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 (3)||Commissioned (2)|
|No U-boat orders on this date||1940: U-379 |
|1942: U-631, U-632 |
|1943: U-980 |
|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|
|U-753||Manhardt von Mannstein||Hamlet||6,578||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-552. Mid-Atlantic: a British B-24 Liberator bomber (59 Sqn RAF, pilot H.A.L. Moran) made two passes before the boat escaped, dropping a total of eight depth charges. Despite severe damage, the boat survived and managed to reach port on June 13. (Blair, vol 2, page 340)
U-594. 21.50 hrs, vicinity of convoy SL 129: the boat was attacked by a British B-24 Liberator bomber (224 Sqn RAF/T, pilot F/S J.S. Edwards). The aircraft (misidentified as a Lancaster) had to abandon its first attack as the depth charges failed to release. Flak damaged the the inner port engine and nose. U-594 dived and escaped unscathed after six depth charges overshot astern in a second attack. (Franks/Zimmerman)
U-24. The boat fought a surface battle with two Soviet patrol boats SW of Poti in the Black Sea. One man was killed and two wounded. [Matrosenobergefreiter Johann Wölbitsch]
1944: U-292 +
51 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, 27 May.
- 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 27 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.
U-boats entering base:
To Lorient, France: U-138 (16 days)
From Arendal: U-247
From Bergen, Norway: U-862
From Kiel, Germany: U-233 (lost 40 days later), U-677, U-678, U-715, U-771, U-1061
From Marviken: U-363
U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-671 (2 days), U-958 (6 days)
To Brest, France: U-441 (8 days), U-984 (6 days)
To Lorient, France: U-170 (109 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-344 (8 days)
U-boats at sea on 27 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-67, U-68, U-69, U-81, U-83, U-87, 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-129, U-130, U-134, U-135, U-153, U-155, U-156, U-157 (+), U-158 (+), U-159, U-161, U-162, U-172, U-202, U-205, U-209, U-213, U-214, U-251, U-331, U-332, U-373, U-377, U-404, U-406, U-431, U-432, U-453, U-455, U-502 (+), U-504, U-506, U-507, U-553, U-558, U-559, U-564, U-565, U-566, U-568 (+), U-569, U-578, U-584, U-586, U-588, U-590, U-591, U-593, U-594, U-652 (+), U-653, U-701 (+), U-703, U-751, U-753.
74 boats at sea.
U-9, U-18, U-66, U-67 (+), U-91, U-92, U-105 (+), U-118 (+), U-119 (+), U-123, U-126 (+), U-129, U-154, U-161, U-170, U-177, U-178, U-180, U-181, U-190, U-193, U-195, U-196, U-197 (+), U-198, U-199 (+), U-202 (+), U-211, U-214, U-217 (+), U-218, U-221, U-228, U-229, U-231, U-232 (+), U-251, U-264, U-304 (+), U-305, U-336, U-340, U-341, U-354, U-377, U-378, U-403, U-407, U-409, U-413, U-418 (+), U-431, U-435 (+), U-440 (+), U-450, U-458, U-459, U-460, U-461, U-468, U-488, U-504, U-511, U-513 (+), U-515, U-521 (+), U-527 (+), U-535 (+), U-552, U-558 (+), U-561, U-575, U-594 (+), U-603, U-607, U-608, U-621, U-625, U-636, U-639, U-641, U-642, U-645, U-650, U-664, U-666, U-667, U-669, U-707, U-711, U-731, U-755 (+), U-758, U-760, U-951 (+), U-952, U-953.
97 boats at sea.
U-9, U-18, U-23, U-24, U-107, U-129, U-155, U-181, U-183, U-188, U-190, U-196, U-198 (+), U-233 (+), U-269, U-289 (+), U-307, U-347, U-348, U-362, U-385, U-387, U-425, U-471, U-477 (+), U-490 (+), U-505, U-516, U-530, U-534, U-537, U-539, U-541, U-543 (+), U-547, U-548, U-549 (+), U-586, U-668, U-719 (+), U-737, U-742, U-764, U-767 (+), U-843, U-853, U-857, U-859 (+), U-860 (+), U-861, U-952, U-953, U-955 (+), U-957, U-988 (+), U-997, U-1060, U-1061, U-1191 (+), U-1222 (+).
60 boats at sea.
General Events on 27 May
The German battleship Bismarck was sunk by HMS King George V and HMS Rodney.
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