List of all U-boats

U-117

Type

XB

 
Ordered31 Jan 1939
Laid down1 Jul 1939 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 616)
Launched22 Jul 1941
Commissioned25 Oct 1941Korvkpt. Hans-Werner Neumann
Commanders
25 Oct 1941 - 7 Aug 1943  FrgKpt. Hans-Werner Neumann
Career
5 patrols
25 Oct 1941-31 Jan 1942  2. Flottille (training)
1 Feb 1942-30 Sep 1942  1. Flottille (training)
1 Oct 1942-14 Oct 1942  1. Flottille (active service)
15 Oct 1942-30 Nov 1942  11. Flottille (active service)
1 Dec 1942-7 Aug 1943  12. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship damaged, total tonnage 7,177 GRT
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 7,092 GRT
Fate

Sunk 7 August, 1943 in the North Atlantic, in position 39.42N, 38.21W while supplying U-66 by depth charges and a Fido homing torpedo from five Avenger aircraft of the US escort carrier USS Card. 62 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 2 ships hit by U-117 - View the 5 war patrols

Attacks on this boat and other events

7 Aug 1943
The sinking of U-117 U-66 requested medical assistance following an attack by carrier aircraft on 3 August. U-117s doctor, the WO, Oblt Paul Frerks, (as replacement commander) and provisions were transferred on 6 August, and Dr Schenk was able to save the lives of the two men injured.

At 11.54 hrs the next day the boats were surprised by an Avenger aircraft (VC-1 USN) from USS Card while U-117 was refuelling U-66. Two depth charges from the Avenger (Lt (jg) A.H. Sallenger) detonated between the boats and damaged U-117. U-66 tried to assist her, but then crash-dived and on doing so was unsuccessfully attacked with a Fido homing torpedo by the Avenger. About 20 minutes later two more Avengers and two Wildcats arrived from the carrier and forced U-117 to dive by strafing and dropping depth charges. The boat was apparently hit and sunk by one of two Fido torpedoes dropped by the Avengers at around 12.45 hrs. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

8 Nov 1942
While refuelling U-454 on 8 Nov Leutnant zur See der Reserve Helmut Schwenzel from U-117 was washed overboard.

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Large Fish with Mine

Media links


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

There was another U-117 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 10 Dec 1917 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 28 Mar 1918. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about the U 117 during WWI.