Events on this day

16 February

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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 (6) Laid down (2) Launched (4) Commissioned (2)
1940: U-213, U-214, U-215, U-216, U-217, U-2181943: U-1228
1944: U-1308
1939: U-42
1942: U-261
1944: U-825, U-875
1944: U-1273
1945: U-2538
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date


 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
1940 
 U-14WohlfarthLiana 1,646   sw
 U-14WohlfarthOsmed 1,526   sw
 U-14WohlfarthRhone 1,064   da
1942 
 U-108ScholtzRamapo 2,968   pa
 U-156HartensteinArkansas (d)6,452   am
 U-156HartensteinOranjestad 2,396   br
 U-156HartensteinPedernales (d)4,317   br
 U-502RosenstielMonagas 2,650   ve
 U-502RosenstielSan Nicolas 2,391   br
 U-502RosenstielTia Juana 2,395   br
 U-564SuhrenOpalia (d)6,195   br
 U-67Müller-StöckheimRafaela (d)3,177   nl
1944 
 U-230SiegmannHMS LST-418 1,625   brShingle
 38,802
* 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

1944

U-546. A Sunderland flying boat attacked U-546 in mid Atlantic. Although one man died and there was some minor damage to the diesel engines, the boat reported it was able to continue the patrol. [Matrosengefreiter Wilhelm van de Kamp] (Blair, vol 2, page 500)

1945

U-1019. The U-boat was attacked by a Polish-crewed Wellington (RAF Sqdn 304/Q) west of the Hebrides, suffering moderate damage. (Dr. Jürgen Rohwer)


U-boats lost


1945: U-309 +

47 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

1942

U-156
U-156 began to shell the oil refinery at Aruba in the Caribbean, but the gun crew forgot to remove the water plug from the barrel, causing an explosion that killed one man [Matrosengefreiter Heinrich Büssinger]. The gunnery officer [II WO Leutnant zur See Dietrich von dem Borne, see right] lost his right leg in this incident, and so had to be put ashore into captivity at Martinique on 21 February. The commander decided to saw off the ruined portion of the gun barrel, and using this shorter barrel, on 27 February U-156 sank a 2,498-ton British steamer.

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


Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Gottfried Dingler (1922), Hellmut Kurrer (1916), Viktor Schütze (1906), Heinz Sternberg (1917), Rupprecht Stock (1916), Klaus Willeke (1919).

The following men died on this day:
Karl-Heinz Herbschleb (1955), Herbert Loeder (1945).

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 16 February

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 Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-13


1941


Sailed:
From Lorient, France: U-95

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-147 (8 days)


1942


Sailed:
From Bergen, Norway: U-586
From Salamis, Greece: U-559

U-boats entering base:
To Helgoland, Germany: U-503 (2 days)
To Kirkenes U-435 (28 days)
To Salamis, Greece: U-652 (12 days)


1943


Sailed:
From La Spezia, Italy: U-443 (lost 8 days later)

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-438 (48 days)
To La Spezia, Italy: U-596 (21 days)
To Pola U-453 (37 days)


1944


Sailed:
From St. Nazaire, France: U-552


1945


Sailed:
From Bergen, Norway: U-1021
From Kristiansand: U-1195

U-boats entering base:
To Narvik, Norway: U-307 (24 days)


U-boats at sea on 16 February

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-10, U-13, U-14, U-18, U-19, U-22, U-23, U-25, U-26, U-29, U-37, U-48, U-50, U-53 (+), U-56, U-57, U-60, U-61, U-62.
19 boats at sea.

1941

U-37, U-46, U-48, U-52, U-69, U-73, U-94, U-95, U-96, U-101, U-103, U-107, U-108, U-123.
14 boats at sea.

1942

U-67, U-68, U-69, U-81, U-83, U-85, U-94, U-96, U-98, U-103, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-109, U-125, U-126, U-128, U-129, U-130, U-134, U-136, U-154, U-155, U-156, U-158, U-161, U-162, U-213, U-331, U-352, U-377, U-404, U-432, U-436, U-455, U-502, U-504, U-505, U-558, U-559, U-561, U-564, U-565, U-566, U-573, U-575, U-576, U-578, U-584, U-585, U-587 (+), U-588, U-591, U-653, U-654, U-656 (+), U-751, U-752.
58 boats at sea.

1943

U-9, U-19, U-24, U-43, U-66, U-68, U-69 (+), U-81, U-87 (+), U-89, U-91, U-92, U-103, U-107, U-108, U-118, U-119, U-125, U-135, U-155, U-156 (+), U-160, U-175, U-176, U-180, U-182 (+), U-183, U-185, U-186, U-201 (+), U-202, U-205 (+), U-211, U-214, U-217, U-218, U-223, U-225 (+), U-226, U-228, U-230, U-251, U-258, U-264, U-266, U-267, U-268 (+), U-302, U-303, U-332, U-355, U-358, U-359, U-371, U-375, U-376, U-377, U-381, U-382, U-383, U-402, U-403, U-405, U-407, U-409, U-410, U-413, U-414, U-432, U-436, U-437, U-443 (+), U-445, U-448, U-454, U-456, U-458, U-459, U-460, U-461, U-465, U-468, U-504, U-506, U-509, U-510, U-511, U-516, U-518, U-521, U-522 (+), U-523, U-525, U-526 (+), U-527, U-558, U-562 (+), U-565, U-566, U-569, U-571, U-575, U-590, U-593, U-594, U-600, U-602, U-603, U-604, U-606 (+), U-607, U-608, U-613, U-614, U-616, U-621, U-622, U-623 (+), U-628, U-638, U-653, U-657, U-659, U-664, U-707, U-709, U-753, U-755, U-758, U-759, UD-3.
131 boats at sea.

1944

U-18, U-19, U-66 (+), U-91 (+), U-123, U-154, U-168, U-170, U-178, U-183, U-188, U-212, U-218, U-230, U-256, U-257 (+), U-260, U-262, U-264 (+), U-278, U-281, U-312, U-313, U-333, U-358 (+), U-362, U-386 (+), U-406 (+), U-407, U-410, U-413, U-425, U-437, U-441, U-445, U-448 (+), U-450 (+), U-510, U-516, U-518, U-530, U-532, U-539, U-546, U-547, U-549, U-550 (+), U-552, U-565, U-586, U-596, U-603 (+), U-608, U-650, U-674, U-709 (+), U-713 (+), U-714, U-716, U-731, U-761 (+), U-764, U-802, U-845 (+), U-846, U-852 (+), U-953, U-956, U-957, U-962 (+), U-963, U-967, U-969, U-984, U-985, U-986 (+), U-989, U-990, U-1059 (+), U-1062, UIT-22 (+), UIT-24.
82 boats at sea.

1945

U-195, U-244, U-245, U-286, U-299, U-300 (+), U-310, U-313, U-315, U-318, U-370, U-399 (+), U-425 (+), U-427, U-475, U-483, U-510, U-532, U-681 (+), U-683 (+), U-711, U-739, U-775, U-806, U-825, U-843, U-857 (+), U-861, U-866 (+), U-868, U-870, U-878, U-879 (+), U-907, U-927 (+), U-963, U-965, U-968, U-992, U-995, U-1004, U-1017, U-1018 (+), U-1019, U-1022, U-1058, U-1064, U-1104, U-1203, U-1208 (+), U-1233, U-1235, U-1276 (+), U-1278 (+), U-1279 (+), U-1302 (+), U-2322, U-2324, UIT-24.
59 boats at sea.


General Events on 16 February

1945

The following U.P. report was released to the newswires: Two Nazi submarines and three planes were destroyed during persistent German attacks on an important Allied convoy bound for Russia by the northerly route, an Admiralty communique said today. During the long voyage through stormy winter seas, U-boat packs in groups up to ten and strong forces of enemy warplanes hounded the convoy. All attacks were futile, the report said. Three enemy aircraft, including two torpedo-carrying Ju-88s, were shot down. The Allies lost one plane. Several other enemy aircraft were damaged. Planes of the escort carrier Campania made the first contact, attacking a submarine and forcing it to submerge. Later, the corvette Bamborough Castle dropped depth charges over another U-boat and reported that oil and wreckage welled to the surface. ENDS U-387 was sunk in the Barents Sea near Murmansk, Russia, by the British corvette HMS Bamborough Castle on 9 Dec.1944. The convoy was RA 62, Loch Ewe to Kola Inlet.


U-681 sailed from Kristiansand on her first and final patrol.

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