Events on this day

28 November

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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 (1) Commissioned (4)
No U-boat orders on this date1940: U-209
1941: U-272
1942: U-4241941: U-164
1942: U-199, U-232, U-341
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-103SchützeMount Athos 3,578   grOB-248
 U-103SchützeSt. Elwyn 4,940   brOB-249
 U-95SchreiberRinghorn (d)1,298   nwOB-248
 U-172EmmermannAlaskan 5,364   am
 U-177GysaeNova Scotia 6,796   br
 U-181LüthEvanthia 3,551   gr
 U-508StaatsEmpire Cromwell 5,970   br
 U-67Müller-StöckheimEmpire Glade (d)7,006   br
 U-407BrüllerHMS Birmingham (19) (d)9,100   br
 U-481AndersenT-387 (No 331) 108   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-391. The target of the attack by a British Wellington bomber (RAF Sqdn 179/L) on 28 Nov. 1943 in position 39.04N, 16.25W, credited with sinking U-542, was in fact U-391, which suffered only minor damage. (1990-09-01, Axel Niestle)

U-boats lost

1940: U-104 +
1941: U-95
1943: U-542 +
1944: U-80 +

190 men died when those 4 U-boats were lost on this date. 12 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, 28 November.

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Fritz Kallipke (1909), Helmut Wieduwilt (1919).

The following men died on this day:
Christian-Brandt Coester (1943), Harald Jürst (1940), Hans Keerl (1944), Alois König (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 28 November

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-61


From Lorient, France: U-37

U-boats entering base:
To Lorient, France: U-123 (15 days)


From Kiel, Germany: U-336, U-628
From La Spezia, Italy: U-380
From Lorient, France: U-109, U-507 (lost 47 days later)

U-boats entering base:
To La Spezia, Italy: U-617 (27 days)
To Lorient, France: U-511 (36 days)


From Konstanza, Rumania: U-9
From Kristiansand: U-284 (lost 24 days later)
From Marviken: U-364 (lost 63 days later)

U-boats entering base:
To Lorient, France: U-709 (54 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-575 (54 days), U-608 (58 days)


From Bergen, Norway: U-1009
From Kilbotn: U-363

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-485 (4 days)
To Marviken U-1221 (101 days)

U-boats at sea on 28 November

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-26, U-28, U-29, U-31, U-35 (+), U-38, U-41, U-43, U-47, U-48, U-49, U-53, U-56, U-61.
15 boats at sea.


U-29, U-37, U-43, U-47, U-52, U-65, U-93, U-94, U-95, U-99, U-101, U-103, U-138, U-140.
14 boats at sea.


U-43, U-67, U-68, U-69, U-81, U-96, U-98, U-105, U-124, U-126, U-129, U-131 (+), U-201, U-205, U-331, U-332, U-372, U-375, U-402, U-431, U-434 (+), U-451, U-453, U-557, U-558, U-559, U-562, U-565, U-572, U-574 (+), U-575, U-584, U-652, U-752, UA.
35 boats at sea.


U-9, U-24, U-43, U-67, U-68, U-77, U-81, U-83, U-84, U-86, U-91, U-92, U-103, U-105, U-106, U-109, U-118, U-124, U-126, U-128, U-129, U-130, U-134, U-135, U-154, U-155, U-159, U-160, U-161, U-163, U-172, U-174, U-176, U-177, U-178, U-181, U-183, U-185, U-209, U-211, U-212, U-217, U-221, U-224, U-254 (+), U-262, U-263, U-264, U-332, U-334, U-336, U-354, U-373, U-375, U-376, U-378, U-380, U-383, U-405, U-439, U-445, U-454, U-455, U-460, U-461, U-462, U-465, U-504, U-505, U-507 (+), U-508, U-510, U-513, U-515, U-518, U-519, U-521, U-522, U-524, U-552, U-553, U-561, U-562, U-564, U-565, U-566, U-569, U-586, U-592, U-600, U-601, U-603, U-604, U-606, U-608, U-610, U-611 (+), U-615, U-618, U-623, U-624, U-625, U-628, U-653, U-657, U-663, U-752, U-753, U-758, UD-3.
110 boats at sea.


U-9, U-19, U-20, U-68, U-86 (+), U-92, U-103, U-107, U-129, U-154, U-155, U-170, U-172 (+), U-178, U-190, U-193, U-212, U-214, U-218, U-219, U-223, U-228, U-230, U-238, U-262, U-269, U-277, U-284 (+), U-307, U-311, U-333, U-354, U-358, U-360, U-364 (+), U-387, U-391 (+), U-407, U-415, U-421, U-424, U-426, U-445, U-453, U-471, U-488, U-510, U-515, U-516, U-518, U-530, U-537, U-541, U-543, U-544 (+), U-552, U-586, U-593, U-616, U-618, U-625, U-629, U-636, U-653, U-667, U-672, U-713, U-714, U-734, U-741, U-761, U-764, U-801, U-843, U-850 (+), U-962, U-963, U-967, U-969, U-976, U-981.
81 boats at sea.


U-170, U-181, U-195, U-219, U-286, U-293, U-295, U-296, U-297 (+), U-299, U-300, U-310, U-313, U-315, U-318, U-322 (+), U-363, U-365 (+), U-387 (+), U-396, U-400 (+), U-475, U-481, U-486, U-510, U-637, U-650, U-668, U-679, U-680, U-772 (+), U-775, U-806, U-862, U-870, U-877 (+), U-958, U-965, U-978, U-979, U-991, U-997, U-1003, U-1053, U-1163, U-1202, U-1209 (+), U-1223, U-1227, U-1228, U-1230, U-1231, U-1232.
53 boats at sea.

General Events on 28 November


U-47 fired a torpedo at the British cruiser HMS Norfolk, which missed.


U-47 missed again, firing two torpedoes without success at a lone ship in the North Atlantic.


The commander, Gerd Schreiber, survived the loss of his boat, U-95, along with 11 of his men. They were rescued by their attacker, the Dutch submarine O-21, and sent to POW camps.

In the evening, U-205 encountered a British submarine in the Mediterranean, but neither boat attacked.


After sinking the British troop transport HMS Nova Scotia in the Indian Ocean, U-177 rescued two survivors and took them on board.

U-519 transferred a medical case to U-118 in mid Atlantic.


U-453 laid 24 mines off Brindisi (Italy), but without any success.

U-713 suffered some damage after striking bottom in the Barents Sea south of Spitsbergen (now Svalbard).


Guðmundur Helgason, founder of this site, was born in Siglufjörður, in northern Iceland.


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