|Ordered||5 Jun 1941|
|Laid down||8 Jul 1942||F Schichau GmbH, Danzig (werk 1548)|
|Launched||16 Apr 1943|
|Commissioned||19 Jun 1943||Oblt. Wilhelm von Trotha|
|Successes||1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 140 GRT|
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 600 tons
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).
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.
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)
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.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Angel and Bow