List of all U-boats




Ordered25 Sep 1939
Laid down12 Sep 1940 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 995)
Launched5 Apr 1941
Commissioned19 Jul 1941Korvkpt. Wilfried Reichmann
19 Jul 1941 - 13 Jul 1942  FrgKpt. Wilfried Reichmann
2 patrols
19 Jul 1941-31 May 1942  4. Flottille (training)
1 Jun 1942-13 Jul 1942  2. Flottille (active service)
Successes3 ships sunk, total tonnage 16,186 GRT

Sunk 6 July 1942 in the Caribbean Sea north-west of Aruba, in position 12.50N, 72.20W, by depth charges from a US A-20A Havoc aircraft (59th BS USAAF/40-106). 52 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, October 2013).

Loss position

See the 3 ships hit by U-153 - View the 2 war patrols

Attacks on this boat and other events

6 Jul 1942
The boat was sunk in an air attack by the US A-20A Havoc aircraft 40-106 (59th BS USAAF, pilot 1stLt M.E. Groover) in the Caribbean Sea north-west of Aruba. (Sources: Axel Niestlé)

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-153 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.

Viking Ship

Media links

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

There was another U-153 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 19 Jul 1917 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 17 Nov 1917. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 153 during WWI.

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