Events on this day

20 November

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U-boat Shipyard report

Ordered (0) Laid down (2) Launched (6) Commissioned (5)
No U-boat orders on this date1939: U-139
1944: U-2545
1942: U-538
1943: U-484, U-680, U-681, U-905
1944: U-2349
1941: U-597
1943: U-249U-397U-924
1944: U-2346
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-33DreskyDelphine 250   br
 U-33DreskySea Sweeper 329   br
 U-33DreskyThomas Hankins 276   br
 U-177GysaePierce Butler 7,191   am
 U-181LüthCorinthiakos 3,562   gr
 U-263NölkeGrangepark 5,132   brKMS-3
 U-263NölkePrins Harald 7,244   nwKMS-3
 U-453 [Mine]SchlippenbachJela 335   yu
* 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-264. The target of the depth charge attack on 20 Nov. 1942 in mid-Atlantic at position 49.25N, 45.25W, by the Norwegian corvette HNoMS Potentilla, credited with sinking U-184, was actually U-264, which escaped unscathed. (1993-01-01, FDS/NHB)

U-263. After an attack on two freighters convoy escorts dropped 119 depth charges on the boat. Serious damage forced U-263 to return to port. (Blair, vol 2, page 114.)

U-552. While enroute to the USA to be refitted at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, the Dutch submarine HrMs K XIV (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Geijs) attacked U-552 south of the Cape Verde Islands in position 13º05N, 25º50W.
K XIV launched four torpedoes from distance of around 900m. The torpedoes were from old stores in the Netherlands East Indies and ran close to the surface, were detected by the Germans and missed their target as the U-boat took evasive action.


U-648. Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:
Canadian Sunderland W6031 (422 Sqn RCAF/G, pilot F/O J.D. B. Ulrichson, RCAF)

1745hrs, in the vicinity of combined convoy SL-139/MKS-30: forewarned by the Naxos radar detector, U-648 fought off the Sunderland with accurate AA fire. Approx. one hour later the aircraft sent a distress call saying it was about to ditch at 42°40N/19°30W. The crew of 11 were never found.


U-618. Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:
British B-24 Liberator BZ816 (RAF Sqdn 53/N, pilot S/L K.A. Aldridge)

19.25 hrs, Nth Atlantic west of France: the Leigh Light Liberator made its attack near the combined convoy SL 139/MKS 30. The aircraft was hit during the first strafing run and no bombs were dropped, and when coming around for a second attack it was shot down by the quadruple 20mm AA gun about 1000m (1,094 yds) astern of U-618. All nine aircrew died. (Franks/Zimmerman)

U-boats lost

1943: U-536 , U-768

38 men died when those 2 U-boats were lost on this date. 61 men survived.

Survivors from U-boats almost always landed in allied captivity.

- 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, 20 November.

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Hubertus Korndörfer (1919).

The following men died on this day:
Rene Ballert (1985), Heinrich Driver (1980), Heinz-Eugen Eberbach (1982), Udo Heilmann (1970), Horst Slevogt (2011).

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 20 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-48

U-boats entering base:
To Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-19 (7 days)


From Kiel, Germany: U-94, U-95, U-140


From La Spezia, Italy: U-205
From Trondheim, Norway: U-377

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-87 (82 days)
To La Pallice U-402 (48 days)


From Kiel, Germany: U-425
From St. Nazaire, France: U-757
From Toulon, France: U-223, U-616


From Kiel, Germany: U-716
From Kristiansand: U-1009

U-boats entering base:
To Egersund U-486 (4 days)
To Farsund U-1276 (2 days)
To Horten, Norway: U-802 (8 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-722 (36 days)

U-boats at sea on 20 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-13, U-18, U-20, U-22, U-26, U-28, U-29, U-31, U-33, U-35 (+), U-38, U-41, U-43, U-47, U-48, U-49, U-53, U-57, U-60.
19 boats at sea.


U-29, U-43, U-47, U-52, U-65, U-93, U-94, U-95, U-100, U-103, U-104 (+), U-123, U-137, U-138, U-140.
15 boats at sea.


U-38, U-43, U-68, U-69, U-81, U-85, U-93, U-95 (+), U-96, U-98, U-105, U-106, U-123, U-124, U-126, U-129, U-133, U-201, U-205, U-331, U-332, U-372, U-373, U-375, U-402, U-431, U-434 (+), U-453, U-552, U-557, U-561, U-562, U-565, U-567, U-571, U-572, U-574 (+), U-575, U-577, U-578, U-652, UA.
42 boats at sea.


U-9, U-43, U-67, U-68, U-77, U-84, U-86, U-91, U-92, U-103, U-106, U-108, U-117, U-118, U-126, U-128, U-129, U-130, U-134, 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-184 (+), U-185, U-209, U-211, U-212, U-218, U-224, U-262, U-263, U-264, U-332, U-334, U-354, U-375, U-376, U-378, U-381, U-383, U-405, U-407, U-413, U-431, U-439, U-445, U-454, U-460, U-461, U-462, U-465, U-504, U-505, U-508, U-509, U-510, U-511, U-515, U-517 (+), U-518, U-519, U-521, U-522, U-524, U-552, U-564, U-566, U-572, U-586, U-590, U-592, U-601, U-606, U-608, U-611 (+), U-613, U-617, U-623, U-624, U-625, U-653, U-663, U-704, U-752, U-753, U-755, U-758, UD-3.
98 boats at sea.


U-18, U-19, U-20, U-68, U-81, U-86 (+), U-91, U-103, U-107, U-129, U-154, U-155, U-170, U-190, U-193, U-212, U-214, U-218, U-219, U-223, U-228, U-231, U-238, U-262, U-267, U-269, U-277, U-281, U-307, U-333, U-354, U-358, U-371, U-373, U-387, U-391 (+), U-407, U-413, U-421, U-424, U-425, U-426, U-488, U-510, U-515, U-516, U-518, U-530, U-537, U-538 (+), U-541, U-542 (+), U-543, U-544 (+), U-552, U-565, U-575, U-586, U-592, U-600 (+), U-608, U-616, U-618, U-625, U-648 (+), U-667, U-672, U-709, U-714, U-734, U-757, U-761, U-764, U-801, U-843, U-849 (+), U-850 (+), U-962, U-963, U-967, U-969.
81 boats at sea.


U-170, U-181, U-195, U-219, U-286, U-295, U-296, U-300, U-318, U-322 (+), U-396, U-400 (+), U-479 (+), U-481, U-482 (+), U-483, U-679 (+), U-680, U-772 (+), U-775, U-806, U-862, U-870, U-956, U-958, U-978, U-979, U-991, U-1003, U-1053, U-1165, U-1202, U-1221, U-1223, U-1227, U-1228, U-1230, U-1231, U-1232.
39 boats at sea.

General Events on 20 November


U-18 and U-57 both attacked a British destroyer in the North Sea, but without success.


After sinking a ship, U-181 rescued a survivor from the water and later transferred him to a lifeboat.


U-565 fired a T 5 torpedo at a British submarine in the Mediterranean with no result.


U-234 was scuttled by the US Navy after trials off Cape Cod.

U-889 was scuttled by the US Navy off New England after being used for torpedo trials.


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