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29 July

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U-boat Shipyard report

Ordered (4) Laid down (1) Launched (4) Commissioned (4)
1936: U-37, U-38, U-39, U-401944: U-35091936: U-22
1942: U-271
1943: U-866
1944: U-2327
1942: U-268
1943: U-991
1944: U-1064U-3501
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-99KretschmerClan Menzies 7,336   br
 U-155PieningBill 2,445   nw
 U-160LassenPrescodoc 1,938   ca
 U-177GysaeCornish City 4,952   brDN-53
 U-621StuckmannHMS Prince Leopold 2,938   br
* 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-62. British submarine HMS Sealion (Lt Cdr Ben Bryant) sighted U-62 as the latter was returning from patrol on the surface. Sealion launched three torpedoes, but the Germans had seen her periscope and avoided the salvo. Sealion then surfaced and engaged with her deck gun. U-62 dived and eluded the British boat with only 27 minutes worth of battery life.


U-615. The beginning of one of the most dogged hunts of any U-boat during the war. First to attack the boat was a US B-18 bomber on this day. For the next week the boat fought its way across the Caribbean Sea through multiple air attacks, shooting down one Mariner flying boat and damaging others. The boat was finally overwhelmed and sunk eight days later. (Blair, vol 2, page 363)


U-873. During an air raid on Bremen, Germany on 29 July the boat was damaged and four men were wounded. One of them died in December 1944. [Matrosenhauptgefreiter Fritz Grusa]

U-boats lost

1943: U-614 +

49 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, 29 July.

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Gerhard Seehausen (1917), Wilhelm Zahn (1910).

The following men died on this day:
Helmut Bork (1990), Wolfgang Sträter (1943), Alois Zech (1999).

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 29 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 Lorient, France: U-58


From St. Nazaire, France: U-73, U-75
From Windau: U-139

U-boats entering base:
To Kirkenes U-566 (4 days)
To Stormelö U-145 (16 days)


From Brest, France: U-558

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-203 (56 days)
To Lorient, France: U-106 (5 days)


From Bergen, Norway: U-847 (lost 30 days later)
From Brest, France: U-218
From La Pallice: U-706 (lost 5 days later)
From Tromsö, Norway: U-601

U-boats entering base:
To Hammerfest, Norway: U-737 (10 days)
To La Pallice U-231 (3 days)


From Bergen, Norway: U-735
From Bogenbucht: U-711
From Kiel, Germany: U-296
From Marviken: U-745
From Pola: U-596
From Risholm: U-348
From Trondheim, Norway: U-703, U-771

U-boats entering base:
To Arendal U-318 (2 days), U-1000 (3 days)
To Helsinki, Finland: U-475 (19 days)
To Kristiansand U-295 (2 days)

U-boats at sea on 29 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-58, U-59, U-62, U-99, UA.
9 boats at sea.


U-46, U-66, U-68, U-74, U-75, U-79, U-81, U-83, U-93, U-94, U-95, U-97, U-109, U-123, U-124, U-126, U-139, U-141, U-142, U-144 (+), 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.
36 boats at sea.


U-43, U-66, U-67, U-71, U-77, U-84, U-86, U-89, U-97, U-98, 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-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-558, 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 (+).
87 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-218, 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-615 (+), U-616, U-618, U-629, U-634 (+), U-639, U-648, U-653, U-664 (+), U-703, U-706 (+), U-711, U-713, U-732, U-757, U-760, U-847 (+).
90 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-348, U-370, U-394 (+), U-425, U-479, U-481, U-516, U-518, U-530, U-534, U-537, U-539, U-546, U-547, U-596, 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 (+).
49 boats at sea.


1 boats at sea.

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