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 - 21 Sep 1944  Oblt. Helmut Kandzior
Career
1 patrol
15 May 1943-30 Jun 1944  8. Flottille (training)
1 Jul 1944-21 Sep 1944  1. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

On July 16, 2001 during Operation Deadlight Expedition just north of Ireland a diving team led by Innes McCartney discovered a wreck at depth of 69m in position 55.38N, 07.26W. This wreck is U-743, according to Dr. Alex Niestlé, and if so then she was lost in latter half of Sept or early Oct 1944. 50 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, January 1994).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

The reasons for her loss are not clear, possibly due to collision with an unknown vessel. I've put her loss on 21 Sept for our databases to list her at least more correctly until we find out her actual date of loss (previous date used was Aug 21).

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 (RAF Sqdn 86/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 (RAF Sqdn 86/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