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Ordered9 Oct 1939
Laid down16 Dec 1940 Kriegsmarinewerft (KMW), Wilhelmshaven (werk 144)
Launched26 Sep 1942
Commissioned3 Dec 1942Oblt. Horst Geider
3 Dec 1942 - 24 Feb 1944  Oblt. Horst Geider
2 patrols
3 Dec 1942-31 Jul 1943  8. Flottille (training)
1 Aug 1943-24 Feb 1944  9. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Scuttled 24 Feb 1944 in the mid-Atlantic near Tangier, in position 35.55N, 05.45W, in view of approaching British destroyers HMS Anthony and HMS Wishart. 9 dead and 48 survivors.

Loss position

View the 2 war patrols

During the attempt to pass the Straits of Gibraltar U-761 was detected by US Catalina aircraft (VP 63/P-15) and attacked by British Catalina aircraft (Sqdn. 202/G) and an American Ventura aircraft (VB-127).

Wolfpack operations

U-761 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Coronel (4 Dec 1943 - 8 Dec 1943)
   Coronel 1 (8 Dec 1943 - 14 Dec 1943)
   Coronel 2 (14 Dec 1943 - 16 Dec 1943)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-761 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.

Crossed Swords

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