Events on this day

24 March

Choose new date to check

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 (5)
No U-boat orders on this date1943: U-3241942: U-708
1943: U-975
1945: U-2369
1943: U-541, U-801, U-843, U-969
1944: U-877
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-106OestenEastlea 4,267   br
 U-97HeilmannHørda 4,301   nwOG-56
 U-123HardegenEmpire Steel 8,138   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-585. On 24 March 1942 U-585 was depth charged by 3 enemy ships and was forced to return to base due to damage to all forward torpedo tubes.


U-249. Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:
British Mosquito FB Mk.VI HR434 (235 Sqn RAF/Q, pilot F/Lt J.R. Williams)

1324hrs, about 10 miles north-west of Fedje, Norway: the boat was attacked by a Mosquito on a reconnaisance patrol between Utsira and Utvaer, but managed to shoot it down by AA fire. The navigator was lost and the pilot rescued by U-249 which transferred him to the Vorpostenboot V 1703 Unitas 5 before continuing its patrol. The pilot was landed at Bergen and handed over to the local authorities, who executed him.

U-boats lost

1942: U-655 +
1944: U-1102

47 men died when those 2 U-boats were lost on this date. 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


A crewman was injured in an accident with the anti-aircraft machine gun.

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Friedrich Baumgärtel (1923), Reiner Dierksen (1908), Hans-Bruno Freiherr von Müffling (1919), Kurt Neubert (1910), Johannes Rodig (1917).

The following men died on this day:
Sigmund Budzyn (2005), Heinz-Ehlert Clausen (1987), Adolf Dumrese (1942), Helmut Wieduwilt (1995).

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 24 March

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 Lorient, France: U-101


From Brest, France: U-201
From Kirkenes: U-454, U-589
From Lorient, France: U-130
From Salamis, Greece: U-83, U-559
From St. Nazaire, France: U-136, U-575

U-boats entering base:
To Kirkenes U-436 (27 days)


From Bergen, Norway: U-639

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-447 (33 days)
To Kristiansand U-646 (2 days)
To La Pallice U-332 (56 days)
To Lorient, France: U-66 (78 days), U-504 (65 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-338 (30 days)


From Trondheim, Norway: U-673

U-boats entering base:
To Batavia U-168 (47 days)


From Kiel, Germany: U-234, U-516, U-1107, U-1274

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-249 (4 days)
To Harstad U-318 (11 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-997 (13 days)

U-boats at sea on 24 March

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


U-1, U-2, U-3, U-4, U-21, U-22 (+), U-30, U-34, U-38, U-43, U-46, U-47, U-49, U-51, U-52, U-57.
16 boats at sea.


U-46, U-48, U-69, U-74, U-97, U-98, U-101, U-105, U-106, U-110, U-124.
11 boats at sea.


U-66, U-67, U-68, U-71, U-73, U-84, U-85 (+), U-87, U-94, U-97, U-105, U-123, U-124, U-126, U-129, U-130, U-135, U-136, U-154, U-155, U-158, U-160, U-161, U-201, U-202, U-203, U-205, U-209, U-332, U-334, U-371, U-373, U-376, U-378, U-404, U-431, U-435, U-453, U-454, U-455, U-504, U-505, U-506, U-507, U-552, U-553, U-568, U-569, U-571, U-572, U-575, U-578, U-582, U-585, U-587 (+), U-588, U-589, U-593, U-594, U-652, U-653, U-654, U-701, U-753, U-754, UA.
66 boats at sea.


U-19, U-24, U-43, U-67, U-68, U-77 (+), U-81, U-84, U-86, U-89, U-91, U-103, U-105 (+), U-106, U-107, U-109, U-119, U-123, U-126 (+), U-129, U-134, U-154, U-155, U-159, U-160, U-161, U-167 (+), U-168, U-169 (+), U-172, U-174 (+), U-180, U-181, U-182 (+), U-183, U-185, U-188, U-190, U-191 (+), U-195, U-196, U-198, U-202, U-212, U-221, U-228, U-229, U-230, U-251, U-257, U-258 (+), U-260, U-267, U-269, U-270, U-302, U-305, U-306, U-333, U-336, U-339, U-354, U-355, U-373, U-375, U-378, U-380, U-404, U-406, U-409, U-410, U-415, U-431, U-435, U-439, U-440, U-441, U-445, U-448, U-455, U-463, U-468, U-469 (+), U-506, U-509, U-510, U-513, U-515, U-516, U-518, U-521, U-523, U-526 (+), U-527, U-530, U-558, U-561, U-563, U-564, U-566, U-572, U-584, U-590, U-591, U-592, U-594, U-596, U-598, U-600, U-603, U-608, U-610, U-613, U-615, U-616, U-618, U-625, U-630 (+), U-631, U-632 (+), U-635 (+), U-638, U-639, U-641, U-642, U-644 (+), U-653, U-662, U-663, U-664, U-666, U-703, U-704, U-706, U-755, U-758.
136 boats at sea.


U-9, U-20, U-24, U-66 (+), U-68 (+), U-92, U-123, U-129, U-154, U-155, U-170, U-178, U-181, U-188, U-190, U-196, U-214, U-218, U-223 (+), U-228, U-255, U-262, U-267, U-276, U-278, U-288 (+), U-302 (+), U-307, U-311 (+), U-312, U-313, U-315, U-333, U-354, U-361, U-371, U-413, U-415, U-421, U-437, U-448 (+), U-453, U-455 (+), U-466, U-471, U-488 (+), U-505, U-510, U-518, U-532, U-541, U-546, U-548, U-549, U-550 (+), U-552, U-608, U-618, U-621, U-667, U-672, U-674, U-711, U-741, U-763, U-766, U-802, U-821, U-843, U-851 (+), U-852 (+), U-856 (+), U-956, U-960, U-961 (+), U-962 (+), U-963, U-968, U-969, U-970, U-976 (+), U-986 (+), U-990, U-993, U-1062, UIT-24.
86 boats at sea.


U-190, U-218, U-242 (+), U-299, U-307, U-310, U-312, U-313, U-315, U-321 (+), U-324, U-325 (+), U-363, U-396 (+), U-399 (+), U-483, U-510, U-518 (+), U-530, U-532, U-546 (+), U-548 (+), U-668, U-711, U-716, U-722 (+), U-773, U-774 (+), U-775, U-776, U-778, U-805, U-826, U-843, U-853 (+), U-857 (+), U-858, U-861, U-868, U-879 (+), U-880 (+), U-905 (+), U-953, U-965 (+), U-968, U-978, U-992, U-995, U-1001 (+), U-1002, U-1019, U-1022, U-1024 (+), U-1058, U-1063 (+), U-1064, U-1106 (+), U-1109, U-1169 (+), U-1195 (+), U-1202, U-1203, U-1233, U-1235 (+), U-2321.
65 boats at sea.

General Events on 24 March


During exercises in the Baltic, U-1102 had a diving accident, but was saved some hours later.


Add more events! - If you know of an interesting event that happened on this day that's missing, or an upcoming event that you'd like to share, please contact us. We already have 778 entries that will appear in due course, so your suggestion may not appear immediately, but we are continuously updating the database.

Choose new date to check