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 (0)||Laid down (4)||Launched (4)||Commissioned (3)|
|No U-boat orders on this date||1940: U-172 |
1942: U-858, U-1164
|1941: U-607, U-608, U-661 |
|1940: U-147 |
|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-374||Fischel||HMS Lady Shirley||477||br|
|U-443||Puttkamer||HMS Blean (L 47)||1,087||br||KMF-4|
|U-223||Wächter||HMS Cuckmere (K 299) total loss||1,300||br||KMS-34|
|U-365||Todenhagen||HMS Cassandra (R 62) (d)||1,710||br||RA-62|
|* 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-652. At 1439 hours (Berlin time), while west of Ustica Island in position 38.42N, 12.51E, the Dutch submarine HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. O. de Booy, RNN) fired three torpedoes at a German U-boat. A full bow salvo of four torpedoes was intended but the enemy changes course after the third torpedo had been fired which then all missed. The fourth bow torpedo was not fired. According to the German log U-652 spotted the periscope of the attacker and course was changed. Shortly afterwards two torpedo tracks were sighted.
No U-boats were lost on this date, 11 December.
- 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, 11 December.
- 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 11 December
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 Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-31 (23 days)
From Bergen, Norway: U-1009
From Bogenbucht: U-313, U-995
From Horten, Norway: U-1233
From Kristiansand: U-905
From Marviken: U-1055
From Narvik, Norway: U-956
U-boats entering base:
To Batavia U-219 (111 days)
U-boats at sea on 11 December
Boats entering port on this day are not counted, but boats departing for patrol are. (+) indicates the boat was lost during this patrol.
U-43, U-67, U-68, U-74, U-77, U-83, U-86, U-105, U-107, U-108, U-124, U-126, U-127 (+), U-128, U-129, U-130, U-131 (+), U-134, U-332, U-371, U-372, U-374, U-375, U-431, U-432, U-434 (+), U-451, U-453, U-557 (+), U-559, U-562, U-565, U-566, U-568, U-569, U-573, U-574 (+), U-575, U-576, U-584, U-652, UA.
42 boats at sea.
U-24, U-67, U-81, U-83, U-86, U-91, U-92, U-103, U-105, U-106, U-109, U-118, U-123, U-124, U-125, U-126, U-128, U-129, U-130, U-134, U-135, U-154, U-155, U-159, U-161, U-163, U-164 (+), U-172, U-174, U-175, U-176, U-177, U-178, U-181, U-182 (+), U-183, U-185, U-203, U-211, U-212, U-214, U-217, U-221, U-225, U-257, U-301, U-336, U-356 (+), U-371, U-373, U-375, U-378, U-380, U-405, U-409, U-410, U-432, U-435, U-439, U-443, U-445, U-453, U-455, U-460, U-461, U-463, U-465, U-505, U-507 (+), U-508, U-510, U-513, U-514, U-515, U-518, U-519, U-524, U-552, U-553, U-561, U-562, U-563, U-564, U-565, U-569, U-591, U-592, U-593, U-600, U-602, U-604, U-609, U-610, U-615, U-618, U-621, U-623, U-626 (+), U-628, U-653, U-657, U-663, U-664, U-706, U-758, UD-3.
106 boats at sea.
U-9, U-68, U-73 (+), U-92, U-103, U-107, U-129, U-154, U-155, U-170, U-172 (+), U-178, U-190, U-193, U-219, U-223, U-228, U-230, U-238, U-269, U-270, U-275, U-277, U-284 (+), U-302, U-305 (+), U-311, U-354, U-358, U-364 (+), U-382, U-387, U-390, U-391 (+), U-392, U-407, U-415, U-421, U-424, U-445, U-471, U-488, U-510, U-515, U-516, U-530, U-541, U-543, U-544 (+), U-545 (+), U-593 (+), U-596, U-616, U-618, U-625, U-629, U-636, U-641 (+), U-645 (+), U-653, U-667, U-672, U-734, U-741, U-744, U-761, U-801, U-843, U-846, U-850 (+), U-952, U-960, U-962, U-972 (+), U-976, U-981.
76 boats at sea.
U-181, U-195, U-248 (+), U-275, U-286, U-293, U-295, U-296, U-299, U-310, U-313, U-318, U-322 (+), U-325, U-365 (+), U-396, U-400 (+), U-427, U-481, U-485, U-486, U-636, U-637, U-650 (+), U-668, U-679 (+), U-680, U-722, U-772 (+), U-773, U-775, U-806, U-843, U-862, U-869 (+), U-870, U-877 (+), U-905, U-956, U-958, U-965, U-978, U-979, U-991, U-995, U-997, U-1003, U-1009, U-1020 (+), U-1053, U-1055, U-1163, U-1202, U-1209 (+), U-1223, U-1227, U-1228, U-1230, U-1231, U-1232.
60 boats at sea.
General Events on 11 December
U-30 was forced to return to base due to engine trouble.
U-61 was unable to lay mines in the Firth of Forth as planned due to the presence of numerous enemy escorts.
A memorable day in U-boat history: U-65 was the first U-boat to cross the Equator, in Grid FC 39.
German declaration of war against USA.
This immediately led to the full engagement of US naval forces in Europe and of U-boats in US waters in Operation Drumbeat in January 1942.
U-574 received support (supplies, etc.) at Vigo, Spain.
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