List of all U-boats




Ordered23 Sep 1939
Laid down18 Dec 1939 Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel (werk 5)
Launched10 May 1941
Commissioned21 Jun 1941Oblt. Unno von Fischel
21 Jun 1941 - 12 Jan 1942  Oblt. Unno von Fischel
3 patrols
21 Jun 1941-31 Aug 1941  5. Flottille (training)
1 Sep 1941-13 Dec 1941  1. Flottille (active service)
14 Dec 1941-12 Jan 1942  29. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 3,349 GRT
2 auxiliary warships sunk, total tonnage 992 GRT

Sunk on 12 January 1942 in the Mediterranean Sea south-west of Cape Spartivento, in position 37.50N, 16.00E, by torpedoes from the British submarine HMS Unbeaten. 42 dead and 1 survivor.

Loss position

See the 3 ships hit by U-374 - View the 3 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-374 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Mordbrenner (16 Oct 1941 - 2 Nov 1941)

Attacks on this boat and other events

2 Nov 1941
After shadowing convoy SC-42 for a day, U-374 was discovered by the Canadian escort corvette HMCS Buctouche (K 179), which dropped six depth charges, causing only minor damage. (Sources: Blair, vol 1, page 376)

10 Jan 1942
The British destroyer HMS Legion (Cdr. R.F. Jessel, DSC, RN) and the Dutch destroyer HrMs Isaac Sweers (Cdr. W. Harmsen) depth-charged U-374. She escaped, but was left damaged and unable to submerge.

U-374 was sunk two days later by the British submarine HMS Unbeaten (Lt.Cdr. E.A. Woodward, DSO, RN).

2 recorded attacks on this boat.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-374 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

Media links

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

Submarines versus U-boats

Jones, Geoffrey