Events on this day

30 April

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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 (8) Commissioned (3)
No U-boat orders on this date1942: U-280, U-741
1943: U-1020, U-1170
1941: U-453, U-454, U-575, U-576
1942: U-358, U-447, U-524
1944: U-2322
1941: U-501
1942: U-464, U-620
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-107HesslerLassell 7,417   brOB-309
 U-162WattenbergAthelempress 8,941   brOS-25
 U-402ForstnerAshkhabad 5,284   sj
 U-456TeichertHMS Edinburgh (16) (d)11,500   brQP-11
 U-507SchachtFederal 2,881   am
 U-576HeinickeTaborfjell 1,339   nw
 U-515HenkeBandar Shahpour 5,236   brTS-37
 U-515HenkeCorabella 5,682   brTS-37
 U-515HenkeKota Tjandi 7,295   nlTS-37
 U-515HenkeNagina 6,551   brTS-37
 U-307HerrleWilliam S. Thayer 7,176   amRA-59
* 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

1943: U-227 +
1945: U-1107 +, U-857 +, U-879 +, U-325 +, U-326 +

292 men died when those 6 U-boats were lost on this date. 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, 30 April.

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Hans-Heinrich Baden (1915), Helmut Hennig (1914), Werner Pietzsch (1917), Heinrich Schreiber (1917), Heinrich Timm (1910), Walter Wichmann (1919), Josef Will (1906).

The following men died on this day:
Helmut Dauter (1987), Erwin Dohrn (1945), Hans-Joachim Kuhn (1983), Jürgen Kuntze (1943), Erwin Manchen (1945), Peter Matthes (1945), Fritz Parduhn (1945), Rudolf Premauer (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 30 April

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.


U-boats entering base:
To Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-34 ( days)


From Bergen, Norway: U-454
From Kiel, Germany: U-157
From La Pallice: U-432

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-203 ( days)
To Kiel, Germany: U-584 ( days)
To Salamis, Greece: U-565 ( days)


U-boats entering base:
To Hammerfest, Norway: U-354 ( days), U-711 ( days)
To Lorient, France: U-155 ( days)
To Pola U-596 ( days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-437 ( days), U-445 ( days)
To Trondheim, Norway: U-646 ( days)


From Kristiansand: U-241
From Lorient, France: U-107, U-547
From Pola: U-453 (lost 22 days later)
From Toulon, France: U-616 (lost 18 days later)


U-boats entering base:
To Kristiansand U-977 ( days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-997 ( days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-255 ( days)
To Stavanger, Norway: U-2322 ( days)

U-boats at sea on 30 April

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-14, U-17, U-23, U-24, U-25, U-29, U-30, U-57, U-58, U-59, U-61, U-65, U-101, UA.
15 boats at sea.


U-38, U-52, U-75, U-94, U-95, U-96, U-101, U-103, U-105, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-110 (+), U-123, U-124, U-141, U-143, U-147, U-201, U-552, U-553.
21 boats at sea.


U-66, U-69, U-74 (+), U-83, U-84, U-86, U-88, U-96, U-97, U-98, U-103, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-109, U-116, U-123, U-125, U-126, U-128, U-130, U-135, U-136, U-154, U-155, U-156, U-157, U-159, U-161, U-162, U-172, U-201, U-213, U-251, U-333, U-352 (+), U-371, U-375, U-376, U-378, U-402, U-405, U-432, U-436, U-437, U-455, U-456, U-459, U-502 (+), U-505, U-506, U-507, U-553, U-558, U-561, U-562, U-564, U-566, U-571, U-572, U-573, U-575, U-576, U-582, U-588, U-589, U-593, U-594, U-653, U-654, U-703, U-751, U-752, U-753.
74 boats at sea.


U-9, U-19, U-66, U-68, U-71, U-84, U-89 (+), U-91, U-92, U-97, U-103, U-105 (+), U-107, U-108, U-109 (+), U-117, U-119 (+), U-123, U-125 (+), U-126 (+), U-128 (+), U-129, U-134, U-154, U-160, U-161, U-168, U-176 (+), U-177, U-178, U-180, U-181, U-182 (+), U-183, U-185, U-186 (+), U-188, U-192 (+), U-195, U-196, U-197 (+), U-198, U-202 (+), U-209 (+), U-212, U-217 (+), U-218, U-223, U-226, U-230, U-231, U-257, U-258 (+), U-260, U-262, U-264, U-266 (+), U-267, U-270, U-304 (+), U-306, U-340, U-358, U-359, U-371, U-377, U-378, U-381 (+), U-383, U-386, U-402, U-403, U-404, U-406, U-407, U-410, U-413, U-415, U-418 (+), U-436 (+), U-438 (+), U-439 (+), U-447 (+), U-448, U-453, U-454, U-456 (+), U-459, U-460, U-461, U-465 (+), U-466, U-468, U-487, U-504, U-506, U-509, U-514, U-515, U-516, U-525, U-528 (+), U-531 (+), U-532, U-533, U-552, U-561, U-565, U-569 (+), U-571, U-575, U-584, U-586, U-598, U-600, U-601, U-607, U-610, U-613, U-614, U-616, U-618, U-621, U-625, U-628, U-630 (+), U-631, U-634, U-638 (+), U-645, U-648, U-650, U-659 (+), U-662, U-664, U-703, U-706, U-707, U-709, U-731, U-732, U-752 (+), U-760, U-952, U-954 (+).
145 boats at sea.


U-9, U-19, U-66 (+), U-92, U-129, U-155, U-170, U-178, U-181, U-188, U-190, U-196, U-198 (+), U-218, U-230, U-267, U-276, U-277 (+), U-278, U-289, U-307, U-312, U-313, U-315, U-348, U-354, U-371 (+), U-385, U-387, U-407, U-453 (+), U-473 (+), U-505, U-518, U-537, U-541, U-543 (+), U-547, U-548, U-565, U-616 (+), U-636, U-667, U-672, U-674 (+), U-703, U-711, U-731 (+), U-736, U-739, U-741, U-765 (+), U-802, U-843, U-846 (+), U-852 (+), U-853, U-859 (+), U-860 (+), U-861, U-955 (+), U-959 (+), U-960 (+), U-967, U-1222 (+).
65 boats at sea.


U-190, U-218, U-234, U-244, U-245, U-249, U-278, U-287 (+), U-293, U-295, U-312, U-313, U-320 (+), U-363, U-427, U-481, U-485, U-516, U-530, U-532, U-541, U-711, U-739, U-764, U-776, U-802, U-805, U-825, U-826, U-853 (+), U-858, U-873, U-881 (+), U-889, U-901, U-907, U-956, U-963, U-968, U-979 (+), U-1009, U-1010, U-1023, U-1057, U-1058, U-1105, U-1109, U-1163, U-1165, U-1228, U-1231, U-1272, U-1277 (+), U-1305, U-2324.
55 boats at sea.

General Events on 30 April


U-456 torpedoed the British heavy cruiser HMS Edinburgh, causing severe damage. She was then put under tow, and was thus helpless when caught and torpedoed again by German destroyers, and had to be scuttled to prevent possible capture.


U-955 landed espionage agents Ernst Fresenius, Sigurður Juliusson and Hjalti Björnsson on Iceland.


The first Type XXI boat on active service On 16 March U-2511 left Kiel as part of a combat flotilla, the first Type XXI U-boat to do so. On the evening of 30 April, as Hitler committed suicide in Berlin, U-2511 set out from Bergen on her first and last patrol. On 1 May U-2511 made her first enemy contact. On 4 May Korvkpt. Schnee received Dönitz's cease-fire order. A few hours later U-2511 followed an HE (passive sonar) contact to the British cruiser HMS Norfolk, which was proceeding in company with other British warships. U-2511 approached to within 500 m (547 yds) without any Asdic (active sonar) contact from escorting destroyers. Schnee claimed he had a certain opportunity to torpedo the cruiser, but left the scene without revealing his presence and returned to base. U-2511 reached Bergen on 5 May, where a few days later Schnee met officers from HMS Norfolk, who at first refused to believe that U-2511 could have gotten so close without being detected.


The ex-U-511, the Japanese RO-500, was scuttled by US Navy at Maizuru.


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