Events on this day

9 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 (2) Launched (4) Commissioned (7)
No U-boat orders on this date1940: U-461
1944: U-3040
1940: U-83
1943: U-1203, U-1204
1944: U-3025
1941: U-659
1942: U-276
1943: U-864, U-1003, U-1198
1944: U-2528, U-3514
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-20MoehleMagnus 1,339   da
 U-48SchultzeSan Alberto 7,397   brOB-48
 U-103SchützeEmpire Jaguar 5,186   brOB-252
 U-134SchendelSteinbek 2,185   dt
 U-652FraatzSaint Denis 1,595   fr
 U-508StaatsNigerian 5,423   br
 U-553ThurmannCharles L.D. 5,273   brHX-217
 U-602SchülerHMS Porcupine (G 93) total loss1,540   br
 U-596NonnCap Padaran 8,009   brHA-11
* 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-124. The boat was shelled by the coastal battery at Fort Thornton off the harbour of Georgetown on Ascension Island, but was undamaged.

U-332. Severe damage from an attack by a British aircraft forced U-332 to return to France. This was the second aircraft attack in three days. (Blair, vol 1, page 402)

U-575. While inbound to refuel at Vigo, Spain the boat was located and depth charged. On arriving at Vigo two days later the damage was found to be so severe that the boat returned to France instead of proceeding to the Mediterranean. (Blair, vol 1, page 402)

U-boats lost

1944: U-387 +

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


During heavy weather a lookout broke his arm on U-734 in the North Atlantic.

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Hans Lemcke (1918), Johannes van Stipriaan (1913).

The following men died on this day:
Rudolf Büchler (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 9 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-13
From Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-30


From Kiel, Germany: U-128
From Kristiansand: U-566
From Lorient, France: U-108
From Messina, Italy: U-557 (lost 8 days later)
From St. Nazaire, France: U-74

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-654 (3 days)
To Brest, France: U-201 (42 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-402 (45 days), U-573 (3 days)


From Brest, France: U-563
From Horten, Norway: U-182 (lost 159 days later)
From Lorient, France: U-125, U-514

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-383 (54 days), U-603 (17 days)
To La Pallice U-262 (35 days)
To Lorient, France: U-43 (78 days), U-160 (78 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-224 (54 days), U-608 (51 days)


From Kiel, Germany: U-545 (lost 64 days later)

U-boats entering base:
To Hammerfest, Norway: U-307 (44 days)
To Konstanza, Rumania: U-20 (32 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-713 (18 days)


From Bergen, Norway: U-650 (lost 30 days later)
From Harstad: U-315
From Horten, Norway: U-325, U-905, U-1055
From Narvik, Norway: U-363

U-boats entering base:
To Bogenbucht U-995 (10 days)
To Horten, Norway: U-864 (5 days)

U-boats at sea on 9 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-13, U-20, U-23, U-28, U-29, U-30, U-31, U-38, U-43, U-47, U-48, U-57, U-61.
13 boats at sea.


U-37, U-43, U-52, U-65, U-94, U-96, U-99, U-100, U-103, U-140.
10 boats at sea.


U-43, U-67, U-68, U-74, U-81, U-86, U-105, U-108, U-124, U-126, U-127 (+), U-129, U-130, U-131 (+), U-134, U-205, U-332, U-371, U-372, U-374, U-375, U-431, U-434 (+), U-451, U-453, U-557 (+), U-559, U-562, U-565, U-566, U-568, U-574 (+), U-575, U-584, U-652, U-752, UA.
37 boats at sea.


U-24, U-67, U-81, U-83, U-86, U-91, U-92, U-103, U-105, U-106, U-109, U-118, 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-209, U-211, U-212, U-214, U-217, U-221, U-225, U-257, U-301, U-336, U-356 (+), U-371, U-373, U-375, U-378, U-380, U-405, U-409, U-410, U-432, U-435, U-439, U-441, U-443, U-445, U-453, U-455, U-460, U-461, U-463, U-465, U-504, U-505, U-507 (+), U-508, U-510, U-513, U-514, U-515, U-518, U-519, U-524, U-552, U-553, U-561, U-562, U-563, U-564, U-565, U-569, U-591, U-592, U-593, U-600, U-602, U-604, U-609, U-610, U-615, U-618, U-621, U-623, U-626 (+), U-628, U-653, U-657, U-663, U-664, U-706, U-758, UD-3.
109 boats at sea.


U-9, U-68, U-73 (+), U-92, U-103, U-107, U-129, U-154, U-155, U-170, U-172 (+), U-178, U-190, U-193, U-219, U-223, U-228, U-230, U-238, U-269, U-270, U-275, U-277, U-284 (+), U-302, U-305 (+), U-311, U-354, U-358, U-364 (+), U-382, U-387, U-390, U-391 (+), U-392, U-406, U-407, U-415, U-421, U-424, U-445, U-471, U-488, U-510, U-515, U-516, U-530, U-541, U-543, U-544 (+), U-545 (+), U-593 (+), U-596, U-616, U-618, U-625, U-629, U-636, U-645 (+), U-653, U-667, U-672, U-734, U-741, U-744, U-761, U-764, U-801, U-843, U-846, U-850 (+), U-960, U-962, U-972 (+), U-976, U-981.
76 boats at sea.


U-181, U-195, U-219, U-248 (+), U-275, U-286, U-293, U-295, U-296, U-299, U-310, U-318, U-322 (+), U-325, U-365 (+), U-396, U-400 (+), U-427, U-481, U-485, U-486, U-636, U-637, U-650 (+), U-668, U-679 (+), U-680, U-722, U-772 (+), U-773, U-775, U-806, U-862, U-869 (+), U-870, U-877 (+), U-958, U-965, U-978, U-979, U-991, U-997, U-1003, U-1020 (+), U-1053, U-1163, U-1202, U-1209 (+), U-1223, U-1227, U-1228, U-1230, U-1231, U-1232.
54 boats at sea.

General Events on 9 December


U-47 attacked a British destroyer in the North Atlantic, but without success.


U-161 transferred a medical case to the milch cow U-461.

U-508 captured four of the crew after sinking the British steam merchantman Nigerian.


U-862 had a gun duel with the Greek steam merchant Ilissos (4724 tons) off Tasmania at 37°11S/139°35E (grid VC 8275). U-862 fired three shots which missed, and choppy seas and accurate defensive gunfire from the vessel forced the U-boat to dive and leave the area before firing more.


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