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 (7)||Laid down (4)||Launched (4)||Commissioned (5)|
|1937: U-99, U-100, U-101, U-102, U-122, U-123, U-124||1938: U-64 |
|1941: U-412 |
1942: U-670, U-671, U-843
|1941: U-176U-216 |
|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-557||Paulshen||HMS Galatea (71)||5,220||br|
|U-159||Witte||Star of Suez||4,999||ag|
|* 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-174. An American Catalina flying boat from squadron VP 83 based at Natal, Brazil (Lt Wall) surprised the surfaced U-174 and dropped bombs before she dived, without result. (Blair, vol 2, page 55)
U-174. Later in the day another Catalina from Squadron VP 83, this time piloted by Bertram J. Prueher, attacked a U-boat, probably U-174. U-174 left the area shortly afterwards due to lack of fuel. (Blair, vol 2, page 55)
1941: U-127 +
1943: U-972 +
1944: U-400 +
150 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, 15 December.
- For more information on Men lost from U-boats check out this page.
The following men were born on this day:
Erich Dobberstein (1919), Ulrich Gräf (1915), Wilhelm Hunck (1914), Hans-Karl Kosbadt (1917), Hannes Leinemann (1908), Helmut Röttger (1918), Harro Schacht (1907), Friedrich Steinfeldt (1914).
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 December
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 Kiel, Germany: U-357 (lost 12 days later), U-525
From Marviken: U-629
From Narvik, Norway: U-378, U-601
U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-405 (35 days)
To Lorient, France: U-518 (81 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-592 (37 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-552 (97 days)
From Bergen, Norway: U-716
From Brest, France: U-377 (lost 34 days later)
From Trondheim, Norway: U-711
U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-424 (55 days)
To La Pallice U-952 (5 days)
To Lorient, France: U-843 (62 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-269 (42 days)
To Trondheim, Norway: U-307 (4 days)
From Trondheim, Norway: U-739
U-boats at sea on 15 December
Boats entering port on this day are not counted, but boats departing for patrol are. (+) indicates the boat was lost during this patrol.
U-43, U-67, U-68, U-74, U-77, U-83, U-86, U-107, U-108, U-124, U-128, U-129, U-130, U-131 (+), U-202, U-332, U-371, U-372, U-375, U-431, U-432, U-434 (+), U-451 (+), U-453, U-557 (+), U-559, U-562, U-565, U-566, U-568, U-569, U-573, U-574 (+), U-575, U-576, U-581, U-584, U-652, U-653, U-654, UA.
41 boats at sea.
U-24, U-67, U-81, U-83, U-86, U-91, U-92, U-103, U-105, U-106, U-109, U-123, U-124, U-125, U-126, U-128, U-129, U-130, U-134, U-135, U-154, U-155, U-159, U-161, U-163, U-164 (+), U-172, U-174, U-175, U-176, U-177, U-178, U-181, U-182 (+), U-183, U-185, U-203, U-211, U-212, U-214, U-217, U-221, U-225, U-260, U-336, U-356 (+), U-357 (+), U-371, U-373, U-375, U-380, U-384, U-406, U-409, U-410, U-432, U-435, U-439, U-440, U-441, U-443, U-445, U-453, U-455, U-460, U-461, U-463, U-465, U-506, U-507 (+), U-508, U-513, U-514, U-515, U-519, U-524, U-525, U-553, U-561, U-562, U-563, U-564, U-565, U-569, U-591, U-593, U-600, U-602, U-604, U-609, U-610, U-615, U-618, U-621, U-623, U-628, U-653, U-657, U-659, U-663, U-664, U-706, U-757, U-758, UD-3.
105 boats at sea.
U-9, U-23, U-68, U-73 (+), U-92, U-103, U-107, U-129, U-154, U-155, U-170, U-178, U-190, U-193, U-219, U-223, U-228, U-230, U-270, U-275, U-277, U-284 (+), U-302, U-305 (+), U-311, U-354, U-358, U-364 (+), U-377 (+), U-382, U-387, U-390, U-392, U-415, U-421, U-445, U-471, U-510, U-515, U-516, U-530, U-541, U-543, U-544 (+), U-545 (+), U-565, U-596, U-618, U-625, U-629, U-636, U-641 (+), U-653, U-667, U-672, U-716, U-734, U-741, U-744, U-761, U-763, U-801, U-846, U-850 (+), U-957, U-960, U-962, U-976, U-981, U-1060.
70 boats at sea.
U-181, U-195, U-244, U-248 (+), U-278, U-286, U-293, U-295, U-296, U-299, U-312, U-313, U-318, U-322 (+), U-325, U-396, U-427, U-481, U-485, U-486, U-636, U-637, U-650 (+), U-668, U-679 (+), U-680, U-722, U-737 (+), U-772 (+), U-773, U-775, U-806, U-843, U-862, U-869 (+), U-870, U-877 (+), U-905, U-956, U-958, U-978, U-979, U-991, U-995, U-997, U-1003, U-1009, U-1020 (+), U-1053, U-1055, U-1163, U-1202, U-1209 (+), U-1223, U-1227, U-1228, U-1230, U-1231, U-1232.
59 boats at sea.
General Events on 15 December
KNM Kaura (the former U-995) was stricken from Norwegian service.
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