Events on this day

17 November

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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 date1939: U-371, U-372
1942: U-293, U-348
1941: U-660
1943: U-1005, U-1006
1943: U-297U-866U-1165
1944: U-1307
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-28KuhnkeSliedrecht 5,133   nl
 U-57KorthKaunas 1,566   li
 U-137WohlfarthSaint Germain 1,044   brHG-46
 U-137WohlfarthVeronica 1,316   swHG-46
 U-184DangschatWidestone 3,192   brONS-144
 U-264LooksMount Taurus 6,696   grONS-144
 U-508StaatsCity 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)

U-boats lost

1942: U-331

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.

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Ruprecht Fischer (1916), Harald Grosse (1906), Guido Hyronimus (1918), Otto Köhler (1909).

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 Lorient, France: U-517 (lost 5 days later)

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-603 (5 days), U-622 (4 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-71 (44 days)


From Trondheim, Norway: U-761

U-boats entering base:
To Brest, France: U-256 (45 days)
To Hammerfest, Norway: U-636 (12 days)
To La Pallice U-953 (47 days)


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-13, U-15, U-18, U-19, U-22, U-25, U-26, U-28, U-29, U-33, U-38, U-41, U-43, U-47, U-49, U-53, U-57, U-60.
18 boats at sea.


U-29, U-43, U-47, U-52, U-65, U-93, U-100, U-103, U-104 (+), U-123, U-137, U-138.
12 boats at sea.


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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