Events on this day

28 July

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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 (4) Launched (2) Commissioned (3)
No U-boat orders on this date1941: U-625, U-626
1943: U-1106
1944: U-2515
1942: U-360, U-5301943: U-476, U-550, U-990
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-99KretschmerAuckland Star 13,212   br
 U-203MützelburgLapland 1,330   brOG-69
 U-203MützelburgNorita 1,516   swOG-69
 U-561BartelsWrotham 1,884   brOG-69
 U-155PieningBarbacena 4,772   bz
 U-155PieningPiave 2,347   bz
 U-66MarkworthWeirbank 5,150   br
 U-754OestermannEbb 260   am
 U-119 [Mine]KamekeJohn A. Poor (d)7,176   amBX-65
 U-615KapitzkyRosalia 3,177   nl
 U-475StoefflerMO-107 (d)56   sj
* 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-203. The boat was depth charged by the British corvettes HMS Rhododendron and HMS Fleur de Lys but escaped without damage. (Blair, vol 1, page 329)


U-107. When sailing from Lorient with another boat both boats were attacked by aircraft but fought off the attack without damage. (Blair, vol 2, page 387.)

U-732. The boat lined up an attack on a small naval convoy (3 repair ships and 3 destroyers) off Cape Maisi, the eastern tip of Cuba, but the destroyers located her and dropped depth charges. The boat escaped unharmed. (Blair, vol 2, page 364)

U-404. The sinking of U-404
At 1107hrs the boat was located following radar contact by a US B-24 Liberator (4th A/S Sqn USAAF/Y, pilot Maj Stephen McElroy), but on attacking the depth charges failed to release. The aircraft waited for the boat to resurface and attacked again at 1517hrs. Despite a 20mm shell detonating inside the cockpit (without hurting anyone), the pilot dropped eight depth charges into the boats diving point. Flak damage to the radio and one engine then forced the aircraft to return to base.
Another US Liberator (4th A/S Sqn USAAF/N, pilot 1Lt Arthur J. Hammer) then attacked U-404 twice after she surfaced again at 1745hrs. Flak damage also forced this aircraft to return to base, this time to one engine, the tail and the fuselage. The last attack was observed by a third Liberator, British BZ781 (224 Sqn RAF/W, pilot F/O R.V. Sweeny), which this time attacked and sank the boat. Yet again, one engine was hit by flak, and the plane barely made it back to base after jettisoning all guns and loose equipment. (Franks/Zimmerman)

U-boats lost

1943: U-159 +, U-404 +, U-647 +

152 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, 28 July.

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Rolf-Birger Wahlen (1915), Otto Wermuth (1920), Hermann Zander (1910).

The following men died on this day:
Heinz Beckmann (1943), Willi Hertin (1943), Ottoheinrich Junker (2000), Adolf Schönberg (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 28 July

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 Brest, France: U-558
From Stormelö: U-144 (lost 14 days later)

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-563 (2 days)
To Kirkenes U-451 (5 days)
To Lorient, France: U-125 (14 days)


From Kiel, Germany: U-256, U-605
From Lorient, France: U-506

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-596 (4 days)
To Kirkenes U-209 (12 days)
To Skjomenfjord U-403 (12 days)


From La Spezia, Italy: U-616
From Lorient, France: U-106 (lost 6 days later), U-107
From Narvik, Norway: U-636


From Bergen, Norway: U-295
From Egersund: U-318
From Nord Altaskär: U-370
From Stavanger, Norway: U-1001, U-1165

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-247 (59 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-354 (25 days), U-995 (26 days)
To Risholm U-348 (4 days)
To Trondheim, Norway: U-771 (3 days), U-865 (2 days)
To Vallöy U-994 (5 days)

U-boats at sea on 28 July

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


U-34, U-52, U-56, U-57, U-59, U-62, U-99, UA.
8 boats at sea.


U-46, U-66, U-68, U-74, U-79, U-81, U-83, U-93, U-94, U-95, U-97, U-109, U-123, U-124, U-126, U-141, U-142, U-144 (+), U-145, U-146, U-203, U-204, U-205, U-331, U-371, U-372, U-401 (+), U-431, U-558, U-559, U-561, U-562, U-565, U-652, UA.
35 boats at sea.


U-43, U-66, U-67, U-71, U-77, U-84, U-86, U-89, U-97, U-98, U-106, U-108, U-109, U-116, U-125, U-129, U-130, U-132, U-134, U-154, U-155, U-160, U-161, U-162 (+), U-163, U-164, U-166 (+), U-171 (+), U-173, U-176, U-201, U-203, U-210 (+), U-213 (+), U-217, U-254, U-256, U-332, U-355, U-372 (+), U-375, U-379 (+), U-402, U-405, U-435, U-437, U-454, U-458, U-460, U-461, U-462, U-463, U-505, U-506, U-507, U-508, U-509, U-510, U-511, U-552, U-553, U-564, U-565, U-571, U-572, U-575, U-582, U-586, U-588 (+), U-589, U-591, U-592, U-593, U-595, U-597, U-598, U-600, U-601, U-605, U-607, U-609, U-654 (+), U-657, U-658, U-660, U-704, U-752, U-754 (+).
88 boats at sea.


U-19, U-20, U-24, U-43 (+), U-66, U-84 (+), U-86, U-106 (+), U-107, U-117 (+), U-129, U-134 (+), U-155, U-168, U-172, U-177, U-178, U-181, U-183, U-185 (+), U-188, U-190, U-196, U-197 (+), U-198, U-199 (+), U-212, U-230, U-255, U-257, U-262, U-269, U-277, U-306, U-307, U-333, U-340, U-355, U-358, U-371, U-373, U-382, U-383 (+), U-387, U-403 (+), U-406, U-407, U-415, U-445, U-454 (+), U-455, U-461 (+), U-462 (+), U-466, U-468 (+), U-489 (+), U-504 (+), U-508, U-510, U-511, U-516, U-525 (+), U-532, U-533 (+), U-566, U-571, U-572 (+), U-586, U-591 (+), U-593, U-600, U-604 (+), U-614 (+), U-615 (+), U-616, U-618, U-629, U-634 (+), U-639, U-648, U-653, U-664 (+), U-703, U-711, U-713, U-732, U-757, U-760.
88 boats at sea.


U-9, U-18, U-24, U-181, U-196, U-198 (+), U-242, U-250 (+), U-275, U-300, U-309, U-333 (+), U-370, U-394 (+), U-425, U-475, U-479, U-481, U-516, U-518, U-530, U-534, U-537, U-539, U-546, U-547, U-618, U-621, U-667 (+), U-668, U-671 (+), U-679, U-736 (+), U-766, U-802, U-804, U-855 (+), U-857, U-858, U-859 (+), U-861, U-862, U-863 (+), U-921, U-957, U-984 (+), U-1062 (+), U-1229 (+).
48 boats at sea.


1 boats at sea.

General Events on 28 July


U-489 rescued three airmen of a Blohm & Voss BV138C-1 WNr 0311047 (2./KüFlGr 406, K6+BK) in the Norwegian Sea about 100 miles west-north-west of Alesund, Norway. Earlier that day the flying boat was shot down in aerial combat by the Beaufighter Mk.XIC JM123 (404 Sqn RCAF/H, F/O E.J. Keefe), two crewmen being lost. The rescued airmen became prisoners of war when the U-boat was itself sunk on 4 August.


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