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Type IXC/40 U-boat
1,120 Tons (surfaced)
252' x 22' 8' x 14.5"
6 x 53.3cm torpedo tubes
4 bow, 2 stern
with 22 torpedoes
or 72 TMA mines
1 x 105/45mm deck gun
with 110 rounds
On October 1, 1942 assigned to 2nd U-boat Flotilla. Patrolling in the Atlantic Ocean, U-183 sank two ships: Empire Dabchick on December 2, 1942, SS Olancho on March 11, 1942.
During July 1943 U-183 departed France on a voyage to Penang arriving October 27, 1943. On November 20, 1943 assigned to captain Kptlt. Fritz Schneewind.
U-183 was part of the "Monsun Gruppe" patrolling in the Indian Ocean using Japanese occupied bases in Malay and Dutch East Indies for resupply. She sank three more ships: SS Palma on February 29, 1944.
On March 9, 1944 while patrolling off the Maldive Islands, U-183 from outside Addu Atoll (Seenu) fired a torpedo that penetrated a gab in the anti-torpedo net across the Gan Channel and hit the vessel on the starboard side destroying the engine room and flooding the no. 7, no. 8 and no. 9 tanks causing a heavy starboard list. Counter flooding saved the ship from completely sinking.
On June 5, 1944 sank SS Helen Moller her last confirmed sinking.
On October 1, 1944 assigned to 33rd U-boat Flottille.
Fates of the Crew
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