List of all U-boats

U-160

Type

IXC

 
Ordered23 Dec 1939
Laid down21 Nov 1940 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1010)
Launched12 Jul 1941
Commissioned16 Oct 1941Oblt. Georg Lassen (Oak Leaves)
Commanders
16 Oct 1941 - 14 Jun 1943  Kptlt. Georg Lassen (Knights Cross)
15 Jun 1943 - 14 Jul 1943  Oblt. Gerd von Pommer-Esche
Career
5 patrols
16 Oct 1941-28 Feb 1942  4. Flottille (training)
1 Mar 1942-14 Jul 1943  10. Flottille (active service)
Successes26 ships sunk, total tonnage 156,082 GRT
5 ships damaged, total tonnage 34,419 GRT
Fate

Sunk 14 Jul 1943 south of the Azores, in position 33.54N, 27.13W, by aerial torpedoes from Avenger and Wildcat aircraft (from VC-29) of the US escort carrier USS Santee. 57 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 31 ships hit by U-160 - View the 5 war patrols

Attacks on this boat and other events

16 Oct 1942
After sinking one small ship and damaging a larger one from a small convoy north of Trinidad, the boat escaped an attack by the escorts without significant damage. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 53.)

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

14 Dec 1941
U-160 lost 7 men dead and one wounded in a fire at Danzig during the boat´s working up exercises. [Maschinenmaat Melchior Schwipp, Matrosengefreiter August Männel, Matrosengefreiter Heinrich Meckenstock]

  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.


10th Flotilla

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, Vol II

Blair, Clay


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay


The Approaching Storm

Chewning, Alpheus J.

There was another U-160 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 27 Feb 1918 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 26 May 1918. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about the U 160 during WWI.