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Ordered14 Oct 1941
Laid down12 Sep 1942 Flender Werke AG, L├╝beck (werk 317)
Launched1 Sep 1943
Commissioned23 Oct 1943Oblt. Peter Rahlff
23 Oct 1943 - 26 Jun 1944  Oblt. Peter Rahlf
1 patrol
23 Oct 1943-31 May 1944  4. Flottille (training)
1 Jun 1944-26 Jun 1944  9. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk on 26 June 1944 in the Norwegian Sea north-east of the Shetland Islands, in position 62.03N, 01.45E, by depth charges from a British Liberator aircraft (86 Sqn RAF/N). 50 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-317 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

Media links

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth
($ 77.01)

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay
($ 44.88)