Events on this day

28 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 (2) Laid down (3) Launched (2) Commissioned (1)
1937: U-120, U-1211942: U-549, U-749
1944: U-2350
1943: U-792
1944: U-2340
1940: U-97
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date


 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
1939 
 U-16WeingärtnerNyland 3,378   sw
 U-32BüchelJern 875   nw
1940 
 U-32JenischEmpire Ocelot 5,759   brOB-218
 U-37OehrnCorrientes 6,863   brOB-217
1942 
 U-175BrunsAlcoa Mariner 5,590   am
 U-514AuffermannLages total loss5,472   bz
 U-514AuffermannOzório total loss2,730   bz
 U-516WiebeAntonico 1,223   bz
 31,890
* 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

1942

U-514. During the night of 27/28 Sep. 1942, U-514 carried out two successful attacks on a small convoy of four merchant ships escorted by USS Roe (DD 418) while on the surface off the Amazon estuary. At 01.10 hrs, the U-boat had been forced to dive after being fired on by the Brazilian steam merchant Imediato João Silva, but succeeded in leaving the area without being attacked by the escort.

1944

U-219. Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:
American Avenger (VC-6 USN, pilot Lt W.R. Gillespie)

The boat was attacked five times by three aircraft from the escort carrier USS Tripoli operating on ULTRA information west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands and even escaped a Fido homing torpedo. At 19.40 hrs, an Avenger was shot down by AA fire, killing the crew of three men. This was the last escort carrier aircraft lost to U-boat action in the Atlantic.


U-boats lost

No U-boats were lost on this date, 28 September.

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


U-boat Men Lost or Wounded

There were no men lost from U-boats on this date, 28 September.

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


Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Erich Hilsenitz (1916), Hans-Günther Lange (1916), Hans Rudolf Rösing (1905), Heinz Schomburg (1914), Werner Schulz (1919), Hans-Joachim Schwarz (1919), Hans Steen (1907).

The following men died on this day:
Fritz Frauenheim (1969), August Maus (1996).

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 28 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.


1939



U-boats entering base:
To Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-33 (41 days)


1941


Sailed:
From Brest, France: U-83
From Lorient, France: U-79


1942


Sailed:
From Lorient, France: U-129
From Narvik, Norway: U-703
From St. Nazaire, France: U-463

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-262 (5 days)
To Kiel, Germany: U-376 (2 days)
To Skjomenfjord U-435 (13 days), U-592 (19 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-594 (56 days)


1943


Sailed:
From Bergen, Norway: U-470 (lost 19 days later), U-762
From Salamis, Greece: U-596
From St. Nazaire, France: U-226, U-575

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-413 (2 days), U-621 (38 days)
To La Pallice U-193 (2 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-267 (3 days), U-648 (4 days)


1944


Sailed:
From Bogenbucht: U-365
From Farsund: U-858
From Kiel, Germany: U-246
From Marviken: U-989
From Narvik, Norway: U-363
From Singapur: UIT-24
From Trondheim, Norway: U-387

U-boats entering base:
To Hölen U-548 (2 days)
To Marviken U-1003 (2 days)
To Memel U-370 (16 days)
To Windau U-242 (8 days)


U-boats at sea on 28 September

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

1939

U-3, U-4, U-7, U-10, U-12 (+), U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16, U-19, U-21, U-22, U-24, U-28, U-31, U-32, U-35, U-36, U-53.
19 boats at sea.

1940

U-29, U-31, U-32, U-37, U-38, U-43, U-46, U-60, U-61, U-103, U-123, U-137.
12 boats at sea.

1941

U-66, U-67, U-68, U-69, U-75, U-79, U-83, U-94, U-97, U-103, U-107, U-108, U-111 (+), U-124, U-125, U-126, U-129, U-132, U-201, U-203, U-204 (+), U-205, U-331, U-371, U-372, U-373, U-431, U-552, U-559, U-562, U-564, U-565, U-572, U-573, U-575.
35 boats at sea.

1942

U-43, U-66, U-67, U-68, U-69, U-87, U-91, U-96, U-106, U-107, U-109, U-116 (+), U-117, U-118, U-125, U-126, U-128, U-129, U-135, U-156, U-159, U-160, U-161, U-164, U-171 (+), U-172, U-175, U-176, U-177, U-178, U-179 (+), U-181, U-183, U-201, U-202, U-211, U-214, U-216 (+), U-217, U-218, U-221, U-251, U-254, U-257, U-258, U-259, U-260, U-332, U-333, U-353 (+), U-356, U-373, U-375, U-380, U-382, U-404, U-406, U-407, U-410, U-411, U-432, U-437, U-442, U-453, U-454, U-455, U-459, U-460, U-461, U-463, U-504, U-506, U-507, U-511, U-512 (+), U-513, U-514, U-515, U-516, U-517, U-518, U-552, U-558, U-561, U-562, U-569, U-575, U-582 (+), U-584, U-590, U-595, U-596, U-597 (+), U-599 (+), U-602, U-607, U-610, U-615, U-617, U-618, U-619 (+), U-620, U-661 (+), U-662, U-706, U-753, U-755, U-757, UD-5.
109 boats at sea.

1943

U-20, U-68, U-81, U-91, U-92, U-103, U-107, U-123, U-155, U-168, U-170, U-177, U-181, U-183, U-188, U-196, U-214, U-218, U-220 (+), U-223, U-228, U-231, U-238, U-260, U-264, U-270, U-275, U-277, U-279 (+), U-305, U-307, U-309, U-336 (+), U-373, U-377, U-378 (+), U-386, U-387, U-389 (+), U-402 (+), U-410, U-419 (+), U-422 (+), U-431 (+), U-437, U-448, U-455, U-460 (+), U-470 (+), U-488, U-505, U-518, U-530, U-532, U-533 (+), U-536 (+), U-539, U-565, U-575, U-584 (+), U-592, U-593, U-596, U-601, U-603, U-610 (+), U-631 (+), U-641, U-643 (+), U-645, U-666, U-667, U-703, U-711, U-713, U-731, U-758, U-762, U-848 (+), U-952, U-956, U-960.
82 boats at sea.

1944

U-92, U-155, U-170, U-190, U-195, U-219, U-244, U-245, U-248, U-256, U-260, U-262, U-267, U-278, U-281, U-290, U-293, U-296, U-307, U-309, U-310, U-312, U-313, U-348, U-363, U-365, U-382, U-387, U-398, U-425, U-427, U-480, U-481, U-516, U-518, U-530, U-534, U-541, U-546, U-547, U-636, U-668, U-673, U-676, U-711, U-714, U-737, U-739, U-745, U-758, U-772, U-802, U-804, U-853, U-857, U-863 (+), U-953, U-956, U-957, U-958, U-963, U-965, U-968, U-979, U-985, U-992, U-995, U-997, U-1001, U-1004, U-1062 (+), U-1165, U-1199, U-1221, U-1223, U-1227.
76 boats at sea.


General Events on 28 September

1939

U-22 sighted a British submarine at 21.30 hrs and fired three torpedoes, all of which missed.


1940

An enemy submarine was sighted by U-31. U-31 dived and heard a torpedo running which missed.


1941

At 22.05 hrs U-331 began her attempt to break through into the Mediterranean. She did so the next morning at 04.30 hrs. Two months later she sank the British battleship HMS Barham.


1942

U-595 had a serious fire in the control room while at sea. She had to return to base, arriving the same day.


1944

U-307 landed a meteorological team on Spitsbergen (now known as Svalbard). They set up weather station Haudegen, which did not formally surrender until 4 Sept, 1945.


U-668 had to leave wolfpack Zorn, which was waiting for convoy JW 60 in the Barents Sea, because the II WO had appendicitis.

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