|Ordered||5 Jun 1941|
|Laid down||30 May 1942||F Schichau GmbH, Danzig (werk 1546)|
|Launched||11 Mar 1943|
|Commissioned||15 May 1943||Oblt. Helmut Kandzior|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
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).
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
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.
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 -
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
3 Fishes on Shield