U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-74

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
8 May 1941St. Nazaire30 May 1941Lorient23 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Eitel-Friedrich Kentrat

Oblt. Ulrich Gräf

Ltn. Karl Friederich
Cdr sea training

Kptlt. Axel-Olaf Loewe

Patrol description

The translated war diary of U-74 for this patrol is available on our partner website: uboatarchive.net

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-74

We have daily positions for all 23 days on this patrol.

Wolfpack operations during this patrol

U-74 operated with the following Wolfpacks during this patrol
   West (13 May 1941 - 22 May 1941)

Ships hit by U-74 during this patrol

General Events during this patrol


26 May 1941. Read about U-74's involvement in the last desperate hours of the battleship Bismarck here.

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Attacks on U-74 during this patrol

21 May 1941
The boat was fired on by HMS Verbena astern of convoy HX 126 and forced to dive, and over the next four hours subjected to a barrage of some 125 depth charges from HMS Verbena and HMS Burnham until the corvette ran out of depth charges and the sonar contact was lost. Severe damage forced U-74 to return to base.

30 May 1941
Bay of Biscay, approx. 45 miles (72km) SW of Belle-Ile, inbound: U-74 was returning to base on the surface due to chlorine gas from severe damage from depth charging with three survivors from the Bismarck on board when she was attacked by British submarine HMS Sealion. Quick reaction by the deck watch allowed the boat to evade the spread of six torpedoes and make port without further damage.

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* These are officers that later became commanders themselves.

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