Events on this day
This is a run-down from several databases on our site. It's meant to give a clear picture of events on this date, all year round.
U-boat Shipyard report
|Ordered (0)||Laid down (0)||Launched (6)||Commissioned (5)|
|No U-boat orders on this date||No boats laid down on this date||1941: U-356, U-595, U-596 |
1943: U-999, U-1000
|1941: U-405, U-656 |
1942: U-305, U-640
|These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.|
Allied Ships hit on this date
|U-boat||Commander||Name of ship||Tons||Country||Convoy|
|U-29||Schuhart||HMS Courageous (50)||22,500||br|
|* Unless otherwise noted the ships listed here were sunk. (d) = damaged|
See all Allied ships hit by U-boats during WWII.
Attacks on this day
U-53. Swordfish torpedo bombers from the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous fired on the boat and forced her to dive. Some gunners who were left topside perished. Later that day HMS Courageous was sunk by U-29. (Blair, vol 1, page 90)
U-29. Following her sinking the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous, British destroyers pursued U-29 for four hours, until they ran out of depth charges. The boat escaped with minor damage. (Blair, vol 1, page 90)
U-36. British submarine HMS Seahorse (96 S) fired a spread of three torpedoes at U-36, which had just stopped to question a neutral Danish steamer. The U-boat was lucky to escape harm, as one of the torpedoes passed directly underneath her. (Dr. Jürgen Rohwer, Herbert Ritschel)
U-506. An American B-24 Liberator bomber piloted by James D. Harden attacked the boat - carrying 151 survivors from the Laconia, 142 of whom were on deck - but the boat dived and escaped unharmed. Harden had attacked U-156 the day before. These attacks resulted in Dönitz's Laconia Order. (Blair, vol 2, page 64.)
No U-boats were lost on this date, 17 September.
- For more information on U-boat losses check out our Fates section.
U-boat Men Lost or Wounded
One of the crew took his own life with a pistol in the port of Gotenhafen.
- For more information on Men lost from U-boats check out this page.
See the entire U-boat commander listing showing all U-boat commanders.
We might include more officers (Allied and Axis) at a later date.
U-boat departures and arrivals on 17 September
This section shows the U-boat departures and arrivals from bases on this day of the year. Current country names shown with harbour names. Boats entering port display days at sea during that patrol.
U-boats at sea on 17 September
Boats entering port on this day are not counted, but boats departing for patrol are. (+) indicates the boat was lost during this patrol.
U-43, U-66, U-67, U-68, U-69, U-74, U-79, U-81, U-82, U-84, U-85, U-94, U-95, U-98, U-103, U-105, U-107, U-108, U-111 (+), U-124, U-125, U-132, U-141, U-201, U-371, U-372, U-373, U-431, U-432, U-433, U-552, U-557, U-561, U-562, U-564, U-565, U-566, U-569, U-572, U-575, U-652.
41 boats at sea.
U-66, U-67, U-68, U-69, U-86, U-87, U-91, U-92, U-96, U-107, U-109, U-125, U-128, U-135, U-156, U-159, U-164, U-165 (+), U-171 (+), U-172, U-173, U-175, U-176, U-177, U-178, U-179 (+), U-181, U-201, U-202, U-203, U-211, U-212, U-214, U-216 (+), U-217, U-218, U-221, U-251, U-253 (+), U-255, U-258, U-259, U-260, U-331, U-332, U-333, U-356, U-371, U-373, U-375, U-377, U-378, U-380, U-382, U-403, U-404, U-405, U-406, U-407, U-408, U-410, U-411, U-431, U-432, U-435, U-437, U-440, U-441, U-442, U-453, U-455, U-456, U-459, U-460, U-461, U-462, U-504, U-506, U-507, U-511, U-512 (+), U-513, U-514, U-515, U-516, U-517, U-552, U-558, U-559, U-561, U-562, U-564, U-569, U-575, U-582 (+), U-584, U-590, U-592, U-594, U-595, U-596, U-597 (+), U-599 (+), U-600, U-601, U-606, U-607, U-608, U-610, U-615, U-617, U-618, U-619 (+), U-620, U-661 (+), U-703, U-755, UD-5.
118 boats at sea.
U-18, U-20, U-68, U-107, U-123, U-161 (+), U-168, U-170, U-177, U-181, U-183, U-188, U-196, U-198, U-214, U-220 (+), U-223, U-229 (+), U-238, U-255, U-260, U-270, U-275, U-277, U-279 (+), U-302, U-305, U-307, U-309, U-336 (+), U-338 (+), U-341 (+), U-354, U-360, U-377, U-378 (+), U-386, U-402 (+), U-410, U-413, U-419 (+), U-422 (+), U-448, U-460 (+), U-488, U-518, U-532, U-533 (+), U-536 (+), U-539, U-565, U-584 (+), U-593, U-601, U-603, U-610 (+), U-616, U-621, U-641, U-643 (+), U-645, U-666, U-703, U-711, U-713, U-731, U-737, U-758, U-952, U-960, U-963.
71 boats at sea.
U-92, U-155, U-170, U-190, U-195, U-218, U-219, U-228, U-244, U-245, U-248, U-256, U-260, U-262, U-275, U-278, U-281, U-285, U-290, U-293, U-296, U-307, U-309, U-310, U-312, U-315, U-348, U-370, U-382, U-398, U-407 (+), U-425, U-437, U-479, U-480, U-481, U-482, U-516, U-518, U-530, U-534, U-539, U-541, U-546, U-547, U-548, U-650, U-668, U-673, U-676, U-711, U-714, U-717, U-739, U-743, U-745, U-758, U-763, U-764, U-772, U-802, U-804, U-853, U-857, U-858, U-859 (+), U-861, U-863 (+), U-867 (+), U-871 (+), U-921 (+), U-925 (+), U-953, U-956, U-957, U-958, U-963, U-979, U-985, U-989, U-992, U-993, U-997, U-1004, U-1062 (+), U-1199, U-1221, U-1223, U-1227, U-1228.
90 boats at sea.
General Events on 17 September
Convoy HG 73 sailed from Gibraltar.
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