Operation Deadlight (post-war Allied operation, info)
Sank for unknown reasons on 30 Dec, 1945 at 55.44N, 08.40W.

Final location

Blue marker shows final fate during Operation Deadlight. Orange marker shows German surrender.

See the 1 ships hit by U-1165 - View the 4 war patrols

The U-boats that were in the Narvik area at the end of the war were all moved to the Skjomenfjord upon Allied orders to avoid conflicts with the Norwegians on 12 May. On 15 May, a German convoy of five ships (the fleet tender Grille with the staff of FdU Norwegen aboard, the fleet oiler Kärnten, the repair ship Kamerun and the depot ships Huascaran and Stella Polaris) and 15 U-boats (U-278, U-294, U-295, U-312, U-313, U-318, U-363, U-427, U-481, U-668, U-716, U-968, U-992, U-997 and U-1165) left for transfer to Trondheim, but was intercepted after two days by the 9th Escort Group off the Norwegian coast and officially capitulated. While the ships were allowed to proceed to Trondheim, the U-boats were escorted to Loch Eriboll, Scotland, arriving on 19 May. All U-boats were later that month transferred to Lisahally or Loch Ryan for Operation Deadlight.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus and sailed equipped with it in April 1945 but it was of course installed prior to that date. 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-1165 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.


Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


The Grey Wolves of Eriboll

David M. Hird


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


The Royal Navy and German Naval Disarmament, 1942-1947

Madsen, Chris