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Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down12 May 1942 F Schichau GmbH, Danzig (werk 1545)
Launched4 Feb 1943
Commissioned1 May 1943Kptlt. Heinz Schwassmann
1 May 1943 - 18 Jul 1944  Kptlt. Heinz Schwassmann
2 patrols
1 May 1943-31 Mar 1944  8. Flottille (training)
1 Apr 1944-31 May 1944  6. Flottille (active service)
1 Jun 1944-18 Jul 1944  13. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk 18 July 1944 in the Arctic west of Narvik, Norway, in position 68.24N, 09.51E, by depth charges from a British Catalina aircraft (RAF Sqdn. 210/Z, pilot R. W. G. Vaughan). 52 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 2 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-742 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Grimm (31 May 1944 - 6 Jun 1944)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-742 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.

Blue Dog biting Warship

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