Events on this day

28 September

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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 (2) Laid down (3) Launched (2) Commissioned (1)
1937: U-120, U-1211942: U-549, U-749
1944: U-2350
1943: U-792
1944: U-2340
1940: U-97
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-16WeingärtnerNyland 3,378   sw
 U-32BüchelJern 875   nw
 U-32JenischEmpire Ocelot 5,759   brOB-218
 U-37OehrnCorrientes 6,863   brOB-217
 U-175BrunsAlcoa Mariner 5,590   am
 U-514AuffermannLages total loss5,472   bz
 U-514AuffermannOzório total loss2,730   bz
 U-516WiebeAntonico 1,223   bz
* 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-514. During the night of 27/28 Sep. 1942, U-514 carried out two successful attacks on a small convoy of four merchant ships escorted by USS Roe (DD 418) while on the surface off the Amazon estuary. At 01.10 hrs, the U-boat had been forced to dive after being fired on by the Brazilian steam merchant Imediato João Silva, but succeeded in leaving the area without being attacked by the escort.


U-219. Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:
American Avenger (VC-6 USN, pilot Lt W.R. Gillespie)

The boat was attacked five times by three aircraft from the escort carrier USS Tripoli operating on ULTRA information west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands and even escaped a Fido homing torpedo. At 19.40 hrs, an Avenger was shot down by AA fire, killing the crew of three men. This was the last escort carrier aircraft lost to U-boat action in the Atlantic.

U-boats lost

No U-boats were lost on this date, 28 September.

- 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, 28 September.

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Erich Hilsenitz (1916), Hans-Günther Lange (1916), Hans Rudolf Rösing (1905), Heinz Schomburg (1914), Werner Schulz (1919), Hans-Joachim Schwarz (1919), Hans Steen (1907).

The following men died on this day:
Fritz Frauenheim (1969), August Maus (1996).

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 28 September

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.


U-boats entering base:
To Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-33 (41 days)


From Brest, France: U-83
From Lorient, France: U-79


From Lorient, France: U-129
From Narvik, Norway: U-703
From St. Nazaire, France: U-463

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-262 (5 days)
To Kiel, Germany: U-376 (2 days)
To Skjomenfjord U-435 (13 days), U-592 (19 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-594 (56 days)


From Bergen, Norway: U-470 (lost 19 days later), U-762
From Salamis, Greece: U-596
From St. Nazaire, France: U-226, U-575

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-413 (2 days), U-621 (38 days)
To La Pallice U-193 (2 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-267 (3 days), U-648 (4 days)


From Bogenbucht: U-365
From Farsund: U-858
From Kiel, Germany: U-246
From Marviken: U-989
From Narvik, Norway: U-363
From Singapur: UIT-24
From Trondheim, Norway: U-387

U-boats entering base:
To Hölen U-548 (2 days)
To Marviken U-1003 (2 days)
To Memel U-370 (16 days)
To Windau U-242 (8 days)

U-boats at sea on 28 September

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


U-3, U-4, U-7, U-10, U-12 (+), U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16, U-19, U-21, U-22, U-24, U-28, U-31, U-32, U-35, U-36, U-53.
19 boats at sea.


U-29, U-31, U-32, U-37, U-38, U-43, U-46, U-60, U-61, U-103, U-123, U-137.
12 boats at sea.


U-66, U-67, U-68, U-69, U-75, U-79, U-83, U-94, U-97, U-103, U-107, U-108, U-111 (+), U-124, U-125, U-126, U-129, U-132, U-201, U-203, U-204 (+), U-205, U-331, U-371, U-372, U-373, U-431, U-552, U-559, U-562, U-564, U-565, U-572, U-573, U-575.
35 boats at sea.


U-43, U-66, U-67, U-68, U-69, U-87, U-91, U-96, U-106, U-107, U-109, U-116 (+), U-117, U-118, U-125, U-126, U-128, U-129, U-135, U-156, U-159, U-160, U-161, U-164, U-171 (+), U-172, U-175, U-176, U-177, U-178, U-179 (+), U-181, U-183, U-201, U-202, U-211, U-214, U-216 (+), U-217, U-218, U-221, U-251, U-254, U-257, U-258, U-259, U-260, U-332, U-333, U-353 (+), U-356, U-373, U-375, U-380, U-382, U-404, U-406, U-407, U-410, U-411, U-432, U-437, U-442, U-453, U-454, U-455, U-459, U-460, U-461, U-463, U-504, U-506, U-507, U-511, U-512 (+), U-513, U-514, U-515, U-516, U-517, U-518, U-552, U-558, U-561, U-562, U-569, U-575, U-582 (+), U-584, U-590, U-595, U-596, U-597 (+), U-599 (+), U-602, U-607, U-610, U-615, U-617, U-618, U-619 (+), U-620, U-661 (+), U-662, U-706, U-753, U-755, U-757, UD-5.
109 boats at sea.


U-20, U-68, U-81, U-91, U-92, U-103, U-107, U-123, U-155, U-168, U-170, U-177, U-181, U-183, U-188, U-196, U-214, U-218, U-220 (+), U-223, U-228, U-231, U-238, U-260, U-264, U-270, U-275, U-277, U-279 (+), U-305, U-307, U-309, U-336 (+), U-373, U-377, U-378 (+), U-386, U-387, U-389 (+), U-402 (+), U-410, U-419 (+), U-422 (+), U-431 (+), U-437, U-448, U-455, U-460 (+), U-470 (+), U-488, U-505, U-518, U-530, U-532, U-533 (+), U-536 (+), U-539, U-565, U-575, U-584 (+), U-592, U-593, U-596, U-601, U-603, U-610 (+), U-631 (+), U-641, U-643 (+), U-645, U-666, U-667, U-703, U-711, U-713, U-731, U-758, U-762, U-848 (+), U-952, U-956, U-960.
82 boats at sea.


U-92, U-155, U-170, U-190, U-195, U-219, U-244, U-245, U-248, U-256, U-260, U-262, U-267, U-278, U-281, U-290, U-293, U-296, U-307, U-309, U-310, U-312, U-313, U-348, U-363, U-365, U-382, U-387, U-398, U-425, U-427, U-480, U-481, U-516, U-518, U-530, U-534, U-541, U-546, U-547, U-636, U-668, U-673, U-676, U-711, U-714, U-737, U-739, U-745, U-758, U-772, U-802, U-804, U-853, U-857, U-863 (+), U-953, U-956, U-957, U-958, U-963, U-965, U-968, U-979, U-985, U-992, U-995, U-997, U-1001, U-1004, U-1062 (+), U-1165, U-1199, U-1221, U-1223, U-1227.
76 boats at sea.

General Events on 28 September


U-22 sighted a British submarine at 21.30 hrs and fired three torpedoes, all of which missed.


An enemy submarine was sighted by U-31. U-31 dived and heard a torpedo running which missed.


At 22.05 hrs U-331 began her attempt to break through into the Mediterranean. She did so the next morning at 04.30 hrs. Two months later she sank the British battleship HMS Barham.


U-595 had a serious fire in the control room while at sea. She had to return to base, arriving the same day.


U-307 landed a meteorological team on Spitsbergen (now known as Svalbard). They set up weather station Haudegen, which did not formally surrender until 4 Sept, 1945.

U-668 had to leave wolfpack Zorn, which was waiting for convoy JW 60 in the Barents Sea, because the II WO had appendicitis.


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