Events on this day

15 August

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U-boat Shipyard report

Ordered (86) Laid down (5) Launched (7) Commissioned (3)
1940: U-167, U-168, U-169, U-170, U-181, U-182, U-183, U-184, U-185, U-186, U-187, U-188, U-221, U-222, U-223, U-224, U-225, U-226, U-262, U-263, U-264, U-265, U-266, U-267, U-335, U-336, U-383, U-384, U-385, U-386, U-413, U-414, U-415, U-416, U-463, U-464, U-465, U-466, U-467, U-468, U-525, U-526, U-527, U-528, U-529, U-530, U-531, U-532, U-611, U-612, U-613, U-614, U-615, U-616, U-617, U-618, U-619, U-620, U-621, U-622, U-623, U-624, U-625, U-626, U-627, U-628, U-629, U-630, U-631, U-632, U-633, U-634, U-663, U-664, U-665, U-666, U-667, U-668, U-709, U-710, U-763, U-764, U-765, U-766, U-767, U-7681938: U-43
1941: U-233
1942: U-862
1944: U-2339, U-3512
1939: U-54
1940: U-97
1941: U-165, U-334, U-377
1942: U-272
1944: U-3504
1942: U-189U-358U-759
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date


 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
1940 
 U-51KnorrSylvafield 5,709   brHX-62
 UACohauszAspasia 4,211   gr
1942 
 U-705HornBalladier 3,279   amSC-95
1944 
 U-741PalmgrenHMS LST-404 total loss1,625   brFTM-69
 14,824
* 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

No attacks found on this date.


U-boats lost


1944: U-741

48 men died when this U-boat was lost. 1 men survived.

Survivors from U-boats almost always landed in allied captivity.

- 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, 15 August.

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


Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Wilhelm Gerlach (1905), Eberhard Friedrich Clemens Godt (1900), Horst Wilhelm Kessler (1914), Ernst Lottner (1920), Karl-Theodor Mayer (1921), Karl-Friedrich Merten (1905).

The following men died on this day:
Gerhard Palmgren (1944), Heinz-Günther Scholz (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 15 August

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

Sailed:
From Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-32


1941



U-boats entering base:
To Lorient, France: U-557 (3 days)


1942


Sailed:
From Harstad: U-251
From Kiel, Germany: U-91, U-175, U-179 (lost 55 days later), U-407, U-512 (lost 49 days later), U-659, U-756 (lost 18 days later)
From Kristiansand: U-514, U-515, U-516
From La Pallice: U-432
From Lorient, France: U-107
From Neidenfjord: U-456
From Pola: U-559
From St. Nazaire, France: U-69

U-boats entering base:
To Lorient, France: U-43 (43 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-71 (43 days)


1943



U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-275 (4 days)
To Lorient, France: U-68 (2 days), U-505 (2 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-360 (4 days), U-960 (4 days)


1944


Sailed:
From Bergen, Norway: U-299
From Kiel, Germany: U-285, U-290, U-925, U-1000, U-1165

U-boats entering base:
To Grand Hotel U-1001 (5 days)


U-boats at sea on 15 August

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-28, U-30, U-32, U-38, U-46, U-48, U-51 (+), U-57 (+), U-59, U-60, U-65, U-100, U-101, UA.
14 boats at sea.

1941

U-38, U-43, U-46, U-71, U-73, U-75, U-77, U-79, U-82, U-83, U-84, U-93, U-94, U-96, U-101, U-105, U-106, U-109, U-111 (+), U-123, U-124, U-125, U-126, U-129, U-139, U-145, U-201, U-202, U-204, U-205, U-206, U-331, U-371, U-501 (+), U-553, U-559, U-563, U-566, U-567, U-568, U-569, U-751.
42 boats at sea.

1942

U-66, U-69, U-73, U-77, U-83, U-86, U-89, U-91, U-92, U-94 (+), U-98, U-107, U-108, U-109, U-116, U-125, U-129, U-130, U-132, U-134, U-135, U-154, U-155, U-160, U-162 (+), U-163, U-164, U-165 (+), U-171 (+), U-173, U-174, U-175, U-176, U-179 (+), U-205, U-209, U-214, U-217, U-251, U-254, U-255, U-256, U-331, U-333, U-355, U-373, U-403, U-405, U-406, U-407, U-432, U-435, U-438, U-454, U-456, U-457, U-458, U-461, U-462, U-463, U-464 (+), U-505, U-506, U-507, U-508, U-509, U-510, U-511, U-512 (+), U-513, U-514, U-515, U-516, U-517, U-553, U-558, U-564, U-566, U-569, U-572, U-586, U-590, U-593, U-594, U-595, U-596, U-597, U-598, U-600, U-601, U-604, U-605, U-607, U-609, U-653, U-654 (+), U-657, U-658, U-659, U-660, U-703, U-704, U-705 (+), U-752, U-755, U-756 (+).
106 boats at sea.

1943

U-19, U-23, U-24, U-66, U-73, U-86, U-107, U-129, U-134 (+), U-161 (+), U-168, U-172, U-177, U-178, U-181, U-183, U-185 (+), U-188, U-190, U-196, U-197 (+), U-198, U-230, U-255, U-257, U-262, U-269, U-277, U-302, U-307, U-333, U-340, U-354, U-358, U-373, U-380, U-382, U-387, U-403 (+), U-406, U-410, U-415, U-431, U-445, U-458 (+), U-466, U-508, U-510, U-516, U-532, U-533 (+), U-566, U-571, U-596, U-600, U-601, U-616, U-618, U-625, U-629, U-634 (+), U-639 (+), U-653, U-711, U-713, U-732, U-737, U-757, U-760, U-847 (+).
70 boats at sea.

1944

U-18, U-170, U-218, U-228, U-244, U-245, U-275, U-278, U-300, U-307, U-344 (+), U-348, U-362 (+), U-363, U-365, U-394 (+), U-396, U-413 (+), U-445, U-480, U-481, U-484 (+), U-516, U-518, U-530, U-539, U-541, U-546, U-548, U-596, U-621 (+), U-650, U-667 (+), U-668, U-679, U-680, U-711, U-739, U-764, U-766, U-772, U-802, U-804, U-855 (+), U-858, U-859 (+), U-861, U-862, U-863 (+), U-953, U-957, U-963, U-979, U-989, U-997, U-1062 (+), U-1229 (+).
57 boats at sea.

1945

U-977.
1 boats at sea.


General Events on 15 August

1942

U-205 rescued five Italian airmen from a rubber dinghy in the Mediterranean Sea about 40 miles north-north-west of Bone, Algeria at 1700 hrs. They were possibly from a Cant Z.1007 reconnaissance aircraft (51° Gruppo) which was shot down in aerial combat with FAA fighters while shadowing the Pedestal convoy to Malta in the evening on 11 August. All five survivors were badly injured.


1944

U-155 had the youngest U-boat Commander during the war, Leutnant zur See Ludwig-Ferdinand von Friedeburg. He took over the command of U-155 on 15 August 1944. He was 20 years and 3 months old at the time.


1957

The former U-2365 was commissioned into the Federal German Navy as U-Hai (S 170). Her commander was Kaptlt. Walter Ehrhardt, commander of U-1016 1944-1945.

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