U 166

Gulf of Mexico,North America

IAfter the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the undeclared war againt USA 7.December 1941, Adolf Hitler quickly followed up with declaring war on America. Admiral Dönitz and the Kriegsmarine soon launched Operation Paukenschlag, the naval warfare against the merchant shipping on the US east coast in early 1942. U 166 was launched in November 1941 and was a large IXC type uboat. In June 1942 under command of Oberleutnant Hans-Günther Kuhlman ( also see his former ill fated U 580 ) she stood ready for war duty. She left Lorient in France 17.June 1942, headed for the US east coast. Between 11.July and 30.July, they managed to sink four American merchant vessels, including the steamer Robert E. Lee. After the sinking of Lee, she was spotted by a Grumman aircraft from the US Navy and sunk by a depth charge. U 166 disappeared in the deep with all hands lost. The wreck was discovered in May 2001 on a depth of approx 15oo meter, not far from the wreck of Robert E. Lee. The wreck was well documented, and declared a war grave.

Former names:
U 166

251,1 x 22,2 x 31,6 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
1100 displ ( surfaced ) Bremen ( D ) 1941 Horten ( N )

28°41 N 88°42 W
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