List of all U-boats




Ordered10 Apr 1941
Laid down26 Apr 1942 F Schichau GmbH, Danzig (werk 1537)
Launched23 Dec 1942
Commissioned27 Mar 1943Oblt. Günther Stark
27 Mar 1943 - 6 Jun 1944  Kptlt. Günther Stark
2 patrols
27 Mar 1943-31 Mar 1944  8. Flottille (training)
1 Apr 1944-6 Jun 1944  1. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Listed as missing in the English Channel after 6 June 1944. 51 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, August 1996).

Loss position

View the 2 war patrols

There is a possibility that the boat was sunk either by a Liberator aircraft (Sqdn. 53/L) on June 7 in position 48.34N, 05.23W or Liberator aircraft (Sqdn. 224/G) on 8 June in position 48.27N, 05.47W.

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk 9 June, 1944 south-west of the Scilly Isles, in position 49.09N, 08.37W, by depth charges from a British Liberator aircraft (Sqdn. 120/F). (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack was in fact against a nonsub target.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-740 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.

Viking Ship

Media links

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

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel