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Ordered25 Sep 1939
Laid down23 Mar 1940 Deutsche Schiff und Maschinenbau AG, Bremen (werk 700)
Launched1 Mar 1941
Commissioned8 Jul 1941Kptlt. Hans-Ludwig Witt (Knights Cross)
8 Jul 1941 - 30 Nov 1941  Kptlt. Hans-Ludwig Witt (Knights Cross)
1 Dec 1941 - 31 Dec 1941  Kptlt. Hans-Ludwig Witt (Knights Cross)
1 Jan 1942 - 27 Sep 1943  Kptlt. Albrecht Achilles (Knights Cross)
6 patrols
8 Jul 1941-31 Dec 1941  4. Flottille (training)
1 Jan 1942-27 Sep 1943  2. Flottille (active service)
Successes12 ships sunk, total tonnage 60,107 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,130 tons
5 ships damaged, total tonnage 35,672 GRT
1 warship damaged, total tonnage 5,450 tons
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 3,305 GRT

Sunk on 27 September 1943 in the South Atlantic east of Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, in position 12.30S, 35.35W, by depth charges from a US Mariner aircraft (VP-74 USN/P-2). 53 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 20 ships hit by U-161 - View the 6 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-161 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.

Black Viking Ship

Media links

U-Boats in the Bahamas

Eric Wiberg
($ 37.95)
(£ 35.95)

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

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

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

There was another U-161 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 23 Mar 1918 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 29 Jun 1918. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 161 during WWI.

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