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Ordered25 Sep 1939
Laid down21 Oct 1940 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 999)
Launched5 Jun 1941
Commissioned15 Sep 1941Korvkpt. Wolf Henne
15 Sep 1941 - 13 Jun 1942  KrvKpt. Wolf Henne
2 patrols
15 Sep 1941-31 May 1942  4. Flottille (training)
1 Jun 1942-13 Jun 1942  2. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 6,401 GRT

Sunk at 2150hrs on 13 June 1942 in the Gulf of Mexico north of Havana, Cuba, in position 24.13N, 82.03W, by depth charges from the US Coast Guard cutter UCGC Thetis. 52 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 1 ships hit by U-157 - View the 2 war patrols

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-157 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

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

Blair, Clay

There was another U-157 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 23 May 1917 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 22 Sep 1917. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 157 during WWI.

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