German submarine U-217

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-217
Ordered: 16 February 1940
Builder: Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel
Yard number: 649
Laid down: 30 January 1941
Launched: 15 November 1941
Commissioned: 31 January 1942
Fate: Sunk, 5 June 1943, by US carrier-borne aircraft
General characteristics
Type: Type VIID submarine[1]
Displacement: 965 tonnes (950 long tons) surfaced
1,080 t (1,060 long tons) submerged
Length: 76.9 m (252 ft 4 in) o/a
59.8 m (196 ft 2 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.38 m (20 ft 11 in) o/a<
4.7 m (15 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Draft: 5 m (16 ft 5 in)
Propulsion: 2 × supercharged GW, 6-cylinder, 4-stroke F46 diesel engines totalling 2,800–3,200 bhp (2,100–2,400 kW). Max rpm: 470-490
2 × AEG GU 460/8-276 electric motors, totalling 750 shp (560 kW). Max rpm: 285
Speed: 16.7 knots (30.9 km/h; 19.2 mph) surfaced
7.9 knots (14.6 km/h; 9.1 mph) submerged
Range: 11,200 nmi (20,700 km; 12,900 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
69 km (37 nmi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 200 m (660 ft)
Crush depth: 220–240 m (720–790 ft)
Crew: 4 officers, 40 enlisted
Armament:
  • 5 × 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedo tubes (four bow, one stern)
  • 14 × torpedoes or 26 × TMA or 39 × TMB tube-launched mines
  • 5 × vertical launchers with 15 SMA mines
  • 1 × 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun (220 rounds)
  • 2 × 20 mm AA (4,380 rounds)
Service record[2][3]
Part of: 5th U-boat Flotilla
(31 January 1942–31 July 1942)
9th U-boat Flotilla
(1 August 1942–5 June 1943)
Commanders: Kptlt. Kurt Reichenbach-Klinke
(31 January 1942–5 June 1943)
Operations: Three:
1st patrol:
14 July–16 October 1942
2nd patrol:
24 November 1942–23 February 1943
3rd patrol:
19 April–5 June 1943
Victories: Three commercial ships sunk (10,651 GRT)

German submarine U-217 was a Type VIID mine-laying U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

She was laid down on 30 January 1941, launched on 15 November and commissioned on 31 January 1942, U-217 served with the 5th U-boat Flotilla in a training capacity before moving on to the operational 9th flotilla on 1 August 1942 until she was sunk. U-217 completed three patrols and sank three ships totalling 10,651 gross register tons (GRT).

She was sunk on 5 June 1943 in the mid-Atlantic with all hands by depth charges dropped by Grumman TBF Avengers from the escort carrier Bogue (CVE-9). The wreck lies at 30°18′N 042°50′W / 30.300°N 42.833°W / 30.300; -42.833Coordinates: 30°18′N 042°50′W / 30.300°N 42.833°W / 30.300; -42.833, near the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

Wolf Packs[edit]

U-217 took part in 2 wolfpacks, namely.

  • Pirat (30 Jul 1942 - 3 Aug 1942)
  • Trutz (1 Jun 1943 - 5 Jun 1943)

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate
19 August 1942 Sea Gull D  United Kingdom 75 Sunk
14 December 1942 Etna  Sweden 2,619 Sunk
3 February 1943 Rhexnor  United Kingdom 7,181 Sunk

References[edit]

Notes
Bibliography
  • Busch, Rainer; Röll, Hans-Joachim (1999). Deutsche U-Boot-Verluste von September 1939 bis Mai 1945. Der U-Boot-Krieg (in German) IV (Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn: Mittler). ISBN 3-8132-0514-2. 
  • Bishop, Chris (2006). Kriegsmarine U-Boats, 1939-45. London: Amber Books. ISBN 978-1-904687-96-2. 
  • Gröner, Erich (1985). U-Boote, Hilfskreuzer, Minenschiffe, Netzleger, Sperrbrecher. Die deutschen Kriegsschiffe 1815-1945 (in German) III (Koblenz: Bernard & Graefe). ISBN 3-7637-4802-4. 

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