Events on this day

15 December

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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 (7) Laid down (4) Launched (4) Commissioned (5)
1937: U-99, U-100, U-101, U-102, U-122, U-123, U-1241938: U-64
1939: U-75
1941: U-922
1944: U-2368
1941: U-412
1942: U-670, U-671, U-843
1941: U-176U-216
1943: U-299U-722
1944: U-2526
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-48SchultzeGermaine 5,217   gr
 U-557PaulshenHMS Galatea (71) 5,220   br
 U-77SchonderEmpire Barracuda 4,972   br
 U-159WitteStar of Suez 4,999   ag
 U-174ThiloAlcoa Rambler 5,500   am
* 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)

U-boats lost

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.

Personnel Information

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).

The following men died on this day:
Horst Creutz (1944), Bruno Hansmann (1941), Hans Klatt (1978), Klaus-Dietrich König (1943).

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.


U-boats entering base:
To Kiel, Germany: U-13 (7 days), U-23 (11 days)


From Bergen, Norway: U-654
From Lorient, France: U-451 (lost 7 days later)


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-22, U-28, U-29, U-38, U-47, U-48, U-57, U-59, U-60, U-61.
10 boats at sea.


U-37, U-43, U-52, U-65, U-94, U-96, U-100, U-140.
8 boats at sea.


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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