German submarine U-217

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Career
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
Displacement: 965 long tons (980 t) surfaced
1,080 long tons (1,097 t) submerged
Length: 76.9 m (252 ft 4 in) o/a
59.8 m (196 ft 2 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.4 m (21 ft 0 in) o/a
4.7 m (15 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Draft: 5 m (16 ft 5 in)
Propulsion: 2 × supercharged Germaniawerft, 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: 20,720 km (11,190 nmi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
130 km (70 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)
Complement: 46–52 officers and ratings
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 × C30 20 mm AA (4,380 rounds)
Service record[1][2]
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.

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

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