List of all U-boats

U-743

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down30 May 1942 F Schichau GmbH, Danzig (werk 1546)
Launched11 Mar 1943
Commissioned15 May 1943Oblt. Helmut Kandzior
Commanders
15 May 1943 - 22 Aug 1944  Oblt. Helmut Kandzior
Career
1 patrol
15 May 1943-30 Jun 1944  8. Flottille (training)
1 Jul 1944-22 Aug 1944  1. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Missing since 22 August 1944 in the Norwegian Sea or North Atlantic. There is no explanation for its loss. 50 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, January 1994).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

U-743 was en route to its operational area off the North Channel when it entered Trondheim to repair its schnorkel on 20 August 1944. It left the next day and was posted as missing on 10 September 1944 after repeatedly failing to report its position.

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk 9 Sept 1944 in the North Atlantic northwest of Ireland, in position 55.45N, 11.41W, by depth charges from the British corvette HMS Porchester Castle and the British frigate HMS Helmsdale. (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack resulted in the sinking of U-484.

Attacks on this boat and other events

20 Jun 1944
An attack by a British B-24 Liberator (86 Sqdn RAF/K) left one dead and two wounded. The boat returned to Bergen, Norway. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 595)

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in July 1944. Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from the boat

20 Jun 1944
An attack by a British B-24 Liberator (86 Sqdn RAF/K) left one dead and two wounded. The boat returned to Bergen, Norway.

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

U-boat Emblems

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


3 Fishes on Shield

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