Events on this day

25 September

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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 (42) Laid down (5) Launched (5) Commissioned (3)
1939: U-137, U-138, U-139, U-140, U-141, U-142, U-143, U-144, U-145, U-146, U-147, U-148, U-149, U-150, U-151, U-152, U-153, U-154, U-155, U-156, U-157, U-158, U-161, U-162, U-163, U-164, U-165, U-166, U-501, U-502, U-503, U-504, U-505, U-506, U-551, U-552, U-553, U-554, U-555, U-556, U-557, U-5581940: U-581, U-582
1944: U-2349, U-2528, U-3522
1936: U-31
1943: U-318, U-481, U-482, U-924
1941: U-158, U-589
1943: U-904
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date


 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
1939 
 U-36FröhlichSilesia 1,839   sw
1940 
 U-29SchuhartEurymedon 6,223   brOB-217
 U-32JenischMabriton 6,694   brOB-216
 U-43AmbrosiusSulairia 5,802   brOB-217
1941 
 U-124MohrEmpire Stream 2,922   brHG-73
1942 
 U-216SchultzBoston 4,989   brRB-1
 U-442HesseEmpire Bell 1,744   brUR-42
 U-96HellriegelNew York (d)4,989   brRB-1
1943 
 U-593KelblingUSS Skill (AM 115) 815   am
 36,017
* 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

1943

U-667. At 03.09 hours, the boat fought off an attack from a British Wellington (179 Sqn RAF/Q, pilot F/S R.W. Dix). Its depth charges hung up due to flak damage and further hits in the port engine and starboard wing forced the aircraft to return to base.

At 10.35 hours, another Wellington (Sqdn 179/R, pilot F/S D.J. McMahon) dropped six depth charges that fell close.

(Franks/Zimmerman)

U-667. Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:
British Wellington Mk.XIV (179 Sqn RAF/F, pilot S/L G.H.M. Riddell)

22.18 hrs, SW of Cape St Vincent, Portugal: After being hit by flak while dropping depth charges, the Wellington was seen to fly away with the Leigh Light still switched on, and later an SOS message was heard. It did not return from patrol and was reported missing with its crew of six.

(Franks/Zimmerman)


U-boats lost


1942: U-253 +

45 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

1944

U-1221
One man was lost overboard from the boat. It seems that he jumped overboard in the North Atlantic after a punishment for sleeping on the watch. [Matrosengefreiter Emil-Heinz Motyl]

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


Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Karl-Dietrich Benthin (1921), Jürgen Ebert (1916), Helmut Kandzior (1919), Joachim Sauerbier (1919).

The following men died on this day:
Adolf Friedrichs (1942).

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 25 September

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.


1940

Sailed:
From Lorient, France: U-38

U-boats entering base:
To Lorient, France: U-47 (30 days), U-48 (18 days), U-65 (29 days), U-99 (22 days), U-100 (15 days)


1941



U-boats entering base:
To St. Nazaire, France: U-433 (32 days)


1942


Sailed:
From Kristiansand: U-353 (lost 22 days later)

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-255 (13 days)
To Brest, France: U-92 (45 days)


1943


Sailed:
From Brest, France: U-92
From St. Nazaire, France: U-405, U-575, U-592, U-648
From Trondheim, Norway: U-309

U-boats entering base:
To St. Nazaire, France: U-437 (3 days), U-608 (3 days)
To Trondheim, Norway: U-302 (3 days)


1944


Sailed:
From Narvik, Norway: U-293, U-310, U-995
From Stavanger, Norway: U-427
From Tromsö, Norway: U-636

U-boats entering base:
To Batavia U-181 (3 days)
To Bergen, Norway: U-548 (46 days), U-763 (34 days)
To Windau U-717 (23 days)


U-boats at sea on 25 September

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

1939

U-4, U-7, U-12 (+), U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16, U-21, U-24, U-26, U-28, U-29, U-30, U-31, U-32, U-33, U-34, U-35, U-36, U-53.
20 boats at sea.

1940

U-29, U-31, U-32, U-37, U-38, U-43, U-46, U-60, U-61, U-103, U-123, U-137, U-138.
13 boats at sea.

1941

U-66, U-67, U-68, U-69, U-74, U-94, U-97, U-98, U-103, U-107, U-108, U-111 (+), U-124, U-125, U-126, U-132, U-201, U-203, U-204 (+), U-205, U-331, U-371, U-372, U-373, U-431, U-552, U-559, U-562, U-564, U-565, U-572, U-575.
32 boats at sea.

1942

U-43, U-66, U-67, U-68, U-69, U-87, U-91, U-96, U-106, U-107, U-109, U-116 (+), U-117, U-118, U-125, U-126, U-128, U-135, U-156, U-159, U-160, U-161, U-164, U-165 (+), U-171 (+), U-172, U-175, U-176, U-177, U-178, U-179 (+), U-181, U-183, U-201, U-202, U-211, U-212, U-214, U-216 (+), U-217, U-218, U-221, U-251, U-254, U-257, U-258, U-259, U-260, U-262, U-332, U-333, U-353 (+), U-356, U-373, U-375, U-378, U-380, U-382, U-404, U-406, U-407, U-408, U-410, U-411, U-431, U-432, U-435, U-437, U-441, U-442, U-453, U-455, U-459, U-460, U-461, U-504, U-506, U-507, U-511, U-512 (+), U-513, U-514, U-515, U-516, U-517, U-552, U-558, U-561, U-562, U-569, U-575, U-582 (+), U-584, U-590, U-592, U-594, U-595, U-596, U-597 (+), U-599 (+), U-606, U-607, U-610, U-615, U-617, U-618, U-619 (+), U-620, U-661 (+), U-662, U-703, U-706, U-753, U-755, UD-5.
115 boats at sea.

1943

U-20, U-68, U-81, U-91, U-92, U-103, U-107, U-123, U-155, U-161 (+), U-168, U-170, U-177, U-181, U-183, U-188, U-196, U-214, U-218, U-220 (+), U-221 (+), U-223, U-238, U-260, U-264, U-270, U-275, U-277, U-279 (+), U-305, U-307, U-309, U-336 (+), U-377, U-378 (+), U-386, U-387, U-389 (+), U-402 (+), U-405, U-410, U-419 (+), U-422 (+), U-448, U-455, U-460 (+), U-488, U-505, U-518, U-532, U-533 (+), U-536 (+), U-539, U-565, U-575, U-584 (+), U-592, U-593, U-601, U-603, U-610 (+), U-621, U-631 (+), U-641, U-643 (+), U-645, U-648, U-666, U-667, U-703, U-711, U-713, U-731, U-758, U-848 (+), U-952, U-956, U-960.
78 boats at sea.

1944

U-92, U-155, U-170, U-190, U-195, U-219, U-242, U-244, U-245, U-248, U-256, U-260, U-262, U-267, U-278, U-281, U-290, U-293, U-296, U-307, U-309, U-310, U-312, U-315, U-348, U-370, U-382, U-398, U-425, U-427, U-480, U-481, U-482, U-516, U-518, U-530, U-534, U-541, U-546, U-547, U-636, U-668, U-673, U-676, U-711, U-714, U-737, U-739, U-745, U-758, U-772, U-802, U-804, U-853, U-857, U-858, U-863 (+), U-871 (+), U-953, U-956, U-957, U-958, U-963, U-968, U-979, U-985, U-989, U-992, U-995, U-997, U-1001, U-1004, U-1062 (+), U-1165, U-1199, U-1221, U-1223, U-1227.
78 boats at sea.


General Events on 25 September

1941

During an action against convoy HG 73, two torpedoes from U-124 missed a British cruiser.


1942

U-66 put a medical case ashore at El Ferrol, Spain.


1943

U-364 was damaged in a collision with the tug Werner on the river Elbe.


U-387 put a ground reconnaissance team ashore on the north coast of Alexandra Land in the Franz Josef Archipelago in the Arctic west of Svalbard.


1944

U-711, U-739 & U-957 attacked and destroyed Sterlingova Soviet radio station on Nova Zemlaya. Five prisoners were taken.

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