Events on this day

12 December

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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 (1) Commissioned (6)
No U-boat orders on this date1939: U-141, U-1421942: U-7381939: U-50
1941: U-458
1942: U-219
1943: U-250U-867
1944: U-2525
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-59 [Mine]JürstMarwick Head 496   br
 U-96Lehmann-WillenbrockMacedonier 5,227   beHX-92
 U-96Lehmann-WillenbrockStureholm 4,575   swHX-92
 U-161AchillesRipley 4,997   br
 U-177GysaeEmpire Gull 6,408   br
 U-593KelblingHMS Holcombe (L 56) 1,087   brKMS-34
 U-593KelblingHMS Tynedale (L 96) 1,000   brKMS-34
* 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-453. U-453 sustained so much damage during a depth charge attack in the Mediterranean that she was forced to return to base.

U-boats lost

1943: U-645 +
1944: U-416

91 men died when those 2 U-boats were lost on this date. 5 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


U-481 met the homebound U-958 (Groth) in the Gulf of Finland to transfer a midshipman and to take over spare parts. However, the rubber dinghy with four crew members capsized after bringing Fähnrich Jähners to U-958 which managed to rescue Matrosenobergefreiter Toni Setzwein, but the other three men drowned. [Oberbootsmaat Johannes Lenz, Matrosenobergefreiter Josef Fallert, Matrosenobergefreiter Felix Pulkner]

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Ulrich-Philipp Graf von und zu Arco-Zinneberg (1917), Heinz-Ehler Brüllau (1917), Siegfried Lindke (1900), Franz Saar (1919).

The following men died on this day:
Otto Ferro (1943), Kurt Freiwald (1975), Eberhard Rieger (1944).

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 12 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 Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-60


U-boats entering base:
To Lorient, France: U-99 (16 days), U-103 (34 days)


U-boats entering base:
To Kirkenes U-134 (12 days), U-454 (12 days)
To Lorient, France: U-451 (18 days)
To Messina, Italy: U-652 (42 days)


From Brest, France: U-440, U-659
From Kiel, Germany: U-384, U-629
From St. Nazaire, France: U-757
From Trondheim, Norway: U-334

U-boats entering base:
To Lorient, France: U-505 (70 days), U-510 (60 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-378 (32 days)


From Hammerfest, Norway: U-307
From Narvik, Norway: U-713
From Salamis, Greece: U-565

U-boats entering base:
To Bordeaux, France: U-488 (97 days)
To Brest, France: U-238 (32 days)
To Pola U-407 (32 days)
To Toulon, France: U-616 (23 days)
To Trondheim, Norway: U-601 (3 days)


From Bergen, Norway: U-244
From Trondheim, Norway: U-278

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-275 (11 days)
To Trondheim, Norway: U-315 (4 days), U-363 (4 days)

U-boats at sea on 12 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-13, U-20, U-23, U-28, U-29, U-30, U-38, U-43, U-47, U-48, U-57, U-60, U-61.
13 boats at sea.


U-37, U-43, U-52, U-65, U-94, U-96, U-100, U-140.
8 boats at sea.


U-43, U-67, U-68, U-74, U-77, U-83, U-86, U-105, U-107, U-108, U-124, U-126, U-127 (+), U-128, U-129, U-130, U-131 (+), U-332, U-371, U-372, U-374, U-375, U-431, U-432, U-434 (+), U-453, U-557 (+), U-559, U-562, U-565, U-566, U-568, U-569, U-573, U-574 (+), U-575, U-576, U-584, UA.
39 boats at sea.


U-24, U-67, U-81, U-83, U-86, U-91, U-92, U-103, U-105, U-106, U-109, U-118, 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-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-257, U-301, U-336, U-356 (+), U-371, U-373, U-375, U-380, U-384, U-405, U-409, U-410, U-432, U-435, U-439, U-440, U-443, U-445, U-453, U-455, U-460, U-461, U-463, U-465, U-507 (+), U-508, U-513, U-514, U-515, U-518, U-519, U-524, U-552, U-553, U-561, U-562, U-563, U-564, U-565, U-569, U-591, U-592, U-593, U-600, U-602, U-604, U-609, U-610, U-615, U-618, U-621, U-623, U-626 (+), U-628, U-653, U-657, U-659, U-663, U-664, U-706, U-757, U-758, UD-3.
107 boats at sea.


U-9, U-68, U-73 (+), U-92, U-103, U-107, U-129, U-154, U-155, U-170, U-172 (+), U-178, U-190, U-193, U-219, U-223, U-228, U-230, U-269, U-270, U-275, U-277, U-284 (+), U-302, U-305 (+), U-311, U-354, U-358, U-364 (+), U-382, U-387, U-390, U-391 (+), U-392, U-415, U-421, U-424, U-445, U-471, U-510, U-515, U-516, U-530, U-541, U-543, U-544 (+), U-545 (+), U-565, U-593 (+), U-596, U-618, U-625, U-629, U-636, U-641 (+), U-653, U-667, U-672, U-734, U-741, U-744, U-761, U-801, U-843, U-846, U-850 (+), U-952, U-960, U-962, U-972 (+), U-976, U-981.
72 boats at sea.


U-181, U-195, U-244, U-248 (+), U-278, U-286, U-293, U-295, U-296, U-299, U-310, U-313, U-318, U-322 (+), U-325, U-365 (+), U-396, U-400 (+), U-427, U-481, U-485, U-486, U-636, U-637, U-650 (+), U-668, U-679 (+), U-680, U-722, U-772 (+), U-773, U-775, U-806, U-843, U-862, U-869 (+), U-870, U-877 (+), U-905, U-956, U-958, U-965, U-978, U-979, U-991, U-995, U-997, U-1003, U-1009, U-1020 (+), U-1053, U-1055, U-1163, U-1202, U-1209 (+), U-1223, U-1227, U-1228, U-1230, U-1231, U-1232.
61 boats at sea.

General Events on 12 December


U-34 took a supervisory role in the German Operation Ursula in Spanish waters during the Civil War. The boat, under the command of Kptlt. Harald Grosse, sank the Spanish submarine C-3. See this article on the incident.


On U-23, two later heroes of the U-boat war, Otto Kretschmer and Adi Schnee, fired two torpedoes at a rock which appeared in the darkness to be a warship.


U-575 received aid at Vigo, Spain between 21.30hrs to 02.00hrs.


A fire caused by a short circuit forced U-301 to return to base.


The Soviet TS-16, the former U-9, was broken up at some point shortly after this date.


The survivors of the sinking of the British destroyer HMS Tynedale by U-593 in 1943 invited ex-commander Kptlt. Gerd Kelbling and one of his former crew to attend a 50th anniversary commemoration of the event in Hexham, England. They were welcomed with friendship and respect.


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