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 (4)||Launched (3)||Commissioned (1)|
|No U-boat orders on this date||1942: U-981, U-982 |
1944: U-2519, U-2520
|1940: U-144 |
|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-37||Oehrn||HMS Penzance (L 28)||1,025||br||SC-1|
|* 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-37. The boat was hit by both surface escorts and aircraft in mid-Atlantic and forced to abort to France. Date is approximate. (Blair, vol 1, page 180)
U-101. 09.53 hrs, near Rockall: an unidentified aircraft dropped two depth charges. No damage from this attack, but U-101 was subsequently forced to dive to evade aircraft operating in the area on five other occasions over the 24th-25th of August. (Ritschel)
U-705. After reporting the position of convoy ONS 122 in the late evening of 23 August, the boat was located by HF/DF and hunted by HNoMS Potentilla and HMS Viscount. At 00.15 hours on 24 August, corvette HNoMS Potentilla picked up U-705 on radar and forced her to dive with AA gunfire after illuminating the area with star shells. She then dropped four depth charges, which were followed by five from HMS Viscount and ten from HNoMS Potentilla, dropped over two runs. After an hour of this, both escorts located U-135 on radar in the same area and forced her to dive. Over the next two hours 57 depth charges were dropped on both U-boats, the final attack being made by HMS Viscount using a new weapon, the Hedgehog launcher. U-705 was damaged and with her stern tube out of action. (ADM reports, KTB U-705)
U-135. 01.51 hrs, mid-Atlantic: the boat was chasing convoy ONS 122 when she was suddenly illuminated by star shells and forced to dive by gunfire from HNoMS Potentilla. The corvette and HMS Viscount had been depth charging U-705 in the same area for an hour when they detected U-135 on radar. They then dropped 57 depth charges on both U-boats over the next two hours, the final attack being made by HMS Viscount, using a new weapon, Hedgehog. U-135 suffered only minor damage. (ADM reports, KTB U-135)
U-596. U-596 was forced to dive at 21.08 hrs after reporting the position of convoy ONS 122 on being sighted ahead of the convoy to starboard by HNoMS Potentilla. HNoMS Potentilla approached in company with HMS Viscount, which obtained an Asdic contact and made a Hedgehog attack at 21.42 hrs, which failed because it was fired five seconds too late. The destroyer then returned to the convoy after dropping a single heavy depth charge after the contact was lost. U-596 was not damaged, but unintentionally dived to 190m (623 ft) when the linkage to a flooding valve jammed. (ADM reports, KTB U-596)
U-755. At 21.55 hrs, HNoMS Potentilla sighted two U-boats on the surface near convoy ONS 122 and began to chase them northwards. They were U-174 and U-755, and the latter was fired on from the 4in gun at a range of about 12 miles, but the shots fell short. Both U-boats managed to escape under cover of darkness within two hours, proceeding at full speed while surfaced. (ADM reports, KTB U-755)
The attack on 24 August 1943 attack in mid Atlantic in position 27.09N, 37.03W, by torpedoes from aircraft of the US escort carrier USS Core, previously credited with sinking U-84, is not recorded as being against any U-boat. (2002-02-10, Axel Niestle)
1944: U-354 +, U-445 +
132 men died when those 3 U-boats were lost on this date. 22 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, 24 August.
- 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 24 August
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 Brest, France: U-584
From Lorient, France: U-159
From St. Nazaire, France: U-96
U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-211 (7 days)
To La Pallice U-333 (14 days)
To Lorient, France: U-160 (66 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-355 (31 days)
To Skjomenfjord U-591 (3 days)
From Bordeaux, France: U-195
From Hammerfest, Norway: U-307
From Kiel, Germany: U-676
From Kristiansand: U-285, U-871, U-925 (lost 2 days later)
From Marviken: U-310
From Mösholm: U-348
U-boats entering base:
To Grand Hotel U-1001 (5 days)
To Hammerfest, Norway: U-992 (4 days)
To Horten, Norway: U-978 (3 days), U-1004 (3 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-312 (4 days)
To Tromsö, Norway: U-995 (2 days)
U-boats at sea on 24 August
Boats entering port on this day are not counted, but boats departing for patrol are. (+) indicates the boat was lost during this patrol.
U-38, U-43, U-46, U-69, U-71, U-73, U-75, U-77, U-82, U-83, U-84, U-95, U-96, U-101, U-105, U-106, U-108, U-111 (+), U-124, U-125, U-129, U-141, U-143, U-145, U-201, U-202, U-206, U-207 (+), U-451, U-452 (+), U-501 (+), U-552, U-553, U-557, U-561, U-563, U-564, U-567, U-568, U-569, U-570, U-571, U-652, U-751, U-752.
45 boats at sea.
U-66, U-68, U-69, U-73, U-86, U-91, U-92, U-94 (+), U-96, U-98, U-107, U-108, U-109, U-125, U-130, U-134, U-135, U-155, U-156, U-159, U-162 (+), U-163, U-164, U-165 (+), U-171 (+), U-172, U-173, U-174, U-175, U-176, U-179 (+), U-205, U-209, U-214, U-217, U-251, U-255, U-256, U-331, U-373, U-375, U-380, U-404, U-406, U-407, U-409, U-411, U-432, U-435, U-438, U-455, U-456, U-457, U-458, U-459, U-462, U-463, U-504, U-505, 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-564, U-565, U-566, U-569, U-572, U-584, U-589, U-590, U-594, U-596, U-598, U-600, U-601, U-604, U-605, U-608, U-609, U-653, U-658, U-659, U-660, U-703, U-705 (+), U-752, U-755, U-756 (+).
99 boats at sea.
U-18, U-23, U-24, U-66, U-73, U-86, U-107, U-123, U-129, U-134 (+), U-161 (+), U-168, U-172, U-177, U-178, U-181, U-183, U-188, U-196, U-198, U-214, U-230, U-255, U-257, U-262, U-269, U-302, U-305, U-333, U-340, U-354, U-355, U-358, U-360, U-371, U-380, U-382, U-406, U-407, U-410, U-415, U-431, U-445, U-508, U-510, U-518, U-523 (+), U-532, U-533 (+), U-566, U-571, U-596, U-600, U-601, U-618, U-621, U-634 (+), U-636, U-639 (+), U-645, U-653, U-703, U-711, U-732, U-737, U-757, U-760, U-847 (+), U-956, U-960.
70 boats at sea.
U-20, U-23, U-92, U-170, U-190, U-195, U-218, U-219, U-228, U-242, U-244, U-245, U-248, U-262, U-275, U-278, U-285, U-296, U-348, U-362 (+), U-363, U-365, U-370, U-394 (+), U-398, U-407, U-437, U-479, U-480, U-482, U-484 (+), U-516, U-518, U-530, U-539, U-541, U-546, U-547, U-548, U-596, U-650, U-667 (+), U-668, U-679, U-680, U-703, U-739, U-745, U-758, U-763, U-764, U-772, U-802, U-804, U-855 (+), U-858, U-859 (+), U-861, U-862, U-863 (+), U-925 (+), U-957, U-979, U-989, U-993, U-997, U-1062 (+), U-1193, U-1221.
69 boats at sea.
General Events on 24 August
U-340 rescued five German airmen from a rubber dinghy in the North Atlantic about 140 miles west of Vigo, Spain at 0335hrs. They were from the Focke-Wulf Fw200C-5 WNr 0214 (7./KG 40, F8+NT) which had been shot down and was forced to ditch at 1800hrs on 23 August. One crewman was lost.
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