|Ordered||15 Aug 1940|
|Laid down||15 Mar 1941||Deutsche Schiff und Maschinenbau AG, Bremen (werk 707)|
|Launched||5 Mar 1942|
|Commissioned||10 Sep 1942||Kptlt. Helmut Pich|
|Successes||2 ships sunk, total tonnage 6,568 GRT|
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 1,440 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 9,804 GRT
Note. Fate map temporarily disabled due to huge Google Maps price increase (20 July 2018).
U-168 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Seeteufel (21 Mar 1943 - 30 Mar 1943)
Löwenherz (1 Apr 1943 - 10 Apr 1943)
Lerche (10 Apr 1943 - 15 Apr 1943)
Specht (21 Apr 1943 - 4 May 1943)
Fink (4 May 1943 - 6 May 1943)
Attacks on this boat and other events
3 Nov 1943
22.10 hrs local time, off Cochin (now Kochi), India: A Catalina flying boat (413 Sqn RCAF/Y, pilot J. Gowans) located U-168 on radar in darkness astern of convoy MB-53. A stick of four 250lb depth charges dropped as the U-boat evaded with a hard turn to port straddled the stern, and caused leaks and damage to the stern torpedo tubes. The aircrafts empennage was slightly damaged by flak as the port blister gun returned fire until the U-boat dived 10 minutes later. U-168 afterwards made directly for Penang and thus avoided an intense air search of the area of the attack over the next five days. The pilot was subsequently awarded a DFC for his actions. (Sources: AIR 25/931)
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-168 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.