Events on this day

19 April

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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 (2) Launched (1) Commissioned (3)
No U-boat orders on this date1940: U-162
1943: U-1017
1944: U-35011941: U-372
1944: U-879, U-1234
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-136ZimmermannAxtell J. Byles (d)8,955   am
 U-81GuggenbergerHefz el Rahman 90   ag
 U-108WolframRobert Gray 7,176   amHX-234
* 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-593. 09.37 hrs, Mediterranean: the boat was bombed and damaged by a Hudson from RAAF Sqdn 459. (Rohwer)


U-543. After refuelling from U-488 in mid Atlantic near the Tropic of Cancer, U-543 was located by an Avenger aircraft (pilot C. B. Humphrey) from the escort carrier USS Tripoli. The Avenger fired rockets and a Fido homing torpedo, but the boat escaped unharmed. (Blair, vol 2, page 557)


U-2506. An unknown Allied aircraft attacked the boat in Norwegian waters. No records of damage but the boat (not on combat patrol) sailed to Bergen where she surrendered in early May. (Blair, vol 2, page 676)

U-boats lost

1943: U-602 +
1944: U-974
1945: U-251 , U-548 +

187 men died when those 4 U-boats were lost on this date. 12 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

There were no men lost from U-boats on this date, 19 April.

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Wilhelm Cranz (1915), Walter Köhntopp (1911), Ernst-August Stellmann (1915).

The following men died on this day:
Erich Krempl (1945), Hans Rinck (1999), Joachim Sauerbier (1945), Philipp Schüler (1943).

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 19 April

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 Trondheim, Norway: U-26

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-13 (20 days)
To Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-3 (8 days), U-5 (16 days), U-6 (16 days)


From Bergen, Norway: U-553
From Kiel, Germany: U-143


From Hamburg, Germany: U-563
From St. Nazaire, France: U-553, U-588

U-boats entering base:
To Kristiansand U-251 (2 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-377 (15 days)
To Salamis, Greece: U-331 (16 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-406 (16 days)


From Brest, France: U-217, U-403
From La Pallice: U-468, U-569 (lost 34 days later)
From St. Nazaire, France: U-359, U-616

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-218 (2 days)
To Toulon, France: U-375 (34 days)


From Bergen, Norway: U-289
From Narvik, Norway: U-315
From Trondheim, Norway: U-959

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-621 (59 days)
To Penang, Malaysia: U-532 (107 days), U-1062 (108 days)


From Horten, Norway: U-1171
From Stavanger, Norway: U-2326

U-boats entering base:
To Trondheim, Norway: U-861 (95 days)

U-boats at sea on 19 April

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


U-7, U-9, U-10, U-14, U-17, U-19, U-23, U-24, U-25, U-26, U-30, U-34, U-38, U-43, U-46, U-47, U-48, U-51, U-52, U-56, U-57, U-58, U-59, U-60, U-61, U-62, U-65.
27 boats at sea.


U-38, U-52, U-65 (+), U-73, U-75, U-95, U-96, U-101, U-103, U-105, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-110 (+), U-123, U-124, U-143, U-147, U-552, U-553, UA.
21 boats at sea.


U-66, U-69, U-71, U-81, U-83, U-84, U-86, U-97, U-98, U-103, U-106, U-108, U-109, U-123, U-125, U-130, U-136, U-154, U-160, U-162, U-201, U-202, U-203, U-209, U-333, U-352 (+), U-376, U-378, U-402, U-403, U-435, U-436, U-453, U-454, U-455, U-456, U-459, U-505, U-506, U-507, U-552, U-553, U-558, U-561, U-562, U-564, U-565, U-566, U-571, U-572, U-575, U-576, U-582, U-588, U-589, U-592, U-594, U-654, U-751, U-752, U-754, UA.
62 boats at sea.


U-9, U-19, U-66, U-68, U-71, U-84, U-92, U-97, U-105 (+), U-108, U-117, U-123, U-125 (+), U-126 (+), U-128 (+), U-129, U-134, U-154, U-155, U-159, U-160, U-161, U-168, U-174 (+), U-176 (+), U-177, U-178, U-180, U-181, U-182 (+), U-183, U-185, U-186 (+), U-188, U-189 (+), U-191, U-192 (+), U-195, U-196, U-197 (+), U-198, U-203 (+), U-209 (+), U-217, U-223, U-226, U-231, U-251, U-255, U-257, U-258 (+), U-260, U-262, U-264, U-266 (+), U-267, U-269, U-270, U-306, U-358, U-359, U-371, U-377, U-378, U-381 (+), U-382, U-383, U-386, U-403, U-404, U-413, U-415, U-438 (+), U-448, U-453, U-454, U-455, U-462, U-466, U-467, U-468, U-487, U-506, U-509, U-514, U-515, U-516, U-518, U-525, U-528 (+), U-530, U-531 (+), U-532, U-533, U-552, U-565, U-569 (+), U-571, U-584, U-586, U-593, U-598, U-601, U-610, U-613, U-614, U-615, U-616, U-618, U-628, U-629, U-630 (+), U-631, U-634, U-639, U-646, U-648, U-650, U-662, U-703, U-706, U-707, U-709, U-710 (+), U-711, U-732, U-954 (+).
127 boats at sea.


U-18, U-19, U-23, U-66 (+), 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-230, U-262, U-267, U-276, U-277 (+), U-289, U-307, U-311 (+), U-315, U-333, U-354, U-361, U-365, U-385, U-407, U-488 (+), U-505, U-518, U-537, U-541, U-543 (+), U-546, U-548, U-552, U-565, U-596, U-636, U-667, U-672, U-674 (+), U-703, U-731 (+), U-736, U-739, U-740, U-741, U-765 (+), U-802, U-843, U-852 (+), U-859 (+), U-860 (+), U-955 (+), U-967, U-969, U-970, U-993, U-1060, U-1061, U-1222 (+).
67 boats at sea.


U-190, U-218, U-234, U-244, U-245, U-249, U-278, U-286 (+), U-293, U-294, U-295, U-307 (+), U-312, U-313, U-315, U-320, U-325 (+), U-326 (+), U-363, U-396 (+), U-427, U-481, U-485, U-510, U-516, U-518 (+), U-530, U-532, U-541, U-546 (+), U-636 (+), U-711, U-739, U-776, U-805, U-825, U-826, U-853 (+), U-857 (+), U-858, U-873, U-879 (+), U-881 (+), U-889, U-901, U-956, U-978, U-979, U-997, U-1009, U-1010, U-1017 (+), U-1023, U-1055 (+), U-1105, U-1107 (+), U-1109, U-1163, U-1202, U-1228, U-1305, U-2322, U-2324, U-2326, U-2329.
65 boats at sea.

General Events on 19 April


U-51 attempted to torpedo the French light cruiser Emile Bertin in Norwegian waters, but missed.


U-130 fired 12 shells at oil installations near Curaçao.


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