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Ordered20 Jan 1941
Laid down16 Sep 1941 Danziger Werft AG, Danzig (werk 118)
Launched6 Jun 1942
Commissioned26 Sep 1942Oblt. Wolfgang Schreiner
26 Sep 1942 - 11 Jun 1943  Oblt. Wolfgang Schreiner
1 patrol
26 Sep 1942-31 May 1943  8. Flottille (training)
1 Jun 1943-11 Jun 1943  6. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk on 11 June 1943 in the North Atlantic south-east of Iceland, in position 63.20N, 10.30W, by depth charges from a British Fortress aircraft (206 Sqn RAF/R). 46 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

Attacks on this boat and other events

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-417The 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)

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-417 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

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

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