Events on this day

25 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 (2) Launched (6) Commissioned (5)
No U-boat orders on this date1941: U-471
1944: U-3527
1941: U-90, U-178
1943: U-298
1944: U-1306, U-2523, U-3014
1941: U-117U-171U-437
1943: U-678U-865
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-67Müller-StöckheimPrimero 4,414   nw
* 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-46. Three Hudson bombers from RAF Squadron 228 attacked U-46. One man wounded who died the following day. [Matrosengefreiter Plaep]


U-563. While preparing to attack convoy HG 75 the boat was attacked by one of the escorts, the British corvette HMS Heliotrope (K 03). The boat was driven under but not damaged by the depth charges dropped by the corvette.


U-170. A boat was attacked and damaged by aircraft from the Guadalcanal hunter-killer group. Blair claims this was U-170, but that boat reported "Very quiet day ... far away depth charges heard". (Blair, vol 2, page 621)

U-boats lost

1939: U-16 +

28 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

There were no men lost from U-boats on this date, 25 October.

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Fridtjof Heckel (1920), Werner-Karl Schulz (1910).

The following men died on this day:
Karl Boddenberg (1970), Gerhard Glattes (1986), Heinrich Grote (1995), Horst Wellner (1939).

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 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.


From Kiel, Germany: U-13, U-57

U-boats entering base:
To Kiel, Germany: U-48 (22 days)


U-boats entering base:
To St. Nazaire, France: U-93 (17 days)


From Kirkenes: U-132
From St. Nazaire, France: U-552, U-567

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-558 (15 days)


From Brest, France: U-218
From La Spezia, Italy: U-565
From Lorient, France: U-108

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-184 (4 days), U-376 (4 days)
To Brest, France: U-202 (50 days)


From Tromsö, Norway: U-354

U-boats entering base:
To Hammerfest, Norway: U-355 (24 days)
To Penang, Malaysia: U-178 (3 days)
To Trondheim, Norway: U-636 (2 days)


From Bergen, Norway: U-680
From Flekkefjord: U-985
From Hammerfest, Norway: U-737
From Kristiansand: U-518, U-534

U-boats entering base:
To Bodö U-1060 (4 days)
To Danzig, Germany: U-370 (24 days), U-676 (53 days)
To Flensburg, Germany: U-260 (7 days), U-758 (7 days), U-953 (10 days)

U-boats at sea on 25 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-13, U-21, U-24, U-25, U-26, U-31, U-34, U-37, U-46, U-53, U-56, U-57, U-58, U-59, U-61.
15 boats at sea.


U-28, U-31 (+), U-32 (+), U-46, U-48, U-65, U-124.
7 boats at sea.


U-38, U-66, U-68, U-71, U-73, U-74, U-75, U-77, U-82, U-83, U-84, U-85, U-93, U-97, U-101, U-103, U-106, U-107, U-109, U-123, U-125, U-126, U-129, U-133, U-202, U-203, U-206, U-208, U-374, U-432, U-502, U-552, U-563, U-564, U-567, U-568, U-569, U-571, U-573, U-576, U-577, U-751, UA.
43 boats at sea.


U-43, U-67, U-68, U-69, U-71, U-73, U-77, U-81, U-84, U-87, U-89, U-92, U-98 (+), U-103, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-117, U-125, U-126, U-128, U-129, U-132 (+), U-134, U-154, U-156, U-159, U-160, U-161, U-163, U-172, U-174, U-177, U-178, U-181, U-183, U-201, U-203, U-205, U-212, U-218, U-224, U-258, U-260, U-301, U-332, U-356, U-381, U-382, U-383, U-402, U-409, U-410, U-431, U-436, U-437, U-438, U-440, U-441, U-442, U-443, U-454, U-455, U-459, U-462, U-463, U-504, U-505, U-506, U-508, U-509, U-510, U-511, U-514, U-516, U-518, U-519, U-520 (+), U-521, U-522, U-552, U-559 (+), U-563, U-565, U-571, U-572, U-575, U-586, U-590, U-602, U-604, U-605 (+), U-606, U-608, U-610, U-613, U-615, U-618, U-620, U-621, U-622, U-624, U-627 (+), U-658 (+), U-659, U-660 (+), U-662, U-664, U-704, U-706, U-752, U-753, UD-5.
113 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-211 (+), U-212, U-214, U-218, U-219, U-220 (+), U-226 (+), U-228, U-231, U-256, U-262, U-267, U-271, U-275, U-280 (+), U-281, U-282 (+), U-306 (+), U-309, U-333, U-340 (+), U-343, U-354, U-358, U-360, U-371, U-373, U-387, U-391 (+), U-405 (+), U-413, U-424, U-426, U-437, U-441, U-448, U-450, U-453, U-455, U-466, U-488, U-505, U-516, U-518, U-530, U-532, U-536 (+), U-537, U-538 (+), U-542 (+), U-552, U-565, U-575, U-584 (+), U-586, U-592, U-603, U-608, U-642, U-648 (+), U-707 (+), U-709, U-713, U-714, U-731, U-732 (+), U-762, U-842 (+), U-843, U-848 (+), U-849 (+), U-953, U-956, U-963, U-966 (+), U-967, U-969.
94 boats at sea.


U-170, U-181, U-195, U-219, U-245, U-246, U-262, U-267, U-281, U-290, U-293, U-295, U-299, U-300, U-310, U-312, U-313, U-315, U-363, U-365, U-387, U-396, U-425, U-475, U-481, U-483, U-541, U-546, U-636, U-668, U-680, U-714, U-722, U-771 (+), U-773, U-802, U-956, U-958, U-965, U-968, U-978, U-991, U-992, U-995, U-997, U-1001, U-1003, U-1163, U-1199, U-1200 (+), U-1221, U-1223, U-1226 (+), U-1227, U-1228, U-1230, U-1231.
57 boats at sea.

General Events on 25 October


Three days after leaving Kiel, serious engine trouble forced U-60 to return to base.


U-107 transferred two medical cases to U-125 in mid Atlantic, and U-125 then returned to base.


After torpedoing the Primero, U-67 collided with her victim and damaged the periscope.

The commander and the I WO of U-441 were swept overboard in the North Atlantic, but both were rescued by the crew within eight minutes.


In the Black Sea, U-23 took three crew from a fishing boat prisoner and then sank their boat with hand grenades.

U-956 shelled shore installations on Spitsbergen (Svalbard) with the deck gun. Return artillery fire failed to hit the U-boat.


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