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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 on 24 February 1944 in the Strait of Gibraltar north of Tangier, in position 35.55N, 05.45W, after being badly damaged by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Anthony and HMS Wishart, a British Catalina (202 Sqn RAF/G), a US Ventura (VB-127 USN/B-46) and two US Catalina aircraft (VP-63 USN/P-14 & P-15). 9 dead and 48 survivors.

Loss position

View the 2 war patrols

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