Events on this day

18 February

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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 (0) Launched (2) Commissioned (4)
No U-boat orders on this dateNo boats laid down on this date1941: U-502
1943: U-240
1941: U-203
1942: U-259
1943: U-343U-964
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date


 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
1940 
 U-10PreussAmeland 4,537   nl
 U-23KretschmerHMS Daring (H 16) 1,375   brHN-12
 U-37HartmannEllin 4,917   gr
 U-37HartmannP.L.M. 15 3,754   fr65-KS
 U-53GrosseBanderas 2,140   sp
 U-61OestenEl Sonador 1,406   pa
 U-61OestenSangstad 4,297   nw
1941 
 U-103SchützeSeaforth 5,459   br
 U-96Lehmann-WillenbrockBlack Osprey 5,589   brHX-107
1942 
 U-108ScholtzSomme 5,265   brON-62
 U-432SchultzeOlinda 4,053   bz
1943 
 U-518WissmannBrasiloide 6,075   bz
1944 
 U-410FenskiHMS Penelope (97) 5,270   brShingle
 54,137
* 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

No attacks found on this date.


U-boats lost


1944: U-7 +, U-406
1945: U-2344

52 men died when those 3 U-boats were lost on this date. 55 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, 18 February.

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


Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Günter Keller (1917).

The following men died on this day:
Horst Dieterichs (1944), Günther Loeschcke (1944), Werner Nees (1976).

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 18 February

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

Sailed:
From Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-28


1941


Sailed:
From Helgoland, Germany: U-552

U-boats entering base:
To Lorient, France: U-37 (20 days)


1942


Sailed:
From Kirkenes: U-435


1943


Sailed:
From Bergen, Norway: U-634
From Brest, France: U-435
From La Pallice: U-615

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-613 (41 days)
To Konstanza, Rumania: U-24 (32 days)
To Lorient, France: U-176 (102 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-267 (38 days), U-465 (34 days), U-575 (64 days), U-594 (51 days)


1944



U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-366 (4 days), U-673 (4 days)
To Hammerfest, Norway: U-716 (25 days)
To Lorient, France: U-731 (62 days)


1945


Sailed:
From Batavia: U-862
From Harstad: U-716
From Horten, Norway: U-260 (lost 23 days later), U-1169

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-825 (52 days)
To Kobe UIT-24 (35 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-868 (29 days)
To Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-245 (36 days)


U-boats at sea on 18 February

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-10, U-13, U-14, U-18, U-19, U-22, U-23, U-25, U-26, U-28, U-29, U-37, U-48, U-50, U-53 (+), U-57, U-60, U-61, U-62, U-63 (+).
20 boats at sea.

1941

U-46, U-48, U-52, U-69, U-73, U-94, U-95, U-96, U-97, U-101, U-103, U-107, U-108, U-123, U-552.
15 boats at sea.

1942

U-67, U-68, U-69, U-81, U-83, U-85, U-94, U-96, U-98, U-103, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-109, U-125, U-126, U-128, U-129, U-130, U-134, U-136, U-154, U-155, U-156, U-158, U-161, U-162, U-213, U-331, U-332, U-352, U-377, U-404, U-432, U-455, U-502, U-504, U-505, U-558, U-559, U-561, U-564, U-565, U-566, U-573, U-575, U-576, U-578, U-584, U-585, U-587 (+), U-588, U-591, U-653, U-654, U-656 (+), U-751, U-752.
58 boats at sea.

1943

U-9, U-19, U-43, U-66, U-68, U-81, U-84, U-87 (+), U-89, U-91, U-92, U-103, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-118, U-119, U-125, U-135, U-155, U-156 (+), U-160, U-175, U-180, U-182 (+), U-183, U-185, U-186, U-202, U-211, U-214, U-217, U-218, U-223, U-225 (+), U-226, U-228, U-230, U-251, U-258, U-264, U-268 (+), U-302, U-303, U-332, U-355, U-358, U-359, U-371, U-375, U-376, U-377, U-381, U-382, U-383, U-402, U-403, U-405, U-407, U-409, U-410, U-414, U-432, U-435, U-436, U-437, U-443 (+), U-445, U-448, U-454, U-456, U-458, U-459, U-460, U-461, U-468, U-504, U-506, U-509, U-510, U-511, U-516, U-518, U-521, U-522 (+), U-523, U-525, U-526 (+), U-527, U-558, U-562 (+), U-565, U-566, U-569, U-571, U-590, U-591, U-593, U-600, U-602, U-603, U-604, U-606 (+), U-607, U-608, U-614, U-615, U-616, U-621, U-622, U-623 (+), U-628, U-634, U-638, U-653, U-657, U-659, U-664, U-707, U-709, U-753, U-755, U-758, U-759, UD-3.
125 boats at sea.

1944

U-18, U-19, U-66 (+), U-91 (+), U-123, U-154, U-168, U-170, U-178, U-183, U-188, U-212, U-218, U-230, U-256, U-257 (+), U-260, U-262, U-264 (+), U-278, U-281, U-312, U-313, U-333, U-358 (+), U-362, U-386 (+), U-407, U-410, U-413, U-425, U-437, U-441, U-445, U-448 (+), U-450 (+), U-510, U-516, U-518, U-530, U-532, U-539, U-546, U-547, U-549, U-550 (+), U-552, U-565, U-586, U-596, U-601 (+), U-603 (+), U-608, U-650, U-674, U-709 (+), U-713 (+), U-714, U-761 (+), U-764, U-802, U-845 (+), U-846, U-852 (+), U-952, U-953, U-956, U-957, U-962 (+), U-963, U-967, U-969, U-984, U-985, U-986 (+), U-989, U-990, U-1059 (+), U-1062, UIT-22 (+), UIT-24.
81 boats at sea.

1945

U-195, U-244, U-260 (+), U-286, U-299, U-300 (+), U-310, U-315, U-318, U-370, U-399 (+), U-427, U-475, U-483, U-510, U-532, U-681 (+), U-683 (+), U-711, U-716, U-739, U-775, U-806, U-843, U-857 (+), U-861, U-866 (+), U-870, U-878, U-879 (+), U-907, U-927 (+), U-963, U-965, U-968, U-992, U-995, U-1004, U-1017, U-1018 (+), U-1019, U-1022, U-1058, U-1064, U-1104, U-1203, U-1208 (+), U-1233, U-1235, U-1276 (+), U-1279 (+), U-1302 (+), U-2322, U-2324.
54 boats at sea.


General Events on 18 February

1945

The following U.P. report was released to the newswires: A German communique claimed today that midget U-boats sank a supply steamer of 3000 tons and probably sank a second vessel along the North Sea convoy route between the Thames and the Scheldt estuary.

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