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 (3)||Launched (5)||Commissioned (5)|
|No U-boat orders on this date||1940: U-129 |
|1935: U-9 |
1942: U-192, U-228
|1940: U-93 |
1942: U-525, U-633
|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-166||Kuhlmann||Robert E. Lee||5,184||am||TAW-7|
|U-197||Bartels||William Ellery (d)||7,181||am|
|U-24||Petersen||Emba total loss||7,886||sj|
|U-703||Brünner||T-911 (No 65)||559||sj||BA-12|
|U-481||Andersen||KT-804 (No 35)||26||sj|
|U-481||Andersen||KT-807 (No 42)||26||sj|
|* 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-604. U-604 was attacked by a US B-24 Liberator bomber (VB-129) off the coast of Brazil on 30 July, and both the IWO and Coxswain were killed in action. [Oberleutnant zur See Frank Aschmann (see right) and Oberbootsmaat Herbert Lurz]. The boat was left in a crippled state but nonetheless manged to escape from the area. (Blair, vol 2, page 371)
U-403. The boat was proceeding on the surface with U-43 when Wildcat and Avenger aircraft from escort carrier HMS Santee attacked. Both boats dived: two depth charges were dropped on U-403, and a Fido homing torpedo was launched at U-43. U-403 escaped, but U-43 was lost with her crew of 55. (Blair, vol 2, page 397)
U-461. The sinking of U-461
A group of three outbound boats (U-461, U-462 and U-504) was sighted by the British Liberator aircraft BZ730 (53 Sqdn RAF/O, pilot F/O W.J. Irving) in the Bay of Biscay. Its sighting report brought up six other aircraft and the 2nd Escort Group was sent to the area. The aircraft from six different Squadrons had no radio contact with each other, so a coordinated attack was difficult. The Liberator from 53 Squadron led the way, but its depth charges undershot and heavy AA fire hit two engines, forcing the aircraft to land in Portugal where the crew was interned for a short time. However, Australian Sunderland W6077 (RAAF Sqdn 461/U, pilot F/L D. Marrows, RAAF) had quickly followed up the initial attack, and succeeded in sinking U-461. (Franks/Zimmerman)
U-618. Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:
British Wellington Mk.XIV (RAF Sqdn 172/J)
At 01.25 hours, the boat was attacked in the Bay of Biscay at night by a Wellington aircraft (RAF Sqdn 172/J, pilot F/L L.H. Such), which was hit by AA fire and crashed into the sea, killing the crew of six men.(Franks/Zimmerman)
U-481. Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:
Soviet Il-2 (Sqdn )
On this day U-481 was attacked by two Il-2 (35. ShAP) in the Narwa Bay in the Baltic. One of the Il-2 was damaged and was later ditched.
1942: U-166 +
1943: U-43 +, U-375 +, U-461 , U-462 , U-504 +, U-591
325 men died when those 8 U-boats were lost on this date. 113 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, 30 July.
- 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 30 July
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 Kiel, Germany: U-60
U-boats at sea on 30 July
Boats entering port on this day are not counted, but boats departing for patrol are. (+) indicates the boat was lost during this patrol.
U-46, U-66, U-68, U-74, U-75, U-79, U-81, U-83, U-93, U-94, U-95, U-97, U-109, U-123, U-124, U-126, U-139, U-141, U-142, U-144 (+), U-146, U-203, U-204, U-205, U-331, U-371, U-372, U-401 (+), U-431, U-451, U-558, U-559, U-561, U-565, U-566, U-652.
36 boats at sea.
U-43, U-66, U-67, U-71, U-77, U-84, U-86, U-89, U-97, U-98, U-108, U-109, U-116, U-125, U-129, U-130, U-132, U-134, U-154, U-155, U-160, U-161, U-162 (+), U-163, U-164, U-171 (+), U-173, U-174, U-176, U-201, U-210 (+), U-213 (+), U-217, U-254, U-256, U-332, U-335 (+), U-355, U-372 (+), U-375, U-379 (+), U-402, U-405, U-435, U-437, U-454, U-458, U-460, U-461, U-462, U-463, U-505, U-506, U-507, U-508, U-509, U-510, U-511, U-552, U-553, U-558, U-564, U-565, U-571, U-572, U-575, U-582, U-586, U-588 (+), U-589, U-591, U-592, U-593, U-595, U-597, U-598, U-600, U-601, U-605, U-607, U-609, U-654 (+), U-657, U-658, U-660, U-704, U-752, U-754 (+).
88 boats at sea.
U-19, U-20, U-24, U-66, U-84 (+), U-86, U-106 (+), U-107, U-117 (+), U-129, U-134 (+), U-155, U-168, U-172, U-177, U-178, U-181, U-183, U-185 (+), U-188, U-190, U-196, U-197 (+), U-198, U-199 (+), U-212, U-218, U-230, U-255, U-257, U-262, U-269, U-277, U-302, U-306, U-307, U-333, U-340, U-355, U-358, U-371, U-373, U-382, U-383 (+), U-387, U-403 (+), U-406, U-415, U-445, U-454 (+), U-455, U-466, U-468 (+), U-489 (+), U-508, U-510, U-511, U-516, U-525 (+), U-532, U-533 (+), U-566, U-571, U-572 (+), U-586, U-593, U-600, U-601, U-604 (+), U-615 (+), U-616, U-618, U-629, U-634 (+), U-639, U-648, U-653, U-664 (+), U-703, U-706 (+), U-711, U-713, U-732, U-757, U-760, U-847 (+).
86 boats at sea.
U-9, U-18, U-24, U-181, U-196, U-198 (+), U-275, U-300, U-309, U-333 (+), U-348, U-370, U-394 (+), U-425, U-479, U-481, U-516, U-518, U-530, U-534, U-537, U-539, U-546, U-547, U-596, U-621, U-667 (+), U-668, U-671 (+), U-679, U-736 (+), U-802, U-804, U-855, U-857, U-858, U-859 (+), U-861, U-862, U-863 (+), U-921, U-957, U-984 (+), U-1062 (+), U-1229 (+).
45 boats at sea.
1 boats at sea.
General Events on 30 July
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