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 (7)||Launched (5)||Commissioned (5)|
|No U-boat orders on this date||1937: U-42 |
1940: U-173, U-255
1942: U-682, U-722
|1935: U-19 |
|1939: U-62 |
1942: U-277, U-487
1944: U-1405, U-3011
|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-21 [Mine]||Frauenheim||HMS Bayonet (Z 05)||605||br|
|U-751||Bigalk||HMS Audacity (D 10)||11,000||br||HG-76|
|* 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-1062. Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:
Canadian Beaufighter LZ452 (RCAF Sqdn 404/H, pilot F/O I. Gillespie, RCAF)
Canadian Beaufighter NE323 (RCAF Sqdn 404/F, pilot F/L R. Munro, RCAF)
11.30 hrs, south of Egersund, Norway: the boat was attacked by eight Beaufighters while en route to Bergen escorted by the German minesweeper M-403. Four Beaufighters of 144 Sqdn RAF carried torpedoes and four from 404 Sqdn RCAF acted as flak suppressors. U-1062 was slightly damaged by strafing but the torpedoes missed. Flak from both vessels brought down two Beaufighters, killing all four aircrew.(Franks/Zimmerman)
1941: U-451 , U-567 +
91 men died when those 3 U-boats were lost on this date. 50 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, 21 December.
- 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 21 December
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 Bergen, Norway: U-167
From La Spezia, Italy: U-617
From Lorient, France: UD-5
From St. Nazaire, France: U-404
U-boats entering base:
To La Spezia, Italy: U-602 (21 days)
To Lorient, France: U-67 (97 days)
To Pola U-81 (28 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-465 (36 days)
U-boats entering base:
To Trondheim, Norway: U-314 (8 days)
U-boats at sea on 21 December
Boats entering port on this day are not counted, but boats departing for patrol are. (+) indicates the boat was lost during this patrol.
U-67, U-68, U-71, U-74, U-77, U-79 (+), U-83, U-84, U-86, U-107, U-108, U-124, U-125, U-128, U-129, U-133, U-202, U-371, U-374 (+), U-375, U-432, U-502, U-559, U-562, U-565, U-566, U-568, U-569, U-571, U-573, U-576, U-577, U-581, U-652, U-653, U-654, U-751, UA.
38 boats at sea.
U-9, U-86, U-91, U-92, U-103, U-105, U-106, U-109, U-123, U-124, U-125, U-126, U-128, U-129, U-130, U-134, U-135, U-154, U-155, U-159, U-161, U-163, U-164 (+), U-167, U-172, U-174, U-175, U-176, U-177, U-178, U-181, U-182 (+), U-183, U-185, U-203, U-211, U-212, U-214, U-217, U-221, U-225, U-260, U-333, U-336, U-354, U-356 (+), U-357 (+), U-371, U-373, U-375, U-380, U-381, U-384, U-404, U-406, U-409, U-410, U-432, U-435, U-436, U-439, U-440, U-441, U-442 (+), U-443, U-444, U-445, U-455, U-459, U-461, U-463, U-506, U-507 (+), U-508, U-514, U-515, U-519, U-524, U-525, U-562, U-563, U-564, U-565, U-569, U-575, U-591, U-593, U-600, U-604, U-609, U-610, U-615, U-617, U-618, U-620 (+), U-621, U-623, U-628, U-631, U-653, U-657, U-659, U-662, U-663, U-664, U-706, U-757, U-758, UD-3.
109 boats at sea.
U-9, U-23, U-68, U-92, U-103, U-107, U-129, U-155, U-170, U-178, U-190, U-193, U-219, U-260, U-270, U-275, U-277, U-302, U-305 (+), U-309, U-311, U-354, U-364 (+), U-377 (+), U-380, U-382, U-387, U-390, U-392, U-406, U-415, U-421, U-445, U-471, U-510, U-515, U-516, U-530, U-541, U-543, U-544 (+), U-545 (+), U-565, U-596, U-601, U-618, U-625, U-629, U-636, U-641, U-645 (+), U-653, U-667, U-672, U-716, U-731, U-734, U-741, U-744, U-758, U-761, U-763, U-801, U-846, U-952, U-957, U-960, U-962, U-972, U-976, U-981, U-1060, U-1062.
73 boats at sea.
U-181, U-195, U-244, U-248 (+), U-285, U-286, U-296, U-299, U-312, U-322 (+), U-325, U-427, U-481, U-485, U-486, U-637, U-650 (+), U-679, U-680, U-722, U-773, U-806, U-843, U-862, U-869 (+), U-870, U-877 (+), U-905, U-956, U-979, U-991, U-995, U-997, U-1009, U-1053, U-1055, U-1202, U-1223, U-1227, U-1228, U-1230, U-1231, U-1232.
43 boats at sea.
General Events on 21 December
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