Events on this day

26 October

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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 (4) Laid down (4) Launched (0) Commissioned (0)
1939: U-355, U-356, U-357, U-3581940: U-409, U-457
1944: U-3028, U-3528
No boats launched on this dateNo boats commissioned on this date
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-28KuhnkeMatina (d)5,389   br
 U-83KrausHMS Ariguani (F 105) (d)6,746   brHG-75
 U-504PoskeAnne Hutchinson total loss7,176   am
 U-509WitteAnglo Mærsk (d)7,705   brSL-125
* 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-71. During battle against convoy HG 75, U-71 attacked an escort with a four-torpedo fan, which missed. The former target then depth charged the boat for seven hours, leaving U-71 so severely damaged that she was forced to return to base. (Blair, vol 1, page 393)


U-91. The target of the depth charge attack on 26 Oct. 1943 in the Atlantic in postion 50.49N 41.01W by a Canadian B-24 Liberator (RCAF Sqdn. 10/A), formerly credited with sinking U-420, was in fact U-91, which escaped unscathed. U-91 was searching for U-584 to supply her with fuel.

(1996-01-01, Axel Niestle)


U-246. The outbound boat was depth charged by an unidentified Allied aircraft. Severe damage forced a return to base. (Blair, vol 2, page 633)

U-boats lost

No U-boats were lost on this date, 26 October.

- 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, 26 October.

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Helmut Brümmer-Patzig (1890), Walter Flachsenberg (1908), Günter Gretschel (1914), Heinz Murl (1919), Wilhelm Rex (1910), Günter Schiebusch (1909).

The following men died on this day:
Hubertus Purkhold (2003), Alfred Radermacher (1994), Ernst-Wolfgang Rave (1990).

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 October

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-29


From Kiel, Germany: U-402, U-434


From La Spezia, Italy: U-458

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-201 (51 days)


From Kiel, Germany: U-764
From Toulon, France: U-593


From Bergen, Norway: U-1004
From Bodö: U-1060 (lost 2 days later)
From Horten, Norway: U-1202
From Kristiansand: U-1061

U-boats entering base:
To Danzig, Germany: U-481 (41 days)
To Kristiansand U-985 (2 days)

U-boats at sea on 26 October

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


U-13, U-21, U-24, U-25, U-26, U-31, U-34, U-37, U-46, U-53, U-56, U-57, U-58, U-59, U-61.
15 boats at sea.


U-28, U-29, U-31 (+), U-32 (+), U-46, U-48, U-65, U-124.
8 boats at sea.


U-38, U-66, U-68, U-71, U-73, U-74, U-75, U-77, U-82, U-83, U-84, U-85, U-93, U-97, U-101, U-103, U-106, U-107, U-109, U-123, U-125, U-126, U-129, U-133, U-202, U-203, U-206, U-208, U-374, U-402, U-432, U-502, U-552, U-563, U-564, U-567, U-568, U-569, U-571, U-573, U-576, U-577, U-751, UA.
44 boats at sea.


U-43, U-67, U-68, U-69, U-71, U-73, U-77, U-81, U-84, U-87, U-89, U-92, U-98 (+), U-103, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-117, U-125, U-126, U-128, U-129, U-132 (+), U-134, U-154, U-156, U-159, U-160, U-161, U-163, U-172, U-174, U-177, U-178, U-181, U-183, U-203, U-205, U-212, U-218, U-224, U-258, U-260, U-301, U-332, U-356, U-381, U-382, U-383, U-402, U-409, U-410, U-431, U-436, U-437, U-438, U-440, U-441, U-442, U-443, U-454, U-455, U-458, U-459, U-462, U-463, U-504, U-505, U-506, U-508, U-509, U-510, U-511, U-514, U-516, U-518, U-519, U-520 (+), U-521, U-522, U-552, U-559 (+), U-563, U-565, U-571, U-572, U-575, U-586, U-590, U-602, U-604, U-605 (+), U-606, U-608, U-610, U-613, U-615, U-618, U-620, U-621, U-622, U-624, U-627 (+), U-658 (+), U-659, U-660 (+), U-662, U-664, U-704, U-706, U-752, U-753, UD-5.
113 boats at sea.


U-9, U-23, U-24, U-68, U-73, U-91, U-103, U-123, U-129, U-154, U-155, U-168, U-170, U-183, U-188, U-190, U-193, U-211 (+), U-212, U-214, U-218, U-219, U-220 (+), U-226 (+), U-228, U-231, U-256, U-262, U-267, U-271, U-275, U-280 (+), U-281, U-282 (+), U-306 (+), U-309, U-333, U-340 (+), U-343, U-354, U-358, U-360, U-371, U-373, U-387, U-391 (+), U-405 (+), U-413, U-424, U-426, U-437, U-441, U-448, U-450, U-453, U-455, U-466, U-488, U-505, U-516, U-518, U-530, U-532, U-536 (+), U-537, U-538 (+), U-542 (+), U-552, U-565, U-575, U-584 (+), U-586, U-592, U-593, U-603, U-608, U-642, U-648 (+), U-707 (+), U-709, U-713, U-714, U-731, U-732 (+), U-762, U-764, U-842 (+), U-843, U-848 (+), U-849 (+), U-953, U-956, U-963, U-966 (+), U-967, U-969.
96 boats at sea.


U-170, U-181, U-195, U-219, U-245, U-246, U-262, U-267, U-281, U-290, U-293, U-295, U-299, U-300, U-310, U-312, U-313, U-315, U-363, U-365, U-387, U-396, U-425, U-475, U-483, U-541, U-546, U-636, U-668, U-680, U-714, U-722, U-771 (+), U-773, U-802, U-956, U-958, U-965, U-968, U-978, U-991, U-992, U-995, U-997, U-1001, U-1003, U-1060 (+), U-1061, U-1163, U-1199, U-1200 (+), U-1221, U-1223, U-1226 (+), U-1227, U-1228, U-1230, U-1231.
58 boats at sea.

General Events on 26 October


U-24 laid nine mines in Hartlepool Bay on the NE coast of England, one of which sank a ship on 9 November.


In the North Atlantic, U-552 transferred a medical case to U-87, which then returned to base.


A secret OSS report originating in Stockholm stated that a U-boat carrying a V-1 was about to sail on a mission to attack New York.


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