Events on this day

2 April

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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 (27) Laid down (3) Launched (1) Commissioned (3)
1942: U-877, U-878, U-879, U-880, U-881, U-883, U-889, U-929, U-930, U-1107, U-1108, U-1109, U-1110, U-1167, U-1168, U-1169, U-1170, U-1205, U-1206, U-1207, U-1208, U-1209, U-1210, U-1301, U-1302, U-1303, U-13041940: U-502
1941: U-302
1943: U-1016
1942: U-2641942: U-119, U-463, U-616
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date


 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
1940 
 U-38LiebeSigne 1,540   fiHN-23A
1941 
 U-46EndrassBritish Reliance 7,000   brSC-26
 U-48SchultzeBeaverdale 9,957   br
1942 
 U-123HardegenLiebre (d)7,057   am
1943 
 U-124MohrGogra 5,190   brOS-45
 U-124MohrKatha 4,357   brOS-45
 U-129WittMelbourne Star 12,806   br
 U-155PieningLysefjord 1,091   nw
 U-509WitteCity of Baroda total loss7,129   brNC-9
 U-755GöingSimon Duhamel II 928   frTE-20
 57,055
* 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

1942

U-123. During an attack on the American steam tanker Liebre in shallow water off North Carolina, the boat was forced to dive by a patrol vessel which then dropped a single depth charge. U-123 only escaped undamaged because the attack was not followed up. (KTB U-123)

U-98. 00.47 hrs, Bay of Biscay, outbound: six 250lb depth charges dropped by a British Whitley bomber (RAF Sqdn 502/F) caused minor damage. U-98 escaped by diving. (ASW 822/42, KTB U-98)

1943

U-68. 16.06 hrs, Atlantic N of Montserrat: three bombs from an American Mariner flying boat (USN VP-204/P-9) caused slight damage. U-68 had been operating off Puerto Rico since 27 March, and had been attacked on three occasions and kept submerged by aircraft for 127 hours over the past six days. After this attack the boat began its return voyage. (Rohwer/Ritschel)


U-boats lost


1943: U-124 +
1944: U-360 +
1945: U-321 +

145 men died when those 3 U-boats were lost on this date. 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, 2 April.

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


Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Hunold Ahlefeld (1923), Victor-Wilhelm Nonn (1917), Gerd Schreiber (1912).

The following men died on this day:
Klaus-Helmuth Becker (1944), Fritz Berends (1945), Johann Mohr (1943).

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 2 April

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.


1942



U-boats entering base:
To Kirkenes U-454 (10 days), U-456 (5 days), U-589 (10 days)
To La Pallice U-569 (36 days)
To Lorient, France: U-161 (69 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-94 (50 days)


1944



U-boats entering base:
To Konstanza, Rumania: U-24 (30 days)
To Kristiansand U-348 (2 days)
To Kristiansand-Marviken U-668 (2 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-636 (3 days), U-968 (27 days)
To Sevastopol U-9 (3 days)
To Stavanger, Norway: U-992 (4 days)


1945


Sailed:
From Horten, Norway: U-889, U-1206
From Kiel, Germany: U-1105
From Marviken: U-2324
From Trondheim, Norway: U-956

U-boats entering base:
To Stavanger, Norway: U-1010 (3 days), U-1305 (5 days)


U-boats at sea on 2 April

Boats entering port on this day are not counted, but boats departing for patrol are. (+) indicates the boat was lost during this patrol.

1940

U-13, U-37, U-38, U-43, U-46, U-51, U-52, U-58, U-59.
9 boats at sea.

1941

U-46, U-48, U-69, U-73, U-74, U-76 (+), U-94, U-97, U-98, U-101, U-103, U-105, U-106, U-107, U-124.
15 boats at sea.

1942

U-66, U-68, U-71, U-77, U-84, U-85 (+), U-86, U-98, U-105, U-108, U-109, U-123, U-124, U-129, U-130, U-135, U-136, U-154, U-160, U-201, U-202, U-203, U-205, U-252 (+), U-332, U-333, U-334, U-373, U-402, U-404, U-431, U-435, U-453, U-459, U-505, U-552, U-571, U-572, U-575, U-576, U-582, U-591, U-592, U-654, U-657, U-702 (+), U-752, U-754, UA.
49 boats at sea.

1943

U-24, U-67, U-68, U-71, U-81, U-84, U-86, U-105 (+), U-106, U-108, U-117, U-123, U-126 (+), U-129, U-134, U-154, U-155, U-159, U-160, U-161, U-167 (+), U-168, U-172, U-174 (+), U-177, U-178, U-180, U-181, U-182 (+), U-183, U-185, U-188, U-191, U-195, U-196, U-198, U-212, U-229, U-251, U-255, U-257, U-258 (+), U-260, U-262, U-267, U-269, U-270, U-302, U-303, U-305, U-306, U-333, U-336, U-354, U-355, U-373, U-375, U-380, U-381 (+), U-404, U-409, U-413, U-414, U-415, U-438 (+), U-440, U-441, U-453, U-455, U-462, U-463, U-467, U-487, U-506, U-509, U-510, U-513, U-515, U-516, U-518, U-523, U-526 (+), U-527, U-530, U-532, U-563, U-564, U-571, U-572, U-584, U-586, U-590, U-591, U-592, U-593, U-594, U-596, U-598, U-610, U-613, U-615, U-617, U-618, U-625, U-629, U-630 (+), U-631, U-632 (+), U-635 (+), U-639, U-641, U-642, U-644 (+), U-646, U-662, U-663, U-666, U-703, U-704, U-706, U-711, U-755.
122 boats at sea.

1944

U-18, U-23, U-66 (+), U-68 (+), U-92, U-123, U-129, U-154, U-155, U-170, U-178, U-181, U-188, U-190, U-196, U-214, U-218, U-255, U-262, U-267, U-276, U-277, U-278, U-288 (+), U-302 (+), U-311 (+), U-312, U-313, U-315, U-333, U-354, U-355 (+), U-361, U-365, U-437, U-448 (+), U-455 (+), U-471, U-473, U-488 (+), U-505, U-510, U-515 (+), U-518, U-532, U-537, U-541, U-543 (+), U-546, U-548, U-550 (+), U-552, U-565, U-608, U-618, U-621, U-667, U-672, U-673, U-674, U-711, U-716, U-736, U-739, U-740, U-741, U-766, U-802, U-821, U-843, U-852 (+), U-856 (+), U-956, U-962 (+), U-969, U-970, U-986 (+), U-990, U-993, U-1060, U-1062, UIT-24.
82 boats at sea.

1945

U-190, U-218, U-242 (+), U-246 (+), U-285 (+), U-293, U-299, U-312, U-315, U-325 (+), U-326 (+), U-396 (+), U-485, U-510, U-518 (+), U-530, U-532, U-546 (+), U-548 (+), U-636 (+), U-668, U-716, U-739, U-773, U-774 (+), U-776, U-805, U-825, U-826, U-843, U-853 (+), U-857 (+), U-858, U-861, U-868, U-873, U-879 (+), U-880 (+), U-953, U-956, U-978, U-979, U-1001 (+), U-1002, U-1009, U-1019, U-1023, U-1024 (+), U-1063 (+), U-1064, U-1107 (+), U-1109, U-1195 (+), U-1202, U-1235 (+), U-1274 (+), U-2321, U-2324.
58 boats at sea.


General Events on 2 April

1941

U-48 was badly damaged by an explosion on the sinking ship Beaverdale and was forced to return to base.


1942

U-435 encountered a Soviet submarine in the Arctic Ocean, but neither boat attacked.


1943

The LI of U-666 went overboard in stormy weather, but was rescued within a few minutes.


1945

U-1109 had to return to base due to technical problems.


On 28 March 1945 Oblt. Horst Willner took his new Type XXI Elektro boat U-3505 from Gotenhafen (Gdynia, Poland) and rescued 110 women and children, including his own wife and child. They had planned to escape on the liner Wilhelm Gustloff and had even boarded the ship, but Willner came aboard and took them to his base. The Wilhelm Gustloff was then sunk by a Soviet submarine with some 9,400 lost. Willner brought the boat to Travemünde (Lübeck) on 2 April.

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