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German submarine U-417
Career
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
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
Draft: 4.74 m (15 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: 2 × supercharged Germaniawerft 6-cylinder 4-stroke M6V 40/46 diesel engines, totalling 2,800–3,200 bhp (2,100–2,400 kW). Max rpm: 470-490
2 × electric motors, totalling 750 shp (560 kW) and max rpm: 296.
Speed: 17.7 knots (20.4 mph; 32.8 km/h) surfaced
7.6 knots (8.7 mph; 14.1 km/h) submerged
Range: 15,170 km (8,190 nmi) at 10 kn (19 km/h) surfaced
150 km (81 nmi) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement: 44–52 officers and ratings
Armament: • 5 × 533 mm (21 in) torpedo tubes (four bow, one stern)
• 14 × G7e torpedoes or 26 TMA mines
• 1 × C35 88mm gun/L45 deck gun (220 rounds)
• Various AA guns
Service record[3]
Part of: 8th U-boat Flotilla
(26 September 1942–31 May 1943)
6th U-boat Flotilla
(1 June–11 June 1943)
Commanders: Oblt. 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 the Nazi German 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[]

The submarine was laid down on 16 September 1941 at the Danziger Werft (yard) at Danzig (now Gdansk), as 'werk' 118, launched on 6 September 1942 and commissioned on the 26th under the command of Oberleutnant 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[]

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[]

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 a British Catalina of 190 squadron on the same day of their ditching, but the Americans were not found for another five days. Only one man survived, the others died of exposure.

References[]

Notes
  1. 1.0 1.1 http://uboat.net/boats/u417/htm
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kemp, Paul: U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars, 1997, Arms & Armour, ISBN 1-85409-515-3, p. 124
  3. "The Type VIIC boat U-417 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. http://www.uboat.net/boats/u417.htm. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
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See also[]

Coordinates: 63°20′N 10°30′W / 63.333°N 10.5°W / 63.333; -10.5

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