Events on this day

21 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 (3) Launched (2) Commissioned (5)
No U-boat orders on this date1941: U-511
1942: U-490, U-923
1942: U-184
1945: U-4711
1942: U-210U-441U-515U-516
1945: U-2539
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-50BauerTara 4,760   nl
 U-57KorthLoch Maddy (d)4,996   brHX-19
 U-107GelhausEgda (d)10,068   nwON-65
 U-161AchillesCirce Shell 8,207   brON-60
 U-432SchultzeAzalea City 5,529   am
 U-67Müller-StöckheimKongsgaard 9,467   nw
 U-332HüttemannStigstad (d)5,964   nwON-166
 U-603BertelsmannStigstad 5,964   nwON-166
 U-664GraefH.H. Rogers 8,807   paONS-167
 U-664GraefRosario 4,659   amONS-167
 U-92OelrichEmpire Trader 9,990   brON-166
 U-168PichFenris (d)9,804   nw
 U-1064SchneidewindDettifoss 1,564   isUR-155
* 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-19. A British escort depth-charged U-19 off Ronaldsay in the Orkney Isles, causing minor damage.


U-552. The boat was attacked by an aircraft in the North Atlantic, suffering some damage.


U-604. The target of the depth charge attack on 21 Feb. 1943 in the North Atlantic at 51. 25N, 27. 28W by Coast Guard cutter USS John C. Spencer, believed to have sunk U-225, was in fact U-604, which escaped unscathed. (1987-05-01, FDS/NHB)

U-91. While attacking a convoy the boat was hit by a "rain of aircraft bombs and depth charges from surface ships" and forced to give up the attack to repair damage. (Blair, vol 2, page 186)


U-1064. Slight damage from depth-charging by the British escort HMS Fusilier.

U-boats lost

1943: U-623 +

46 men died when this U-boat was lost. There were no survivors.
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, 21 February.

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Richard Becker (1911), Hans Benker (1917), Horst-Tessen von Kameke (1916), Kurt Reichenbach-Klinke (1917).

The following men died on this day:
Richard Bernardelli (1986), Carl-Gabriel Graf von Gudenus (2012), Hermann Schröder (1943).

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 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.


U-boats entering base:
To Helgoland, Germany: U-52 (2 days)


From Lorient, France: U-124, UA
From Salamis, Greece: U-652

U-boats entering base:
To Kirkenes U-585 (28 days)


From Lorient, France: U-172, U-515
From St. Nazaire, France: U-618

U-boats entering base:
To Narvik, Norway: U-302 (20 days)


From Bergen, Norway: U-315
From Brest, France: U-621
From Konstanza, Rumania: U-9
From Narvik, Norway: U-739

U-boats entering base:
To St. Nazaire, France: U-267 (3 days)
To Trondheim, Norway: U-973 (3 days)


From Bergen, Norway: U-246 (lost 25 days later), U-953
From Trondheim, Norway: U-722 (lost 35 days later)

U-boats entering base:
To Kristiansand U-806 (115 days)
To Narvik, Norway: U-992 (37 days)

U-boats at sea on 21 February

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-19, U-22, U-23, U-26, U-28, U-29, U-37, U-48, U-50, U-53 (+), U-57, U-60, U-61, U-62, U-63 (+).
17 boats at sea.


U-46, U-47 (+), U-48, U-52, U-69, U-70 (+), U-73, U-95, U-96, U-97, U-103, U-107, U-108, U-123, U-552.
15 boats at sea.


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-124, 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-564, U-565, U-566, U-573, U-575, U-576, U-578, U-587 (+), U-588, U-652, U-653, U-656 (+), U-751, U-752, UA.
56 boats at sea.


U-9, U-43, U-66, U-68, U-84, U-87 (+), U-89, U-91, U-92, U-103, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-118, U-119, U-135, U-155, U-156 (+), U-160, U-172, U-175, U-180, U-182 (+), U-183, U-185, U-186, U-190, U-202, U-211, U-214, U-217, U-218, U-223, U-225 (+), U-226, U-228, U-229, U-230, U-251, U-258, U-264, U-303, U-332, U-355, U-358, U-359, U-371, U-375, U-376, U-377, U-382, U-383, U-402, U-403, U-405, U-407, U-409, U-410, U-432, U-435, U-437, U-443 (+), U-445, U-447, U-448, U-454, U-456, U-458, U-459, U-460, U-461, U-462, U-468, U-504, U-506, U-509, U-510, U-511, U-513, U-515, U-516, U-518, U-521, U-522 (+), U-523, U-525, U-526 (+), U-527, U-530, U-558, U-565, U-566, U-569, 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-618, U-621, U-622, U-628, U-633 (+), U-634, U-638, U-641, U-642, U-653, U-657, U-659, U-664, U-665 (+), U-707, U-709, U-753, U-758, U-759, UD-3.
126 boats at sea.


U-9, 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-214, U-218, U-230, U-256, U-257 (+), U-260, U-262, U-281, U-312, U-313, U-315, U-333, U-358 (+), U-362, U-366, U-407, U-410, U-413, U-421, 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-608, U-616, U-621, U-650, U-673, U-674, U-713 (+), U-714, U-739, U-761 (+), U-764, U-802, U-843, U-845 (+), U-846, U-852 (+), U-952, U-956, 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.
84 boats at sea.


U-190, U-195, U-244, U-246 (+), U-260 (+), U-286, U-299, U-300 (+), U-307, U-310, U-315, U-318, U-370, U-399 (+), U-427, U-475, U-483, U-510, U-532, U-681 (+), U-711, U-716, U-722 (+), U-739, U-773, U-775, U-843, U-857 (+), U-861, U-866 (+), U-878, U-879 (+), U-907, U-927 (+), U-953, U-963, U-965, U-995, U-1002, U-1003 (+), U-1004, U-1005, U-1017, U-1018 (+), U-1019, U-1021 (+), U-1022, U-1058, U-1064, U-1104, U-1169 (+), U-1203, U-1208 (+), U-1233, U-1279 (+), U-1302 (+), U-2322, U-2324.
58 boats at sea.

General Events on 21 February


U-260 sailed from Kristiansand on her last patrol.


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