|Ordered||15 Aug 1940|
|Laid down||31 May 1941||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 593)|
|Launched||14 Feb 1942|
|Commissioned||9 Apr 1942||Kptlt. Albrecht Brandi (Knights Cross)|
|Successes||8 ships sunk, total tonnage 25,879 GRT|
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 810 GRT
2 warships sunk, total tonnage 3,700 tons
Ran aground under British aerial attack by Hudsons (RAF Sqdn 48 and 233) and 2 Swordfish aircraft (FAA Sqdn 833 and 886) on 12 Sept 1943 in the Mediterranean near Melilla, in position 35.38N, 03.27W. Wreck destroyed by gunfire from the British corvette HMS Hyacinth and the Australian minesweeper HMAS Wollongong. 49 survivors (no casualties).
U-617 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Pfeil (12 Sep 1942 - 22 Sep 1942)
Blitz (22 Sep 1942 - 26 Sep 1942)
Tiger (26 Sep 1942 - 30 Sep 1942)
Delphin (4 Nov 1942 - 10 Nov 1942)
Wal (10 Nov 1942 - 15 Nov 1942)
Attacks on this boat and other events
12 Sep 1943
The sinking of U-617At 01.50 hours, the boat was attacked with depth charges by a Leigh Light equipped British Wellington aircraft (179 Sqdn RAF/P, pilot S/L D.B. Hodgkinson, RCAF) off the Moroccan coast. Another Wellington (179 Sqdn RAF/J, pilot P/O W.H. Brunini) was homed in and dropped its depth charges in a Leigh Light attack in 35°17N/03°20W. AA fire had hit the aircraft in several places, fatally wounding the rear gunner but this remained unnoticed by the crew during the action. The Wellington crew saw flames in the conning tower of U-617 and circled the boat for 45 minutes until she beached herself near Melilla, Spanish Morocco.
All 49 crew members abandoned ship and were interned by Spain and later repatriated to Germany. U-617 was finished off by several air attacks of British aircraft from Gibraltar (Hudsons of 48 and 233 Sqdn RAF and two Swordfish of 833 and 886 Sqdn FAA) and finally the wreck was destroyed by gunfire from HMS Hyacinth and HMAS Wollongong.(Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)
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-617 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 Wild Onager - U-338
Coat of Arms of Austria