Events on this day

27 May

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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 (2) Launched (3) Commissioned (2)
No U-boat orders on this date1940: U-379
1944: U-3003
1942: U-631, U-632
1944: U-327
1943: U-980
1944: U-881
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-37OehrnSheaf Mead 5,008   br
 U-37OehrnUruguay 3,425   ar
 U-107HesslerColonial 5,108   brOB-318
 U-106RaschAtenas (d)4,639   am
 U-172EmmermannAthelknight 8,940   brOS-28
 U-558KrechJack 2,622   am
 U-578RehwinkelPolyphemus 6,269   nl
 U-753Manhardt von MannsteinHamlet 6,578   nw
 U-181LüthSicilia 1,633   sw
* 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]

U-boats lost

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.

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Hans-Hermann Fitting (1920), Hans-Heino Franke (1921), Burkhard Heusinger von Waldegg (1920), Walter Jäger (1897), Ewald Pick (1912).

The following men died on this day:
Rolf Bahn (1997), Karl-Hermann Bortfeldt (1975), Werner Schmidt (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 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.


From Kiel, Germany: U-58
From Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-29

U-boats entering base:
To Trondheim, Norway: U-26 (5 days)


U-boats entering base:
To Lorient, France: U-138 (16 days)


From Brest, France: U-202

U-boats entering base:
To Aarhus U-123 (2 days)
To Brest, France: U-89 (14 days)
To Lorient, France: U-66 (68 days)
To Skjomenfjord U-436 (16 days)


From Bergen, Norway: U-586
From Kiel, Germany: U-170, U-450, U-669


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-8, U-9, U-13 (+), U-28, U-29, U-37, U-43, U-48, U-56, U-58, U-60, U-62, U-101.
13 boats at sea.


U-38, U-43, U-46, U-48, U-66, U-69, U-73, U-74, U-93, U-94, U-97, U-98, U-103, U-105, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-109, U-111, U-147 (+), U-204, U-552, U-556, U-557, U-561, UA.
26 boats at sea.


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.


U-530, U-977, U-1277 (+).
3 boats at sea.

General Events on 27 May


The German battleship Bismarck was sunk by HMS King George V and HMS Rodney.


Former German U-boats U-18 & U-24 were scuttled south of Sevastopol in the Black Sea by torpedoes from Soviet submarine M-120.


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