Events on this day

3 August

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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 (2)
No U-boat orders on this date1942: U-286
1944: U-2516
1944: U-10651936: U-21
1944: U-2325
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date


 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
1940 
 U-57ToppAtos 2,161   sw
 UACohauszRad 4,201   yu
1942 
 U-108ScholtzTricula 6,221   brE-6
 U-552ToppG.S. Walden (d)10,627   brON-115
 U-552ToppLochkatrine 9,419   brON-115
 U-553ThurmannBelgian Soldier (d)7,167   beON-115
 U-605SchützeBombay 229   br
1943 
 U-196KentratCity of Oran 7,323   brCB-1
 47,348
* 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

1940

U-46. The British submarine HMS Triad (Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, DSO, RN), returning from patrol, encountered the outbound U-46 (Endrass) off Fedjeosen, north of Bergen. Triad surfaced at 22.30 hrs after failing to achieve a torpedo attack position and engaged U-46 with her 4 inch gun. Endrass decided not to respond and dived. Triad also dived and tried to track U-46, but both boats lost contact. HMS Triad was lost in action six weeks later.

1943

U-604. Already crippled from an attack three days earlier, the boat was attacked by a US Liberator aircraft (VB-107 USN, pilot LtCdr Bertram J. Prueher), which was shot down by the accompanying U-185.

U-66. 21.35 hrs, mid Atlantic: the boat was surprised by a Avenger/Wildcat team (VC-1 USN) from USS Card. The aircraft made several strafing runs and one depth charge apparently exploded directly under the boat. The II.WO, Oblt Kurt Schütze, and Mtrgfr Erich Lorenz were killed and MechGfr Heinz Nitsch died of wounds during the night. The commander and FzS Pfaff were seriously wounded and the I.WO and five ratings were slightly wounded. U-117 was ordered to meet U-66 three days later for medical assistance and to transfer a replacement WO. (Ritschel)

U-572. Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:
American Mariner flying boat (VP-205 USN/P-6)

The aircraft and the U-boat must have destroyed each other. No survivors.

U-185. Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:
US Liberator aircraft (VB-107 USN, pilot LtCdr Bertram J. Prueher). Shot down while accompanying the crippled U-604 which was later scuttled and the crew taken over by U-185.

U-489. 0750hrs, SE of Iceland: British Catalina flying boat FP280 (190 Sqn RAF/U, pilot F/L B. Crosland) observed hits on a strafing run made to assist an unidentified Fortress aircraft, which dropped no depth charges and flew off. Flak hit the Catalina twice, damaging the radio compartment and forcing it to return to base 20 minutes after the attack. The aircrew jettisoned the depth charges and later found the rudder cables were almost severed. Just as the Catalina flew off, a Hudson Mk.III bomber (269 Sqn RAF, pilot F/S E.L.J. Brame) arrived and hit U-489 with A/S bombs, causing moderate damage, and forced her to dive with gunfire. (Franks/Zimmerman)

U-185. While seeking the crippled U-604 a US Liberator aircraft (VB-107 USN) instead attacked the accompanying U-185, depth charging her and wounding one man.

U-604. After evading an attack by a B-24 Liberator earlier in the day, U-604 was depth charged by two American destroyers while proceeding submerged, but managed to elude her attackers and escape once again. (Blair, vol 2, page 371)


U-boats lost


1941: U-401 +
1942: U-335
1943: U-572 +

135 men died when those 3 U-boats were lost on this date. 1 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

1943

U-738
Two men were lost overboard in the Baltic Sea. [Bootsmaat Heinz Richter, Matrosengefreiter Josef Häseling]

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


Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Paul Büchel (1907), Heinz Buchholz (1909), Karl Frahm (1913), Walther Kölle (1907).

The following men died on this day:
Heinz Kummetat (1943), Hans-Hermann Pelkner (1942), Gero Zimmermann (1941).

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 3 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.


1940



U-boats entering base:
To Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-34 (12 days)


1941


Sailed:
From Horten, Norway: U-129
From Lorient, France: U-105
From Trondheim, Norway: U-568


1942


Sailed:
From La Spezia, Italy: U-205
From St. Nazaire, France: U-94 (lost 26 days later)

U-boats entering base:
To Kirkenes U-601 (21 days)
To Salamis, Greece: U-375 (36 days)


1943


Sailed:
From Kiel, Germany: U-956, U-960
From Narvik, Norway: U-586

U-boats entering base:
To La Pallice U-229 (2 days)
To Lorient, France: U-68 (3 days), U-523 (3 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-703 (16 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-437 (3 days), U-448 (3 days)


1944


Sailed:
From Bogenbucht: U-344 (lost 20 days later)
From Brest, France: U-480
From Helsinki, Finland: U-479
From Horten, Norway: U-248
From Kiel, Germany: U-745, U-772, U-958, U-1001
From Le Havre: U-741 (lost 13 days later)

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-309 (23 days)
To Grand Hotel U-348 (6 days)
To Hammerfest, Norway: U-307 (2 days)
To Helsinki, Finland: U-370 (7 days)
To Kristiansand U-771 (2 days)
To Trondheim, Norway: U-865 (3 days)


U-boats at sea on 3 August

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-37, U-38, U-52, U-56, U-57, U-58, U-59, U-60, U-99, UA.
10 boats at sea.

1941

U-43, U-46, U-66, U-71, U-74, U-75, U-77, U-79, U-81, U-83, U-93, U-94, U-96, U-97, U-105, U-109, U-123, U-124, U-126, U-129, U-139, U-142, U-144 (+), U-146, U-204, U-205, U-331, U-371, U-372, U-431, U-451, U-558, U-559, U-563, U-565, U-566, U-568, U-652, U-751.
39 boats at sea.

1942

U-43, U-66, U-67, U-71, U-77, U-84, U-86, U-89, U-94 (+), U-97, U-98, U-108, U-109, U-116, U-125, U-129, U-130, U-132, U-134, U-154, U-155, U-160, U-161, U-162 (+), U-163, U-164, U-171 (+), U-173, U-174, U-176, U-201, U-205, U-210 (+), U-217, U-254, U-256, U-355, U-372 (+), U-379 (+), U-402, U-403, U-405, U-435, U-437, U-438, U-454, U-458, U-461, U-462, U-463, U-505, U-506, U-507, U-508, U-509, U-510, U-511, U-552, U-553, U-558, U-564, U-565, U-571, U-572, U-575, U-582, U-586, U-589, U-591, U-592, U-593, U-595, U-597, U-598, U-600, U-605, U-607, U-609, U-654 (+), U-657, U-658, U-660, U-704, U-705 (+), U-752.
85 boats at sea.

1943

U-19, U-20, U-24, U-66, U-73, U-81, U-84 (+), U-86, U-107, U-117 (+), U-129, U-134 (+), U-155, U-168, U-172, U-177, U-178, U-181, U-183, U-185 (+), U-188, U-190, U-196, U-197 (+), U-198, U-212, U-218, U-230, U-255, U-257, U-262, U-269, U-277, U-302, U-306, U-307, U-333, U-340, U-355, U-358, U-371, U-373, U-382, U-387, U-403 (+), U-406, U-415, U-445, U-453, U-466, U-468 (+), U-489 (+), U-508, U-510, U-511, U-516, U-525 (+), U-532, U-533 (+), U-566, U-571, U-593, U-600, U-601, U-604 (+), U-615 (+), U-616, U-618, U-634 (+), U-636, U-639, U-648, U-653, U-664 (+), U-711, U-713, U-732, U-757, U-760, U-847 (+).
80 boats at sea.

1944

U-9, U-18, U-24, U-170, U-181, U-196, U-198 (+), U-278, U-300, U-344 (+), U-362 (+), U-394 (+), U-413 (+), U-425, U-475, U-479, U-480, U-481, U-516, U-518, U-530, U-534, U-539, U-546, U-547, U-596, U-618, U-621, U-667 (+), U-668, U-671 (+), U-679, U-711, U-736 (+), U-739, U-741 (+), U-766, U-802, U-804, U-855 (+), U-857, U-858, U-859 (+), U-861, U-862, U-863 (+), U-921, U-957, U-1062 (+), U-1229 (+).
50 boats at sea.

1945

U-977.
1 boats at sea.


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