U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-617

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
28 Aug 1943Toulon12 Sep 1943Lost16 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Albrecht Brandi

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-617

We have 10 daily positions for the 16 days U-617 was at sea.

Departure from Toulon on 28 Aug 1943.
29 Aug 1943 - 30 Aug 1943 - 31 Aug 1943 - 1 Sep 1943 - 2 Sep 1943 - 3 Sep 1943 - 4 Sep 1943 - 5 Sep 1943 - 6 Sep 1943 - 7 Sep 1943 - 8 Sep 1943 - 9 Sep 1943 - 10 Sep 1943 - 11 Sep 1943 -
Sunk on 12 Sep 1943.

Ships hit by U-617 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
6 Sep 1943U-617Albrecht Brandi HMS Puckeridge (L 108)1,050brA

1 ship sunk (1,050 tons).

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General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-617 during this patrol

12 Sep 1943
The sinking of U-617:
At 0150hrs a British Wellington bomber (179 Sqn RAF/P, pilot S/L D.B. Hodgkinson, RCAF) dropped depth charges in a Leigh Light attack off the Moroccan coast. Another Wellington (179 Sqn RAF/J, pilot P/O W.H. Brunini) was homed in and dropped its depth charges in another Leigh Light attack at 35°17N/03°20W. The aircraft was hit by flak in several places, fatally wounding the rear gunner, but this remained undiscovered 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.

The entire crew of 49 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 the wreck was finally destroyed by gunfire from HMS Hyacinth and HMAS Wollongong.

(Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

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