German submarine U-417

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-417
Ordered: 20 January 1941
Builder: Danziger Werft, Danzig
Yard number: 118
Laid down: 16 September 1941
Launched: 6 September 1942
Commissioned: 26 September 1942
Fate: Sunk by a British aircraft[1][2]
General characteristics [3]
Class and type: Type VIIC submarine
Displacement: 769 tonnes (757 long tons) surfaced
871 t (857 long tons) submerged
Length: 67.1 m (220 ft 2 in) o/a
50.5 m (165 ft 8 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.2 m (20 ft 4 in) o/a
4.7 m (15 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Height: 9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)
Draft: 4.74 m (15 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: 2 × supercharged Germaniawerft 6-cylinder 4-stroke F46 diesel engines, totalling 2,800–3,200 PS (2,800–3,200 bhp; 2,100–2,400 kW). Max rpm: 470-490
2 × electric motors, totalling 750 PS (740 shp; 550 kW) and max rpm: 296.
Speed: 17.7 knots (32.8 km/h; 20.4 mph) surfaced
7.6 knots (14.1 km/h; 8.7 mph) submerged
Range: 8,500 nmi (15,700 km; 9,800 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
80 nmi (150 km; 92 mi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement: 44–52 officers and ratings
Armament:
Service record[1]
Part of: 8th U-boat Flotilla
(26 September 1942–31 May 1943)
6th U-boat Flotilla
(1 June–11 June 1943)
Commanders: Oblt.z.S. Wolfgang Schreiner
(26 September 1942–11 June 1943)
Operations: 3–11 June 1943
Victories: None

German submarine U-417 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

She carried out one patrol. She did not sink or damage any ships.

She was sunk by a British aircraft southeast of Iceland in June 1943.[1][2]

Service history[edit]

The submarine was laid down on 16 September 1941 at the Danziger Werft (yard) at Danzig (now Gdansk), as yard number 118, launched on 6 September 1942 and commissioned on the 26th under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Wolfgang Schreiner.

She served with the 8th U-boat Flotilla from 26 September 1942 and the 6th flotilla from 1 June 1943.

Patrol and loss[edit]

U-417 was sunk on 11 June 1943 southeast of Iceland by depth charges from a British B-17 Flying Fortress of No. 206 Squadron RAF.

Forty-six men were in U-417; there were no survivors.

Aftermath[edit]

U-417‍ '​s anti-aircraft fire had been accurate. The B-17 ditched; all eight of the crew were forced to share a single dinghy. On 14 June, an American navy PBY Catalina attempted a landing but crashed. Its crew of nine found themselves adrift on two rafts. The B-17 crew were found and rescued by Jack Holmes in a British Catalina of 190 squadron on the same day of their ditching,[4] but the Americans were not found for another five days. Only one man survived, the others died of exposure.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type VIIC boat U-417". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Kemp 1999, p. 124.
  3. ^ Gröner 1985, pp. 72-74.
  4. ^ "Air Commodore Jack Holmes - obituary". Daily Telegraph. 25 March 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Kemp, Paul (1999). U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars. London: Arms & Armour. ISBN 1-85409-515-3. 

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Coordinates: 63°20′N 10°30′W / 63.333°N 10.500°W / 63.333; -10.500