List of all U-boats
|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 on 5 June 1943 in the North Atlantic south-west of the Azores, 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).
U-217 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Pirat (30 Jul 1942 - 3 Aug 1942)
Trutz (1 Jun 1943 - 5 Jun 1943)
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
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