Events on this day

30 October

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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 (8) Laid down (7) Launched (5) Commissioned (3)
1939: U-409, U-410, U-411, U-412, U-451, U-452, U-453, U-4541940: U-591, U-592
1941: U-640
1942: U-991, U-992
1943: U-1406
1944: U-3031
1940: U-67
1941: U-602
1943: U-483
1944: U-2524, U-2525
1940: U-146
1941: U-378U-594
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-13Daublebsky von EichhainCairnmona 4,666   brHX-5
 U-37HartmannThrasyvoulos 3,693   gr
 U-59JürstHMS Northern Rover (4.58) 655   br
 U-106RaschUSS Salinas (AO 19) (d)8,246   amON-28
 unknownHMS Northern Spray (FY 129) (d)655   br
 U-129WittWest Kebar 5,620   am
 U-203KottmannCorinaldo 7,131   brSL-125
 U-409MassmannBullmouth (d)7,519   brSL-125
 U-409MassmannSilverwillow 6,373   brSL-125
 U-509WitteBrittany 4,772   brSL-125
 U-604HöltringBaron Vernon 3,642   brSL-125
 U-604HöltringPrésident Doumer 11,898   brSL-125
 U-659StockBullmouth 7,519   brSL-125
 U-659StockCorinaldo (d)7,131   brSL-125
 U-659StockTasmania (d)6,405   brSL-125
* 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-106. After torpedoing the large American tanker Salinas the boat was hunted for nine hours by escorts from convoy ON 28 and suffered severe damage. (Blair, vol 1, page 374)


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)

U-415. Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:
British Wellington HF205 (612 Sqn RAF/C, pilot F/O R.S. Yeadon)

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.



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)

U-boats lost

1940: U-32
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.

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Götz von Hartmann (1913), Karl-Franz Heine (1915), Siegfried Keller (1917), Wilhelm Müller-Arnecke (1910), Ernst-August Rehwinkel (1901).

The following men died on this day:
Volkmar Schwartzkopff (1942), Hans Senkel (1942).

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


From Kiel, Germany: U-332
From Lorient, France: U-124, U-572
From St. Nazaire, France: U-69

U-boats entering base:
To Kristiansand U-434 (2 days)
To Trondheim, Norway: U-132 (6 days)


U-boats entering base:
To La Pallice U-615 (56 days)


From Brest, France: U-86
From Narvik, Norway: U-277

U-boats entering base:
To Penang, Malaysia: U-183 (120 days), U-188 (123 days), U-532 (120 days)
To Toulon, France: U-73 (26 days)


From Kristiansand: U-806, U-1202
From Stavanger, Norway: U-427

U-boats entering base:
To Kobe U-183 (15 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-13, U-21, U-25, U-26, U-31, U-33, U-34, U-37, U-46, U-53, U-56, U-57, U-58, U-59, U-61.
15 boats at sea.


U-28, U-29, U-31 (+), U-65, U-99, U-124.
6 boats at sea.


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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