Events on this day
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 date||1940: U-357 |
|No boats launched on this date||1942: U-520 |
|These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.|
Allied Ships hit on this date
|U-boat||Commander||Name of ship||Tons||Country||Convoy|
|* 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)
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.
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 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-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.
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.
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