Events on this day

12 June

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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 (7) Launched (5) Commissioned (3)
No U-boat orders on this date1940: U-505
1941: U-518
1942: U-542
1943: U-1205, U-1206
1944: U-2330, U-3006
1940: U-94
1941: U-135, U-581, U-582
1943: U-1163
1941: U-574
1943: U-802
1944: U-2321
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-101FrauenheimEarlspark 5,250   br
 U-46EndrassBarbara Marie 4,223   brSL-34
 U-46EndrassWillowbank 5,041   brSL-34
 U-371DriverSilverpalm 6,373   br
 U-48SchultzeEmpire Dew 7,005   brOG-64
 U-552ToppChinese Prince 8,593   br
 U-553ThurmannRanella 5,590   nwOG-64
 U-553ThurmannSusan Mærsk 2,355   brOG-64
 U-124MohrDartford 4,093   brONS-100
 U-129WittHardwicke Grange 9,005   br
 U-158RostinCities Service Toledo 8,192   am
 U-77SchonderHMS Grove (L 77) 1,050   brMW-11
 U-97TroxPalima 1,179   nl
* 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-105. While crossing the Bay of Biscay during daylight on 12 June 1942 the boat was attacked by an Australian Sunderland flying boat (10 Sqn RAAF). The U-boat immediately sought shelter at El Ferrol, Spain and did not leave until the 28th when she sailed for Lorient, arriving on the 30th. The damage was serious enough to keep her there until 23 Nov.


U-645. 13.00 hrs, north of the Azores: British B-24 Liberator bomber FL932 (RAF Sqdn 86/H, pilot F/O C.W. Burcher, DFC, RAAF), escorting troop convoy TA 48 approached U-645 from the starboard bow and dropped five depth charges which overshot, the closest detonating 15m (49ft) astern and causing slight damage. Gunfire was exchanged for the next 30 minutes, with the U-boat claiming hits on the Liberator, but there was no significant damage and it returned to inform the convoy. (Franks/Zimmerman)

U-645. 16.23 hrs, north of the Azores: British B-24 Liberator bomber FK226 (RAF Sqdn 86/G, pilot F/O A.C.I. Samuel), escorting troop convoy TA 48 was forced to break off an intial attack run by heavy flak and then exchanged gunfire for 10 minutes before dropping five depth charges that detonated 50 to 100m (164-328 ft) to starboard of the boat. Flak hits to the fuselage, bomb bay and a fuel tank killed one man and started a fire which was quickly extinguished. The damage forced the aircraft to return to base, while the boat dived. (Franks/Zimmerman)


U-333. Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:
British Sunderland flying boat S for Sugar, RAF Sqdn 201

Bay of Biscay south of Brest. This is a possible match. Either this Sunderland or U Uncle from 228 Sqdn were shot down by U-333 on this day. (According to the book Wavetops at My Wingtips, it was 201/S, its demise being witnessed by the crew of a Canadian Catalina flying boat).

("Wavetops at My Wingtips", Flt Lt Leslie Baveystock)

U-539. An American Mariner flying boat attacked U-539, which once again escaped (she had been hit by gunfire from a Dutch tanker the day before). (Blair, vol 2, page 564)

U-boats lost

1943: U-118
1944: U-490

43 men died when those 2 U-boats were lost on this date. 76 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, 12 June.

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Günter Behnisch (1922), Rolf Rüdiger Bensel (1923), Günther Fritze (1922), Gerd Kelbling (1915), Johann Mohr (1916).

The following men died on this day:
Werner Czygan (1943), Kurt Petersen (2010).

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 June

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-651 (lost 18 days later)
From Lorient, France: U-138 (lost 7 days later)

U-boats entering base:
To Lorient, France: U-123 (5 days)


From Kiel, Germany: U-436

U-boats entering base:
To El Ferrol U-105 (6 days)


From Brest, France: U-415, U-634 (lost 80 days later)
From Kiel, Germany: U-194 (lost 13 days later), U-200 (lost 13 days later), U-420
From La Pallice: U-257, U-600, U-615 (lost 57 days later)
From La Spezia, Italy: U-73
From Lorient, France: U-68, U-159 (lost 47 days later)

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-731 (45 days)
To Konstanza, Rumania: U-9 (24 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-354 (35 days)


From Brest, France: U-984
From Kiel, Germany: U-310, U-318, U-804, U-858, U-998
From La Pallice: U-212
From Trondheim, Norway: U-1061

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-243 (5 days)
To Hammerfest, Norway: U-737 (2 days)
To Marviken U-679 (3 days)
To Ramsund, Norway: U-992 (6 days)
To Stavanger, Norway: U-299 (4 days), U-319 (4 days)

U-boats at sea on 12 June

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


U-25, U-28, U-29, U-30, U-32, U-38, U-43, U-46, U-47, U-48, U-51, U-52, U-56, U-58, U-61, U-65, U-101, UA.
18 boats at sea.


U-38, U-43, U-46, U-48, U-69, U-73, U-75, U-77, U-79, U-101, U-103, U-105, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-111, U-138 (+), U-141, U-143, U-201, U-203, U-204, U-371, U-552, U-553, U-557, U-558, U-559, U-561, U-651 (+), U-751, UA.
32 boats at sea.


U-67, U-68, U-69, U-71, U-77, U-81, U-83, U-84, U-87, U-89, U-94, U-96, U-103, U-106, U-107, U-124, U-125, U-126, U-128, U-129, U-132, U-134, U-135, U-153 (+), U-154, U-155, U-156, U-157 (+), U-158 (+), U-159, U-161, U-172, U-202, U-203, U-205, U-213, U-215 (+), U-251, U-331, U-332, U-373, U-376, U-404, U-406, U-408, U-431, U-432, U-437, U-453, U-455, U-459, U-460, U-502 (+), U-504, U-505, U-506, U-552, U-553, U-558, U-559, U-561, U-566, U-569, U-571, U-575, U-578, U-584, U-590, U-593, U-594, U-653, U-701 (+), U-751, U-753.
74 boats at sea.


U-24, U-66, U-67 (+), U-68, U-73, U-81, U-84 (+), U-92, U-97 (+), U-119 (+), U-126 (+), U-134 (+), U-135 (+), U-154, U-155, U-159 (+), U-170, U-172, U-177, U-178, U-180, U-181, U-185 (+), U-190, U-193, U-194 (+), U-195, U-196, U-197 (+), U-198, U-199 (+), U-200 (+), U-211, U-212, U-214, U-221, U-228, U-232 (+), U-257, U-271, U-302, U-306, U-333, U-334 (+), U-336, U-341, U-358, U-380, U-388 (+), U-413, U-415, U-420, U-431, U-435 (+), U-449 (+), U-450, U-455, U-460, U-488, U-508, U-510, U-511, U-513 (+), U-515, U-527 (+), U-530, U-535 (+), U-536, U-552, U-558 (+), U-564 (+), U-571, U-572 (+), U-586, U-590 (+), U-592, U-600, U-603, U-608, U-615 (+), U-618, U-634 (+), U-641, U-642, U-645, U-650, U-653, U-666, U-667, U-669, U-711, U-732, U-758, U-759 (+), U-951 (+), U-953.
96 boats at sea.


U-19, U-20, U-107, U-129, U-155, U-181, U-183, U-188, U-190, U-196, U-198 (+), U-212, U-214, U-228, U-233 (+), U-242, U-247, U-255, U-260, U-262, U-269, U-270, U-275, U-276, U-281, U-290, U-294, U-307, U-313, U-315, U-333, U-344, U-363, U-382, U-394, U-397, U-423 (+), U-437, U-441 (+), U-445, U-471, U-480, U-516, U-530, U-534, U-537, U-539, U-541, U-543 (+), U-547, U-548, U-586, U-608, U-621, U-650, U-668, U-671, U-673, U-677, U-678 (+), U-711, U-714, U-715 (+), U-719 (+), U-745, U-758, U-763, U-764, U-766, U-767 (+), U-853, U-857, U-858, U-859 (+), U-860 (+), U-861, U-862, U-952, U-953, U-958, U-971 (+), U-975, U-981, U-982, U-984, U-985, U-987 (+), U-988 (+), U-993, U-997, U-998, U-999, U-1000, U-1001, U-1007, U-1061, U-1165, U-1191 (+), U-1222 (+).
99 boats at sea.


U-530, U-977.
2 boats at sea.

General Events on 12 June


U-38 landed two agents in Ireland.


After crossing the Atlantic submerged by day and surfaced by night, U-202 landed a saboteur team of four men on Long Island, USA. This was one of two such teams landed within a week of each other on the US east coast, the other came aboard U-584.


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