Events on this day

6 May

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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 (5) Launched (2) Commissioned (6)
No U-boat orders on this date1935: U-11
1941: U-613, U-614
1943: U-1021, U-1022
1939: U-53
1944: U-778
1936: U-26
1942: U-263U-337
1943: U-764U-977
1944: U-325
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-103SchützeDunkwa 4,752   brOB-310
 U-103SchützeSurat 5,529   br
 U-105ScheweOakdene 4,255   brOG-59
 U-556WohlfarthEmanuel 166   fa
 U-97HeilmannHMS Camito (F 77) 6,833   br
 U-97HeilmannSangro 6,466   it
 U-108ScholtzAbgara 4,422   le
 U-125FolkersEmpire Buffalo 6,404   br
 U-125FolkersGreen Island 1,946   am
 U-333CremerAmazone 1,294   nl
 U-333CremerHalsey 7,088   am
 U-333CremerJava Arrow (d)8,327   am
 U-507SchachtAlcoa Puritan 6,759   am
 U-129HarpeAnadyr 5,278   brTJ-30
* 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-456. After attacking convoy SL 128 west of Porto, Portugal, the boat was seriously damaged by depth charges or bombs, but was able to repair the damage and continue the patrol. (Blair, vol 2, page 296)

U-230. Despite being repeatedly attacked by aircraft while shadowing convoy SL 128 west of Porto, Portugal, U-230 nonetheless managed to maintain contact without suffering serious damage. (Blair, vol 2, page 297)


U-548. Following U-548s sinking of the Canadian frigate HMS Valleyfield off St Johns Newfoundland, other Allied escorts (after finally deducing what had happened) hunted the boat, with no success. (Blair, vol 2, page 562)


U-3503. The target of the attack by a British Liberator (RAF Sqn 86/K), often credited with sinking U-2534, was actually U-3503, which escaped with minor damage.

U-boats lost

1943: U-125 +, U-192 +, U-438 +, U-531 +, U-630 +
1944: U-473 , U-765 , U-66
1945: U-853 +, U-881 +, U-3523 +

508 men died when those 11 U-boats were lost on this date. 77 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


Two men stepped on a land mine near Stavanger, Norway. One was killed, the other wounded. The boat departed for its second patrol from Bergen on the 20th. [Bootsmaat Günter Labahn]

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Hans Gessner (1919), Hermann Hansen (1918), Hans-Georg Hess (1923), Rolf Thomsen (1915).

The following men died on this day:
Ulrich Folkers (1943), Dr. Karl-Heinz Frischke (1945), Helmut Frömsdorf (1945), Werner Happe (1943), Heinrich Heinsohn (1943), Herbert Neckel (1943), Gerhard Seehausen (1944), Heinz Sternberg (1944), Werner Winkler (1943).

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 6 May

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 Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-24

U-boats entering base:
To Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-25 (34 days)


From Kiel, Germany: U-109

U-boats entering base:
To St. Nazaire, France: U-552 (30 days)


From Brest, France: U-404
From La Spezia, Italy: U-205
From Salamis, Greece: U-81

U-boats entering base:
To Kirkenes U-376 (8 days), U-378 (8 days), U-589 (8 days)
To La Spezia, Italy: U-375 (10 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-88 (3 days)


From St. Nazaire, France: U-666

U-boats entering base:
To La Pallice U-613 (45 days)


From Kiel, Germany: U-292, U-719, U-958
From Narvik, Norway: U-354
From St. Nazaire, France: U-255

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-534 (10 days)
To Konstanza, Rumania: U-19 (27 days)
To Kristiansand U-675 (3 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-289 (18 days)


U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway U-2511 (4 days)
To Harstad U-968 (16 days)

U-boats at sea on 6 May

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


U-9, U-57, U-59, U-61, U-65, UA.
6 boats at sea.


U-38, U-69, U-75, U-93, U-94, U-95, U-96, U-97, U-98, U-103, U-105, U-106, U-107, U-109, U-110 (+), U-111, U-123, U-141, U-143, U-147, U-201, U-556, UA.
23 boats at sea.


U-66, U-69, U-81, U-83, U-84, U-86, U-94, U-96, U-97, U-98, U-103, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-109, U-124, U-125, U-126, U-128, U-130, U-135, U-136, U-154, U-155, U-156, U-157, U-158 (+), U-161, U-162, U-201, U-205, U-213, U-251, U-333, U-352 (+), U-371, U-402, U-404, U-405, U-406, U-432, U-437, U-455, U-459, U-502 (+), U-504, U-505, U-506, U-507, U-553, U-558, U-562, U-564, U-566, U-569, U-571, U-572, U-575, U-576, U-582, U-584, U-588, U-590, U-593, U-594, U-653, U-654, U-703, U-751, U-752, U-753.
71 boats at sea.


U-9, U-66, U-68, U-89 (+), U-91, U-92, U-103, U-105 (+), U-107, U-108, U-117, U-119 (+), U-123, U-126 (+), U-128 (+), U-129, U-154, U-160, U-161, U-168, U-176 (+), U-177, U-178, U-180, U-181, U-182 (+), U-183, U-186 (+), U-190, U-195, U-196, U-197 (+), U-198, U-202 (+), U-209 (+), U-212, U-214, U-217 (+), U-218, U-221, U-223, U-226, U-228, U-230, U-231, U-257, U-258 (+), U-260, U-262, U-264, U-266 (+), U-267, U-270, U-304 (+), U-306, U-340, U-358, U-359, U-371, U-377, U-378, U-380, U-381 (+), U-383, U-386, U-402, U-403, U-405, U-406, U-407, U-410, U-413, U-418 (+), U-436 (+), U-447 (+), U-448, U-454, U-456 (+), U-459, U-460, U-461, U-466, U-468, U-487, U-504, U-506, U-509, U-514, U-515, U-521 (+), U-525, U-528 (+), U-532, U-533, U-552, U-561, U-565, U-569 (+), U-575, U-584, U-598, U-600, U-601, U-603, U-607, U-610, U-614, U-616, U-618, U-621, U-625, U-628, U-631, U-634, U-636, U-640 (+), U-642, U-645, U-648, U-650, U-657 (+), U-662, U-663 (+), U-664, U-666, U-703, U-706, U-707, U-709, U-731, U-732, U-752 (+), U-753 (+), U-760, U-952, U-954 (+).
136 boats at sea.


U-9, U-24, U-92, U-129, U-155, U-170, U-178, U-181, U-188, U-190, U-196, U-198 (+), U-218, U-230, U-255, U-267, U-278, U-312, U-313, U-315, U-348, U-365, U-385, U-407, U-453 (+), U-490 (+), U-505, U-518, U-537, U-539, U-541, U-543 (+), U-547, U-548, U-616 (+), U-667, U-672, U-731 (+), U-736, U-739, U-843, U-853, U-859 (+), U-860 (+), U-861, U-955 (+), U-960 (+), U-967, U-1222 (+).
49 boats at sea.


U-190, U-218, U-234, U-244, U-245, U-249, U-255, U-278, U-287 (+), U-293, U-295, U-312, U-313, U-318, U-320 (+), U-363, U-485, U-516, U-530, U-532, U-541, U-739, U-764, U-776, U-802, U-805, U-825, U-826, U-858, U-873, U-889, U-901, U-956, U-963, U-977, U-979 (+), U-992, U-1005, U-1009, U-1010, U-1023, U-1058, U-1105, U-1109, U-1163, U-1228, U-1231, U-1272, U-1277 (+), U-1305, U-2324, U-2326, U-2336, U-3008.
54 boats at sea.

General Events on 6 May


U-195 was taken over by the Japanese navy at Surabaya (Indonesia).

U-219 was taken over by the Japanese navy at Batavia (Jakarta, Indonesia).

U-181 and U-862 were taken over by the Japanese navy at Singapore.


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