Events on this day

25 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 (13) Laid down (1) Launched (5) Commissioned (3)
1939: U-71, U-72, U-77, U-78, U-79, U-80, U-81, U-82, U-88, U-89, U-90, U-91, U-921941: U-6001941: U-79, U-501
1944: U-1235, U-1274
1945: U-4707
1941: U-201
1945: U-3022U-3027
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date


 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
1940 
 U-14WohlfarthBiarritz 1,752   nw
 U-19SchepkeEverene 4,434   le
 U-19SchepkeGudveig 1,300   nw
 U-44MathesTourny 2,769   fr56-KS
1942 
 U-123HardegenCulebra 3,044   brON-53
 U-130KalsVaranger 9,305   nw
 U-754OestermannMount Kitheron 3,876   grON-55
1943 
 U-431SchöneboomMouyassar 47   sy
 U-431SchöneboomOmar el Kattab 38   sy
 U-575HeydemannCity of Flint 4,963   amUGS-4
 U-624Soden-FraunhofenLackenby 5,112   brSC-117
1944 
 U-188LüddenFort la Maune 7,130   br
 U-278FranzePenelope Barker 7,177   amJW-56A
 U-360BeckerHMS Obdurate (G 39) (d)1,540   brJW-56A
 52,487
* 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

No U-boats were lost on this date, 25 January.

- For more information on U-boat losses check out our Fates section.


U-boat Men Lost or Wounded

1942

U-575
During bad weather in the North Atlantic a lookout on U-575 broke his arm.

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


Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Albrecht Achilles (1914), Rudolf Arendt (1923), Uwe Christiansen (1920), Willy Mattke (1909), Heinrich Schröder (1916).

The following men died on this day:
Werner Klug (1973), Claus Korth (1988).

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 25 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.


1940



U-boats entering base:
To Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-57 (10 days), U-58 (6 days)


1942


Sailed:
From Kirkenes: U-585
From Lorient, France: U-105, U-129, U-504
From Messina, Italy: U-375, U-431

U-boats entering base:
To Helgoland, Germany: U-213 (2 days)


1943


Sailed:
From Brest, France: U-118

U-boats entering base:
To Kristiansand U-526 (3 days)


1944


Sailed:
From Brest, France: U-91 (lost 33 days later), U-256
From Hammerfest, Norway: U-314 (lost 6 days later), U-716
From Lorient, France: U-709 (lost 26 days later)
From Skjomenfjord: U-956

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-313 (2 days)


1945


Sailed:
From Kiel, Germany: U-399

U-boats entering base:
To Horten, Norway: U-683 (4 days), U-1019 (4 days), U-1104 (4 days), U-1302 (4 days), U-2322 (5 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-968 (3 days)
To Trondheim, Norway: U-956 (4 days)


U-boats at sea on 25 January

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-13, U-14, U-18, U-19, U-20, U-23, U-25, U-31, U-34, U-44, U-48, U-51, U-55 (+), U-61.
14 boats at sea.

1941

U-48, U-52, U-93, U-94, U-101, U-103, U-105, U-106, U-107, U-123.
10 boats at sea.

1942

U-66, U-67, U-69, U-73, U-82 (+), U-84, U-85, U-86, U-87, U-94, U-97, U-98, U-103, U-105, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-109, U-123, U-125, U-128, U-129, U-130, U-132, U-135, U-156, U-161, U-203, U-205, U-331, U-333, U-352, U-372, U-375, U-402, U-404, U-431, U-432, U-435, U-453, U-455, U-502, U-504, U-505, U-552, U-553, U-563, U-564, U-565, U-566, U-571, U-572, U-575, U-576, U-578, U-581 (+), U-582, U-584, U-585, U-586, U-587, U-588, U-591, U-654, U-656, U-701, U-751, U-753, U-754.
69 boats at sea.

1943

U-19, U-24, U-43, U-66, U-69 (+), U-71, U-83, U-87 (+), U-89, U-96, U-105, U-108, U-117, U-118, U-123, U-124, U-125, U-135, U-156 (+), U-160, U-175, U-176, U-182 (+), U-186, U-187 (+), U-201 (+), U-202, U-205, U-214, U-217, U-218, U-223, U-226, U-255, U-257, U-258, U-260, U-262, U-264, U-265 (+), U-266, U-267, U-268 (+), 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-442 (+), U-444, U-453, U-454, U-456, U-459, 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-657, U-662, U-704, U-706, U-707, U-752.
106 boats at sea.

1944

U-20, U-24, U-66 (+), U-91 (+), U-123, U-129, U-177 (+), U-178, U-188, U-193, U-212, U-223, U-230, U-256, U-257 (+), U-260, U-271 (+), U-278, U-281, U-283 (+), U-302, U-309, U-311, U-312, U-314 (+), U-360, U-364 (+), U-371, U-382, U-386 (+), U-390, U-406 (+), U-425, U-441, U-453, U-455, U-471, U-510, U-516, U-518, U-530, U-532, U-539, U-545 (+), U-547, U-549, U-571 (+), U-592 (+), U-601, U-650, U-666 (+), U-709 (+), U-714, U-716, U-731, U-737, U-739, U-741, U-762 (+), U-763, U-764, U-845 (+), U-846, U-852 (+), U-953, U-956, U-957, U-960, U-965, U-967, U-969, U-976, U-981, U-984, U-985, U-989, U-1060, U-1062.
78 boats at sea.

1945

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-300 (+), U-307, U-313, U-325, U-348, U-370, U-427, U-475, U-480 (+), U-485, U-510, U-532, U-636, U-676 (+), U-680, U-739, U-745 (+), U-764, U-806, U-825, U-843, U-861, U-862, U-868, U-869 (+), U-870, U-905, U-907, U-963, U-992, U-1001, U-1009, U-1014 (+), U-1017, U-1018 (+), U-1051 (+), U-1055, U-1058, U-1172 (+), U-1203, U-1208 (+), U-1230, U-1231, U-1232, U-1233, UIT-24.
58 boats at sea.


General Events on 25 January

1942

In the Mediterranean, U-453 and U-372 were attacked by aircraft and damaged so badly that they had to return to base.


1943

U-405 rescued two airmen of a drifting Heinkel He59 while carrying out sea trials off Bergen, Norway at 1405hrs. The U-boat took the floatplane in tow towards the harbor until being relieved by a tug.


After sinking the US merchantman City of Flint, U-575 took the ship's chief cook on board.

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