German submarine U-741

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-741
Ordered: 5 June 1941
Builder: F Schichau GmbH, Danzig
Laid down: 30 April 1942
Launched: 4 February 1943
Commissioned: 10 April 1943
Fate: Sunk, 15 August 1944
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Type VIIC submarine
Displacement: 769 tonnes (757 long tons) surfaced
871 t (857 long tons) submerged
Length: 67.1 m (220 ft 2 in) o/a
50.5 m (165 ft 8 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.2 m (20 ft 4 in) o/a
4.7 m (15 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Height: 9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)
Draft: 4.74 m (15 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: 2 × supercharged Germaniawerft 6-cylinder 4-stroke F46 diesel engines, totalling 2,800–3,200 bhp (2,100–2,400 kW). Max rpm: 470-490
2 × electric motors, totalling 750 shp (560 kW) and max rpm: 296
Speed: 17.7 knots (32.8 km/h; 20.4 mph) surfaced
7.6 knots (14.1 km/h; 8.7 mph) submerged
Range: 8,500 nmi (15,700 km; 9,800 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
80 nmi (150 km; 92 mi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement: 44–52 officers & ratings
Armament:
Service record[2]
Part of: 8th U-boat Flotilla
(10 April 1943 - 31 October 1943) – Training
1st U-boat Flotilla
(1 November 1943 - 15 August 1944)
Commanders: Oblt.z.S. Gerhard Palmgren
(10 April 1943 - 15 August 1944)
Operations: 1st patrol
25 November 1943 – 27 January 1944
2nd patrol
29 February 1944 – 3 May 1944
3rd patrol
19 June 1944 – 29 June 1944
4th patrol
5 July 1944 – 15 July 1944
5th patrol
3 August 1944 – 15 August 1944
Victories: 1 warship total loss (1,625 tons)

German submarine U-741 was a Type VIIC U-boat built by F Schichau GmbH of Danzig and commissioned on 10 April 1943.[3]

Service History[edit]

On 15 August 1944, she attacked convoy FTM-69 and torpedoed the Royal Navy Tank Landing ship HMS LST-404, 35 miles South East of St. Catherine's Point causing extensive damage and seven fatalities. Although the vessel was beached, she later broke in two and was declared a total loss.[4] Convoy escorts counter-attacked; the corvette HMS Orchis is credited with the destruction of U-741. Orchis rescued one survivor.[3]

The wreck was identified by marine archaeologist Innes McCartney near the position given by the Allies in 2000.

In 5 patrols U-741 accounted for the total loss of 1 warship, for a total of 1,625 tons.

Wolf Packs[edit]

U-741 took part in 6 wolfpacks, namely.

  • Coronel 1 (14 - 17 December 1943)
  • Sylt (18 - 23 December 1943)
  • Rügen 2 (23 - 28 December 1943)
  • Rügen 1 (28 December 1943 - 7 January 1944)
  • Rügen (7 - 14 January 1944)
  • Preussen (7 - 22 March 1944)

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate[5]
15 August 1944 HMS LST-404  Royal Navy 1,625 Total loss

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Gröner 1985, pp. 72-74.
  2. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type VIIC boat U-741". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "U-741". uboat.net. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  4. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "Tank landing ship of the LST class:HMS LST 404". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  5. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by U-741". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
Bibliography
  • Busch, Rainer; Röll, Hans-Joachim (1999). Deutsche U-Boot-Verluste von September 1939 bis Mai 1945. Der U-Boot-Krieg (in German) IV (Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn: Mittler). ISBN 3-8132-0514-2. 
  • Gröner, Erich (1985). U-Boote, Hilfskreuzer, Minenschiffe, Netzleger, Sperrbrecher. Die deutschen Kriegsschiffe 1815-1945 (in German) III (Koblenz: Bernard & Graefe). ISBN 3-7637-4802-4. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°02′N 00°36′W / 50.033°N 0.600°W / 50.033; -0.600