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U BOATS IN ACTION SOUTH ATLANTIC - U 154 U 199

6)U 161



Ordered - 25 Sep 1939


Laid down - 23 Mar 1940 Deutsche Schiff und Maschinenbau AG, Bremen (werk 700)


Launched - 1 Mar 1941 


Commissioned - 8 Jul 1941 Kptlt. Hans-Ludwig Witt (Knights Cross)


Commanders

8 Jul 1941  - 30 Nov 1941  KptLt. Hans-Ludwig Witt (Knights Cross)


1 Dec 1941 - 31 Dec 1941  Kptlt. Hans-Ludwig Witt


1 Jan 1942 - 27 Sep 1943  KptLt. Albrecht Achilles ( Knights Cross)


Career 

6 patrols


8 Jul 1941 - 31 Dec 1941 4. Flotille (training)


1 Jan 1942 - 27 Sep 1943  2. Flotille (active service)


Successes 12 ships sunk, total tonnage 60,107 GRT


1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,130 


5 ships damaged, total tonnage 35,672 GRT


1 warship damaged, total tonnage 5,450 GRT


1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 3,305 GRT 


Fate - 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).


By www.uboat.net


In the south Atlantic U-161 sank 6 ships with a total of 48,870 DWT


ST.USK - BENALDER - TJILEBOET - RIPLEY - WEST HUMHAW - ITAPAGÉ


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 BENALDER


 RIPLEY


TJILEBOET


WEST HUMHAW


 

ITAPAGE


 

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