U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-417

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
3 Jun 1943Kiel11 Jun 1943Lost9 days


Officers *

Oblt. Wolfgang Schreiner

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-417

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Ships hit by U-417 during this patrol

General Events during this patrol

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Attacks on U-417 during this patrol

11 Jun 1943
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:
British B-17 Flying Fortress FA704 (RAF Sqdn 206/R, pilot W/C R.B. Thomson)

The sinking of U-417
The Flying Fortress began the attack at 11.10 hours in the Atlantic SE of Iceland. Despite AA hits to the nose, cockpit, mainplanes, bomb bay and rear turret, the pilot dropped his depth charges on target. Several survivors from U-417 were seen in the water after she sank, but none were rescued.

Thomson (CO of 206 Squadron) had to ditch shortly afterwards and all eight aircrew managed to get into one dinghy, although without supplies. On 14 June an American Catalina flying boat (USN VP-84/P-3, pilot Lt Douglas S. Vieira, USNR) attempted to land nearby, but crashed, and its crew of nine also found themselves adrift, in two rafts. While the crew of the Fortress was located and rescued the same day by a British Catalina (190 Sqdn RAF, pilot S/L J.A. Holmes, DFC), the Catalina crew was not found until five days later. There was only one survivor, the others having died of exposure.

(Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

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