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Type IXC / 40

1,120 Tons (surfaced)
1,232 Tons (submerged)
252 x 22' 8" x 31' 6"
6 x torpedo tubes
4 bow, 2 stern with 22 torpedoes
1 x 105/45mm deck gun
2 x AA gun

Ship History
Built by Deutsche Schiff und Maschinenbau AG, Bremen, werk number 707. Laid down on March 15, 1941. Launched March 5, 1942. Commissioned September 10, 1941 with Kptlt. Helmut Pich in command.

Wartime History
Assigned to 4 Flottille, this submarine began a training cruise on September 10, 1942 until February 28, 1943. Assigned to 2 Flottile on March 1.

First War Patrol
Departed on March 9, 1943 on her first war patrol from Kiel, Germany. Arrived at Lorient, France on May 18.

Second War Patrol
Departed on her second war patrol from Lorient on July 3 bound for the Pacific and arrived at Penang on November 11. Claimed 2,183 tons. On January 28, 1944 departed Penang then returned without results to Penang on February 3.

Third War Patrol
Departed Penang on February 7. Arrived at Batavia (Jakarta) on March 24, 1944. Claimed 15,629 tons.

Fourth War Patrol
Assigned to 33 Flottille, patrolled on October 1. Departed Batavia on October 5, 1944 starting her 4th patrol.

Sinking History
On October 6, 1944 at 0130 hours sunk in the Java Sea, by a torpedo fired by Dutch submarine HrMs Zwaardvisch (P 322). During the sinking, 23 died and 27 survived the sinking.

References - U-168 - Patrols by U-168

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017




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