Events on this day

28 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 (0) Laid down (2) Launched (3) Commissioned (4)
No U-boat orders on this date1941: U-411
1942: U-489
1939: U-41
1943: U-239, U-852
1942: U-91
1943: U-960
1944: U-1272
1945: U-2535
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-22 [Mine]JenischEston 1,487   brFN-81
 U-34RollmannEleni Stathatou 5,625   gr
 U-44MathesFlora 2,980   gr
* 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

1944: U-271 +, U-571 +

103 men died when those 2 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


One man drowned in a diving accident near Gotenhafen, while checking the damage sustained by U-348 after it ran aground near Hela the day before. [Matrose Hermann Witthöft]

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Heinz Bentzien (1917), Albert Langfeld (1918).

The following men died on this day:
Curt Barleben (1944), Martin Grasse (1945), Gustav Lüssow (1944).

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 28 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.


From Kiel, Germany: U-10
From Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-37

U-boats entering base:
To Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-19 (11 days)


U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-136 (3 days)
To Brest, France: U-656 (14 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-578 (14 days)


From Brest, France: U-439, U-653
From Kiel, Germany: U-468
From La Pallice: U-332, U-753

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-376 (3 days), U-526 (2 days)


From Penang, Malaysia: U-168
From Singapur: U-183

U-boats entering base:
To Hammerfest, Norway: U-278 (21 days), U-360 (33 days)


From Bergen, Norway: U-1276 (lost 24 days later)
From Horten, Norway: U-327
From Trondheim, Norway: U-1163

U-boats entering base:
To Horten, Norway: U-399 (4 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-295 (13 days), U-318 (5 days)

U-boats at sea on 28 January

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


U-10, U-13, U-20, U-21, U-23, U-24, U-25, U-31, U-34, U-37, U-41 (+), U-44, U-48, U-51, U-55 (+), U-56, U-58, U-61.
18 boats at sea.


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


U-66, U-67, U-73, U-81, 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-213, U-331, U-332, U-333, U-352, U-372, U-375, U-402, U-404, U-431, U-432, U-435, U-453, U-454, U-455, U-502, U-504, U-505, U-553, U-561, U-563, U-564, U-565, U-566, U-572, U-575, U-576, U-581 (+), U-582, U-584, U-585, U-586, U-587, U-588, U-591, U-654, U-701, U-751, U-753, U-754.
69 boats at sea.


U-19, U-24, U-43, U-66, U-69 (+), U-71, U-77, 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-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-332, 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-439, U-442 (+), U-444, U-453, U-454, U-456, U-459, U-460, 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-596, U-598, U-606 (+), U-607, U-608, U-609 (+), U-613, U-614, U-617, U-620 (+), U-622, U-624 (+), U-625, U-629, U-631, U-632, U-653, U-657, U-662, U-704, U-706, U-707, U-752, U-753, U-755.
112 boats at sea.


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-238 (+), U-256, U-257 (+), U-260, U-281, U-283 (+), U-302, U-309, U-312, U-313, U-314 (+), U-364 (+), U-371, U-386 (+), U-390, U-406 (+), U-413, 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-546, U-547, U-549, U-592 (+), U-601, U-636, U-650, U-666 (+), U-709 (+), U-714, U-716, U-731, U-737, U-739, U-762 (+), U-763, U-764, U-845 (+), U-846, U-852 (+), U-953, U-956, U-957, U-960, U-963, U-965, U-967, U-969, U-976, U-981, U-984, U-985, U-989, U-990, U-1062, UIT-22 (+).
77 boats at sea.


U-195, U-242, U-244, U-245, U-275, U-278, U-285, U-286, U-290, U-293, U-299, U-300 (+), U-307, U-313, U-325, U-327, 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-1004, U-1009, U-1014 (+), U-1017, U-1018 (+), U-1055, U-1058, U-1203, U-1208 (+), U-1230, U-1231, U-1232, U-1233, U-1276 (+), UIT-24.
58 boats at sea.

General Events on 28 January


A German minesweeper collided with U-1163 in Norwegian waters off Trondheim, causing minor damage to the U-boat.


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