List of all U-boats

U-745

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down8 Jul 1942 F Schichau GmbH, Danzig (werk 1548)
Launched16 Apr 1943
Commissioned19 Jun 1943Oblt. Wilhelm von Trotha
Commanders
19 Jun 1943 - 31 Jan 1945  Kptlt. Wilhelm von Trotha
Career
4 patrols
19 Jun 1943-1 May 1944  8. Flottille (training)
1 May 1944-31 Jan 1945  8. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 140 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 600 tons
Fate

Sunk on 31 Jan 1945 in the Gulf of Finland south of Hanko, in approximate position 59.30N, 23.00E, by a mine in the barrage Vantaa 3 laid by the Finnish minelayers Louhi and Routsinsalmi on 12 Jan 1945. 48 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 2 ships hit by U-745 - View the 4 war patrols

Renamed S 11 after being transferred to Italy in exchange for transport vessels. Reverted to Germany as U-745 after the Italian capitulation.

Commander's body located

Wilhelm von Trotha's body was found in the near Föglö in the archipelago of the Finnish island of Åland in the Baltic on 10 Feb, 1945 and buried there 3 days later.

Wreck of U-676 and U-745 discovered

In late 2012 the Finnish diving team 'Badewanne', after 10 years of searching, reported they had found both U-676 and U-745 in the Gulf of Finland south of Hanko. Both boats went missing in early 1945 with all hands lost. The boats were apparently lost in the mine barrage Vantaa 3 laid by the Finnish minelayers Louhi and Routsinsalmi on 12 Jan 1945.

Information on Finnish mine laying operations (external site)

Documentation from National Geographic about the discovery of U-676 and U-745 (in German).

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-745 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.


Angel and Bow

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


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