Events on this day

18 December

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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 (4) Commissioned (8)
No U-boat orders on this date1939: U-85, U-374
1942: U-1000
1943: U-1110
1941: U-707
1942: U-540
1943: U-322
1944: U-3027
1941: U-256U-407U-601
1942: U-361
1943: U-245U-398
1944: U-2333U-3516
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date


 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
1940 
 U-100SchepkeNapier Star 10,116   br
 U-96Lehmann-WillenbrockPendrecht (d)10,746   nlOB-259
1942 
 U-563HartmannBretwalda 4,906   brMKS-3Y
 U-565FrankenHMS Partridge (G 30) 1,540   br
 U-621KruschkaOropos 4,474   grON-152
1944 
 U-486MeyerSilverlaurel 6,142   brBTC-10
 37,924
* 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

No attacks found on this date.


U-boats lost


1941: U-434
1944: U-1209

11 men died when those 2 U-boats were lost on this date. 86 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, 18 December.

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


Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Dietrich Rauch (1916), Rolf Riesen (1919), Helmut Schmoeckel (1917), Eberhard Wetjen (1914).

The following men died on this day:
Ewald H├╝lsenbeck (1944), Axel-Olaf Loewe (1984).

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 18 December

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.


1939



U-boats entering base:
To Kiel, Germany: U-47 (33 days), U-61 (12 days)
To Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-28 (41 days)


1940


Sailed:
From Lorient, France: U-38


1941


Sailed:
From La Spezia, Italy: U-374 (lost 26 days later)
From Lorient, France: U-125, U-502
From St. Nazaire, France: U-71, U-567 (lost 4 days later)


1942



U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-592 (3 days)
To La Pallice U-553 (26 days)
To Lorient, France: U-513 (28 days)
To Messina, Italy: U-561 (24 days)


1943


Sailed:
From Kiel, Germany: U-1062
From Narvik, Norway: U-711
From St. Nazaire, France: U-260
From Trondheim, Norway: U-601

U-boats entering base:
To Lorient, France: U-666 (3 days)


1944


Sailed:
From Kiel, Germany: U-907, U-1017, U-1051

U-boats entering base:
To Harstad U-295 (31 days), U-739 (4 days)


U-boats at sea on 18 December

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

1939

U-21, U-22, U-48, U-59, U-60.
5 boats at sea.

1940

U-37, U-38, U-52, U-65, U-94, U-95, U-96, U-100, U-124.
9 boats at sea.

1941

U-67, U-68, U-71, U-74, U-77, U-83, U-86, U-107, U-108, U-124, U-125, U-128, U-129, U-133, U-202, U-371, U-374 (+), U-375, U-431, U-432, U-451 (+), U-502, U-559, U-562, U-565, U-566, U-567 (+), U-568, U-569, U-573, U-574 (+), U-576, U-577, U-581, U-584, U-652, U-653, U-654, U-751, UA.
40 boats at sea.

1942

U-67, U-81, U-86, U-91, U-92, U-103, U-105, U-106, U-109, U-123, U-124, U-125, U-126, U-128, U-129, U-130, U-134, U-135, U-154, U-155, U-159, U-161, U-163, U-164 (+), U-172, U-174, U-175, U-176, U-177, U-178, U-181, U-182 (+), U-183, U-185, U-203, U-211, U-212, U-214, U-217, U-221, U-225, U-260, U-336, U-356 (+), U-357 (+), U-371, U-373, U-375, U-380, U-384, U-406, U-409, U-410, U-432, U-435, U-436, U-439, U-440, U-441, U-443, U-444, U-445, U-455, U-460, U-461, U-463, U-465, U-506, U-507 (+), U-508, U-514, U-515, U-519, U-524, U-525, U-562, U-563, U-564, U-565, U-569, U-575, U-591, U-593, U-600, U-602, U-604, U-609, U-610, U-615, U-618, U-621, U-623, U-628, U-653, U-657, U-659, U-663, U-664, U-706, U-757, U-758, UD-3.
102 boats at sea.

1943

U-9, U-23, U-68, U-92, U-103, U-107, U-129, U-154, U-155, U-170, U-178, U-190, U-193, U-219, U-228, U-260, U-270, U-275, U-277, U-284 (+), U-302, U-305 (+), U-311, U-354, U-364 (+), U-377 (+), U-382, U-387, U-390, U-392, U-415, U-421, U-445, U-471, U-510, U-515, U-516, U-530, U-541, U-543, U-544 (+), U-545 (+), U-565, U-596, U-601, U-618, U-625, U-629, U-636, U-641 (+), U-653, U-667, U-672, U-716, U-734, U-741, U-744, U-758, U-761, U-763, U-801, U-846, U-850 (+), U-952, U-957, U-960, U-962, U-976, U-981, U-1060, U-1062.
71 boats at sea.

1944

U-181, U-195, U-244, U-248 (+), U-278, U-286, U-293, U-296, U-299, U-312, U-318, U-322 (+), U-325, U-396, U-427, U-481, U-485, U-486, U-637, U-650 (+), U-668, U-679 (+), U-680, U-722, U-737 (+), U-773, U-775, U-806, U-843, U-862, U-869 (+), U-870, U-877 (+), U-905, U-956, U-979, U-991, U-995, U-997, U-1009, U-1020 (+), U-1053, U-1055, U-1202, U-1223, U-1227, U-1228, U-1230, U-1231, U-1232.
50 boats at sea.


General Events on 18 December

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