List of all U-boats

U-374

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered23 Sep 1939
Laid down18 Dec 1939 Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel (werk 5)
Launched10 May 1941
Commissioned21 Jun 1941Oblt. Unno von Fischel
Commanders
21 Jun 1941 - 12 Jan 1942  Oblt. Unno von Fischel
Career
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
Fate

Sunk 12 Jan, 1942 in the western Mediterranean east 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