Events on this day

30 November

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U-boat Shipyard report

Ordered (0) Laid down (4) Launched (2) Commissioned (2)
No U-boat orders on this date1940: U-460
1942: U-246, U-1224
1944: U-2548
1941: U-91
1944: U-3022
1935: U-13
1943: U-1002
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-101MengersenAracataca 5,378   br
 U-43LüthAshby 4,868   brOS-12
 U-177GysaeLlandaff Castle 10,799   br
 U-181LüthCleanthis 4,153   gr
 U-68LauzemisFort de Vaux 5,186   fr
* 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-71. The target of the depth charge attack on 30 Nov. 1941 in the Bay of Biscay west of Nantes, France in position 46.55N, 07.16W by a British Whitley bomber (RAF Sqdn 502/B), formerly credited with sinking U-206, was in fact U-71, which escaped unscathed. (1991-08-01, FDS/NHB)

U-96. While penetrating the Straits of Gibraltar, U-96 was attacked at 2235hrs by a British Swordfish aircraft. Suffering some damage, the boat dived, surfaced the next morning at 0445hrs, and proceeded to base in France. The much longer and more dramatic stay in the deep described by Buchheim in his novel Das Boot is one of the numerous occasions in this book where the author fictionalized the events he experienced during his time as war correspondent on U-96. (Blair, vol 1, page 401)

U-563. Bay of Biscay, outbound from Brest, France: the boat was attacked by a British Whitley bomber (502 Sqn RAF, pilot W.W. Cave), which dropped six depth charges that damaged to boat so much she was unable to dive. The aircraft then strafed the boat, wounding the commander in the shoulder. U-563 reached Lorient on 3 Dec, but was so severely damaged she had to return to Germany to be rebuilt. (Blair, vol 1, page 401)

U-43. After sinking two British merchantmen from convoy OS 12, the boat was driven under and depth charged for several hours, but managed to escape unharmed. (Blair, vol 1, page 409)


U-238. Avenger from the escort carrier USS Bogue attacked, killing two men and wounding five. [Matrosenobergefreiter Jakob Philipp]

U-967. While inbound in the Bay of Biscay an unidentified aircraft attacked the boat, which again escaped unharmed. The boat put into St. Nazaire the next day. (Blair, vol 2, page 441)

U-boats lost

1941: U-206 +

46 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, 30 November.

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Franz Barsch (1911), Hans Cohausz (1907), Theodor Fahr (1909), Rudolf Heinz Franke (1915), Otto Hinrichs (1913), Herbert Meyer (1910), Ludwig Schaafhausen (1917).

The following men died on this day:
Heinz-Wilhelm Eck (1945), Herbert Opitz (1941), Johann Reckhoff (1985), Hermann Zander (1987).

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 November

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-59

U-boats entering base:
To Kiel, Germany: U-53 ( days)


From Bergen, Norway: U-435
From Brest, France: U-214
From La Pallice: U-432
From Narvik, Norway: U-625
From St. Nazaire, France: U-609

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-626 ( days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-354 ( days)


From Kiel, Germany: U-972 (lost 16 days later)
From Pola: U-596

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-214 ( days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-360 ( days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-552 ( days)


From Batavia: U-196 (lost 2 days later)
From Narvik, Norway: U-992, U-995

U-boats at sea on 30 November

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


U-21, U-26, U-28, U-29, U-31, U-38, U-41, U-43, U-47, U-48, U-56, U-58, U-59, U-61.
14 boats at sea.


U-29, U-37, U-43, U-47, U-52, U-65, U-94, U-95, U-99, U-101, U-103, U-138, U-140.
13 boats at sea.


U-43, U-67, U-68, U-69, U-79, U-81, U-96, U-105, U-124, U-126, U-127, U-129, U-131 (+), U-201, U-205, U-331, U-332, U-372, U-375, U-402, U-431, U-434 (+), U-451, U-453, U-557, U-558, U-559, U-562, U-563, U-565, U-574 (+), U-575, U-584, U-652, U-752, UA.
36 boats at sea.


U-9, U-24, U-43, U-67, U-68, U-77, U-81, U-83, U-84, U-86, U-91, U-92, U-103, U-105, U-106, U-109, U-118, U-124, U-126, U-128, U-129, U-130, U-134, U-135, U-154, U-155, U-159, U-160, U-161, U-163, U-164 (+), U-172, U-174, U-176, U-177, U-178, U-181, U-183, U-185, U-209, U-211, U-212, U-214, U-217, U-221, U-224, U-254 (+), U-262, U-264, U-332, U-334, U-336, U-373, U-375, U-376, U-378, U-380, U-383, U-405, U-432, U-435, U-439, U-443, U-445, U-453, U-454, U-455, U-460, U-461, U-462, U-465, U-504, U-505, U-507 (+), U-508, U-510, U-513, U-515, U-518, U-519, U-521, U-522, U-524, U-552, U-553, U-561, U-562, U-564, U-565, U-566, U-569, U-586, U-592, U-593, U-600, U-601, U-603, U-604, U-606, U-608, U-609, U-610, U-611 (+), U-615, U-618, U-623, U-624, U-628, U-653, U-657, U-663, U-752, U-753, U-758, UD-3.
115 boats at sea.


U-9, U-19, U-20, U-68, U-92, U-103, U-107, U-129, U-154, U-155, U-170, U-172 (+), U-178, U-190, U-193, U-212, U-218, U-219, U-223, U-228, U-230, U-238, U-262, U-269, U-275, U-277, U-284 (+), U-307, U-311, U-333, U-354, U-358, U-364 (+), U-387, U-391 (+), U-407, U-415, U-421, U-424, U-445, U-453, U-471, U-488, U-510, U-515, U-516, U-518, U-530, U-537, U-541, U-543, U-544 (+), U-586, U-596, U-616, U-618, U-625, U-629, U-636, U-653, U-667, U-672, U-713, U-714, U-734, U-741, U-757, U-761, U-764, U-801, U-843, U-850 (+), U-962, U-963, U-967, U-969, U-972 (+), U-976, U-981.
79 boats at sea.


U-170, U-181, U-195, U-196 (+), U-219, U-286, U-293, U-295, U-296, U-297 (+), U-299, U-300, U-310, U-313, U-315, U-318, U-322 (+), U-363, U-365 (+), U-387 (+), U-396, U-400 (+), U-475, U-481, U-485, U-486, U-510, U-637, U-650, U-668, U-679 (+), U-680, U-772 (+), U-775, U-806, U-862, U-870, U-877 (+), U-958, U-965, U-978, U-979, U-991, U-992, U-995, U-997, U-1003, U-1053, U-1163, U-1202, U-1209 (+), U-1223, U-1227, U-1228, U-1230, U-1231, U-1232.
57 boats at sea.

General Events on 30 November


U-653 transferred a medical case to U-118 in mid Atlantic.

U-657 set up an automatic weather station on Bear Island in the Barents Sea.


U-713 set up an automatic weather station on Bear Island in the Barents Sea.


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