|Ordered||5 Jun 1941|
|Laid down||8 Feb 1943||F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 687)|
|Launched||13 Jan 1944|
|Commissioned||12 Feb 1944||Oblt. Helmut Lange|
|Successes||No 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).
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.
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in March 1944.
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.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.