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Albrecht Archilles
25 January 1914(1914-01-25) – 27 September 1943 (aged 29)
Official portrait of Korvettenkapitän Albrecht Achilles
Place of birth Karlsruhe
Place of death northeast of Bahia, Brazil
12°30′S 35°35′W / 12.5°S 35.583°W / -12.5; -35.583 (place of death of Albrecht Achilles)
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1934 – 1943
Rank Korvettenkapitän (posthumous)
Unit battleship "Schleswig-Holstein"
battlecruiser "Gneisenau"
Commands held U-161
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Iron Cross 1st Class
U-boat War Badge
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Albrecht Achilles (25 January 1914 – 27 September 1943) was a German U-boat commander in World War II and commander of U-161.


Military career

Albrecht Achilles joined the Reichsmarine[a] in April 1934 and transferred to the U-boat service in April 1940. For one year he served as a commander trainee as first and second watch officer on board various U-boats, including three patrols on U-66 under the command of Robert-Richard Zapp, before taking over command of U-161 from Kapitänleutnant Hans Witt.

Whilst commander of U-161 Achilles is credited with the sinking of 15 merchant ships totalling 64,842 tons. Achilles also sank the United States Lighthouse Service ship Acacia and damaged the British light cruiser HMS Phoebe on 23 October 1942.

Albrecht Achilles and his entire crew were killed in action when U-161 was sunk northeast of Bahia on 27 September 1943 by depth charges from a US Mariner aircraft (USN VP-74/P-2).

Dates of rank



References in the Wehrmachtbericht

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
12 March 1942 Bei den Unternehmungen in Amerikanischen Gewässern zeichneten sie die Unterseeboote unter Führung der Kapitänleutnante Achilles und Nico Clausen besonders aus.[4]

Submarines under the commands of Kapitänleutnante Achilles and Nico Clausen distinguished themselves in operations in the American sea.




  1. ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 300.
  2. ^ a b c Busch & Röll 2003, p. 301.
  3. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 187.
  4. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 2, p. 54.


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