Events on this day

2 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 (0) Laid down (1) Launched (7) Commissioned (4)
No U-boat orders on this date1944: U-30171941: U-175
1942: U-273
1943: U-243, U-244, U-1195, U-1196
1944: U-2511
1942: U-527, U-710
1943: U-861, U-994
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-46EndrassThornlea 4,261   brOB-206
 U-47PrienVille de Mons 7,463   be
 U-19OhlenburgBTSC-410 Vzryv (No 25) 441   sj
* 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-256. Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:
British Whitley bomber Z9515 (77 Sqn RAF/H, pilot P/O A. Cassie)

08.30 hrs, Bay of Biscay: the Whitley (misidentified as a Wellington) strafed the inbound U-256 and dropped two or three bombs that fell some 15m (50ft) astern. The Germans observed flak hits on the cockpit and saw the aircraft fly off very low leaving a smoke trail. Its crew sent an SOS and probably ditched. The crew of five was lost. U-256 was badly damaged and limped into Lorient the next day; some damage to the deck was apparently caused by one of the aircraft propellers.


U-boats lost

1942: U-222
1944: U-394 +

92 men died when those 2 U-boats were lost on this date. 3 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

There were no men lost from U-boats on this date, 2 September.

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Ernst Sobe (1904).

The following men died on this day:
Wolfgang Borger (1944).

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 2 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.


From Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-13, U-16, U-24

U-boats entering base:
To Memel U-57 (8 days)
To Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-31 (7 days)


From Lorient, France: U-58
From Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-29


From St. Nazaire, France: U-94
From Trondheim, Norway: U-572


From La Spezia, Italy: U-431
From Lorient, France: U-128

U-boats entering base:
To Kristiansand U-221 (2 days)


From Brest, France: U-584 (lost days later)
From Hammerfest, Norway: U-307

U-boats entering base:
To La Pallice U-262 (41 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-340 (59 days)


From Narvik, Norway: U-921

U-boats entering base:
To Horten, Norway: U-483 (3 days), U-1227 (3 days)
To Kiel, Germany: U-294 (3 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-363 (30 days), U-997 (28 days)

U-boats at sea on 2 September

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


U-5, U-6, U-7, U-9, U-12, U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19, U-20, U-21, U-22, U-23, U-24, U-26, U-27 (+), U-28, U-29, U-30, U-33, U-34, U-37, U-38, U-39 (+), U-40, U-41, U-45, U-46, U-47, U-48, U-52, U-53, U-56, U-58, U-59.
38 boats at sea.


U-28, U-32, U-38, U-46, U-47, U-56, U-57 (+), U-58, U-59, U-60, U-61, U-65, U-101, U-124.
14 boats at sea.


U-38, U-43, U-66, U-69, U-71, U-73, U-77, U-81, U-82, U-83, U-84, U-85, U-94, U-95, U-96, U-98, U-101, U-105, U-106, U-108, U-111 (+), U-125, U-141, U-143, U-202, U-206, U-207 (+), U-432, U-433, U-451, U-501 (+), U-553, U-557, U-558, U-561, U-562, U-563, U-565, U-566, U-567, U-568, U-569, U-572, U-652, U-751, U-752.
46 boats at sea.


U-66, U-68, U-69, U-73, U-86, U-87, U-88 (+), U-91, U-92, U-96, U-98, U-107, U-108, U-109, U-125, U-128, U-130, U-135, U-155, U-156, U-159, U-162 (+), U-163, U-164, U-165 (+), U-171 (+), U-172, U-173, U-174, U-175, U-176, U-179 (+), U-203, U-205, U-211, U-214, U-216 (+), U-217, U-218, U-251, U-255, U-256, U-258, U-259, U-331, U-333, U-373, U-375, U-377, U-380, U-403, U-404, U-405, U-406, U-407, U-409, U-410, U-411, U-431, U-432, U-438, U-440, U-455, U-456, U-457, U-459, U-460, U-462, U-463, U-504, U-506, U-507, U-508, U-509, U-510, U-511, U-512 (+), U-513, U-514, U-515, U-516, U-517, U-553, U-558, U-559, U-564, U-565, U-566, U-569, U-572, U-584, U-590, U-594, U-596, U-598, U-599 (+), U-600, U-601, U-604, U-605, U-608, U-609, U-617, U-618, U-658, U-659, U-660, U-703, U-705 (+), U-752, U-753, U-755, UD-5.
113 boats at sea.


U-9, U-18, U-23, U-86, U-107, U-123, U-129, U-161 (+), U-168, U-170, U-172, U-177, U-181, U-183, U-188, U-196, U-198, U-214, U-229 (+), U-230, U-255, U-257, U-260, U-269, U-274, U-277, U-302, U-305, U-307, U-338 (+), U-341 (+), U-354, U-355, U-360, U-371, U-380, U-382, U-386, U-406, U-407, U-415, U-445, U-460 (+), U-508, U-515, U-518, U-532, U-533 (+), U-536 (+), U-584 (+), U-596, U-600, U-617 (+), U-618, U-621, U-629, U-645, U-653, U-666, U-669 (+), U-703, U-711, U-731, U-737, U-757, U-758, U-760, U-956.
68 boats at sea.


U-19, U-20, U-23, U-92, U-170, U-190, U-195, U-218, U-219, U-228, U-244, U-245, U-248, U-262, U-275, U-278, U-285, U-296, U-309, U-315, U-362 (+), U-398, U-407, U-425, U-437, U-479, U-480, U-482, U-484 (+), U-516, U-518, U-530, U-534, U-539, U-541, U-546, U-547, U-548, U-565, U-636, U-650, U-679, U-680, U-703, U-714, U-739, U-743, U-758, U-763, U-764, U-772, U-802, U-804, U-853, U-855, U-857, U-858, U-859 (+), U-861, U-862, U-863 (+), U-871 (+), U-925 (+), U-953, U-956, U-957, U-963, U-968, U-979, U-985, U-989, U-992, U-993, U-995, U-1001, U-1004, U-1062 (+), U-1221, U-1223.
79 boats at sea.

General Events on 2 September


The "Destroyers for bases" agreement between Britain and USA. Britain received 50 obsolete American destroyers in return for the use of several Caribbean and Newfoundland bases.


Convoy PQ 18 sailed from Scotland.

During training in the Baltic Sea U-626 collided with U-222 which sank west of Pillau, in position 54.25N, 19.30E.


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