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31 August

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U-boat Shipyard report

Ordered (0) Laid down (4) Launched (3) Commissioned (4)
No U-boat orders on this date1940: U-579, U-580
1944: U-2343, U-2521
1940: U-74, U-98
1944: U-2335
1935: U-5
1940: U-95
1944: U-1109, U-2506
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-38LiebeHar Zion 2,508   brOB-205
 U-46EndrassVille de Hasselt 7,461   be
 U-59MatzBibury 4,616   brOB-205
 U-60SchneeVolendam (d)15,434   nlOB-205
 unknownSande 60   ho
 U-516WiebeJack Carnes 10,907   am
 U-609RudloffBronxville 4,663   nwSC-97
 U-609RudloffCapira 5,625   paSC-97
 U-66MarkworthWinamac 8,621   brTRIN-3
* 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

No attacks found on this date.

U-boats lost

No U-boats were lost on this date, 31 August.

- 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, 31 August.

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Hermann Dahms (1916), Karl-Heinz Hagenau (1919), Gerhard Kluth (1918), Helmut Lange (1916), Ernst Vogelsang (1911), Arnold Wiechmann (1909).

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 31 August

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-15, U-17, U-36

U-boats entering base:
To Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-13 ( days), U-16 ( days), U-20 ( days), U-24 ( days)


From St. Nazaire, France: U-98

U-boats entering base:
To Gotenhafen U-139 ( days), U-142 ( days)


From Pola: U-453
From Salamis, Greece: U-83, U-565
From St. Nazaire, France: U-87

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-586 ( days)
To Brest, France: U-653 ( days)
To Skjomenfjord U-435 ( days)


From Kiel, Germany: U-389, U-419
From La Pallice: U-229 (lost 23 days later), U-341 (lost 20 days later)
From St. Nazaire, France: U-641, U-666

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-275 ( days)
To Brest, France: U-732 ( days)
To La Pallice U-333 ( days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-405 ( days)


From Flekkefjord: U-294
From Kiel, Germany: U-483, U-1227
From La Pallice: U-953
From Pillau: U-1000
From Trondheim, Norway: U-871 (lost 27 days later)

U-boats entering base:
To Grand Hotel U-717 ( days)
To Helsinki, Finland: U-475 ( days)
To Singapore, Singapore: U-181 ( days)
To Tromsö, Norway: U-307 ( days)

U-boats at sea on 31 August

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-14, U-15, U-17, U-18, U-19, U-21, U-22, U-23, U-26, U-27 (+), U-28, U-29, U-30, U-31, U-32, U-33, U-34, U-35, U-36, 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-57, U-58, U-59.
39 boats at sea.


U-28, U-32, U-38, U-46, U-47, U-56, U-57 (+), U-59, U-60, U-61, U-65, U-100, U-101, U-124.
14 boats at sea.


U-38, U-43, U-66, U-71, U-73, U-77, U-81, U-82, U-83, U-84, U-85, 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-566, U-567, U-568, U-569, U-652, U-751, U-752.
42 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-130, U-134, 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-209, U-211, U-214, U-216 (+), U-217, U-218, U-251, U-255, U-256, U-259, U-331, 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-432, U-438, 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-566, U-569, U-572, U-584, U-589, 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-658, U-659, U-660, U-703, U-705 (+), U-752, U-755, U-756 (+), UD-5.
109 boats at sea.


U-9, U-18, U-23, U-66, 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-262, U-269, U-277, U-302, U-305, U-338 (+), U-340, U-341 (+), U-354, U-355, U-358, U-360, U-371, U-380, U-382, U-386, U-406, U-407, U-415, U-431, U-445, U-460 (+), U-508, U-515, U-518, U-532, U-533 (+), U-536 (+), U-566, U-571, U-596, U-600, U-617 (+), U-618, U-621, U-629, U-641, U-645, U-653, U-666, U-703, U-711, U-731, U-737, U-757, U-760, U-956, U-960.
72 boats at sea.


U-19, U-20, U-23, U-92, U-170, U-190, U-195, U-218, U-219, U-228, U-242, U-244, U-245, U-247 (+), U-248, U-262, U-275, U-278, U-285, U-296, U-309, U-315, U-348, U-362 (+), U-363, U-394 (+), 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-596, U-636, U-650, U-679, U-680, U-703, U-714, U-739, 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-953, U-956, U-957, U-963, U-968, U-979, U-985, U-989, U-992, U-993, U-995, U-997, U-1001, U-1004, U-1062 (+), U-1221, U-1223.
84 boats at sea.

General Events on 31 August

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