Events on this day

26 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 (0) Laid down (4) Launched (1) Commissioned (2)
No U-boat orders on this date1941: U-381, U-513
1942: U-740
1943: U-326
1941: U-7531941: U-81U-432
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-13SchulteLily 1,281   da
 U-66ZappAlcoa Partner 5,513   am
 U-859JebsenColin 6,255   paSC-157
* 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-566. 22.44 hrs, Bay of Biscay: after locating the outbound boat on radar, a Wellington Mk.XII (RAF Sqn 172/R, pilot Sgt Alex Coumbis) launched a Leigh Light attack from off the port bow. U-566 dived immediately, but an accurate salvo of six depth charges which straddled the bows caused severe damage, including a leak in the forends and a damaged diving tank. At 23.55 hrs, the damage forced the U-boat to surface, unable to dive. Approaches by another Wellington (RAF Sqn172/M) were held off with flak. After exchanging fire with U-566, the aircraft left to return to base at 00.27 hrs, having used up its depth charges on an unsuccessful attack on U-103 earlier. U-566 had to break off the patrol and later returned to port escorted by four Ju88 aircraft and a naval escort. (Franks, KTBs, ADM199/1784)


U-637. Norwegian MTBs (motor torpedo boats) 711 and 723 claimed a German U-boat sunk near Utsira, Norway. Their target was U-637, which was not sunk. The commander of U-637 shot himself after being seriously wounded in the face. The Engineering Officer brought the boat to port. Several of the crew died in action. [Kapitänleutnant Wolfgang Riekeberg] (Klart til kamp, Helge Storm Bjercke (1954). Axel Niestlé.)

U-boats lost

1944: U-488 +

64 men died when this U-boat was lost. 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, 26 April.

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Paul-Karl Loeser (1915), Günther Schauenburg (1920).

The following men died on this day:
Robert Gysae (1989), Werner Hartmann (1963), Wolfgang Riekeberg (1945), Bruno Studt (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 26 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.


U-boats entering base:
To Kiel, Germany: U-47 (24 days), U-56 (23 days)


U-boats entering base:
To Lorient, France: UA (13 days)


From Bergen, Norway: U-703
From Brest, France: U-135
From Trondheim, Norway: U-405

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-202 (57 days)
To Kiel, Germany: U-435 (20 days)


From Hammerfest, Norway: U-625
From La Pallice: U-332 (lost 4 days later)
From La Spezia, Italy: U-596
From Lorient, France: U-410
From St. Nazaire, France: U-437

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-952 (5 days)
To Brest, France: U-604 (5 days)


From Brest, France: U-764
From Konstanza, Rumania: U-9

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-853 (2 days)
To Brest, France: U-275 (4 days), U-953 (4 days)


From Bergen, Norway: U-764
From Horten, Norway: U-287, U-539, U-1272

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-1202 (54 days)
To Skjomenfjord U-294 (2 days)
To Stavanger, Norway: U-2329 (16 days)

U-boats at sea on 26 April

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


U-13, U-14, U-17, U-23, U-24, U-25, U-30, U-34, U-38, U-52, U-57, U-58, U-59, U-60, U-61, U-65.
16 boats at sea.


U-38, U-52, U-65 (+), U-75, U-95, U-96, U-101, U-103, U-105, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-110 (+), U-123, U-124, U-143, U-147, U-201, U-552, U-553.
20 boats at sea.


U-66, U-69, U-74 (+), U-83, U-84, U-86, U-96, U-97, U-98, U-103, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-109, U-116, U-123, U-125, U-126, U-128, U-130, U-135, U-136, U-154, U-155, U-156, U-159, U-160, U-162, U-172, U-201, U-203, U-213, U-333, U-352 (+), U-371, U-402, U-405, U-455, U-459, U-502 (+), U-505, U-506, U-507, U-552, U-553, U-558, U-561, U-562, U-564, U-565, U-566, U-571, U-572, U-573, U-575, U-576, U-582, U-588, U-593, U-594, U-653, U-654, U-703, U-751, U-752, U-753.
66 boats at sea.


U-9, U-19, U-68, U-71, U-84, U-89 (+), U-92, U-97, U-103, U-105 (+), U-107, U-108, U-117, U-119 (+), U-123, U-125 (+), U-126 (+), U-128 (+), U-129, U-134, U-154, U-155, U-160, U-161, U-168, U-174 (+), U-176 (+), U-177, U-178, U-180, U-181, U-182 (+), U-183, U-185, U-186 (+), U-188, U-192 (+), U-195, U-196, U-197 (+), U-198, U-209 (+), U-212, U-217 (+), U-218, U-223, U-226, U-227 (+), U-230, U-231, U-255, U-257, U-258 (+), U-260, U-262, U-264, U-266 (+), U-267, U-270, U-306, U-332 (+), U-358, U-359, U-371, U-377, U-378, U-381 (+), U-383, U-386, U-402, U-403, U-404, U-406, U-407, U-410, U-413, U-415, U-418 (+), U-436 (+), U-437, U-438 (+), U-448, U-453, U-454, U-456 (+), U-459, U-460, U-461, U-466, U-467, U-468, U-487, U-504, U-506, U-509, U-514, U-515, U-516, U-518, U-525, U-528 (+), U-531 (+), U-532, U-533, U-552, U-561, U-565, U-566, U-569 (+), U-571, U-575, U-584, U-586, U-598, U-600, U-601, U-607, U-610, U-613, U-614, U-616, U-618, U-621, U-625, U-628, U-629, U-630 (+), U-631, U-634, U-638 (+), U-645, U-646, U-648, U-650, U-659 (+), U-662, U-703, U-706, U-707, U-709, U-711, U-732, U-752 (+), U-954 (+).
144 boats at sea.


U-9, U-18, U-19, U-66 (+), U-92, U-129, U-154, U-155, U-170, U-178, U-181, U-188, U-190, U-196, U-198 (+), U-214, U-218, U-230, U-262, U-267, U-276, U-277 (+), U-278, U-289, U-307, U-313, U-315, U-348, U-354, U-371 (+), U-385, U-387, U-407, U-473 (+), U-505, U-518, U-537, U-541, U-543 (+), U-548, U-552, U-565, U-596, U-636, U-667, U-672, U-674 (+), U-703, U-711, U-731 (+), U-736, U-739, U-741, U-764, U-765 (+), U-802, U-843, U-852 (+), U-859 (+), U-860 (+), U-861, U-955 (+), U-959 (+), U-967, U-969, U-1060, U-1061, U-1222 (+).
68 boats at sea.


U-190, U-218, U-234, U-244, U-245, U-249, U-278, U-286 (+), U-293, U-295, U-307 (+), U-312, U-313, U-325 (+), U-326 (+), U-363, U-427, U-481, U-516, U-530, U-532, U-541, U-637, U-711, U-716, U-739, U-764, U-776, U-805, U-825, U-826, U-853 (+), U-857 (+), U-858, U-873, U-879 (+), U-881 (+), U-889, U-901, U-956, U-963, U-968, U-979 (+), U-997, U-1009, U-1010, U-1017 (+), U-1023, U-1057, U-1105, U-1107 (+), U-1109, U-1163, U-1165, U-1228, U-1277 (+), U-1305, U-2322, U-2324, U-2326.
60 boats at sea.

General Events on 26 April


U-17 rescued all four crewmen of the drifting Dornier Do18G WNr V856 (2./KüFlGr 406, K6+DK) in the North Sea about 100 miles south-east of Shetland Islands at 0533hrs. The flying boat had made an emergency landing at sea the day before, possibly after aerial combat with a British Blenheim aircraft (110 Sqn RAF). Unable to take it in tow the U-boat scuttled the aircraft with gunfire at 0615hrs.


U-129 fired three torpedoes at an enemy submarine in the west Atlantic, all of which missed.


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