Events on this day

16 April

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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 (1)
No U-boat orders on this date1938: U-121
1940: U-437
1942: U-424, U-716
1943: U-1018, U-1102
1944: U-3502
1941: U-701
1942: U-223
1943: U-366, U-745, U-746
1942: U-618
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-403ClausenEmpire Howard 6,985   brPQ-14
 U-572HirsackerDesert Light 2,368   pa
 U-575HeydemannRobin Hood 6,887   am
 U-66ZappAmsterdam 7,329   nl
 U-81GuggenbergerBab el Farag 105   ag
 U-81GuggenbergerCaspia 6,018   br
 U-81GuggenbergerFatouh el Kher 97   ag
 U-81GuggenbergerFFL Vikings (P 41) 1,150   fr
 U-407KorndörferMeyer London 7,210   amUGS-37
 U-407KorndörferThomas G. Masaryk total loss7,176   amUGS-37
 U-550HänertPan Pennsylvania 11,017   amCU-21
 U-1274FittingAthelduke 8,966   brFS-1784
 U-190ReithHMCS Esquimalt (J 272) 590   ca
* 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-3. The British submarine HMS Porpoise fired six torpedoes at U-3 about 10 miles southwest of Egersund, Norway and heard a detonation, which was in fact a G7a torpedo fired at HMS Porpoise by the U-boat which had missed and detonated at the end of its run.
It was believed for many years that Porpoise had sunk U-1. U-3 escaped unscathed.

(Dr. Axel Niestlé.)


U-209. A British Fying Fortress aircraft (RAF Sqn 220/T) dropped six depth charges on the boat southeast of Iceland, damaging the periscope. (Rohwer/Ritschel)


U-667. The boat fired a torpedo at a "destroyer escort" from a hunter-killer group which missed, and was then hunted by the same group for 12 hours before managing to slip away. (Blair, vol 2, page 510)

U-boats lost

1944: U-550
1945: U-78 , U-880 +, U-1274 +

137 men died when those 4 U-boats were lost on this date. 12 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, 16 April.

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Wilhelm Dommes (1907), Hans-Hermann Pelkner (1909), Karl-Adolf Schlitt (1918), Gerhard Schötzau (1917), Reinhard Suhren (1916), Hans-Rutger Tillessen (1913).

The following men died on this day:
Hans-Hermann Fitting (1945), Heinrich Miede (1945), Friedrich-Hermann Praetorius (1956), Gerhard Schötzau (1945).

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 16 April

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 Kristiansand: U-21


From Kiel, Germany: U-147


From St. Nazaire, France: U-455

U-boats entering base:
To St. Nazaire, France: U-437 (13 days)


U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-86 (52 days)
To Hammerfest, Norway: U-625 (31 days)
To Lorient, France: U-510 (91 days), U-523 (67 days)


From Bergen, Norway: U-955 (lost 53 days later)
From Bogenbucht: U-739
From Marviken: U-1222 (lost 87 days later)
From Narvik, Norway: U-307

U-boats entering base:
To St. Nazaire, France: U-766 (25 days)


From Kiel, Germany: U-251 (lost 4 days later), U-320
From Kilbotn: U-312
From Kristiansand: U-234
From Narvik, Norway: U-307 (lost 14 days later)

U-boats entering base:
To Horten, Norway: U-1057 (5 days)

U-boats at sea on 16 April

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


U-3, U-5, U-6, U-7, U-9, U-10, U-13, U-14, U-17, U-19, U-23, U-24, U-25, U-26, U-30, U-34, U-37, U-38, U-43, U-46, U-47, U-48, U-51, U-52, U-56, U-57, U-58, U-59, U-60, U-61, U-62, U-65.
32 boats at sea.


U-38, U-52, U-65 (+), U-73, U-75, U-94, U-95, U-96, U-101, U-103, U-105, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-110 (+), U-123, U-124, U-147, U-552, UA.
20 boats at sea.


U-66, U-69, U-71, U-81, U-83, U-84, U-86, U-97, U-98, U-103, U-106, U-108, U-109, U-123, U-125, U-130, U-136, U-154, U-160, U-162, U-201, U-202, U-203, U-209, U-331, U-333, U-352 (+), U-373, U-376, U-377, U-378, U-402, U-403, U-406, U-435, U-436, U-453, U-454, U-455, U-456, U-459, U-505, U-506, U-507, U-552, U-558, U-561, U-562, U-564, U-565, U-566, U-571, U-572, U-575, U-576, U-582, U-589, U-590, U-592, U-594, U-654, U-751, U-752, U-754, UA.
65 boats at sea.


U-19, U-68, U-71, U-84, U-92, U-97, U-105 (+), U-108, U-117, U-123, U-125 (+), U-126 (+), U-128 (+), U-129, U-134, U-154, U-155, U-159, U-160, U-161, U-168, U-172, U-174 (+), U-175 (+), U-176 (+), U-177, U-178, U-180, U-181, U-182 (+), U-183, U-185, U-188, U-189 (+), U-191 (+), U-192 (+), U-195, U-196, U-197 (+), U-198, U-203 (+), U-209 (+), U-223, U-226, U-229, U-231, U-251, U-255, U-257, U-258 (+), U-260, U-262, U-264, U-266 (+), U-267, U-269, U-270, U-302, U-306, U-355, U-358, U-371, U-375, U-377, U-378, U-381 (+), U-382, U-386, U-404, U-413, U-415, U-438 (+), U-453, U-455, U-462, U-463, U-467, U-487, U-506, U-509, U-514, U-515, U-516, U-518, U-525, U-528 (+), U-530, U-531 (+), U-532, U-533, U-552, U-563, U-565, U-571, U-572, U-584, U-586, U-592, U-593, U-598, U-601, U-602 (+), U-610, U-613, U-614, U-615, U-617, U-618, U-628, U-629, U-630 (+), U-631, U-634, U-639, U-646, U-648, U-662, U-706, U-707, U-709, U-710 (+), U-711, U-732, U-954 (+).
124 boats at sea.


U-18, U-19, U-23, U-66 (+), U-92, U-123, U-129, U-154, U-155, U-170, U-178, U-181, U-188, U-190, U-196, U-214, U-218, U-230, U-262, U-267, U-277 (+), U-307, U-311 (+), U-333, U-342 (+), U-361, U-365, U-385, U-407, U-473, U-488 (+), U-505, U-518, U-532, U-537, U-541, U-543 (+), U-546, U-548, U-552, U-565, U-596, U-621, U-636, U-667, U-672, U-703, U-716, U-736, U-739, U-740, U-741, U-765 (+), U-802, U-843, U-852 (+), U-859 (+), U-860 (+), U-955 (+), U-967, U-969, U-970, U-993, U-1060, U-1062, U-1222 (+).
66 boats at sea.


U-190, U-218, U-234, U-244, U-245, U-249, U-251 (+), U-278, U-293, U-294, U-295, U-307 (+), U-312, U-315, U-320, U-325 (+), U-326 (+), U-398 (+), U-427, U-481, U-485, U-510, U-516, U-518 (+), U-530, U-532, U-541, U-546 (+), U-548 (+), U-636 (+), U-668, U-711, U-739, U-776, U-805, U-825, U-826, U-853 (+), U-857 (+), U-858, U-861, U-873, U-879 (+), U-881 (+), U-889, U-901, U-956, U-978, U-979 (+), U-1009, U-1010, U-1017 (+), U-1023, U-1055 (+), U-1105, U-1107 (+), U-1163, U-1202, U-1228, U-1305, U-2322, U-2324, U-2329.
63 boats at sea.

General Events on 16 April


Convoy JW 66 sailed from the Clyde, the last Murmansk convoy of the war.


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