Events on this day
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 (2)||Launched (3)||Commissioned (4)|
|No U-boat orders on this date||1940: U-331 |
|1945: U-2365, U-3529, U-3530||1943: U-670 |
1944: U-869, U-1230
|These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.|
Allied Ships hit on this date
|U-boat||Commander||Name of ship||Tons||Country||Convoy|
|U-57 [Mine]||Korth||HMS Durham Castle||8,240||br|
|U-360||Becker||Fort Bellingham (d)||7,153||br||JW-56A|
|U-716||Dunkelberg||Andrew G. Curtin||7,200||am||JW-56A|
|U-1051||Holleben||HMS Manners (K 568) total loss||1,300||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-753. The boat escaped with only minor damage from being rammed by a British escort west of Ireland in the North Atlantic.
U-404. The periscope was damaged in an air attack in the North Atlantic.
1945: U-1051 +
47 men died when this U-boat was lost. There were no survivors.
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
During training in Wesermünde an accident occured while the machine gun was being fired. One crewmember died, one was heavily wounded.
The I WO was lost overboard in the North Atlantic. [Oberleutnant zur See Hans Wilkening]
- For more information on Men lost from U-boats check out this page.
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 January
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 Bergen, Norway: U-313
From Bordeaux, France: UIT-22 (lost 46 days later)
From Brest, France: U-413
From Lorient, France: U-963
From Marviken: U-546, U-973, U-990
From Narvik, Norway: U-636
U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-311 (63 days)
To Konstanza, Rumania: U-20 (26 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-382 (50 days)
U-boats at sea on 26 January
Boats entering port on this day are not counted, but boats departing for patrol are. (+) indicates the boat was lost during this patrol.
U-66, U-67, U-73, U-82 (+), U-84, U-85, U-86, U-87, U-94, U-97, U-98, U-103, U-105, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-109, U-123, U-125, U-128, U-129, U-130, U-132, U-135, U-136, U-156, U-161, U-203, U-205, U-213, U-331, U-333, U-352, U-372, U-375, U-402, U-404, U-431, U-432, U-435, U-453, U-455, U-502, U-504, U-505, U-552, U-553, U-561, U-563, U-564, U-565, U-566, U-571, U-572, U-575, U-576, U-578, U-581 (+), U-582, U-584, U-585, U-586, U-587, U-588, U-591, U-654, U-656, U-701, U-751, U-753, U-754.
71 boats at sea.
U-19, U-24, U-43, U-66, U-69 (+), U-71, U-77, U-83, U-87 (+), U-89, U-96, U-105, U-108, U-117, U-118, U-123, U-124, U-125, U-135, U-156 (+), U-160, U-175, U-176, U-182 (+), U-186, U-187 (+), U-201 (+), U-202, U-214, U-217, U-218, U-223, U-226, U-255, U-257, U-258, U-260, U-262, U-264, U-265 (+), U-266, U-267, U-268 (+), U-302, U-303, U-333, U-358, U-376, U-381, U-383, U-384, U-402, U-403, U-404, U-407, U-413, U-414, U-431, U-436, U-438, U-442 (+), U-444, U-453, U-454, U-456, U-459, U-465, U-466, U-504, U-506, U-509, U-510, U-511, U-514, U-516, U-518, U-521, U-522 (+), U-525, U-558, U-571, U-572, U-575, U-584, U-594, U-598, U-606 (+), U-607, U-608, U-609 (+), U-613, U-614, U-620 (+), U-622, U-624 (+), U-625, U-629, U-631, U-632, U-657, U-662, U-704, U-706, U-707, U-752.
105 boats at sea.
U-24, U-66 (+), U-91 (+), U-123, U-129, U-177 (+), U-178, U-188, U-193, U-212, U-223, U-230, U-256, U-257 (+), U-260, U-271 (+), U-278, U-281, U-283 (+), U-302, U-309, U-312, U-313, U-314 (+), U-360, U-364 (+), U-371, U-386 (+), U-390, U-406 (+), U-413, U-425, U-441, U-453, U-455, U-471, U-510, U-516, U-518, U-530, U-532, U-539, U-545 (+), U-546, U-547, U-549, U-571 (+), U-592 (+), U-601, U-636, U-650, U-666 (+), U-709 (+), U-714, U-716, U-731, U-737, U-739, U-741, U-762 (+), U-763, U-764, U-845 (+), U-846, U-852 (+), U-953, U-956, U-957, U-960, U-963, U-965, U-967, U-969, U-976, U-981, U-984, U-985, U-989, U-990, U-1060, U-1062, UIT-22 (+).
82 boats at sea.
U-195, U-242, U-244, U-245, U-275, U-278, U-285, U-286, U-290, U-293, U-295, U-299, U-300 (+), U-307, U-313, U-325, U-348, U-370, U-427, U-475, U-480 (+), U-485, U-510, U-532, U-636, U-676 (+), U-680, U-739, U-745 (+), U-764, U-806, U-825, U-843, U-861, U-862, U-868, U-869 (+), U-870, U-905, U-907, U-963, U-992, U-1001, U-1009, U-1014 (+), U-1017, U-1018 (+), U-1055, U-1058, U-1172 (+), U-1203, U-1208 (+), U-1230, U-1231, U-1232, U-1233, UIT-24.
57 boats at sea.
General Events on 26 January
U-302 had to break off her patrol in the Barents Sea due to serious technical problems.
U-957 captured two survivors after sinking the British merchantman Fort Bellingham.
The following A.P. report was released to the newswires: A Berlin broadcast asserted today that U-boats had sunk six fully-laden Allied supply ships and two destroyers en route from Britain to France. The broadcast declared that the cargo ships totaled approximately 43.900 tons and included three large tankers. There has been no Allied confirmation.
The following A.P. report was released to the newswires: The French news agency today quoted Ankara reports that one of Germany's new secret weapons is an "artillery submarine" which might be used for terror bombardments of American coastal cities. Neutral travelers who reached the Turkish city were declared to have said the submarines were in the final stages of construction. But the program was reported delayed by patriot sabotage so that there was little chance they could be used before the fall of Berlin.
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