U 183


U 183 was a type IXC/40 uboat laid down by AG Weser in Bremen in May 1941, and was launched in January 1942. She was commissioned four months later, and assigned to 4. Unterseeboot flotille for training. She entered active service in October 1942 and was last commanded by Kapitänleutnant Fritz Schneewind. She was assigned to the Monsun Gruppe which operated in Asia from Japanese held bases at Penang, and is credited with having sunk four Allied ships. She also torpedoed and damaged the tanker British Loyalty in the Maldives in March 1944. She was spotted and sunk with only one survivor in the Java Sea outside Indonesia 23. April 1945 by the American submarine USS Besugo. The wreck which is belived to be eeither U-168 or U-183, was found in November 2013 and was dived and inspected by a National Archeology Center Research Team from Indonesia soon after. The wreck rest today about 60 nautical miles northeast of Karimunjawa Island, and since remains of her crew was found inside the wreck it is considered a war grave.

Former names:
U 183

251,1 x 22,6 x 31,6 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
1120 displ ( surfaced ) Bremen ( D ) 1942 Penang ( ID )

4°49'58.8"S 112°52'01.2"E

Picture: U-805, a type IXC/40 uboat
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Last updated: August 2020