Events on this day

15 October

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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 (5) Launched (4) Commissioned (4)
No U-boat orders on this date1940: U-441
1941: U-270, U-921
1942: U-864
1943: U-1405
1941: U-335, U-379, U-599
1942: U-232
1941: U-88
1942: U-644U-760
1943: U-369
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-37HartmannVermont 5,186   fr
 U-103SchützeThistlegarth 4,747   brOA-228
 U-138LüthBonheur 5,327   brOB-228
 U-138LüthBritish Glory (d)6,993   brOB-228
 U-93KorthHurunui 9,331   brOA-228
 U-553ThurmannIla 1,583   nwSC-48
 U-553ThurmannSilvercedar 4,354   brSC-48
 U-558KrechVancouver Island 9,472   ca
 U-410SturmNewton Pine 4,212   brONS-136
 U-23WahlenTSC-486 Sovetskaja Rossija (d)1,005   sj
 U-371MehlJames Russell Lowell total loss7,176   amGUS-18
 U-426ReichEssex Lance 6,625   brONS-20
 U-481AndersenDan 47   fi
 U-481AndersenEndla 68   fi
 U-481AndersenMaria 50   fi
* 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-553. At 16.24 hrs, the boat dived after being sighted by HMCS Columbia while shadowing convoy SC 48 off its port beam. The destroyer obtained no Asdic contact but dropped six depth charges at the diving spot and then remained in the area to keep U-553 down. At 18.15 hrs, the U-boat fired a stern torpedo at the destroyer, but she managed to evade the attack after a lookout saw the torpedo track. HMCS Columbia picked up a good contact and delivered an accurate depth charge pattern, but U-553 had already dived to 55m (180ft) and suffered only minor damage. In the meantime HMS Gladiolus joined the hunt, but carried out no attacks as the U-boat had already crept away. (KTB U-553/ADM 237-187)


U-615. The target of the attack by a British Liberator aircraft (120 Sqn RAF/H) on 15 October 1942 in position 53.58N, 33.43W, formerly credited with sinking U-257 and U-661, was in fact U-615, which escaped unscathed. (1987-06-01, FDS/NHB)


U-616. The British submarine HMS Untiring fired three torpedoes at U-616 as she was about to enter port at Toulon, France. They missed or malfunctioned. (

U-boats lost

1942: U-661 +
1944: U-777

44 men died when those 2 U-boats were lost on this date.
U-boats marked with + were lost with all hands.

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U-boat Men Lost or Wounded


Two crew members were washed overboard while trying to repair a leakage about 6nm north of Rixhöft at 1037hrs and drowned. The U-boat on transfer from Gotenhafen to Kiel searched in vain for them until 1248hrs. [Leutnant (Ing.) Gerhard Helmholz, Maschinengefreiter Wilhelm Köhl]


A man died of illness on 15 Oct. [Maschinenmaat Karl Bergmann]

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Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Wolfgang Lüth (1913), Hans-Georg Müller (1922).

The following men died on this day:
Hans Dunkelberg (1999), Erich von Lilienfeld (1942), Wolfgang Reisener (1989).

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 15 October

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-10 (20 days)


From Lorient, France: U-65

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-59 (13 days)


From Lorient, France: U-38, U-82

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-562 (35 days)
To Kiel, Germany: U-94 (44 days)


From Brest, France: U-203
From Kiel, Germany: U-627 (lost 13 days later)
From La Pallice: U-134
From Lorient, France: U-509

U-boats entering base:
To La Spezia, Italy: U-453 (29 days), U-458 (15 days), U-593 (13 days), U-660 (13 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-209 (4 days)


From Trondheim, Norway: U-843

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-450 (2 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-264 (24 days)
To Toulon, France: U-616 (13 days)


From Bogenbucht: U-1163
From Flekkefjord: U-294
From Kristiansand: U-991
From Marviken: U-773, U-1231
From Narvik, Norway: U-363, U-425, U-668, U-956, U-965
From Stavanger, Norway: U-309

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-398 (54 days)

U-boats at sea on 15 October

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


U-18, U-19, U-20, U-23, U-37, U-46, U-47, U-48.
8 boats at sea.


U-28, U-37, U-38, U-43, U-46, U-47, U-48, U-58, U-65, U-93, U-99, U-100, U-101, U-103, U-123, U-124, U-137, U-138.
18 boats at sea.


U-38, U-66, U-67, U-68, U-71, U-73, U-75, U-77, U-79, U-82, U-83, U-97, U-101, U-103, U-107, U-108, U-109, U-123, U-125, U-126, U-132, U-204 (+), U-206, U-208, U-371, U-374, U-432, U-502, U-553, U-558, U-559, U-563, U-564, U-568, U-569, U-573, U-576, U-751.
38 boats at sea.


U-43, U-67, U-68, U-69, U-71, U-77, U-81, U-84, U-87, U-89, U-106, U-107, U-117, U-118, U-125, U-126, U-128, U-129, U-132 (+), U-134, U-154, U-156, U-159, U-160, U-161, U-172, U-174, U-175, U-177, U-178, U-181, U-183, U-201, U-202, U-203, U-212, U-216 (+), U-217, U-221, U-254, U-257, U-258, U-260, U-301, U-332, U-333, U-353 (+), U-356, U-377, U-381, U-382, U-402, U-409, U-410, U-431, U-436, U-437, U-438, U-441, U-442, U-443, U-454, U-455, U-459, U-461, U-463, U-504, U-505, U-506, U-509, U-510, U-513, U-514, U-516, U-517, U-518, U-520 (+), U-521, U-522, U-552, U-558, U-559 (+), U-562, U-563, U-571, U-572, U-575, U-586, U-590, U-592, U-599 (+), U-602, U-604, U-607, U-609, U-610, U-615, U-618, U-620, U-621, U-622, U-624, U-627 (+), U-658 (+), U-659, U-662, U-704, U-706, U-753, U-757, UD-3, UD-5.
112 boats at sea.


U-9, U-23, U-24, U-68, U-73, U-91, U-103, U-123, U-129, U-154, U-155, U-168, U-170, U-183, U-188, U-190, U-193, U-196, U-211 (+), U-212, U-214, U-218, U-220 (+), U-223, U-226 (+), U-231, U-256, U-260, U-262, U-267, U-271, U-274 (+), U-275, U-280 (+), U-281, U-305, U-306 (+), U-309, U-355, U-360, U-371, U-373, U-378 (+), U-405 (+), U-413, U-420 (+), U-426, U-431 (+), U-437, U-448, U-455, U-470 (+), U-488, U-505, U-516, U-518, U-532, U-533 (+), U-536 (+), U-537, U-539, U-540 (+), U-552, U-575, U-584 (+), U-592, U-603, U-608, U-631 (+), U-641, U-645, U-648 (+), U-666, U-709, U-713, U-714, U-731, U-737, U-758, U-762, U-841 (+), U-842 (+), U-843, U-844 (+), U-848 (+), U-849 (+), U-952, U-953, U-956, U-963, U-964 (+), U-966 (+), U-967, U-969.
94 boats at sea.


U-155, U-170, U-195, U-219, U-245, U-246, U-256, U-260, U-262, U-267, U-281, U-290, U-293, U-294, U-295, U-299, U-300, U-309, U-310, U-313, U-315, U-363, U-365, U-370, U-382, U-387, U-425, U-475, U-481, U-483, U-518, U-534, U-541, U-546, U-636, U-668, U-673, U-676, U-714, U-717, U-737, U-745, U-771 (+), U-773, U-802, U-956, U-958, U-968, U-978, U-985, U-991, U-995, U-997, U-1001, U-1003, U-1004, U-1006 (+), U-1060, U-1163, U-1165, U-1199, U-1221, U-1223, U-1226 (+), U-1227, U-1228, U-1230.
67 boats at sea.

General Events on 15 October


U-757 was forced to return to base from the North Atlantic due to problems with the port diesel engine.


U-365 put a meteorological unit ashore on south Spitsbergen (Svalbard).


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