Events on this day

19 December

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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 (3) Launched (3) Commissioned (3)
No U-boat orders on this date1939: U-70
1942: U-248, U-999
1942: U-389, U-425
1944: U-2356
1940: U-75, U-111
1942: U-235
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-60 [Mine]ScheweCity of Kobe 4,373   brFS-56
 U-37ClausenRhône 2,785   fr
 U-37ClausenSfax (Q 182) 1,379   fr
 U-108ScholtzRuckinge 2,869   brHG-76
 U-574GengelbachHMS Stanley (I 73) 1,190   brHG-76
 U-652FraatzVarlaam Avanesov 6,557   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-516. An unidentified aircraft attacked off Trinidad in the Caribbean, causing enough damage for the boat to seek fuel and assistance from other boats in the area and return to base. U-516 reached port on 26 Feb. 1944. (Blair, vol 2, page 462)

U-boats lost

1941: U-574
1944: U-737

59 men died when those 2 U-boats were lost on this date. 36 men survived.

Survivors from U-boats almost always landed in allied captivity.

- 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, 19 December.

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Götz Roth (1919).

The following men died on this day:
Arend Baumann (1985), Dietrich Gengelbach (1941), Hans-Heinrich Ketels (1993), Helmut Manseck (1997).

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 19 December

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-46

U-boats entering base:
To Kiel, Germany: U-59 (6 days), U-60 (8 days)


From Bergen, Norway: U-140


U-boats entering base:
To Messina, Italy: U-77 (10 days)


From Bergen, Norway: U-209, U-629
From Kiel, Germany: U-631
From Konstanza, Rumania: U-9
From La Pallice: U-620 (lost 57 days later)
From Lorient, France: U-662
From Narvik, Norway: U-354
From St. Nazaire, France: U-381

U-boats entering base:
To St. Nazaire, France: U-460 (39 days)


From Brest, France: U-309, U-731

U-boats entering base:
To Narvik, Norway: U-711 (2 days)


U-boats entering base:
To Bogenbucht U-318 (32 days), U-668 (28 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-293 (29 days)
To Trondheim, Norway: U-396 (60 days)

U-boats at sea on 19 December

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-22, U-46, U-48.
4 boats at sea.


U-37, U-38, U-52, U-65, U-94, U-95, U-96, U-100, U-124.
9 boats at sea.


U-67, U-68, U-71, U-74, U-83, U-86, U-107, U-108, U-124, U-125, U-128, U-129, U-133, U-202, U-371, U-374 (+), U-375, U-431, U-432, U-451 (+), U-502, U-559, U-562, U-565, U-566, U-567 (+), U-568, U-569, U-573, U-576, U-577, U-581, U-584, U-652, U-653, U-654, U-751, UA.
38 boats at sea.


U-9, U-67, U-81, U-86, U-91, U-92, U-103, U-105, U-106, U-109, U-123, U-124, U-125, U-126, U-128, U-129, U-130, U-134, U-135, U-154, U-155, U-159, U-161, U-163, U-164 (+), U-172, U-174, U-175, U-176, U-177, U-178, U-181, U-182 (+), U-183, U-185, U-203, U-211, U-212, U-214, U-217, U-221, U-225, U-260, U-336, U-354, U-356 (+), U-357 (+), U-371, U-373, U-375, U-380, U-381, U-384, U-406, U-409, U-410, U-432, U-435, U-436, U-439, U-440, U-441, U-443, U-444, U-445, U-455, U-461, U-463, U-465, U-506, U-507 (+), U-508, U-514, U-515, U-519, U-524, U-525, U-562, U-563, U-564, U-565, U-569, U-575, U-591, U-593, U-600, U-602, U-604, U-609, U-610, U-615, U-618, U-620 (+), U-621, U-623, U-628, U-631, U-653, U-657, U-659, U-662, U-663, U-664, U-706, U-757, U-758, UD-3.
107 boats at sea.


U-9, U-23, U-68, U-92, U-103, U-107, U-129, U-154, U-155, U-170, U-178, U-190, U-193, U-219, U-228, U-260, U-270, U-275, U-277, U-284 (+), U-302, U-305 (+), U-309, U-311, U-354, U-364 (+), U-377 (+), U-382, U-387, U-390, U-392, U-415, U-421, U-445, U-471, U-510, U-515, U-516, U-530, U-541, U-543, U-544 (+), U-545 (+), U-565, U-596, U-601, U-618, U-625, U-629, U-636, U-641, U-645 (+), U-653, U-667, U-672, U-716, U-731, U-734, U-741, U-744, U-758, U-761, U-763, U-801, U-846, U-850 (+), U-952, U-957, U-960, U-962, U-972, U-976, U-981, U-1060, U-1062.
75 boats at sea.


U-181, U-195, U-244, U-248 (+), U-278, U-286, U-296, U-299, U-312, U-322 (+), U-325, U-427, U-481, U-485, U-486, U-637, U-650 (+), U-679, U-680, U-722, U-773, U-775, U-806, U-843, U-862, U-869 (+), U-870, U-877 (+), U-905, U-956, U-979, U-991, U-995, U-997, U-1009, U-1053, U-1055, U-1202, U-1223, U-1227, U-1228, U-1230, U-1231, U-1232.
44 boats at sea.

General Events on 19 December


U-574 sunk by ramming and depth charges from the British sloop HMS Stork in the North Atlantic off Punta Delgada, Portugal. According to British interrogation of survivors, U-574 s commander, Oblt Gengelbach only agreed to surface for the crew to escape after a violent argument with the Engineering Officer, OL Lorentz. It was claimed OL Lorentz then shot himself after commencing scuttling. Oblt Gengelbach was seen to go below from the bridge and went down with his boat.


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