Events on this day
This is a run-down from several databases on our site. It's meant to give a clear picture of events on this date, all year round.
U-boat Shipyard report
|Ordered (0)||Laid down (4)||Launched (3)||Commissioned (4)|
|No U-boat orders on this date||1939: U-371, U-372 |
1942: U-293, U-348
|1941: U-660 |
1943: U-1005, U-1006
|1943: U-297U-866U-1165 |
|These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.|
Allied Ships hit on this date
|U-boat||Commander||Name of ship||Tons||Country||Convoy|
|U-508||Staats||City of Corinth||5,318||br|
|* Unless otherwise noted the ships listed here were sunk. (d) = damaged|
See all Allied ships hit by U-boats during WWII.
Attacks on this day
U-566. 08.56 hrs, west of Gibraltar: U-566 attempted to evade an attack from British Hudson Mk.III FH240 (RAF Sqn 233/U, pilot Sgt Eric H. Smith) by diving. The aircraft dropped four depth charges just ahead of the wash and subseqently observed a large patch of oil on the surface. U-566 escaped with damage to the bow planes and an untraceable oil leak which forced her to operate further away from the coast during the rest of the patrol. (Franks)
U-613. The new boat was attacked by a British Hudson bomber (Sqdn, 608, pilot J. B. R. Petrie) and seriously damaged. She managed to limp to France with assistance from other boats. (Blair, vol 2, page 113)
32 men died when this U-boat was lost. 17 men survived.
Survivors from U-boats almost always landed in allied captivity.
- For more information on U-boat losses check out our Fates section.
U-boat Men Lost or Wounded
There were no men lost from U-boats on this date, 17 November.
- For more information on Men lost from U-boats check out this page.
The following men died on this day:
Karl-Heinz Moehle (1996).
See the entire U-boat commander listing showing all U-boat commanders.
We might include more officers (Allied and Axis) at a later date.
U-boat departures and arrivals on 17 November
This section shows the U-boat departures and arrivals from bases on this day of the year. Current country names shown with harbour names. Boats entering port display days at sea during that patrol.
From Kiel, Germany: U-52
From Brest, France: U-562
From Horten, Norway: U-486, U-1009
U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-294 (3 days)
To Danzig, Germany: U-475 (35 days)
To Horten, Norway: U-1020 (4 days), U-1209 (4 days)
To Kristiansand U-1276 (3 days)
U-boats at sea on 17 November
Boats entering port on this day are not counted, but boats departing for patrol are. (+) indicates the boat was lost during this patrol.
U-38, U-43, U-68, U-69, U-81, U-82, U-84, U-85, U-93, U-96, U-98, U-105, U-106, U-109, U-123, U-124, U-126, U-129, U-133, U-201, U-205, U-331, U-332, U-372, U-373, U-375, U-402, U-431, U-434 (+), U-453, U-552, U-561, U-562, U-565, U-567, U-571, U-572, U-574 (+), U-575, U-577, U-652, U-752, UA.
43 boats at sea.
U-9, U-43, U-67, U-68, U-73, U-77, U-84, U-86, U-87, U-89, U-91, U-92, U-103, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-117, U-118, U-126, U-128, U-129, U-130, U-134, U-154, U-155, U-159, U-160, U-161, U-163, U-172, U-174, U-176, U-177, U-178, U-181, U-183, U-184 (+), U-185, U-205, U-209, U-211, U-218, U-224, U-262, U-263, U-264, U-332, U-334, U-354, U-375, U-376, U-378, U-380, U-381, U-383, U-402, U-405, U-407, U-413, U-431, U-438, U-439, U-445, U-454, U-460, U-462, U-465, U-504, U-505, U-508, U-509, U-510, U-511, U-515, U-517 (+), U-518, U-519, U-521, U-522, U-524, U-552, U-564, U-566, U-572, U-590, U-592, U-601, U-606, U-608, U-611 (+), U-613, U-617, U-623, U-624, U-625, U-653, U-662, U-663, U-704, U-752, U-753, U-755, U-758, UD-3.
104 boats at sea.
U-18, U-19, U-20, U-68, U-81, U-86 (+), U-91, U-103, U-107, U-129, U-154, U-155, U-170, U-190, U-193, U-211 (+), U-212, U-214, U-218, U-219, U-228, U-231, U-238, U-262, U-267, U-269, U-277, U-281, U-307, U-333, U-354, U-358, U-360, U-371, U-373, U-387, U-391 (+), U-407, U-413, U-421, U-424, U-426, U-437, U-466, U-488, U-510, U-515, U-516, U-518, U-530, U-536 (+), U-537, U-538 (+), U-541, U-542 (+), U-543, U-544 (+), U-552, U-565, U-575, U-586, U-592, U-600 (+), U-608, U-618, U-625, U-648 (+), U-672, U-709, U-714, U-734, U-757, U-761, U-764, U-801, U-843, U-849 (+), U-962, U-963, U-967, U-969.
81 boats at sea.
U-170, U-181, U-195, U-219, U-296, U-300, U-322 (+), U-396, U-479 (+), U-481, U-483, U-679 (+), U-722, U-773, U-806, U-870, U-956, U-958, U-978, U-979, U-991, U-1003, U-1053, U-1165, U-1202, U-1221, U-1223, U-1227, U-1228, U-1230, U-1231, U-1232.
32 boats at sea.
General Events on 17 November
At the start of her third patrol, U-331 landed eight commandos on the Egyptian coast east of Ras Gibeisa. Their mission was to blow up a railway line, in which they failed. U-331 went on to sink the British battleship HMS Barham on 25 Nov.
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