Events on this day
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 (3)||Launched (5)||Commissioned (1)|
|No U-boat orders on this date||1941: U-188 |
1944: U-2340, U-3013
|1942: U-420, U-732 |
1943: U-868, U-997, U-998
|These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.|
Allied Ships hit on this date
|U-boat||Commander||Name of ship||Tons||Country||Convoy|
|U-214||Reeder||HMS Cheshire (F 18) (d)||10,552||br||SL-118|
|* 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-653. A British B-24 Liberator (Sqdn 120/F) attacked U-653 near convoy SL 119 in the Atlantic west of Portugal. One man was lost when the boat dived. (although there was a report that the man was saved by a British destroyer.) The boat was seriously damaged and had to limp back to base, reaching Brest on 30 August. [Matrosengefreiter Willi Pröhl]
U-403. An attack on U-403 on 18 Aug. 1943 in the Atlantic off Dakar in position 14.11N, 17.40W, in which a British Hudson bomber (Sqdn. 200/O) dropped depth charges, was believed to have sunk her, but in fact caused only minor damage.
The boat was sunk later the same day in another attack.(1993-06-01, FDS/NHB)
U-262. Three men were killed and wounded during an air raid on La Pallice. The boat left for her next patrol and transit to Germany on 23 August, reaching Flensburg on 5 November.
1943: U-403 +
1944: U-107 +, U-621 +
163 men died when those 3 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, 18 August.
- For more information on Men lost from U-boats check out this page.
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 18 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.
U-boats entering base:
To Lorient, France: U-60 (20 days)
U-boats at sea on 18 August
Boats entering port on this day are not counted, but boats departing for patrol are. (+) indicates the boat was lost during this patrol.
U-38, U-43, U-46, U-71, U-73, U-75, U-77, U-82, U-83, U-84, U-93, U-96, U-101, U-105, U-106, U-111 (+), U-123, U-124, U-125, U-126, U-129, U-143, U-145, U-201, U-202, U-204, U-205, U-206, U-331, U-371, U-501 (+), U-552, U-553, U-559, U-563, U-564, U-566, U-567, U-568, U-569, U-571, U-751.
42 boats at sea.
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-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-406, U-407, U-409, U-411, U-432, U-435, U-438, U-456, U-457, U-458, U-459, 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-565, U-566, U-569, U-572, U-590, U-593, U-594, U-596, U-598, U-600, U-601, U-604, U-605, U-609, U-653, U-654 (+), U-658, U-659, U-660, U-703, U-705 (+), U-752, U-755, U-756 (+).
100 boats at sea.
U-19, U-23, U-24, U-66, U-73, U-86, U-107, U-123, 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-302, U-307, U-333, U-340, U-354, U-355, U-358, U-360, U-380, U-382, U-387, U-406, U-407, U-410, U-415, U-431, U-445, U-458 (+), U-508, U-510, U-516, U-518, U-523 (+), U-532, U-533 (+), U-566, U-571, U-596, U-600, U-601, U-618, U-625, U-629, U-634 (+), U-636, U-639 (+), U-653, U-703, U-711, U-713, U-732, U-737, U-757, U-760, U-847 (+), U-956, U-960.
75 boats at sea.
U-23, U-92, U-170, U-190, U-218, U-228, U-230 (+), U-244, U-245, U-248, U-275, U-278, U-296, U-307, U-344 (+), U-362 (+), U-363, U-365, U-394 (+), U-413 (+), U-475, U-479, U-480, U-481, U-482, U-484 (+), U-516, U-518, U-530, U-539, U-541, U-546, U-548, U-596, U-667 (+), U-668, U-679, U-680, U-711, U-717, U-739, U-743, 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-993, U-997, U-1062 (+), U-1229 (+).
62 boats at sea.
General Events on 18 August
The former U-123 stricken from French service (then named Q165). Broken up.
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