Events on this day

27 October

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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 (2) Launched (3) Commissioned (2)
No U-boat orders on this date1942: U-1161
1944: U-2539
1943: U-1003, U-1004
1944: U-3015
1943: U-479U-1164
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-34RollmannBronte 5,317   brOB-25
 U-436SeibickeFrontenac (d)7,350   nwHX-212
 U-436SeibickeGurney E. Newlin (d)8,225   amHX-212
 U-436SeibickeHMS LCT-2281 291   brHX-212
 U-436SeibickeSourabaya 10,107   brHX-212
 U-509WittePacific Star 7,951   brSL-125
 U-509WitteStentor 6,148   brSL-125
 U-604HöltringAnglo Mærsk 7,705   brSL-125
* 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-1060. Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:
Fairey Firefly Mk.I Z1978 (1771 Sqn FAA/4H, pilot SubLt Samuel A.W. Waters)

U-1060 was discovered by 4 Firefly aircraft of the British carrier HMS Impacable while under escort by the German minesweeper M-433 in the Vegafjord. Their attack badly damaged the escort while the U-boat managed to shot down on of the attackers (pilot was killed, the navigator taken prisoner). One hour later the vessels were attacked by 13 Barracuda aircraft (828 & 841 Sqn FAA), escorted by 3 Firefly, which sank the minesweeper and forced the U-boat to ground itself on the skerry Fleina.

U-boats lost

1942: U-627 +
1944: U-1060

56 men died when those 2 U-boats were lost on this date. 43 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


One man died following an explosion during torpedo loading on U-67 [Matrosenobergefreiter Heinz Hartmann].

Three men were washed overboard: two died but the third was rescued by U-463. [Leutnant zur See Erich Eichmann, see right, Matrosenobergefreiter Ralf Köhler]

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Ernst-Ludwig Balduhn (1919), Walter Süss (1908), Eberhard Zimmermann (1916).

The following men died on this day:
Herbert Brammer (1944), Robert Kindelbacher (1942).

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 27 October

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-48 (23 days)


From St. Nazaire, France: U-96

U-boats entering base:
To Salamis, Greece: U-97 (38 days)


From Brest, France: U-564, U-653
From Kiel, Germany: U-185, U-263
From Konstanza, Rumania: U-24
From Narvik, Norway: U-377

U-boats entering base:
To La Pallice U-258 (57 days)


From Brest, France: U-415
From Hammerfest, Norway: U-307, U-355
From Konstanza, Rumania: U-18
From Narvik, Norway: U-737
From Trondheim, Norway: U-636

U-boats entering base:
To Narvik, Norway: U-713 (50 days)
To Pola U-453 (7 days)


From Danzig, Germany: U-479 (lost 32 days later)
From Flekkefjord: U-294
From Horten, Norway: U-806
From Kristiansand: U-1009

U-boats entering base:
To Stavanger, Norway: U-1004 (2 days)

U-boats at sea on 27 October

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


U-13, U-21, U-24, U-25, U-26, U-31, U-34, U-37, U-46, U-53, U-56, U-57, U-58, U-59, U-61.
15 boats at sea.


U-28, U-29, U-31 (+), U-32 (+), U-46, U-65, U-124.
7 boats at sea.


U-38, U-66, U-68, U-71, U-73, U-74, U-75, U-77, U-82, U-83, U-84, U-85, U-93, U-96, U-101, U-103, U-106, U-107, U-109, U-123, U-125, U-126, U-129, U-133, U-202, U-203, U-206, U-208, U-374, U-402, U-432, U-502, U-552, U-563, U-564, U-567, U-568, U-569, U-571, U-573, U-576, U-577, U-751, UA.
44 boats at sea.


U-24, U-43, U-67, U-68, U-69, U-71, U-73, U-77, U-81, U-84, U-87, U-89, U-92, U-98 (+), U-103, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-117, U-125, U-126, U-128, U-129, U-132 (+), U-134, U-154, U-156, U-159, U-160, U-161, U-163, U-172, U-174, U-177, U-178, U-181, U-183, U-185, U-203, U-205, U-212, U-218, U-224, U-260, U-263, U-301, U-332, U-356, U-377, U-381, U-382, U-383, U-402, U-409, U-410, U-431, U-436, U-437, U-438, U-440, U-441, U-442, U-443, U-454, U-455, U-458, U-459, U-462, U-463, U-504, U-505, U-506, U-508, U-509, U-510, U-511, U-514, U-516, U-518, U-519, U-520 (+), U-521, U-522, U-552, U-559 (+), U-563, U-564, U-565, U-571, U-572, U-575, U-586, U-590, U-602, U-604, U-605 (+), U-606, U-608, U-610, U-613, U-615, U-618, U-620, U-621, U-622, U-624, U-653, U-658 (+), U-659, U-660 (+), U-662, U-664, U-704, U-706, U-752, U-753, UD-5.
117 boats at sea.


U-9, U-18, U-23, U-24, U-68, U-73, U-91, U-103, U-123, U-129, U-154, U-155, U-168, U-170, U-183, U-188, U-190, U-193, U-211 (+), U-212, U-214, U-218, U-219, U-220 (+), U-226 (+), U-228, U-231, U-256, U-262, U-267, U-271, U-275, U-280 (+), U-281, U-282 (+), U-306 (+), U-307, U-309, U-333, U-340 (+), U-343, U-354, U-358, U-360, U-371, U-373, U-387, U-391 (+), U-405 (+), U-413, U-415, U-424, U-426, U-437, U-441, U-448, U-450, U-455, U-466, U-488, U-505, U-516, U-518, U-530, U-532, U-536 (+), U-537, U-538 (+), U-542 (+), U-552, U-565, U-575, U-584 (+), U-586, U-592, U-593, U-603, U-608, U-642, U-648 (+), U-707 (+), U-709, U-714, U-731, U-732 (+), U-762, U-764, U-842 (+), U-843, U-848 (+), U-849 (+), U-953, U-956, U-963, U-966 (+), U-967, U-969.
97 boats at sea.


U-170, U-181, U-195, U-219, U-245, U-246, U-262, U-267, U-281, U-290, U-293, U-295, U-299, U-300, U-310, U-312, U-313, U-315, U-363, U-365, U-387, U-396, U-425, U-475, U-479 (+), U-483, U-541, U-546, U-636, U-668, U-680, U-714, U-722, U-771 (+), U-773, U-802, U-956, U-958, U-965, U-968, U-978, U-991, U-992, U-995, U-997, U-1001, U-1003, U-1061, U-1163, U-1199, U-1200 (+), U-1221, U-1223, U-1226 (+), U-1227, U-1228, U-1230, U-1231.
58 boats at sea.

General Events on 27 October


U-31 laid an unusually successful field of 18 mines in Loch Ewe, Scotland, later responsible for two ships sunk and one damaged.


U-117 laid some mines off Iceland. No ships sunk or damaged..

The submerged U-339 collided with the German cruiser Nürnberg in the Baltic.


U-354 put a meteorological unit ashore on Hope Island, south of Greenland.


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