List of all U-boats

U-720

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered25 Aug 1941
Laid down17 Aug 1942 H C Stülcken Sohn, Hamburg (werk 786)
Launched5 Jun 1943
Commissioned17 Sep 1943Ltnt. Wolf-Harald Schüer
Commanders
17 Sep 1943 - 31 Mar 1944  Oblt. Wolf-Harald Schüler
1 Apr 1944 - 22 Nov 1944  Oblt. Walter Boldt
23 Nov 1944 - 5 May 1945  Oblt. Erhard Wendelberger
Career
No patrols
17 Sep 1943-28 Feb 1945  21. Flottille (school boat)
1 Mar 1945-5 May 1945  31. Flottille (training)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Surrendered on 5 May 1945 at Heligoland, Germany.

Transferred to Loch Ryan, Scotland for Operation Deadlight.

Operation Deadlight (post-war Allied operation, info)
Sunk on 21 December 1945 at 56.04N x 09.35W by naval gunfire.

Final location

Blue marker shows final fate during Operation Deadlight. Orange marker shows German surrender.

Previously recorded fate

  • Surrendered at Wilhelmshaven, Germany on 8 May, 1945.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-720 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Crew XII/39

Media links


The Grey Wolves of Eriboll

David M. Hird


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth


The Royal Navy and German Naval Disarmament, 1942-1947

Madsen, Chris


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel