Events on this day

29 May

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U-boat Shipyard report

Ordered (0) Laid down (5) Launched (3) Commissioned (6)
No U-boat orders on this date1941: U-262, U-618
1942: U-969, U-970
1944: U-2506
1943: U-315, U-766, U-11621941: U-132U-452U-572
1942: U-184
1943: U-392U-846
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date


 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
1940 
 U-37OehrnMarie José 2,477   fr
 U-37OehrnTelena 7,406   br
 U-62MichalowskiHMS Grafton (H 89) 1,350   br
1941 
 U-38LiebeTabaristan 6,251   br
 U-557PaulshenEmpire Storm 7,290   brHX-128
1942 
 U-107GelhausWestern Head 2,599   br
 U-156HartensteinNorman Prince 1,913   br
 U-504PoskeAllister 1,597   br
1943 
 U-198HartmannHopetarn 5,231   br
1944 
 U-23WahlenSmelyj 71   sj
 U-549KrankenhagenUSS Barr (DE 576) (d)1,300   am
 U-549KrankenhagenUSS Block Island (CVE 21) 9,393   am
 46,878
* 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-101. 16.30 hrs, Celtic Sea, SW of Lands End: an unidentified aircraft dropped two depth charges, causing minor damage. (Ritschel)

1943

U-667. 15.40 hrs, between Iceland and the Faeroes: the boat was attacked by British Catalina flying boat FP183 (190 Sqn RAF/V, pilot S/L J.A. Holmes). The Catalina was hit by flak during a strafing run, but dropped six depth charges that fell approx. 30m (98ft) astern. More gunfire was exchanged, but U-667 soon dived. The Catalina was hit in the port engine and hull, and the co-pilot slightly wounded by a shell splinter, but reached base at Sullom Voe and landed safely. (Franks/Zimmerman)


U-boats lost


1944: U-549 +

57 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

1944

U-1203
During exercises in the Baltic the boat one man was lost during a crash dive north of Danzig. [Maschinengefreiter Johann Igel]

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


Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Helmut Bork (1910), Johannes Hinrichs (1913), Hans Lange (1915), Herbert Schauenburg (1912).

The following men died on this day:
Detlev Krankenhagen (1944), Hermann Lessing (1990).

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 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

Sailed:
From Trondheim, Norway: U-26


1941


Sailed:
From Kiel, Germany: U-77
From St. Nazaire, France: U-75

U-boats entering base:
To Lorient, France: U-109 (24 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-98 (29 days)


1942



U-boats entering base:
To Kiel, Germany: U-123 (2 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-377 (5 days)
To Skjomenfjord U-251 (4 days)


1943


Sailed:
From Brest, France: U-563 (lost days later)
From Hammerfest, Norway: U-622
From Kiel, Germany: U-308 (lost 7 days later)
From Lorient, France: U-172, U-271, U-508, U-530
From St. Nazaire, France: U-592
From Trondheim, Norway: U-302

U-boats entering base:
To Bordeaux, France: U-504 (39 days)
To La Pallice U-468 (41 days)
To Lorient, France: U-129 (80 days)
To Toulon, France: U-431 (10 days)
To Trondheim, Norway: U-251 (18 days)


1944


Sailed:
From Bergen, Norway: U-363
From Kristiansand: U-1061
From Narvik, Norway: U-673

U-boats entering base:
To Kristiansand U-1061 (3 days)
To Marviken U-677 (3 days), U-678 (3 days)


U-boats at sea on 29 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-13 (+), U-26, U-28, U-29, U-37, U-43, U-48, U-56, U-58, U-60, U-62, U-101.
14 boats at sea.

1941

U-38, U-43, U-46, U-48, U-66, U-69, U-73, U-74, U-75, U-77, U-93, U-94, U-97, U-101, U-103, U-105, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-111, U-147 (+), U-204, U-552, U-556, U-557, U-561, UA.
27 boats at sea.

1942

U-67, U-68, U-69, U-81, U-83, U-87, 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-202, U-205, U-209, U-213, U-214, U-331, U-332, U-373, U-404, U-406, U-431, U-432, 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-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.
71 boats at sea.

1943

U-9, U-18, U-66, U-67 (+), U-91, U-92, U-105 (+), U-118 (+), U-119 (+), U-123, U-126 (+), U-154, U-161, U-170, U-172, 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-264, U-271, U-305, U-308 (+), U-336, U-340, U-341, U-354, U-377, U-378, U-403, U-409, U-413, U-418 (+), U-435 (+), U-440 (+), U-450, U-458, U-459, U-460, U-461, U-488, U-508, U-511, U-513 (+), U-515, U-521 (+), U-527 (+), U-530, U-535 (+), U-552, U-558 (+), U-561, U-563 (+), U-575, U-592, U-594 (+), U-603, U-607, U-608, U-621, U-622, U-625, U-636, U-639, U-641, U-642, U-645, U-650, U-664, U-666, U-667, U-669, U-707, U-711, U-731, U-758, U-760, U-951 (+), U-952, U-953.
97 boats at sea.

1944

U-18, U-23, U-24, U-107, U-129, U-155, U-181, U-183, U-188, U-190, U-196, U-198 (+), U-233 (+), U-289 (+), U-307, U-347, U-348, U-362, U-363, U-385, U-387, U-425, 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-586, U-668, U-671, U-719 (+), U-737, U-742, U-767 (+), U-843, U-853, U-857, U-859 (+), U-860 (+), U-861, U-952, U-955 (+), U-957, U-987 (+), U-988 (+), U-997, U-1061, U-1191 (+), U-1222 (+).
57 boats at sea.

1945

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


General Events on 29 May

1996

U-534 arrived at Birkenhead, across the river Mersey from Liverpool, England for restoration by the Warship Preservation Trust. She was raised from the Kattegat in 1993.

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