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Ordered25 Sep 1939
Laid down8 May 1940 Deutsche Schiff und Maschinenbau AG, Bremen (werk 702)
Launched1 May 1941
Commissioned21 Oct 1941Korvkpt. Kurt-Eduard Engelmann
21 Oct 1941 - 13 Mar 1943  KrvKpt. Kurt-Eduard Engelmann
3 patrols
21 Oct 1941-31 Jul 1942  4. Flottille (training)
1 Aug 1942-13 Mar 1943  10. Flottille (active service)
Successes3 ships sunk, total tonnage 15,011 GRT
1 warship a total loss, total tonnage 2,000 tons

Sunk on 13 March 1943 in the North Atlantic north-west of Cape Finisterre, Spain, in position 45.05N, 15.00W, by depth charges from the Canadian corvette HMCS Prescott. 57 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB, April 1987).

Loss position

See the 4 ships hit by U-163 - View the 3 war patrols

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk by the American submarine USS Herring on 21 March, 1943 in position 44.13N, 08.23W. (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack was actually against a nonsub target or possibly a Spanish fishing 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-163 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.

Sailing ship with Key

Red V on White Shield

Media links

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-163 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 1 Jun 1918 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 21 Aug 1918. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 163 during WWI.

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