|Ordered||16 Feb 1940|
|Laid down||30 Jan 1941||F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 649)|
|Launched||15 Nov 1941|
|Commissioned||31 Jan 1942||Oblt. Kurt Reichenbach-Klinke|
|Successes||3 ships sunk, total tonnage 10,651 GRT|
Sunk 5 June 1943 in the mid-Atlantic in position 30.18N, 42.50W by depth charges from an Avenger aircraft (VC-9 USN/T-11), assisted by a Wildcat aircraft (VC-9 USN/F-13), of the US escort carrier USS Bogue. 50 dead (all hands lost).
Attacks on this boat and other events
19 Aug 1942
Shortly after shelling the schooner Sea Gull D, 60 miles off Caracas, Venezuela, U-217 dived at 21.30 hrs to evade an aircraft which strafed the submerging U-boat and then dropped four depth charges. Two more aircraft arrived shortly afterwards, one of which attacked the U-boat when she surfaced at 23.45 hrs, dropping three more depth charges. U-217 was damaged, but was able to continue after carrying out repairs. (Sources: Ritschel)
1 recorded attack on this boat.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-217 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
The Laughing Sawfish - 9th Flotilla
Rings with Heart and Sun