Events on this day
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 (14)||Launched (3)||Commissioned (6)|
|No U-boat orders on this date||1935: U-17 |
1939: U-116, U-117
1941: U-185, U-447, U-448, U-468, U-520, U-621, U-622
1942: U-284, U-926
|1935: U-2 |
|1941: U-131 |
1942: U-414, U-707
1944: U-822, U-2322
|These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.|
Allied Ships hit on this date
|U-boat||Commander||Name of ship||Tons||Country||Convoy|
|U-202||Linder||City of Birmingham||5,861||am|
|* 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-26. The sinking of U-26
On the evening of 30 June U-26 sighted convoy OA 175 SSW of Ireland, reported its position, and overtook the convoy to set up a night attack. Lookouts on the convoy commodore's ship had apparently sighted the U-boat shortly before it dived, and the sole escort, HMS Gladiolus (K 34) (LtCdr H.M.C. Sanders, RNR), went to investigate. At 01.18 hrs on 1 July the surfaced U-boat torpedoed the Zarian, causing the corvette to return at full speed. U-26 was unable to evade the approaching escort on the surface due to problems with the diesel engines, and was forced to dive. The Asdic operators on HMS Gladiolus got a firm contact at a range of 1200 yds (1097m) and she dropped the first depth charges only ten minutes after Zarian was hit, followed by a second pattern shortly afterwards. U-26 had dived to 80m (262ft) and suffered severe damage; one of the aft ballast tanks flooding uncontrollably and causing the U-boat to sink by the stern to a depth of 230m (755ft). The corvette made four more attacks, using up nearly all available depth charges, retaining only five, and then stopped amidst a large patch of diesel oil and waited for the U-boat to surface while calling for assistance. With the starboard electric motor and one compressor out of action, U-26 was finally forced to surface after six hours, only 800 yards from the corvette, but remained unseen and managed to escape undetected.
At 08.15 hrs, Sunderland Mk.I P9603 (10 Sqn RAAF/H, pilot F/L W.N. Gibson) sighted the fleeing U-26 and dropped four 250 lb (113 kg) anti-submarine bombs as it dived, forcing the U-boat to surface again almost at once. The Sunderland attacked again, dropping a second stick of four bombs that detonated about 40m (130ft) away. HMS Gladiolus had sighted a cloud of smoke from the U-boat diesels simultaneously with the aircraft and made for it at top speed, but HMS Rochester (L 50) (Cdr G.F. Renwick, RN), arriving from the dispersed convoy OB 174, was faster. Unable to dive, the crew of U-26 prepared the boat for scuttling and began to abandon ship, when the sloop approached, firing over their heads in an attempt to discourage them from scuttling. The LI was the last out as the boat went down by the stern. The entire crew was picked up by the sloop and taken prisoner.
1940: U-102 +, U-26
43 men died when those 2 U-boats were lost on this date. 48 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, 1 July.
- For more information on Men lost from U-boats check out this page.
The following men died on this day:
Harro von Klot-Heydenfeldt (1940).
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 1 July
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 Bergen, Norway: U-276, U-677
From Kiel, Germany: U-855, U-1061
From Kristiansand: U-999
From Tama: UIT-25
From Vallöy: U-637
U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-982 (3 days)
To Bogenbucht U-739 (2 days)
To Brest, France: U-212 (4 days)
To Kiel, Germany: U-242 (3 days), U-348 (6 days), U-370 (3 days), U-479 (4 days), U-679 (3 days)
To Kristiansand U-975 (2 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-921 (2 days), U-995 (2 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-672 (4 days)
U-boats at sea on 1 July
Boats entering port on this day are not counted, but boats departing for patrol are. (+) indicates the boat was lost during this patrol.
U-66, U-68, U-69, U-71, U-75, U-77, U-79, U-95, U-96, U-98, U-101, U-103, U-107, U-108, U-109, U-111, U-123, U-137, U-142, U-145, U-146, U-149, U-201, U-202, U-552, U-553, U-557, U-558, U-559, U-561, U-562, U-564, U-751, UA.
34 boats at sea.
U-66, U-67, U-68, U-77, U-84, U-87, U-88, U-89, U-90 (+), U-97, U-107, U-116, U-126, U-128, U-129, U-132, U-134, U-135, U-136 (+), U-153 (+), U-154, U-156, U-159, U-160, U-161, U-166 (+), U-171 (+), U-172, U-173, U-201, U-202, U-203, U-215 (+), U-251, U-255, U-332, U-334, U-355, U-372, U-373, U-375, U-376, U-379 (+), U-402, U-404, U-408, U-432, U-437, U-453, U-456, U-457, U-458, U-459, U-460, U-461, U-502 (+), U-504, U-505, U-508, U-509, U-562, U-571, U-572, U-575, U-576 (+), U-578, U-582, U-584, U-597, U-653, U-657, U-701 (+), U-703, U-704, U-754 (+).
75 boats at sea.
U-19, U-23, U-66, U-67 (+), U-81, U-84 (+), U-126 (+), U-134 (+), U-135 (+), U-154, U-155, U-159 (+), U-160 (+), U-170, U-172, U-177, U-178, U-180, U-181, U-185 (+), U-188, U-190, U-193, U-195, U-196, U-197 (+), U-198, U-199 (+), U-211, U-212, U-221, U-228, U-232 (+), U-257, U-270, U-271, U-277, U-302, U-306, U-333, U-336, U-341, U-358, U-359 (+), U-375, U-380, U-382, U-386, U-406, U-409 (+), U-415, U-420, U-435 (+), U-453, U-455, U-458, U-462, U-466, U-487 (+), U-488, U-505, U-508, U-510, U-511, U-513 (+), U-514 (+), U-518, U-527 (+), U-530, U-535 (+), U-536, U-558 (+), U-565, U-571, U-572 (+), U-586, U-590 (+), U-591 (+), U-592, U-593, U-598 (+), U-600, U-603, U-604 (+), U-608, U-615 (+), U-617, U-618, U-622, U-628 (+), U-634 (+), U-641, U-642, U-648, U-653, U-662 (+), U-666, U-667, U-669, U-732, U-759 (+), U-951 (+), U-953.
103 boats at sea.
U-19, U-20, U-107, U-129, U-154 (+), U-181, U-183, U-196, U-198 (+), U-214, U-218, U-233 (+), U-243 (+), U-247, U-307, U-309, U-313, U-315, U-344, U-354, U-361 (+), U-365, U-390 (+), U-394, U-396, U-480, U-516, U-530, U-534, U-537, U-539, U-543 (+), U-546, U-547, U-636, U-671, U-673, U-678, U-711, U-716, U-737, U-745, U-763, U-771, U-802, U-804, U-853, U-855, U-857, U-858, U-859 (+), U-861, U-862, U-953, U-956, U-965, U-984, U-992, U-994, U-1001, U-1060, U-1061, U-1062, U-1165, U-1191 (+), U-1222 (+).
66 boats at sea.
General Events on 1 July
U-52 refuelled from the German supply ship Bessel at Vigo, Spain.
The former U-1202 was taken into service by the Norwegian navy as KNM Kinn.
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