Events on this day

3 September

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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 (5) Launched (6) Commissioned (2)
No U-boat orders on this date1940: U-455, U-456
1941: U-225
1942: U-678, U-679
1938: U-56, U-57
1941: U-593, U-594
1942: U-645, U-646
1941: U-702
1942: U-638
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-30LempAthenia 13,581   br
 U-60SchneeUlva 1,401   br
 U-567FahrFort Richepanse 3,485   br
 U-107GelhausHollinside 4,172   br
 U-107GelhausPenrose 4,393   br
 U-109BleichrodtOcean Might 7,173   brOS-37
 U-375KönenkampArnon 558   pl
 U-375KönenkampMiriam 38   pl
 U-375KönenkampSalina 108   pl
 U-517HärtwigDonald Stewart 1,781   caLN-7
 U-482MatuschkaFjordheim 4,115   nwONF-251
 U-541PetersenLivingston 2,140   br
* 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-101. While searching for a convoy west of Ireland, an escort launched a series of depth charges over five runs, causing moderate damage and flooding that the crew were able to control. (Ritschel)


U-566. The boat was attacked by an unidentified Soviet submarine off Kildin Island. U-566 escaped unharmed. (Polmar, N and Noot, J.)


U-660. The target of an attack by a British Whitley bomber (RAF Sqdn 77/V) on 3 Sept. 1942 in position 47.55N, 10.04W, long believed to have sunk U-705, was in fact U-660, which was undamaged. (1987-11-01, FDS/NHB)

U-boats lost

1940: U-57
1942: U-162 , U-705 +

53 men died when those 3 U-boats were lost on this date. 68 men survived.

Survivors from U-boats almost always landed in allied captivity.
U-boats marked with + were lost with all hands.

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

U-boat Men Lost or Wounded


The boat sank after an accidental collision with the Norwegian steamer SS Rona, taking 6 of its crew with her. She was raised shortly afterwards and put into commission as a training boat. [Obermaschinenmaat Bernhard Henz, Maschinengefreiter Kurt Kopf, Matrosengefreiter Hermann Schneider, Funkobergefreiter Kurt Sparschuh,Matrosenobergefreiter Franz Tatzreiter]

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Herbert Mumm (1920), Hans-Werner Neumann (1906).

The following men died on this day:
Karl-Horst Horn (1942).

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 3 September

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 Memel: U-57


U-boats entering base:
To Lorient, France: U-38 (34 days), U-59 (9 days)


U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-562 (10 days)


From Bergen, Norway: U-408
From Kiel, Germany: U-356
From Kristiansand: U-221
From Skjomenfjord: U-209

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-438 (34 days)
To La Pallice U-572 (66 days)
To Lorient, France: U-256 (38 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-463 (55 days)


U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-389 (4 days), U-419 (4 days)
To Toulon, France: U-371 (14 days)


From Bogenbucht: U-711
From Gotenhafen: U-676
From Grand Hotel: U-242, U-370, U-717
From Helsinki, Finland: U-475
From La Pallice: U-260

U-boats entering base:
To Hammerfest, Norway: U-957 (43 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-921 (2 days), U-965 (3 days)

U-boats at sea on 3 September

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


U-5, U-6, U-7, U-9, U-12, U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19, U-20, U-21, U-22, U-23, U-24, U-26, U-27 (+), U-28, U-29, U-30, U-33, U-34, U-37, U-38, U-39 (+), U-40, U-41, U-45, U-46, U-47, U-48, U-52, U-53, U-56, U-57, U-58, U-59.
39 boats at sea.


U-28, U-32, U-46, U-47, U-56, U-58, U-60, U-61, U-65, U-101, U-124.
11 boats at sea.


U-38, U-43, U-66, U-69, U-71, U-73, U-77, U-81, U-82, U-83, U-84, U-85, U-94, U-95, U-96, U-98, U-101, U-105, U-106, U-108, U-111 (+), U-125, U-141, U-143, U-202, U-206, U-207 (+), U-432, U-433, U-451, U-501 (+), U-553, U-557, U-558, U-561, U-563, U-565, U-566, U-567, U-568, U-569, U-572, U-652, U-751, U-752.
45 boats at sea.


U-66, U-68, U-69, U-73, U-86, U-87, U-88 (+), U-91, U-92, U-96, U-98, U-107, U-108, U-109, U-125, U-128, U-130, U-135, U-155, U-156, U-159, U-163, U-164, U-165 (+), U-171 (+), U-172, U-173, U-174, U-175, U-176, U-179 (+), U-203, U-205, U-211, U-214, U-216 (+), U-217, U-218, U-221, U-251, U-255, U-258, U-259, U-331, U-333, U-356, U-373, U-375, U-377, U-380, U-403, U-404, U-405, U-406, U-407, U-409, U-410, U-411, U-431, U-432, U-440, U-455, U-456, U-457, U-459, U-460, U-462, U-504, U-506, U-507, U-508, U-509, U-510, U-511, U-512 (+), U-513, U-514, U-515, U-516, U-517, U-553, U-558, U-559, U-564, U-565, U-566, U-569, U-584, U-590, U-594, U-596, U-598, U-599 (+), U-600, U-601, U-604, U-605, U-608, U-609, U-617, U-618, U-658, U-659, U-660, U-703, U-752, U-753, U-755, UD-5.
109 boats at sea.


U-9, U-18, U-23, U-86, U-107, U-123, U-129, U-161 (+), U-168, U-170, U-172, U-177, U-181, U-183, U-188, U-196, U-198, U-214, U-229 (+), U-230, U-255, U-257, U-260, U-269, U-274, U-277, U-302, U-305, U-307, U-338 (+), U-341 (+), U-354, U-355, U-360, U-380, U-382, U-386, U-406, U-407, U-415, U-445, U-460 (+), U-508, U-515, U-518, U-532, U-533 (+), U-536 (+), U-584 (+), U-596, U-600, U-617 (+), U-618, U-621, U-629, U-645, U-653, U-666, U-669 (+), U-703, U-711, U-731, U-737, U-757, U-758, U-760, U-956.
67 boats at sea.


U-19, U-20, U-23, U-92, U-170, U-190, U-195, U-218, U-219, U-228, U-244, U-245, U-248, U-260, U-262, U-275, U-278, U-285, U-296, U-309, U-315, U-362 (+), U-370, U-398, U-407, U-425, U-437, U-479, U-480, U-482, U-484 (+), U-516, U-518, U-530, U-534, U-539, U-541, U-546, U-547, U-548, U-565, U-636, U-650, U-676, U-679, U-680, U-703, U-714, U-717, U-739, U-743, U-758, U-763, U-764, U-772, U-802, U-804, U-853, U-855, U-857, U-858, U-859 (+), U-861, U-862, U-863 (+), U-871 (+), U-925 (+), U-953, U-956, U-963, U-968, U-979, U-985, U-989, U-992, U-993, U-995, U-1001, U-1004, U-1062 (+), U-1221, U-1223.
82 boats at sea.

General Events on 3 September


U-14 probably attacked the first warship in World War Two when she attacked the Polish submarine Sep (Cdr. Wladyslaw Salamon) at 2022hrs. The torpedo exploded prematurely about 200m from the Polish sub. The German commander (Kptlt. Horst Wellner) found wreckage (from the torpedo) and some oil from Sep's damaged oil tank. Believing he had sunk the boat, he radioed his claim in.

U-30 sank the first ship in the war when she sank the 13,581 ton passenger ship Athenia by mistake (taking her to be an Armed Merchant Cruiser, AMC).


U-370 helped evacuate a German radio station from Finland.


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