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U-974

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down26 Jun 1942 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 174)
Launched11 Mar 1943
Commissioned22 Apr 1943Oblt. Joachim Zaubitzer
Commanders
22 Apr 1943 - 8 Nov 1943  Oblt. Joachim Zaubitzer
9 Nov 1943 - 19 Apr 1944  Oblt. Heinz Wolff
Career
1 patrol
22 Apr 1943-31 Oct 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 Nov 1943-19 Apr 1944  7. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Sunk 19 April, 1944 in the North Sea by Stavanger, Norway, in position 59.08N, 05.23E, by torpedoes from Norwegian submarine HNoMS Ula. 42 dead and 8 survivors.

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

The loss of U-974
The Norwegian submarine Ula fired a spread of 4 torpedoes towards U-974 at the range of about 1200 meters. One of those hit the boat just aft of the conning tower causing a major explosion which shook the Ula which crash dived and during that dive they could hear the U-974 break in two as it sank.

General notes on this boat

The boat was discovered in 1996 by a ROV at about 190m depth (ca. 580 feet). She is broken in two parts, one of about 15 meters and the second of around 40 meters in length. The wreck lies about 1000m south east of Loten on the western Bokanfjorden, near Stavanger, Norway.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-974 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.


Shield with Emblems

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