Events on this day

26 February

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This is a run-down from several databases on our site. It's meant to give a clear picture of events on this date, all year round.

U-boat Shipyard report

Ordered (0) Laid down (1) Launched (3) Commissioned (1)
No U-boat orders on this date1937: U-511941: U-84, U-403
1942: U-444
1942: U-611
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-47PrienBorgland 3,636   nwOB-290
 U-47PrienDiala (d)8,106   brOB-290
 U-47PrienKasongo 5,254   beOB-290
 U-47PrienRydboholm 3,197   swOB-290
 U-70MatzGöteborg 820   sw
 U-504PoskeMamura 8,245   nl
 U-66SeehausenSilvermaple 5,313   brSTL-12
* Unless otherwise noted the ships listed here were sunk. (d) = damaged

See all Allied ships hit by U-boats during WWII.

Attacks on this day


U-47. U-47 spent the day guiding in Fw 200 Condor aircraft to attack a convoy west of Ireland. The escorts depth charged the boat and an attack by an aircraft was also reported by Kptlt Prien. (Blair, vol 1, page 238)


U-760. A man from U-760 was killed during an air raid on Wilhelmshaven. [Obermaschinist Jakob Ippendorf]

U-508. On the fifth day outbound from France through the Bay of Biscay the boat was attacked by a British B-24 Liberator bomber (RAF Sqdn 224, pilot Peter J. Cundy) and seriously damaged. Left unable to dive, KL Staats ran west to get out of Allied range and asked for help. U-508 made port on 15 March 1943. (Blair, vol 2, page 200)

U-boats lost

1944: U-91

36 men died when this U-boat was lost. 16 men survived.

Survivors from U-boats almost always landed in allied captivity.

- For more information on U-boat losses check out our Fates section.

U-boat Men Lost or Wounded


Matrosengefreiter Josef Kauerlost was lost overboard when U-454 was two days out from Trondheim, Norway.

- For more information on Men lost from U-boats check out this page.

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Jost Metzler (1909).

See the entire U-boat commander listing showing all U-boat commanders.
We might include more officers (Allied and Axis) at a later date.

U-boat departures and arrivals on 26 February

This section shows the U-boat departures and arrivals from bases on this day of the year. Current country names shown with harbour names. Boats entering port display days at sea during that patrol.


From Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-23, U-32, U-38

U-boats entering base:
To Kiel, Germany: U-48 (34 days)
To Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-19 (13 days)


From Lorient, France: U-106


From Kiel, Germany: U-405
From Kirkenes: U-436
From St. Nazaire, France: U-569, U-701, U-753

U-boats entering base:
To Helgoland, Germany: U-403 (4 days), U-589 (4 days)
To La Pallice U-373 (2 days)
To Salamis, Greece: U-559 (11 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-352 (38 days), U-575 (44 days)


U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: UD-3 (17 days)
To Bordeaux, France: U-118 (33 days)
To Brest, France: U-456 (44 days)
To La Spezia, Italy: U-407 (41 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-614 (49 days)


From Bergen, Norway: U-255
From Hammerfest, Norway: U-957
From Kiel, Germany: U-288, U-851 (lost 31 days later)
From Lorient, France: U-801 (lost 21 days later)
From Sevastopol: U-9
From St. Nazaire, France: U-267

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-970 (3 days)
To La Pallice U-228 (3 days)
To Lorient, France: U-516 (146 days)
To Toulon, France: U-969 (40 days)


U-boats entering base:
To Bogenbucht U-716 (2 days)
To Kilbotn U-997 (5 days)

U-boats at sea on 26 February

Boats entering port on this day are not counted, but boats departing for patrol are. (+) indicates the boat was lost during this patrol.


U-13, U-26, U-28, U-29, U-32, U-37, U-38, U-50, U-60, U-61, U-62.
11 boats at sea.


U-46, U-47 (+), U-48, U-69, U-70 (+), U-73, U-95, U-96, U-97, U-99 (+), U-105, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-123, U-124, U-147, U-552, UA.
19 boats at sea.


U-67, U-68, U-69, U-71, U-81, U-87, U-94, U-96, U-98, U-103, U-105, U-107, U-108, U-124, U-126, U-128, U-129, U-135, U-136, U-154, U-155, U-156, U-158, U-161, U-162, U-213, U-331, U-332, U-377, U-404, U-432, U-436, U-454, U-455, U-456, U-502, U-504, U-505, U-553, U-558, U-564, U-565, U-566, U-569, U-573, U-576, U-578, U-587 (+), U-588, U-652, U-653, U-656 (+), U-701, U-752, U-753.
55 boats at sea.


U-9, U-43, U-66, U-68, U-84, U-86, U-87 (+), U-89, U-91, U-92, U-103, U-106, U-107, U-119, U-135, U-155, U-156 (+), U-160, U-172, U-180, U-182 (+), U-183, U-185, U-186, U-190, U-202, U-218, U-223, U-226, U-228, U-229, U-230, U-251, U-255, U-258, U-264, U-303, U-306, U-332, U-338, U-355, U-358, U-359, U-371, U-373, U-375, U-376, U-377, U-382, U-383, U-403, U-405, U-406, U-409, U-410, U-432, U-435, U-437, U-439, U-445, U-447, U-448, U-454, U-458, U-459, U-460, U-461, U-462, U-468, U-504, U-506, U-508, U-509, U-510, U-511, U-513, U-515, U-516, U-518, U-521, U-523, U-525, U-526 (+), U-527, U-530, U-558, U-565, U-566, U-569, U-590, U-591, U-593, U-600, U-602, U-603, U-604, U-607, U-608, U-615, U-616, U-618, U-621, U-622, U-628, U-629, U-633 (+), U-634, U-638, U-641, U-642, U-653, U-657, U-659, U-664, U-665 (+), U-666, U-707, U-709, U-753, U-757, U-758, U-759.
122 boats at sea.


U-9, U-18, U-19, U-20, U-66 (+), U-123, U-154, U-168, U-170, U-178, U-183, U-188, U-212, U-214, U-218, U-255, U-256, U-260, U-262, U-267, U-281, U-288, U-307, U-312, U-313, U-315, U-333, U-358 (+), U-361, U-362, U-366, U-407, U-410, U-413, U-421, U-425, U-437, U-441, U-445, U-448 (+), U-450 (+), U-455 (+), U-472 (+), U-488 (+), U-510, U-518, U-532, U-539, U-546, U-549, U-550 (+), U-552, U-565, U-596, U-608, U-616, U-618, U-621, U-650, U-672, U-673, U-674, U-739, U-744 (+), U-764, U-801 (+), U-802, U-843, U-845 (+), U-846, U-851 (+), U-852 (+), U-856 (+), U-952, U-956, U-957, U-959, U-962 (+), U-963, U-985, U-986 (+), U-989, U-990, U-1059 (+), U-1061, U-1062, UIT-22 (+), UIT-24.
88 boats at sea.


U-190, U-195, U-244, U-246 (+), U-260 (+), U-267, U-275 (+), U-299, U-307, U-310, U-315, U-318, U-370, U-399 (+), U-475, U-483, U-510, U-532, U-681 (+), U-722 (+), U-773, U-775, U-843, U-853 (+), U-857 (+), U-861, U-866 (+), U-878, U-879 (+), U-907, U-953, U-963, U-965, U-978, U-995, U-1002, U-1003 (+), U-1004, U-1005, U-1017, U-1018 (+), U-1019, U-1021 (+), U-1022, U-1058, U-1064, U-1104, U-1169 (+), U-1195 (+), U-1203, U-1233, U-1279 (+), U-1302 (+), U-2322.
54 boats at sea.

General Events on 26 February


Using information from code-breaking the British heavy cruiser HMS Sussex found the German blockage-runner Hohenfriedberg and forced her to scuttle. Oblt Looks in U-264 launched a full torpedo salvo at the cruiser, which missed, and the Sussex left the area unscathed. Looks then rescued the entire crew of the scuttled vessel, arriving at St Nazaire on 5 March.


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