German submarine U-17 (1935)
|Career (Nazi Germany)|
|Ordered:||2 February 1935|
|Laid down:||1 July 1935|
|Launched:||14 November 1935|
|Commissioned:||3 December 1935|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||IIB|
|Length:||42.70 m (140 ft 1 in)|
|Beam:||4.08 m (13 ft 5 in)|
|Draft:||3.90 m (12 ft 10 in)|
|Test depth:||80 m (260 ft)|
|Complement:||3 officers, 22 men|
1st U-boat Flotilla
22nd U-boat Flotilla
|Identification codes:||M 25 322|
|Victories:||Three ships sunk for a total of 1,825 GRT|
German submarine U-17 was a Type IIB U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine. It was built in Germaniawerft, Kiel, where it was laid down on 1 July 1935 and commissioned on 3 December 1935, under the command of Werner Fresdorf.
Its career consisted of four patrols, all served while under the 1st U-boat Flotilla where it sank three ships for a total of 1,825 gross register tons (GRT). Later in the war it served under the 22nd U-boat Flotilla as a training boat, including Oberleutnant zur See Walter Sitek as an instructor. Sitek had previously escaped imprisonment after the disabling and sinking of U-581 by HMS Westcott in February 1942. He swam 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) to Pico Island in the Azores, made his way through neutral Spain and returned to the Kriegsmarine to serve as an instructor on U-17, U-981, and U-3005.
Summary of raiding career
|14 September 1939||Hawarden Castle||United Kingdom||210||Sunk (mine)|
|2 March 1940||Rijnstroom||Netherlands||695||Sunk|
|5 March 1940||Grutto||Netherlands||920||Sunk|
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