Events on this day

26 September

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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 (1) Launched (3) Commissioned (3)
No U-boat orders on this date1944: U-30211941: U-9805
1942: U-761
1943: U-771
1942: U-417, U-711
1944: U-2508
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date


 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
1940 
 U-137WohlfarthAshantian (d)4,917   brOB-218
 U-137WohlfarthManchester Brigade 6,042   brOB-218
 U-137WohlfarthStratford 4,753   brOB-218
 U-32JenischCorrientes (d)6,863   brOB-217
 U-32JenischDarcoila 4,084   brOB-217
 U-32JenischTancred 6,094   nwOB-217
 U-46EndrassCoast Wings 862   brOG-43
 U-46EndrassSiljan 3,058   sw
1941 
 U-124MohrCortes 1,374   brHG-73
 U-124MohrPetrel 1,354   brHG-73
 U-124MohrSiremalm 2,468   nwHG-73
 U-203MützelburgAvoceta 3,442   brHG-73
 U-203MützelburgLapwing 1,348   brHG-73
 U-203MützelburgVarangberg 2,842   nwHG-73
 U-66ZappI.C. White 7,052   pa
1942 
 U-175BrunsTambour 1,827   pa
 U-404BülowHMS Veteran (D 72) 1,120   brRB-1
 U-619MakowskiYorktown 1,547   brRB-1
 U-91WalkerlingNew York 4,989   brRB-1
1943 
 U-161AchillesItapagé 4,998   bz
 U-410FenskiChristian Michelsen 7,176   nwUGS-17
 78,210
* 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

1940

U-138. A few hours before reaching base at Lorient, U-138 encountered the British submarine HMS Tribune which fired four torpedoes at her. None hit the U-boat, which docked shortly afterwards.

1941

U-205. The boat was bombed by an aircraft "with American markings" while shadowing convoy HG 73 and forced to break off patrol and head for France. (Blair, vol 1, page 391)

U-203. HMS Larkspur dropped 26 depth charges following a successful attack by U-203 on convoy HG 73, but without causing any damage. (ADM/KTB)

1942

U-262. On day three of her first patrol the boat was attacked by two RAF Hudsons (pilots E. Tammes and R. Horney) west of Bergen, Norway. The aircraft dropped eight depth charges between them, causing enough damage for the boat to break off patrol and return to base, reaching Bergen two days later. (Blair, vol 2, page 23.)

1943

U-667. 10.40 hrs, 75 miles SW of Cape St Vincent: the boat was located and attacked by yet another Wellington (179 Sqn RAF/X, pilot F/O S.H. Nicholson) searching for the missing Wellington, but the depth charges exploded astern.

The Germans sighted two more aircraft shortly afterwards identified as Beaufighters, but which were in fact Hudsons. Hudsons AE505 (233 Sqn RAF/T, F/O A.G. Frandson) and EW924 (48 Sqn RAF/N, F/O E.L. Ashbury) strafed and fired rockets, but were both forced to return to base by flak damage. U-667 was finally forced to give up her attempt to enter the Mediterranean and returned to base with extensive damage. Over two days the boat had endured no less than eight air attacks, shooting down one attacker and damaging three others.

(Franks/Zimmerman)


U-boats lost


1944: U-871 +

69 men died when this U-boat was lost. 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, 26 September.

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


Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Helmut Metz (1906), Werner Remus (1919), Peter Sues (1919), Jürgen Thimme (1917).

The following men died on this day:
Erwin Ganzer (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 26 September

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.


1939

Sailed:
From Kiel, Germany: U-10

U-boats entering base:
To Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-26 (29 days), U-29 (39 days), U-34 (39 days)


1940



U-boats entering base:
To Lorient, France: U-138 (17 days)


1941



U-boats entering base:
To Kiel, Germany: U-451 (11 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-74 (19 days), U-98 (27 days)


1942


Sailed:
From Bergen, Norway: U-757
From Kiel, Germany: U-518, U-602
From St. Nazaire, France: U-454

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-606 (13 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-212 (15 days), U-703 (13 days)
To Skjomenfjord U-408 (17 days)
To Skjomenford U-378 (15 days)
To Trondheim, Norway: U-403 (3 days)


1943


Sailed:
From St. Nazaire, France: U-267, U-437
From Toulon, France: U-431 (lost 26 days later)


1944


Sailed:
From Kiel, Germany: U-1230
From Skillefjord: U-313
From Tromsö, Norway: U-965

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-482 (42 days)
To Bogenbucht U-315 (19 days)
To Horten, Norway: U-1226 (4 days)
To Marviken U-989 (49 days)


U-boats at sea on 26 September

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

1939

U-4, U-7, U-10, U-12 (+), U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16, U-21, U-24, U-28, U-30, U-31, U-32, U-33, U-35, U-36, U-53.
18 boats at sea.

1940

U-29, U-31, U-32, U-37, U-38, U-43, U-46, U-60, U-61, U-103, U-123, U-137.
12 boats at sea.

1941

U-66, U-67, U-68, U-69, U-94, U-97, U-103, U-107, U-108, U-111 (+), U-124, U-125, U-126, U-132, U-201, U-203, U-204 (+), U-205, U-331, U-371, U-372, U-373, U-431, U-552, U-559, U-562, U-564, U-565, U-572, U-575.
30 boats at sea.

1942

U-43, U-66, U-67, U-68, U-69, U-87, U-91, U-96, U-106, U-107, U-109, U-116 (+), U-117, U-118, U-125, U-126, U-128, U-135, U-156, U-159, U-160, U-161, U-164, U-165 (+), U-171 (+), U-172, U-175, U-176, U-177, U-178, U-179 (+), U-181, U-183, U-201, U-202, U-211, U-214, U-216 (+), U-217, U-218, U-221, U-251, U-254, U-257, U-258, U-259, U-260, U-262, U-332, U-333, U-353 (+), U-356, U-373, U-375, U-380, U-382, U-404, U-406, U-407, U-410, U-411, U-431, U-432, U-435, U-437, U-441, U-442, U-453, U-454, U-455, U-459, U-460, U-461, U-504, U-506, U-507, U-511, U-512 (+), U-513, U-514, U-515, U-516, U-517, U-518, U-552, U-558, U-561, U-562, U-569, U-575, U-582 (+), U-584, U-590, U-592, U-594, U-595, U-596, U-597 (+), U-599 (+), U-602, U-607, U-610, U-615, U-617, U-618, U-619 (+), U-620, U-661 (+), U-662, U-706, U-753, U-755, U-757, UD-5.
114 boats at sea.

1943

U-20, U-68, U-81, U-91, U-92, U-103, U-107, U-123, U-155, U-161 (+), U-168, U-170, U-177, U-181, U-183, U-188, U-196, U-214, U-218, U-220 (+), U-221 (+), U-223, U-238, U-260, U-264, U-270, U-275, U-277, U-279 (+), U-305, U-307, U-309, U-336 (+), U-377, U-378 (+), U-386, U-387, U-389 (+), U-402 (+), U-405, U-410, U-419 (+), U-422 (+), U-431 (+), U-437, U-448, U-455, U-460 (+), U-488, U-505, U-518, U-532, U-533 (+), U-536 (+), U-539, U-565, U-575, U-584 (+), U-592, U-593, U-601, U-603, U-610 (+), U-621, U-631 (+), U-641, U-643 (+), U-645, U-648, U-666, U-667, U-703, U-711, U-713, U-731, U-758, U-848 (+), U-952, U-956, U-960.
80 boats at sea.

1944

U-92, U-155, U-170, U-190, U-195, U-219, U-242, U-244, U-245, U-248, U-256, U-260, U-262, U-267, U-278, U-281, U-290, U-293, U-296, U-307, U-309, U-310, U-312, U-313, U-348, U-370, U-382, U-398, U-425, U-427, U-480, U-481, U-516, U-518, U-530, U-534, U-541, U-546, U-547, U-636, U-668, U-673, U-676, U-711, U-714, U-737, U-739, U-745, U-758, U-772, U-802, U-804, U-853, U-857, U-858, U-863 (+), U-953, U-956, U-957, U-958, U-963, U-965, U-968, U-979, U-985, U-992, U-995, U-997, U-1001, U-1004, U-1062 (+), U-1165, U-1199, U-1221, U-1223, U-1227.
76 boats at sea.


General Events on 26 September

1942

One of U-181's crew was operated on under general anaesthetic.


1943

At 0800 hrs U-223 managed to break through the Straits of Gibraltar and into the Mediterranean. Her run had started the evening before at 2200hrs.


1944

U-532 reached the Japanese navy base at Kobe, where the boat was to be stationed for the next ten weeks.


1990

Former commander of U-732, Oblt. Claus-Peter Carlsen paid his last respects to those lost, at the position she was sunk at in the Straits of Gibraltar. He cast a bouquet of flowers onto the sea from Royal Navy patrol vessel HMS Hart with the following dedication: "In memory of U-732 and the dead members of her crew. The commander and his crew members who survived." The commander of the British naval base at Gibraltar, HMS Rooke, afterwards told him: "It was the least I could do for you".

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