Events on this day

20 January

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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 (75) Laid down (7) Launched (2) Commissioned (4)
1941: U-235, U-236, U-237, U-238, U-239, U-240, U-268, U-269, U-270, U-271, U-272, U-273, U-305, U-306, U-307, U-308, U-341, U-342, U-343, U-344, U-363, U-364, U-365, U-366, U-391, U-392, U-393, U-394, U-396, U-397, U-398, U-417, U-418, U-419, U-420, U-469, U-470, U-471, U-472, U-473, U-635, U-636, U-637, U-638, U-639, U-640, U-641, U-642, U-643, U-644, U-645, U-646, U-669, U-670, U-671, U-672, U-673, U-674, U-777, U-778, U-779, U-821, U-822, U-841, U-842, U-843, U-844, U-845, U-846, U-847, U-848, U-849, U-850, U-851, U-8521940: U-86, U-201, U-434
1942: U-421, U-673, U-849
1943: U-1301
1943: U-311
1945: U-3033
1944: U-321U-773U-1052
1945: U-3025
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-34 [Mine]RollmannCaroni River 7,807   br
 U-44MathesEkatontarchos Dracoulis 5,329   gr
 U-57KorthMiranda 1,328   nw
 U-94KuppischFlorian 3,174   br
 U-552ToppMaro 3,838   grON-53
 U-453SchlippenbachJean Jadot 5,859   beKMS-7
 U-188LüddenFort Buckingham 7,122   br
 U-293KlingsporRazjarennyj (d)1,658   sjKP-1
* 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

1943: U-553 +
1944: U-263 +

98 men died when those 2 U-boats were lost on this date. There were no survivors.
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, 20 January.

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Paul Berkemann (1913), Erich Harms (1910), Günther Heinrich (1920), Karl-Heinz Schmidt (1911).

The following men died on this day:
Ernst-Ludwig Balduhn (2004), Burckhard Hackländer (2001), Kurt Nölke (1944), Karl Thurmann (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 20 January

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 Helgoland, Germany: U-14
From Kiel, Germany: U-58

U-boats entering base:
To Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-15 (12 days)


From Kiel, Germany: U-48


From Bergen, Norway: U-352
From Kiel, Germany: U-435
From St. Nazaire, France: U-576

U-boats entering base:
To Kirkenes U-134 (28 days), U-454 (27 days)
To Lorient, France: U-504 (15 days)


From La Spezia, Italy: U-301 (lost 2 days later)
From Lorient, France: U-108
From Narvik, Norway: U-657
From St. Nazaire, France: U-462, U-608

U-boats entering base:
To Trondheim, Norway: U-354 (3 days)


From Kiel, Germany: U-313
From Lorient, France: U-714
From St. Nazaire, France: U-267, U-437, U-967

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-392 (50 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-758 (36 days)


From Danzig, Germany: U-676 (lost 24 days later)
From Kiel, Germany: U-327, U-1279
From Trondheim, Norway: U-1061

U-boats entering base:
To Narvik, Norway: U-307 (6 days), U-956 (41 days)

U-boats at sea on 20 January

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-14, U-18, U-19, U-22, U-23, U-25, U-31, U-32, U-34, U-44, U-51, U-55 (+), U-57, U-58, U-59, U-60, U-61.
18 boats at sea.


U-38, U-48, U-93, U-94, U-96, U-105, U-106, U-123, U-124.
9 boats at sea.


U-43, U-66, U-67, U-69, U-71, U-73, U-82 (+), U-84, U-85, U-86, U-87, U-94, U-97, U-98, U-103, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-109, U-123, U-125, U-128, U-130, U-132, U-133, U-135, U-156, U-203, U-205, U-331, U-333, U-352, U-372, U-402, U-404, U-435, U-453, U-455, U-502, U-505, U-552, U-553, U-561, U-564, U-566, U-571, U-572, U-575, U-576, U-578, U-581 (+), U-582, U-585, U-586, U-587, U-588, U-591, U-654, U-656, U-701, U-751, U-753, U-754.
63 boats at sea.


U-24, U-43, U-66, U-69 (+), U-71, U-83, U-87 (+), U-96, U-105, U-108, U-109, U-117, U-123, U-124, U-125, U-156 (+), U-160, U-175, U-176, U-177, U-182 (+), U-186, U-187 (+), U-201 (+), U-202, U-205, U-214, U-217, U-218, U-223, U-226, U-257, U-258, U-260, U-262, U-264, U-266, U-267, U-268 (+), U-301 (+), U-302, U-303, U-333, U-358, U-381, U-383, U-384, U-402, U-403, U-404, U-407, U-413, U-414, U-431, U-436, U-438, U-440, U-441, U-442 (+), U-444, U-453, U-454, U-455, U-456, U-459, U-462, U-463, U-465, U-466, U-504, U-506, U-509, U-510, U-511, U-514, U-516, U-518, U-521, U-522 (+), U-525, U-558, U-571, U-572, U-575, U-584, U-594, U-598, U-606 (+), U-607, U-608, U-609 (+), U-613, U-614, U-620 (+), U-622, U-624 (+), U-625, U-629, U-631, U-632, U-662, U-704, U-706, U-707, U-752.
105 boats at sea.


U-20, U-24, U-66 (+), U-123, U-129, U-177 (+), U-178, U-188, U-193, U-212, U-223, U-230, U-257 (+), U-260, U-271 (+), U-278, U-281, U-283 (+), U-302, U-309, U-311, U-360, U-364 (+), U-380, U-382, U-386 (+), U-390, U-406 (+), U-425, U-437, U-441, U-453, U-455, U-471, U-510, U-516, U-530, U-532, U-539, U-543, U-545 (+), U-547, U-549, U-571 (+), U-592 (+), U-601, U-621, U-642, U-650, U-666 (+), U-714, U-731, U-737, U-739, U-741, U-762 (+), U-763, U-764, U-845 (+), U-846, U-852 (+), U-953, U-960, U-965, U-967, U-969, U-976, U-981, U-984, U-985, U-989, U-1060, U-1062.
73 boats at sea.


U-195, U-242, U-244, U-245, U-275, U-278, U-285, U-286, U-290, U-293, U-295, U-299, U-313, U-325, U-327, U-348, U-370, U-427, U-480 (+), U-485, U-510, U-532, U-636, U-676 (+), U-739, U-745 (+), U-764, U-806, U-825, U-843, U-861, U-862, U-869 (+), U-870, U-905, U-907, U-963, U-992, U-1001, U-1009, U-1014 (+), U-1017, U-1051 (+), U-1053, U-1055, U-1058, U-1172 (+), U-1199 (+), U-1203, U-1208 (+), U-1230, U-1231, U-1232, U-1233, UIT-24.
55 boats at sea.

General Events on 20 January


U-66 landed espionage agent Jean Lallart on the coast of Mauritania near Cape Blanc. Lallart and the two men who rowed him ashore (Bootsmaat Wagner and Matrosenobergefreiter Daschkey) were immediately captured by the French. After waiting in vain for over 13 hours for the his men to return, Kptlt. Markworth was forced to abandon them to whatever fate they had suffered. He learned of the their capture ten days later.


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