List of all U-boats




Ordered25 Sep 1939
Laid down20 Jun 1940 Deutsche Schiff und Maschinenbau AG, Bremen (werk 703)
Launched1 May 1941
Commissioned28 Nov 1941Korvkpt. Otto Fechner
28 Nov 1941 - 6 Jan 1943  KrvKpt. Otto Fechner
2 patrols
28 Nov 1941-31 Jul 1942  4. Flottille (training)
1 Aug 1942-6 Jan 1943  10. Flottille (active service)
Successes3 ships sunk, total tonnage 8,133 GRT

Sunk 6 Jan 1943 in the South Atlantic north-west of Pernambuco, in position 01.58S, 39.22W, by depth charges from a US Catalina aircraft (VP-83/P-2). 54 dead and 2 survivors.

Loss position

See the 3 ships hit by U-164 - View the 2 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-164 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Pirat (29 Jul 1942 - 1 Aug 1942)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-164 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.

Oak Leaf

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

Dark Sky, Deep Water

Franks, Norman

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

There was another U-164 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 7 Aug 1918 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 17 Oct 1918. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 164 during WWI.