|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
Missing since 30 Jan 1945 in the Gulf of Finland, position unknown, probably lost by mine. 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 a Finnish diving team 'Badewanne', after 10 years of searching, reported they had found both U-676 and U-745 in the Baltic south of the Finnish island of Hanko. Both boats went missing in early 1945 with all hands lost. The boats were apparently lost in the Finnish/Soviet minefield 'Vantaa 3' laid by Finnish mine layers Louhi and Routsinsalmi on 12 Jan 1945.
We're trying to find proper positions on the boats.
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.
U-boats Missing in Action.