Events on this day

19 May

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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 (0) Commissioned (3)
No U-boat orders on this date1940: U-357
1944: U-2328
No boats launched on this date1942: U-520
1943: U-545U-717
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-37OehrnErik Frisell 5,066   sw
 U-96Lehmann-WillenbrockEmpire Ridge 2,922   brHG-61
 U-103WinterOgontz 5,037   am
 U-506WürdemannHeredia 4,732   am
 U-751BigalkIsabela 3,110   am
 U-161AchillesAngelus 255   ca
 U-453LührsFort Missanabie 7,147   brHA-43
* 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-731. The target of the depth chage attack on 19 May 1943 SE of Cape Farewell, Greenland in position 55.09N, 35.18W by a British B-24 Liberator bomber (Sqdn. 120/T), formerly credited with sinking U-954, was in fact U-731, which escaped unscathed. (1991-10-01, FDS/NHB)

U-952. The frigate HMS Tay (Cmdr. R. E. Sherwood) depth charged the boat near convoy SC 130. Severe damage forced U-952 to return to port, arriving 31 May. (Blair, vol 2, page 334)

U-198. 20.58 hrs: a British Catalina flying boat (RAF Sqn 262/J) dropped five bombs on the boat. No damage. The aircraft was damaged by flak and had to return to base on one engine. (Rohwer/Ritschel)

U-boats lost

1943: U-273 +, U-954 +
1944: U-960 , U-1015

160 men died when those 4 U-boats were lost on this date. 34 men survived.

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


Former commander Kptlt. Friedrich Steinhoff committed suicide while being kept in jail in Boston, USA instead of a POW camp.

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Horst Creutz (1915), Hans Oestermann (1913), Rudolf Schultze (1922), Heinz Walkerling (1915), Günther Zedelius (1915), Herbert Zoller (1919).

The following men died on this day:
Carl Borm (1995), Uwe Kock (1965), Odo Loewe (1943), Hermann Rossmann (1943), Friedrich Steinhoff (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 19 May

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-8

U-boats entering base:
To Trondheim, Norway: U-122 (4 days)


From Brest, France: U-701
From Kiel, Germany: U-134
From St. Nazaire, France: U-87

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-654 (60 days)


From Narvik, Norway: U-703
From Toulon, France: U-458

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-628 (42 days), U-648 (47 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-703 (2 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-662 (58 days)


From Arendal: U-293, U-719 (lost 39 days later)
From Trondheim, Norway: U-673

U-boats entering base:
To Arendal U-480 (2 days)
To Kristiansand U-980 (2 days)
To Larvik U-1165 (2 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-667 (73 days)


U-boats entering base:
To Loch Eriboll, UK U-278 (5 days), U-294 (5 days), U-295 (5 days), U-312 (5 days), U-313 (5 days), U-318 (5 days), U-363 (2 days), U-427 (5 days), U-481 (5 days), U-668 (5 days), U-716 (5 days), U-968 (5 days), U-992 (5 days), U-997 (5 days), U-1165 (5 days)
To Portsmouth, USA U-234 (34 days)

U-boats at sea on 19 May

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


U-8, U-9, U-37, U-43, U-60, U-62.
6 boats at sea.


U-38, U-43, U-46, U-66, U-69, U-74, U-93, U-94, U-96, U-97, U-98, U-103, U-105, U-106, U-107, U-109, U-111, U-138, U-556, U-557, UA.
21 boats at sea.


U-66, U-68, U-69, U-81, U-83, U-86, U-87, U-89, U-94, U-96, U-98, U-103, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-109, U-116, U-124, U-125, U-126, U-128, U-130, U-134, U-135, U-136, U-153, U-155, U-156, U-157 (+), U-158 (+), U-159, U-161, U-162, U-172, U-201, U-205, U-209, U-213, U-214, U-331, U-333, U-373, U-402, U-404, U-406, U-431, U-432, U-436, U-455, U-502 (+), U-504, U-506, U-507, U-553, U-558, U-559, U-564, U-565, U-566, U-569, U-578, U-582, U-586, U-588, U-590, U-591, U-593, U-594, U-653, U-703, U-751, U-752, U-753.
73 boats at sea.


U-66, U-67 (+), U-91, U-92, U-103, U-105 (+), U-107, U-119 (+), U-123, U-126 (+), U-129, U-154, U-161, U-177, U-178, U-180, U-181, U-190, U-195, U-196, U-197 (+), U-198, U-199 (+), U-202 (+), U-211, U-214, U-217 (+), U-218, U-221, U-223, U-228, U-229, U-230, U-231, U-232 (+), U-251, U-258 (+), U-260, U-262, U-264, U-267, U-304 (+), U-305, U-336, U-340, U-354, U-359, U-377, U-378, U-383, U-402, U-403, U-405, U-407, U-409, U-413, U-414 (+), U-418 (+), U-436 (+), U-448, U-454, U-459, U-460, U-461, U-466, U-468, U-488, U-504, U-511, U-513 (+), U-514, U-515, U-521 (+), U-525, U-527 (+), U-533, U-552, U-558 (+), U-561, U-569 (+), U-575, U-584, U-603, U-607, U-608, U-614, U-621, U-625, U-634, U-636, U-639, U-641, U-642, U-645, U-650, U-664, U-666, U-707, U-709, U-731, U-752 (+), U-755 (+), U-760, U-951 (+), U-952, U-953.
106 boats at sea.


U-9, U-23, U-24, U-107, U-129, U-155, U-170, U-178, U-181, U-183, U-188, U-190, U-196, U-198 (+), U-230, U-267, U-289 (+), U-347, U-362, U-365, U-385, U-425, U-453 (+), U-471, U-477 (+), U-490 (+), U-505, U-516, U-534, U-537, U-539, U-541, U-543 (+), U-547, U-548, U-549 (+), U-586, U-675 (+), U-719 (+), U-736, U-737, U-764, U-843, U-853, U-857, U-859 (+), U-860 (+), U-861, U-952, U-955 (+), U-957, U-995, U-1060, U-1222 (+).
54 boats at sea.


U-530, U-963, U-977, U-979 (+), U-1277 (+), U-3008.
6 boats at sea.

General Events on 19 May


On her first patrol in May 1940 U-122 transported material to Trondheim for the Norwegian campaign: one 8.8 cm anti-aircraft gun with ammunition, bombs, 90 cbm (some 750 barrels) aviation fuel and motor oil.


On 19 May 1943 U-954 was sunk in the North Atlantic. Among the crew of 47 lost was Admiral Dönitz's youngest son, Peter.


On this day U-1014 rammed her sister boat U-1015 in the Baltic west of Pillau, sinking her with the loss of 36 men (14 survived).


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