Events on this day

26 January

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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 (3) Commissioned (4)
No U-boat orders on this date1940: U-331
1943: U-905
1945: U-2365, U-3529, U-35301943: U-670
1944: U-869, U-1230
1945: U-3524
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date


 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
1940 
 U-57 [Mine]KorthHMS Durham Castle 8,240   br
1941 
 U-105ScheweLurigethan 3,564   brSLS-61
1942 
 U-106RaschTraveller 3,963   br
 U-125FolkersWest Ivis 5,666   am
 U-582SchulteRefast 5,189   brON-56
1943 
 U-255RecheKrasnyj Partizan 2,418   sj
 U-358MankeNortind 8,221   nwHX-223
 U-431SchöneboomHassan 80   sy
 U-594MummKollbjørg 8,259   nwHX-223
 U-607MengersenKollbjørg (d)8,259   nwHX-223
1944 
 U-188LüddenSamouri 7,219   br
 U-188LüddenSurada 5,427   br
 U-360BeckerFort Bellingham (d)7,153   brJW-56A
 U-532JunkerWalter Camp 7,176   am
 U-716DunkelbergAndrew G. Curtin 7,200   amJW-56A
 U-716DunkelbergUSS PTC-39 54   amJW-56A
 U-957SchaarFort Bellingham 7,153   brJW-56A
 U-957SchaarUSS PTC-38 54   amJW-56A
1945 
 U-1051HollebenHMS Manners (K 568) total loss1,300   br
 96,595
* 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

1942

U-753. The boat escaped with only minor damage from being rammed by a British escort west of Ireland in the North Atlantic.

U-404. The periscope was damaged in an air attack in the North Atlantic.


U-boats lost


1945: U-1051 +

47 men died when this U-boat was lost. There were no survivors.
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

1943

U-847
During training in Wesermünde an accident occured while the machine gun was being fired. One crewmember died, one was heavily wounded.

1944

U-545
The I WO was lost overboard in the North Atlantic. [Oberleutnant zur See Hans Wilkening]

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


Personnel Information

The following men died on this day:
Johannes Franz (1964), Heinrich von Holleben (1945).

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 January

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.


1940



U-boats entering base:
To Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-14 (7 days), U-18 (9 days)


1942


Sailed:
From Helgoland, Germany: U-213
From Kristiansand: U-136
From Messina, Italy: U-561

U-boats entering base:
To St. Nazaire, France: U-69 (9 days)


1943


Sailed:
From Bergen, Norway: U-355, U-376
From La Spezia, Italy: U-77

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-440 (46 days)
To Salamis, Greece: U-205 (15 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-463 (52 days)


1944


Sailed:
From Bergen, Norway: U-313
From Bordeaux, France: UIT-22 (lost 46 days later)
From Brest, France: U-413
From Lorient, France: U-963
From Marviken: U-546, U-973, U-990
From Narvik, Norway: U-636

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-311 (63 days)
To Konstanza, Rumania: U-20 (26 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-382 (50 days)


1945


Sailed:
From Horten, Norway: U-866
From Königsberg: U-481
From Stavanger, Norway: U-296

U-boats entering base:
To Kiel, Germany: U-1165 (5 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-711 (4 days)


U-boats at sea on 26 January

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

1940

U-13, U-19, U-20, U-23, U-25, U-31, U-34, U-44, U-48, U-51, U-55 (+), U-61.
12 boats at sea.

1941

U-48, U-52, U-93, U-94, U-101, U-103, U-105, U-106, U-107, U-123.
10 boats at sea.

1942

U-66, U-67, U-73, U-82 (+), U-84, U-85, U-86, U-87, U-94, U-97, U-98, U-103, U-105, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-109, U-123, U-125, U-128, U-129, U-130, U-132, U-135, U-136, U-156, U-161, U-203, U-205, U-213, U-331, U-333, U-352, U-372, U-375, U-402, U-404, U-431, U-432, U-435, U-453, U-455, U-502, U-504, U-505, U-552, U-553, U-561, U-563, U-564, U-565, U-566, U-571, U-572, U-575, U-576, U-578, U-581 (+), U-582, U-584, U-585, U-586, U-587, U-588, U-591, U-654, U-656, U-701, U-751, U-753, U-754.
71 boats at sea.

1943

U-19, U-24, U-43, U-66, U-69 (+), U-71, U-77, U-83, U-87 (+), U-89, U-96, U-105, U-108, U-117, U-118, U-123, U-124, U-125, U-135, U-156 (+), U-160, U-175, U-176, U-182 (+), U-186, U-187 (+), U-201 (+), U-202, U-214, U-217, U-218, U-223, U-226, U-255, U-257, U-258, U-260, U-262, U-264, U-265 (+), U-266, U-267, U-268 (+), U-302, U-303, U-333, U-358, U-376, U-381, U-383, U-384, U-402, U-403, U-404, U-407, U-413, U-414, U-431, U-436, U-438, U-442 (+), U-444, U-453, U-454, U-456, U-459, U-465, U-466, U-504, U-506, U-509, U-510, U-511, U-514, U-516, U-518, U-521, U-522 (+), U-525, U-558, U-571, U-572, U-575, U-584, U-594, U-598, U-606 (+), U-607, U-608, U-609 (+), U-613, U-614, U-620 (+), U-622, U-624 (+), U-625, U-629, U-631, U-632, U-657, U-662, U-704, U-706, U-707, U-752.
105 boats at sea.

1944

U-24, U-66 (+), U-91 (+), U-123, U-129, U-177 (+), U-178, U-188, U-193, U-212, U-223, U-230, U-256, U-257 (+), U-260, U-271 (+), U-278, U-281, U-283 (+), U-302, U-309, U-312, U-313, U-314 (+), U-360, U-364 (+), U-371, U-386 (+), U-390, U-406 (+), U-413, U-425, U-441, U-453, U-455, U-471, U-510, U-516, U-518, U-530, U-532, U-539, U-545 (+), U-546, U-547, U-549, U-571 (+), U-592 (+), U-601, U-636, U-650, U-666 (+), U-709 (+), U-714, U-716, U-731, U-737, U-739, U-741, U-762 (+), U-763, U-764, U-845 (+), U-846, U-852 (+), U-953, U-956, U-957, U-960, U-963, U-965, U-967, U-969, U-976, U-981, U-984, U-985, U-989, U-990, U-1060, U-1062, UIT-22 (+).
82 boats at sea.

1945

U-195, U-242, U-244, U-245, U-275, U-278, U-285, U-286, U-290, U-293, U-295, U-299, U-300 (+), U-307, U-313, U-325, U-348, U-370, U-427, U-475, U-480 (+), U-485, U-510, U-532, U-636, U-676 (+), U-680, U-739, U-745 (+), U-764, U-806, U-825, U-843, U-861, U-862, U-868, U-869 (+), U-870, U-905, U-907, U-963, U-992, U-1001, U-1009, U-1014 (+), U-1017, U-1018 (+), U-1055, U-1058, U-1172 (+), U-1203, U-1208 (+), U-1230, U-1231, U-1232, U-1233, UIT-24.
57 boats at sea.


General Events on 26 January

1943

U-302 had to break off her patrol in the Barents Sea due to serious technical problems.


1944

A collision between U-360 and U-601 during operations against convoy JW 56A in the Barents Sea caused minor damage to both boats.


U-957 captured two survivors after sinking the British merchantman Fort Bellingham.


1945

The following A.P. report was released to the newswires: A Berlin broadcast asserted today that U-boats had sunk six fully-laden Allied supply ships and two destroyers en route from Britain to France. The broadcast declared that the cargo ships totaled approximately 43.900 tons and included three large tankers. There has been no Allied confirmation.


The following A.P. report was released to the newswires: The French news agency today quoted Ankara reports that one of Germany's new secret weapons is an "artillery submarine" which might be used for terror bombardments of American coastal cities. Neutral travelers who reached the Turkish city were declared to have said the submarines were in the final stages of construction. But the program was reported delayed by patriot sabotage so that there was little chance they could be used before the fall of Berlin.

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