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21 June

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U-boat Shipyard report

Ordered (0) Laid down (5) Launched (6) Commissioned (2)
No U-boat orders on this date1941: U-264
1943: U-1056, U-1057, U-1274
1944: U-3005
1941: U-87, U-158, U-436, U-455, U-456
1942: U-760
1941: U-374U-434
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-28KuhnkeHMS Cape Howe (X 02) 4,443   br
 U-38LiebeLuxembourg 5,809   be
 U-43AmbrosiusYarraville 8,627   br65-X
 U-47PrienSan Fernando 13,056   brHX-49
 U-52SalmanHilda 1,144   fi
 U-65StockhausenBerenice 1,177   nl
 U-128HeyseWest Ira 5,681   am
 U-513GuggenbergerVenezia 1,673   sw
 U-73DeckertBrinkburn 1,598   brTE-22
* 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-99. While inbound to Bergen with a medical casualty U-99 sailed into the path of the German battlecruiser Scharnhorst, whose Ar196 scout plane mistook the boat for a British submarine and attacked, causing damage that forced the boat back to Germany for repairs. (Blair, vol 1, page 171)


U-462. This milch cow suffered one dead and four wounded from an attack by Mosquito aircraft from RAF Squadrons 151 & 456. [Matrosengefreiter Ferdinand Brunnbaur]. The boat had to break off patrol and return to port.


U-971. For the third time on this patrol the boat was attacked by Allied aircraft. On this day two more attacked; a British Sunderland flying boat (228 Sqdn RAF) and a British Halifax bomber (502 Sqdn RAF), causing yet more damage to the boat. The boat still continued on patrol, and was sunk by aircraft three days later while en route to base at Brest, France. (Blair, vol 2, page 590)

U-boats lost

No U-boats were lost on this date, 21 June.

- 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, 21 June.

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Karl Friederich (1914), Wolfgang Ley (1920).

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 21 June

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 Bergen, Norway: U-137
From Gotenhafen: U-142
From Kiel, Germany: U-81

U-boats entering base:
To Kiel, Germany: U-48 (3 days)


From Kiel, Germany: U-458, U-461

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-213 (2 days), U-558 (71 days)


From Hammerfest, Norway: U-625
From Toulon, France: U-458

U-boats entering base:
To St. Nazaire, France: U-338 (7 days)


From Egersund: U-317 (lost 6 days later)
From St. Nazaire, France: U-390
From St. Peter Port: U-984
From Stavanger, Norway: U-771

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-743 (7 days)
To Reval U-1193 (2 days)
To Toulon, France: U-586 (44 days), U-952 (45 days)
To Trondheim, Norway: U-348 (4 days)

U-boats at sea on 21 June

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


U-25, U-26 (+), U-28, U-29, U-30, U-32, U-38, U-43, U-46, U-47, U-48, U-51, U-52, U-61, U-62, U-65, U-99, U-101, U-122 (+), UA.
20 boats at sea.


U-38, U-43, U-69, U-71, U-73, U-75, U-77, U-79, U-96, U-101, U-103, U-107, U-108, U-111, U-123, U-137, U-140, U-141, U-142, U-143, U-144, U-145, U-146, U-149, U-201, U-202, U-203, U-204, U-371, U-552, U-553, U-556 (+), U-557, U-558, U-559, U-561, U-562, U-564, U-651 (+), U-751, UA.
41 boats at sea.


U-67, U-68, U-69, U-81, U-84, U-87, U-88, U-89, U-94, U-96, U-97, U-103, U-106, U-107, U-124, U-126, U-128, U-129, U-132, U-134, U-135, U-153 (+), U-154, U-156, U-158 (+), U-159, U-160, U-161, U-166 (+), U-171 (+), U-172, U-173, U-202, U-203, U-205, U-215 (+), U-251, U-332, U-334, U-355, U-372, U-373, U-376, U-402, U-404, U-406, U-408, U-432, U-437, U-453, U-458, U-459, U-460, U-461, U-502 (+), U-504, U-505, U-553, U-559, U-561, U-566, U-569, U-571, U-575, U-576 (+), U-578, U-584, U-590, U-594, U-653, U-657, U-701 (+), U-753, U-754 (+).
74 boats at sea.


U-18, U-19, U-24, U-66, U-67 (+), U-73, U-81, U-84 (+), U-92, U-119 (+), U-126 (+), U-134 (+), U-135 (+), U-154, U-159 (+), U-170, U-172, U-177, U-178, U-180, U-181, U-185 (+), U-190, U-193, U-194 (+), U-195, U-196, U-197 (+), U-198, U-199 (+), U-200 (+), U-211, U-212, U-214, U-221, U-228, U-232 (+), U-251, U-257, U-271, U-302, U-306, U-333, U-336, U-341, U-358, U-380, U-382, U-415, U-420, U-431, U-435 (+), U-449 (+), U-450, U-455, U-458, U-460, U-462, U-487 (+), U-488, U-508, U-510, U-511, U-513 (+), U-515, U-527 (+), U-530, U-535 (+), U-536, U-558 (+), U-565, U-571, U-572 (+), U-586, U-590 (+), U-592, U-593, U-596, U-600, U-603, U-608, U-615 (+), U-617, U-618, U-622, U-625, U-634 (+), U-641, U-642, U-645, U-650, U-653, U-666, U-667, U-669, U-732, U-758, U-759 (+), U-951 (+), U-953.
100 boats at sea.


U-19, U-20, U-107, U-129, U-154 (+), U-155, U-181, U-183, U-196, U-198 (+), U-214, U-218, U-233 (+), U-242, U-243 (+), U-247, U-269 (+), U-275, U-276, U-294, U-307, U-309, U-313, U-315, U-317 (+), U-344, U-363, U-390, U-394, U-396, U-397, U-441 (+), U-480, U-516, U-530, U-534, U-537, U-539, U-541, U-543 (+), U-546, U-547, U-548, U-621, U-668, U-671, U-673, U-677, U-678 (+), U-711, U-716, U-719 (+), U-741, U-745, U-763, U-764, U-771, U-804, U-853, U-857, U-858, U-859 (+), U-861, U-862, U-958, U-971 (+), U-975, U-982, U-984, U-988 (+), U-992, U-997, U-999, U-1001, U-1007, U-1060, U-1062, U-1165, U-1191 (+), U-1222 (+), U-1225 (+).
81 boats at sea.


U-530, U-977.
2 boats at sea.

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