Events on this day

25 May

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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 (12) Laid down (4) Launched (3) Commissioned (4)
1941: U-983, U-984, U-985, U-986, U-987, U-988, U-989, U-990, U-991, U-992, U-993, U-9941940: U-149, U-150, U-452
1943: U-1235
1940: U-104
1943: U-289, U-857
1941: U-653
1944: U-827, U-1021, U-1302
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date


 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
1941 
 U-103SchützeRadames 3,575   ag
 U-103SchützeWangi Wangi 7,789   nl
1942 
 U-156HartensteinUSS Blakeley (DD 150) (d)1,190   am
 U-558KrechBeatrice 3,451   am
 U-593KelblingPersephone total loss8,426   pa
 U-753Manhardt von MannsteinHaakon Hauan (d)6,582   nw
 31,013
* 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

1943

U-196. U-196 attempted to fire two torpedoes at a target in a convoy off South Africa, but only one launched, leaving the other lodged in its tube armed and ready to detonate. The potentially catastrophic hazard was removed by diving the boat at a steep angle until it slid out of the tube. During all this, convoy escorts dropped four depth charges on the boat, but without causing any damage. Date is approximate. (Blair, vol 2, page 298)

1944

U-853. Rockets were fired by two Swordfish torpedo bombers from the British MAC ships HMS Ancylus and HMS Empire MacKendrick escorting convoy ON 237. The boat fought off the attack with AA fire and escaped undamaged. All three aircraft were hit by flak, M3 from HMS Empire MacKendrick so badly that it was jettisoned on its return.

U-276. 01.50 hrs, Norwegian Sea: surprise attack by a British B-24 Liberator (59 Sqdn RAF/C) in bad weather. The aircraft strafed the U-boat heavily and carried out two bombing runs, dropping six and then two depth charges. However, the bomb aimer had accidentally turned off the fusing switches while adjusting his intercom plug during the approach, which meant the depth charges didn't detonate. U-276 could only put up light and inaccurate flak at first because the 37mm gun malfunctioned after the first round, three of the 20mm twin gun crew were wounded, and two more men were injured when hit by waves. The U-boat escaped by crash diving after the second attack and made for Trondheim to land the wounded. [Maschinenmaat Hans Liedtke died from his wounds on 26 May] (Ritschel, ADM 199/1786)


U-boats lost


1943: U-414 +, U-467 +
1944: U-476 , U-990

147 men died when those 4 U-boats were lost on this date. 54 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

1942

U-594
A man was lost when crash diving on patrol in the Caribbean. [Matrosengefreiter Walter Kunde]

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


Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Eberhard Findeisen (1916), Günther Keller (1921), Heinz Kummer (1915), Gerhard Matschulat (1920), Jürgen Quaet-Faslem (1913), Werner Strübing (1907).

The following men died on this day:
Heinz von Davidson (2004), Walther Huth (1943), Paul Jacobs (1980), Hans-Werner Kraus (1990), Heinz Kummer (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 25 May

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.


1940



U-boats entering base:
To Kiel, Germany: U-122 (2 days)


1941


Sailed:
From Kiel, Germany: U-561
From Lorient, France: U-108
From St. Nazaire, France: U-552


1942


Sailed:
From Bergen, Norway: U-123
From Brest, France: U-584
From Messina, Italy: U-331
From Narvik, Norway: U-377
From Pola: U-453, U-652 (lost 9 days later)


1943


Sailed:
From Bordeaux, France: U-118 (lost 19 days later)
From Hammerfest, Norway: U-711
From Kiel, Germany: U-341, U-535 (lost 42 days later)
From Toulon, France: U-458

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-383 (39 days), U-441 (4 days)
To La Pallice U-262 (60 days)


1944


Sailed:
From Bogenbucht: U-315, U-997
From Konstanza, Rumania: U-18
From Narvik, Norway: U-307
From Singapur: UIT-24
From St. Nazaire, France: U-618

U-boats entering base:
To Bordeaux, France: U-178 (181 days)
To Flekkefjord U-243 (5 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-394 (8 days)
To Stavanger, Norway: U-242 (5 days), U-294 (5 days)
To Trondheim, Norway: U-276 (2 days)


U-boats at sea on 25 May

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

1940

U-8, U-9, U-26, U-28, U-37, U-43, U-56, U-60, U-62, U-101.
10 boats at sea.

1941

U-38, U-43, U-46, U-48, U-66, U-69, U-73, U-74, U-93, U-94, U-97, U-98, U-103, U-105, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-109, U-111, U-138, U-147 (+), U-204, U-552, U-556, U-557, U-561, UA.
27 boats at sea.

1942

U-66, U-67, U-68, U-69, U-81, U-83, U-86, U-87, U-89, U-94, U-96, U-98, U-103, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-109, U-116, U-124, U-125, U-126, U-128, U-129, U-130, U-134, U-135, U-153, U-155, U-156, U-157 (+), U-158 (+), U-159, U-161, U-162, U-172, U-205, U-209, U-213, U-214, U-331, U-332, U-333, U-373, U-377, U-404, U-406, U-431, U-432, U-436, U-453, U-455, U-502 (+), U-504, U-506, U-507, U-553, U-558, U-559, U-564, U-565, U-566, U-568 (+), U-569, U-578, U-584, U-586, U-588, U-590, U-591, U-593, U-594, U-652 (+), U-653, U-701 (+), U-703, U-751, U-753.
77 boats at sea.

1943

U-9, U-66, U-67 (+), U-91, U-92, U-103, U-105 (+), U-107, U-118 (+), U-119 (+), U-123, U-126 (+), U-129, U-154, U-161, U-177, U-178, U-180, U-181, U-190, U-193, U-195, U-196, U-197 (+), U-198, U-199 (+), U-202 (+), U-211, U-214, U-217 (+), U-218, U-221, U-228, U-229, U-231, U-232 (+), U-251, U-264, U-304 (+), U-305, U-336, U-340, U-341, U-354, U-377, U-378, U-402, U-403, U-407, U-413, U-418 (+), U-431, U-435 (+), U-436 (+), U-448, U-458, U-459, U-460, U-461, U-466, U-468, U-488, U-504, U-511, U-513 (+), U-515, U-521 (+), U-523, U-525, U-527 (+), U-535 (+), U-552, U-558 (+), U-561, U-575, U-594 (+), U-603, U-607, U-608, U-621, U-625, U-636, U-639, U-641, U-642, U-645, U-650, U-664, U-666, U-667, U-707, U-711, U-731, U-755 (+), U-760, U-951 (+), U-952, U-953.
98 boats at sea.

1944

U-9, U-18, U-23, U-24, U-107, U-129, U-155, U-170, U-181, U-183, U-188, U-190, U-196, U-198 (+), U-269, U-289 (+), U-292 (+), U-307, U-344, U-347, U-348, U-362, U-385, U-387, U-425, U-441, U-471, U-477 (+), U-490 (+), U-505, U-516, U-530, U-534, U-537, U-539, U-541, U-543 (+), U-547, U-548, U-549 (+), U-586, U-668, U-719 (+), U-736, U-737, U-742, U-764, U-767 (+), U-843, U-853, U-857, U-859 (+), U-860 (+), U-861, U-952, U-953, U-955 (+), U-957, U-984, U-988 (+), U-997, U-1060, U-1191 (+), U-1222 (+).
64 boats at sea.

1945

U-530, U-977, U-1277 (+).
3 boats at sea.


General Events on 25 May

1944

U-476 was scuttled by torpedoes from U-990 on 25 May 1944 following an attack by a British Catalina flying boat the previous day. U-990 saved 21 men, but was herself sunk a few hours later. A total of 34 men from U-476 died (31 on U-476 and three on U-990).

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