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 (8)||Laid down (7)||Launched (5)||Commissioned (3)|
|1939: U-409, U-410, U-411, U-412, U-451, U-452, U-453, U-454||1940: U-591, U-592 |
1942: U-991, U-992
|1940: U-67 |
1944: U-2524, U-2525
|1940: U-146 |
|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-13||Daublebsky von Eichhain||Cairnmona||4,666||br||HX-5|
|U-59||Jürst||HMS Northern Rover (4.58)||655||br|
|U-106||Rasch||USS Salinas (AO 19) (d)||8,246||am||ON-28|
|unknown||HMS Northern Spray (FY 129) (d)||655||br|
|* 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-81. The boat was attacked by a British Catalina flying boat (RAF Sqdn 209/Z, pilot Denis E. Ryan) SW of Brest while enroute to cross the Straits of Gibraltar. A Hudson bomber (Sqdn 53, F/O Henry) also appeared and dropped depth charge. The boat was severely damaged and had to return to Brest. After hurried repairs the boat once more sailed for the Mediterranean. (Blair, vol 1, page 396)
U-73. The target of the torpedo fired by the British submarine HMS Ultimatum on 30 Oct 1943 in the Mediterranean SE of Toulon, France in position 43.04N, 05.57E, formerly credited with sinking U-431, was actually U-73, which escaped unscathed.(1987-11-01, FDS/NHB)
05.42 hrs, Bay of Biscay north of Cape Ortegal, outbound: the Wellington made a strafing run and dropped four depth charges using the Leigh Light, but was hit by flak and crashed into the sea about 50m (55 yds) astern of U-415, killing the crew of six. Damage to U-415 forced her to return to base.(Franks/Zimmerman)
U-1061. The boat was severely damaged by depth charges from a British B-24 (Sqdn 224, pilot W. S. Blackden) and a Canadian Wellington aircraft (Sqdn 407, pilot J. E. Neelin). The boat was able to escape to Maloy to be repaired. (Blair, vol 2, page 601)
1942: U-520 +, U-559 , U-658 +
117 men died when those 4 U-boats were lost on this date. 71 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, 30 October.
- For more information on Men lost from U-boats check out this page.
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 30 October
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-24
From Lorient, France: U-99
U-boats entering base:
To La Pallice U-615 (56 days)
U-boats at sea on 30 October
Boats entering port on this day are not counted, but boats departing for patrol are. (+) indicates the boat was lost during this patrol.
U-38, U-66, U-68, U-69, U-71, U-73, U-74, U-75, U-77, U-82, U-83, U-84, U-85, U-93, U-96, U-98, U-101, U-103, U-106, U-107, U-109, U-123, U-124, U-125, U-126, U-129, U-133, U-201, U-202, U-203, U-208, U-332, U-374, U-402, U-432, U-502, U-552, U-563, U-564, U-567, U-568, U-569, U-571, U-572, U-573, U-576, U-577, U-751, UA.
49 boats at sea.
U-24, U-43, U-67, U-68, U-69, U-71, U-73, U-77, U-81, U-84, U-87, U-89, U-92, U-98 (+), U-103, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-117, U-125, U-126, U-128, U-129, U-130, U-132 (+), U-134, U-154, U-156, U-159, U-160, U-161, U-163, U-172, U-174, U-177, U-178, U-181, U-183, U-185, U-203, U-205, U-212, U-218, U-224, U-260, U-263, U-301, U-332, U-354, U-356, U-377, U-381, U-382, U-383, U-402, U-409, U-413, U-431, U-436, U-437, U-438, U-440, U-441, U-442, U-443, U-454, U-458, U-459, U-462, U-463, U-504, U-505, U-506, U-508, U-509, U-510, U-511, U-514, U-516, U-518, U-519, U-521, U-522, U-552, U-563, U-564, U-565, U-566, U-571, U-572, U-575, U-586, U-590, U-602, U-604, U-605 (+), U-606, U-608, U-610, U-613, U-620, U-621, U-622, U-624, U-653, U-659, U-660 (+), U-662, U-664, U-704, U-706, U-752, U-753, UD-5.
114 boats at sea.
U-9, U-18, U-23, U-24, U-68, U-91, U-103, U-123, U-129, U-154, U-155, U-168, U-170, U-190, U-193, U-211 (+), U-212, U-214, U-218, U-219, U-226 (+), U-228, U-231, U-256, U-262, U-267, U-271, U-280 (+), U-281, U-306 (+), U-307, U-309, U-333, U-340 (+), U-343, U-354, U-358, U-360, U-373, U-380, U-387, U-391 (+), U-405 (+), U-413, U-415, U-424, U-426, U-437, U-441, U-448, U-450, U-455, U-466, U-488, U-505, U-516, U-518, U-530, U-536 (+), U-537, U-538 (+), U-542 (+), U-552, U-565, U-575, U-584 (+), U-586, U-592, U-593, U-603, U-608, U-642, U-648 (+), U-707 (+), U-709, U-714, U-731, U-732 (+), U-762, U-764, U-842 (+), U-843, U-848 (+), U-849 (+), U-953, U-956, U-963, U-966 (+), U-967, U-969.
90 boats at sea.
U-170, U-181, U-195, U-219, U-246, U-262, U-290, U-293, U-295, U-300, U-310, U-312, U-313, U-315, U-363, U-365, U-387, U-396, U-425, U-427, U-475, U-479 (+), U-483, U-541, U-546, U-636, U-668, U-680, U-722, U-771 (+), U-773, U-802, U-806, U-956, U-958, U-965, U-968, U-978, U-991, U-992, U-995, U-997, U-1001, U-1003, U-1061, U-1163, U-1199, U-1200 (+), U-1202, U-1221, U-1223, U-1227, U-1228, U-1230, U-1231.
55 boats at sea.
General Events on 30 October
U-34 abandoned patrol and returned to base with serious engine trouble.
Out of four U-boats vectored west of the Orkneys, U-56 located the British battleships HMS Nelson, Rodney and Hood operating with a screen of ten destroyers. Torpedo failure scotched chances of success from a favourable attack position.
In the Mediterranean, the sinking U-559 was boarded by three British sailors who had swum over to her. They managed to retrieve the Enigma code machine with the current rotor settings and the cipher books before the boat sank. This allowed the Allies to read Enigma codes.
U-427 took part in operation "Specht" protecting a German minefield off Stavanger (Norway).
The breaking up of former U-3017, possibly as N 41, at Newport, Wales.
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