Events on this day

25 April

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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 (1) Commissioned (3)
No U-boat orders on this date1940: U-436, U-438
1941: U-413
1944: U-2502
1942: U-3021942: U-212U-382U-518
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-103SchützePolyana 2,267   nwOG-58
 U-108ScholtzModesta 3,849   br
 U-117 [Mine]NeumannEmpire Morn total loss7,092   br
 U-386KandlerRosenborg 1,997   brRU-71
 U-455 [Mine]ScheibeRouennais 3,777   frCG-29
* 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-533. The boat was attacked by an American PBY-5A Catalina of VP-84/P-5. Three of U-533´s gun crew were injured by .30 cal. gunfire. (Bootsmaat Buttkus, Matrosengefreiter Ludwig and Matrosengefreiter Fekken). All recovered from their wounds to return to active service. Buttkus and Ludwig both perished when U-533 was sunk in October 1943.


U-18. U-18 was attacked in error by a German BV-138 flying boat in the Black Sea. Minor damage.

U-boats lost

1943: U-203

10 men died when this U-boat was lost. 38 men survived.

Survivors from U-boats almost always landed in allied captivity.

- 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, 25 April.

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Harro von Klot-Heydenfeldt (1911), Helmut Köster (1914), Bernhard Meentzen (1915), Willi Müller (1912), Hans Roeder-Pesch (1914), Volkmar Schwartzkopff (1914).

The following men died on this day:
Günther Pfeffer (1966).

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 April

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.


U-boats entering base:
To Kiel, Germany: U-62 (22 days)
To Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-26 (7 days)


From Bergen, Norway: U-116
From Brest, France: U-653
From Lorient, France: U-126, U-128, U-213

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-754 (50 days)
To Kirkenes U-251 (6 days)
To Salamis, Greece: U-81 (22 days)


From Bordeaux, France: U-119 (lost 61 days later), U-406
From Brest, France: U-659 (lost 10 days later)
From La Pallice: U-89 (lost 18 days later), U-600
From St. Nazaire, France: U-436 (lost 32 days later)

U-boats entering base:
To Hammerfest, Norway: U-639 (33 days)
To Lorient, France: U-159 (53 days)


From Kiel, Germany: U-476, U-995, U-997
From Marviken: U-853
From Narvik, Norway: U-313


From Harstad: U-294

U-boats at sea on 25 April

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


U-13, U-14, U-17, U-23, U-24, U-25, U-30, U-34, U-38, U-47, U-52, U-56, U-57, U-58, U-59, U-60, U-61, U-65.
18 boats at sea.


U-38, U-52, U-65 (+), U-75, U-95, U-96, U-101, U-103, U-105, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-110 (+), U-123, U-124, U-143, U-147, U-201, U-552, U-553, UA.
21 boats at sea.


U-66, U-69, U-74 (+), U-83, U-84, U-86, U-96, U-97, U-98, U-103, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-109, U-116, U-123, U-125, U-126, U-128, U-130, U-136, U-154, U-155, U-156, U-159, U-160, U-162, U-172, U-201, U-202, U-203, U-213, U-333, U-352 (+), U-371, U-402, U-435, U-455, U-459, U-502 (+), U-505, U-506, U-507, U-552, U-553, U-558, U-561, U-562, U-564, U-565, U-566, U-571, U-572, U-573, U-575, U-576, U-582, U-588, U-593, U-594, U-653, U-654, U-751, U-752, U-753.
65 boats at sea.


U-9, U-19, U-68, U-71, U-84, U-89 (+), U-92, U-97, U-103, U-105 (+), U-107, U-108, U-117, U-119 (+), U-123, U-125 (+), U-126 (+), U-128 (+), U-129, U-134, U-154, U-155, U-160, U-161, U-168, U-174 (+), U-176 (+), U-177, U-178, U-180, U-181, U-182 (+), U-183, U-185, U-186 (+), U-188, U-192 (+), U-195, U-196, U-197 (+), U-198, U-209 (+), U-212, U-217 (+), U-218, U-223, U-226, U-227 (+), U-230, U-231, U-255, U-257, U-258 (+), U-260, U-262, U-264, U-266 (+), U-267, U-270, U-306, U-358, U-359, U-371, U-377, U-378, U-381 (+), U-383, U-386, U-402, U-403, U-404, U-406, U-407, U-413, U-415, U-418 (+), U-436 (+), U-438 (+), U-448, U-453, U-454, U-456 (+), U-459, U-460, U-461, U-466, U-467, U-468, U-487, U-504, U-506, U-509, U-514, U-515, U-516, U-518, U-525, U-528 (+), U-531 (+), U-532, U-533, U-552, U-561, U-565, U-566, U-569 (+), U-571, U-575, U-584, U-586, U-598, U-600, U-601, U-604, U-607, U-610, U-613, U-614, U-616, U-618, U-621, U-628, U-629, U-630 (+), U-631, U-634, U-638 (+), U-645, U-646, U-648, U-650, U-659 (+), U-662, U-703, U-706, U-707, U-709, U-711, U-732, U-752 (+), U-954 (+).
141 boats at sea.


U-18, U-19, U-66 (+), U-92, U-129, U-154, U-155, U-170, U-178, U-181, U-188, U-190, U-196, U-198 (+), U-214, U-218, U-230, U-262, U-267, U-276, U-277 (+), U-278, U-289, U-307, U-313, U-315, U-348, U-354, U-371 (+), U-385, U-387, U-407, U-473 (+), U-488 (+), U-505, U-518, U-537, U-541, U-543 (+), U-548, U-552, U-565, U-596, U-636, U-667, U-672, U-674 (+), U-703, U-711, U-731 (+), U-736, U-739, U-741, U-765 (+), U-802, U-843, U-852 (+), U-859 (+), U-860 (+), U-861, U-955 (+), U-959 (+), U-967, U-969, U-1060, U-1061, U-1222 (+).
67 boats at sea.


U-190, U-218, U-234, U-244, U-245, U-249, U-278, U-286 (+), U-293, U-294, U-295, U-307 (+), U-312, U-313, U-325 (+), U-326 (+), U-363, U-427, U-481, U-516, U-530, U-532, U-541, U-637, U-711, U-716, U-739, U-776, U-805, U-825, U-826, U-853 (+), U-857 (+), U-858, U-873, U-879 (+), U-881 (+), U-889, U-901, U-956, U-963, U-968, U-979 (+), U-997, U-1009, U-1010, U-1017 (+), U-1023, U-1057, U-1105, U-1107 (+), U-1109, U-1163, U-1165, U-1202, U-1228, U-1277 (+), U-1305, U-2322, U-2324, U-2326, U-2329.
62 boats at sea.

General Events on 25 April


U-553 was forced to return to base with engine trouble.


A Swordfish aircraft from HMS Biter (D 97) dropped a bomb on U-203, which missed. Later this day U-203 was sunk.


U-289 landed espionage agents Sverrir Matthiasson and Magnús Guðbjörnsson in Iceland.


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