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 (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 managed to escape from the area. (Blair, vol 2, page 371)
U-403. The boat was proceeding on the surface with U-43 when Avenger and Wildcat aircraft from the US escort carrier USS Santee. 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 British B-24 Liberator BZ730 (RAF Sqdn 53/O, pilot F/O W.J. Irving) in the Bay of Biscay. Its sighting report brought in six other aircraft and the 2nd Escort Group was sent to the area. The aircraft were from six different squadrons and had no radio contact with each other, so a coordinated attack was difficult. Liberator O for Oboe from 53 Squadron led the way, but its depth charges undershot and heavy flak put two engines out of action, forcing the aircraft to land in Portugal, where the crew was interned for a short time. Australian Sunderland W6077 (RAAF Sqdn 461/U, pilot F/L D. Marrows, RAAF) quickly followed up the initial attack and succeeded in sinking U-461. (Franks/Zimmerman)
01.25 hrs, Bay of Biscay: on attacking, the Wellington bomber (RAF Sqdn 172/J, pilot F/L L.H. Such), was hit by flak and crashed into the sea, killing all six aircrew.(Franks/Zimmerman)
U-481. Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:
Soviet Il-2 (Sqdn )
Narva Bay, Baltic: two Ilushin Il-2 Sturmoviks (35. ShAP) attacked. One was hit by flak and 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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