Events on this day

7 July

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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 (14) Laid down (6) Launched (2) Commissioned (4)
1944: U-2332, U-2333, U-2371, U-4701, U-4702, U-4703, U-4704, U-4705, U-4706, U-4707, U-4709, U-4710, U-4711, U-47121941: U-339
1942: U-285, U-315, U-1060
1943: U-1275
1944: U-2511
1942: U-637
1943: U-1224
1942: U-303
1943: U-347U-475
1944: U-778
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date


 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
1940 
 U-34RollmannLucrecia 2,584   nl
 U-99KretschmerBissen 1,514   sw
 U-99KretschmerSea Glory 1,964   br
1942 
 U-255RecheAlcoa Ranger 5,116   amPQ-17
 U-355La BaumeHartlebury 5,082   brPQ-17
 U-457BrandenburgAldersdale 8,402   brPQ-17
 U-571MöhlmannUmtata 8,141   br
 U-67Müller-StöckheimPaul H. Harwood (d)6,610   am
1943 
 U-185MausJames Robertson 7,176   amBT-18
 U-185MausS.B. Hunt (d)6,840   amBT-18
 U-185MausThomas Sinnickson 7,176   amBT-18
 U-185MausWilliam Boyce Thompson 7,061   amBT-18
 U-198HartmannLeana 4,742   br
1944 
 U-516TillessenEsso Harrisburg 9,887   am
 82,295
* 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

1940

U-99. At 14.14 hours the boat tried to stop the armed merchant Manistee with gunfire after missing her with a G7e torpedo at 14.01 hours. No hits were scored in the gun duel, but the Germans broke off the attack when shots fell within 100-200m (109-118 yds) of U-99. (Ritschel)

1943

U-267. Off Finisterre, due west: a British Catalina (RAF Sqdn 210, pilot John A. Cruickshank) depth charged the boat (reported to be sailing unalert on the surface). The boat dived and escaped the attack, but was severely damaged and resurfaced to report the damage and abandon the patrol. The boat managed partial repairs at sea and managed to elude more attackers sent to hunt her, reaching St Nazaire on 13 July. (Blair, vol 2, page 388)


U-boats lost


1942: U-701
1943: U-951 +
1944: U-678 +

137 men died when those 3 U-boats were lost on this date. 7 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

There were no men lost from U-boats on this date, 7 July.

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


Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Siegfried Hesemann (1912), Günter Ruperti (1914).

The following men died on this day:
Erwin Jestel (1985), Kurt Pressel (1943), Horst Voigt (1980).

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 7 July

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



U-boats entering base:
To Lorient, France: U-30 (30 days)
To Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-65 (30 days)


1941


Sailed:
From Gotenhafen: U-140
From Kiel, Germany: U-84
From Stormelö: U-144

U-boats entering base:
To Lorient, France: U-108 (44 days), U-111 (64 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-77 (40 days)


1942


Sailed:
From Kiel, Germany: U-510, U-598, U-658
From Lorient, France: U-162 (lost 59 days later)

U-boats entering base:
To Lorient, France: U-156 (77 days), U-504 (67 days)
To Pola U-371 (7 days)


1943


Sailed:
From La Pallice: U-373, U-468 (lost 36 days later)
From Narvik, Norway: U-601
From St. Nazaire, France: U-757
From Toulon, France: U-407

U-boats entering base:
To Feodosia, Ukraine: U-19 (22 days)
To Hammerfest, Norway: U-629 (5 days)
To Toulon, France: U-375 (11 days)


1944


Sailed:
From Bogenbucht: U-739
From Kristiansand: U-1007
From Stavanger, Norway: U-1007
From Trondheim, Norway: U-1060, U-1061

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-745 (29 days)
To Brest, France: U-480 (31 days)
To Helsinki, Finland: U-475 (4 days)
To Kobe U-510 (12 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-668 (2 days)
To Nuokko U-748 (3 days)
To Penang, Malaysia: U-183 (52 days)


U-boats at sea on 7 July

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-29, U-34, U-43, U-52, U-56, U-58, U-61, U-99, UA.
9 boats at sea.

1941

U-66, U-68, U-69, U-74, U-95, U-96, U-97, U-98, U-103, U-109, U-123, U-126, U-140, U-142, U-143, U-144, U-146, U-149, U-201, U-202, U-331, U-553, U-557, U-558, U-561, U-562, U-564, UA.
28 boats at sea.

1942

U-43, U-66, U-67, U-68, U-71, U-77, U-84, U-86, U-87, U-88, U-89, U-90 (+), U-107, U-116, U-126, U-128, U-129, U-130, U-132, U-134, U-136 (+), U-154, U-159, U-160, U-161, U-162 (+), U-166 (+), U-171 (+), U-172, U-173, U-201, U-202, U-203, U-251, U-255, U-332, U-355, U-372, U-373, U-375, U-376, U-379 (+), U-402, U-404, U-408, U-437, U-453, U-454, U-457, U-458, U-459, U-460, U-461, U-505, U-507, U-508, U-509, U-510, U-552, U-561, U-562, U-571, U-572, U-575, U-576 (+), U-582, U-584, U-597, U-598, U-657, U-658, U-703, U-704, U-752, U-754 (+).
75 boats at sea.

1943

U-18, U-23, U-66, U-67 (+), U-84 (+), U-134 (+), U-135 (+), U-155, U-159 (+), U-160 (+), U-168, U-170, U-172, U-177, U-178, U-181, U-183, U-185 (+), U-188, U-190, U-193, U-195, U-196, U-197 (+), U-198, U-199 (+), U-211, U-212, U-221, U-228, U-230, U-232 (+), U-257, U-267, U-271, U-277, U-302, U-306, U-333, U-336, U-340, U-341, U-355, U-358, U-359 (+), U-371, U-373, U-382, U-386, U-387, U-406, U-407, U-409 (+), U-415, U-420, U-435 (+), U-453, U-455, U-466, U-468 (+), U-487 (+), U-488, U-505, U-506 (+), U-508, U-509 (+), U-510, U-511, U-513 (+), U-514 (+), U-527 (+), U-532, U-533 (+), U-536, U-558 (+), U-565, U-566, U-571, U-572 (+), U-586, U-590 (+), U-591 (+), U-592, U-593, U-598 (+), U-600, U-603, U-604 (+), U-608, U-615 (+), U-617, U-618, U-622, U-634 (+), U-641, U-642, U-648, U-653, U-662 (+), U-666, U-667, U-669, U-706, U-709, U-713, U-732, U-757, U-759 (+), U-953.
109 boats at sea.

1944

U-19, U-20, U-107, U-129, U-181, U-196, U-198 (+), U-212 (+), U-218, U-243 (+), U-247, U-286, U-299, U-307, U-315, U-319 (+), U-344, U-347 (+), U-354, U-361 (+), U-365, U-394, U-481, U-516, U-530, U-534, U-537, U-539, U-546, U-547, U-636, U-672 (+), U-673, U-711, U-716, U-736 (+), U-737, U-741, U-742 (+), U-763, U-771, U-802, U-804, U-855 (+), U-857, U-858, U-859 (+), U-861, U-862, U-921, U-953, U-956, U-965, U-992, U-994, U-995, U-1061, U-1222 (+).
58 boats at sea.

1945

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


General Events on 7 July

1940

U-30 was the first U-boat to make use of the newly captured French bases when she arrived at Lorient on 7 July 1940.

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