Events on this day

29 January

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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 (1) Launched (3) Commissioned (3)
No U-boat orders on this date1943: U-10051942: U-613, U-614
1943: U-344
1941: U-152
1942: U-607
1945: U-3509
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-51KnorrEika 1,503   nw
 U-106OestenSesostris 2,962   agSC-19
 U-93KorthAikaterini 4,929   grSC-19
 U-93KorthKing Robert 5,886   brSC-19
 U-93KorthW.B. Walker 10,468   brSC-19
 U-94KuppischWest Wales 4,353   brSC-19
 U-132VogelsangUSCGC Alexander Hamilton (WPG 34) 2,216   amHX-170
 U-431DommesHMS Sotra 313   brTA-21
 U-255RecheUfa 1,892   sj
 U-188LüddenOlga E. Embiricos 4,677   grCB-7
* 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-101. 04.16 hrs, North Atlantic west of Ireland: gunfire from a destroyer forced U-101 to dive as she was attempting to attack convoy SC 19. Three depth charges launched subsequently caused no damage. (Ritschel)


U-592. The boat was seriously damaged by a very determined attack from a B-24 Liberator (USN VB/100, H.H. Budd). The aircraft was also damaged, but the U-boat dived and escaped. After radioing in this encounter in, U-592 was hunted down by F. J. 'Johnny' Walker's famous Support Group 2 using Enigma intelligence, and sunk on January 31. (Blair, vol 2, page 488)


U-636. U-636 was shelled by a German coastal battery off Stavanger, Norway, but suffered no damage.

U-boats lost

1944: U-364 +
1945: U-480 +, U-763

97 men died when those 3 U-boats were lost on this date.
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


A lookout broke his arm in rough seas west of Bantry Bay, Ireland.

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Horst Günther (1922), Heinrich Liebe (1908), Hans Möglich (1916), Hans Umlauf (1918).

The following men died on this day:
Horst Degen (1996), Hans-Joachim Förster (1945), Paul-Heinrich Sass (1944), Hermann Schrenk (1985), Ernst-Werner Schwirley (1975).

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 29 January

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-17
From Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-15 (lost 2 days later), U-26, U-59

U-boats entering base:
To Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-23 (12 days)


U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-203 (36 days)


U-boats entering base:
To Kaafjord U-302 (20 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-355 (4 days), U-629 (38 days)
To Skjomenfjord U-622 (33 days)


From Brest, France: U-424 (lost 14 days later)
From Hammerfest, Norway: U-278
From Kiel, Germany: U-802
From Konstanza, Rumania: U-18
From Pola: U-407
From St. Nazaire, France: U-437, U-586, U-608

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-973 (4 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-976 (66 days)


From Horten, Norway: U-1022, U-1064, U-1279 (lost 30 days later), U-2324

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-880 (7 days)
To Kiel, Germany: U-290 (29 days)
To Kristiansand U-327 (2 days)

U-boats at sea on 29 January

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


U-10, U-13, U-15 (+), U-17, U-20, U-21, U-24, U-25, U-26, U-31, U-34, U-37, U-41 (+), U-44, U-48, U-51, U-55 (+), U-56, U-58, U-59, U-61.
21 boats at sea.


U-48, U-52, U-93, U-94, U-101, U-103, U-105, U-106, U-107, U-123.
10 boats at sea.


U-66, U-67, U-73, U-81, U-82 (+), U-84, U-85, U-86, U-87, U-94, U-97, U-98, U-103, U-105, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-109, U-123, U-125, U-128, U-129, U-130, U-132, U-135, U-156, U-161, U-205, U-213, U-331, U-332, U-333, U-352, U-372, U-375, U-402, U-404, U-431, U-432, U-435, U-453, U-454, U-455, U-502, U-504, U-505, U-553, U-561, U-563, U-564, U-565, U-566, U-572, U-575, U-576, U-581 (+), U-582, U-584, U-585, U-586, U-587, U-588, U-591, U-654, U-701, U-751, U-753, U-754.
68 boats at sea.


U-19, U-24, U-43, U-66, U-69 (+), U-71, U-77, U-83, U-87 (+), U-89, U-96, U-105, U-108, U-117, U-118, U-123, U-124, U-125, U-135, U-156 (+), U-160, U-175, U-176, U-182 (+), U-186, U-187 (+), U-201 (+), U-202, U-214, U-217, U-218, U-223, U-226, U-255, U-257, U-258, U-260, U-262, U-264, U-265 (+), U-266, U-267, U-268 (+), U-303, U-332, U-333, U-358, U-381, U-383, U-384, U-402, U-403, U-404, U-407, U-413, U-414, U-431, U-436, U-438, U-439, U-442 (+), U-444, U-453, U-454, U-456, U-459, U-460, U-465, U-466, U-504, U-506, U-509, U-510, U-511, U-514, U-516, U-518, U-521, U-522 (+), U-525, U-558, U-571, U-572, U-575, U-584, U-594, U-596, U-598, U-606 (+), U-607, U-608, U-609 (+), U-613, U-614, U-617, U-620 (+), U-624 (+), U-625, U-631, U-632, U-653, U-657, U-662, U-704, U-706, U-707, U-752, U-753, U-755.
109 boats at sea.


U-18, U-24, U-66 (+), U-91 (+), U-123, U-129, U-177 (+), U-178, U-188, U-193, U-212, U-223, U-230, U-238 (+), U-256, U-257 (+), U-260, U-278, U-281, U-283 (+), U-302, U-309, U-312, U-313, U-314 (+), U-371, U-386 (+), U-390, U-406 (+), U-407, U-413, U-424 (+), U-425, U-437, U-441, U-453, U-455, U-471, U-510, U-516, U-518, U-530, U-532, U-539, U-545 (+), U-546, U-547, U-549, U-586, U-592 (+), U-601, U-608, U-636, U-650, U-666 (+), U-709 (+), U-714, U-716, U-731, U-737, U-739, U-762 (+), U-763, U-764, U-802, U-845 (+), U-846, U-852 (+), U-953, U-956, U-957, U-960, U-963, U-965, U-967, U-969, U-981, U-984, U-985, U-989, U-990, U-1062, UIT-22 (+).
83 boats at sea.


U-195, U-242, U-244, U-245, U-275, U-278, U-285, U-286, U-293, U-299, U-300 (+), U-307, U-313, U-325, U-348, U-370, U-427, U-475, U-485, U-510, U-532, U-636, U-676 (+), U-680, U-739, U-745 (+), U-764, U-806, U-825, U-843, U-861, U-862, U-868, U-869 (+), U-870, U-905, U-907, U-963, U-992, U-1001, U-1004, U-1009, U-1014 (+), U-1017, U-1018 (+), U-1055, U-1058, U-1203, U-1208 (+), U-1230, U-1231, U-1232, U-1233, U-1276 (+), U-1279 (+), U-2324, UIT-24.
57 boats at sea.

General Events on 29 January


U-51 was forced to return to base by technical problems.


U-466 was forced to return to base by serious technical problems.


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