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16 January

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U-boat Shipyard report

Ordered (16) Laid down (1) Launched (3) Commissioned (6)
1940: U-455, U-456, U-457, U-458, U-587, U-588, U-589, U-590, U-591, U-592, U-593, U-594, U-595, U-596, U-597, U-5981940: U-6511943: U-220, U-281, U-7631936: U-19
1943: U-278U-736
1945: U-2358U-2359U-2524
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-30 [Mine]LempGracia (d)5,642   brOB-72
 U-33 [Mine]DreskyInverdargle 9,456   br
 U-44MathesPanachrandos 4,661   gr
 U-96Lehmann-WillenbrockOropesa 14,118   br
 U-402ForstnerLlangibby Castle (d)11,951   brWS-15
 U-86SchugToorak (d)8,627   brON-52
 U-20GrafenVaijan Kutur’e total loss7,602   sj
 U-960HeinrichSumner I. Kimball 7,176   amON-219
 U-956MohsDejatelnyj 1,190   sjKB-1
* 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-123. 00.01 hrs, off New York: the boat was surprised by an aircraft which dropped four bombs. All missed, and U-123 escaped undamaged by crash-diving. (KTB U-123)


On 16 Jan, 1945 in the Northern Channel, in position 55.30N, 05.53W, the British sloops HMS Peacock, HMS Starling, HMS Hart and HMS Amethyst and the British frigate HMS Loch Craggie depth charged a contact.

This attack was actually directed against a nonsub target. This was believed to have sunk U-482 but later revised.

U-boats lost

1944: U-305 +, U-544 +
1945: U-248 +

155 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, 16 January.

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Hans-Ludwig Gaude (1916), Wilhelm von Mässenhausen (1915), Prosper Ohlsen (1918), Günther Prien (1908), Werner Sass (1916).

The following men died on this day:
Rudolf Bahr (1944), Klaus Euler (1969), Johann-Friedrich Loos (1945), Willy Mattke (1944), Gustav Poel (2009).

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 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-9, U-55 (lost 15 days later), U-57

U-boats entering base:
To Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-20 (11 days)


From Kristiansand: U-358
From La Pallice: U-262, U-553 (lost 5 days later)
From Lorient, France: U-156 (lost 52 days later), U-510
From St. Nazaire, France: U-465, U-609 (lost 22 days later)

U-boats entering base:
To Lorient, France: U-167 (27 days)


From Lorient, France: U-66 (lost 112 days later)
From Narvik, Norway: U-737
From Trondheim, Norway: U-277

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-387 (5 days)
To Hammerfest, Norway: U-716 (33 days)


From Bergen, Norway: U-963
From Bogenbucht: U-992
From Farsund: U-1276
From Kiel, Germany: U-1022, U-1064
From Kilbotn: U-739
From Kristiansand: U-1208 (lost 40 days later)
From Narvik, Norway: U-295

U-boats entering base:
To Singapore, Singapore: U-181 (3 days)
To Stavanger, Norway: U-979 (69 days)

U-boats at sea on 16 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-9, U-15, U-22, U-25, U-30, U-31, U-32, U-34, U-44, U-55 (+), U-57, U-59, U-60, U-61.
14 boats at sea.


U-38, U-93, U-94, U-96, U-105, U-106, U-123, U-124.
8 boats at sea.


U-43, U-66, U-71, U-73, U-82 (+), U-84, U-85, U-86, U-87, U-94, U-97, U-103, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-109, U-123, U-125, U-128, U-130, U-132, U-133, U-134, U-135, U-203, U-205, U-331, U-333, U-352, U-402, U-454, U-455, U-504, U-552, U-553, U-561, U-566, U-568, U-571, U-572, U-575, U-578, U-581 (+), U-582, U-585, U-586, U-587, U-588, U-591, U-654, U-656, U-701, U-751, U-754.
54 boats at sea.


U-43, U-66, U-69 (+), U-71, U-83, U-87 (+), U-96, U-105, U-109, U-117, U-123, U-124, U-125, U-134, U-156 (+), U-160, U-175, U-176, U-177, U-181, U-182 (+), U-186, U-187 (+), U-201 (+), U-202, U-205, U-214, U-217, U-218, U-223, U-226, U-257, U-258, U-260, U-262, U-264, 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-413, U-414, U-431, U-436, U-438, U-440, U-441, U-442 (+), U-444, U-453, U-455, U-456, U-459, U-463, U-465, U-466, U-506, U-509, U-510, U-511, U-514, U-516, U-518, U-521, U-522 (+), U-525, U-553 (+), U-558, U-571, U-572, U-575, U-584, U-594, U-598, U-606 (+), U-607, U-609 (+), U-613, U-614, U-617, U-618, U-620 (+), U-622, U-624 (+), U-625, U-629, U-631, U-632, U-662, U-704, U-706, U-707, U-752.
102 boats at sea.


U-19, U-20, U-24, U-66 (+), U-92, U-123, U-129, U-177 (+), U-178, U-188, U-193, U-212, U-257 (+), U-260, U-270, U-271 (+), U-278, U-281, U-283 (+), U-302, U-309, U-311, U-343, U-360, U-364 (+), U-377 (+), U-380, U-382, U-386 (+), U-390, U-392, U-406 (+), U-425, U-453, U-455, U-471, U-510, U-516, U-530, U-532, U-539, U-543, U-545 (+), U-547, U-549, U-571 (+), U-592 (+), U-601, U-621, U-641 (+), U-642, U-650, U-666 (+), U-731, U-737, U-739, U-741, U-758, U-762 (+), U-763, U-845 (+), U-846, U-953, U-956, U-960, U-965, U-976, U-981, U-984, U-989, U-1062.
71 boats at sea.


U-242, U-244, U-245, U-275, U-278, U-285, U-286, U-290, U-293, U-295, U-313, U-325, U-348, U-370, U-427, U-480 (+), U-485, U-510, U-532, U-636, U-680, U-739, U-745 (+), U-764, U-806, U-825, U-843, U-861, U-862, U-869 (+), U-870, U-905, U-907, U-956, U-963, U-992, U-1001, U-1009, U-1017, U-1051 (+), U-1053, U-1055, U-1058, U-1172 (+), U-1199 (+), U-1203, U-1208 (+), U-1230, U-1231, U-1232, U-1233, UIT-24.
52 boats at sea.

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