|Ordered||15 Aug 1940|
|Laid down||31 May 1941||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 593)|
|Launched||14 Feb 1942|
|Commissioned||9 Apr 1942||Kptlt. Albrecht Brandi (Knights Cross)|
|Successes||8 ships sunk, total tonnage 25,879 GRT|
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 810 GRT
2 warships sunk, total tonnage 3,700 tons
Beached west of Cape Tres Forcas, in position 35.13N, 03.21W. The wreck was subsequently attacked by British Hudson aircraft (48 and 233 Sqn RAF) and two British Swordfish aircraft (833 and 886 Sqn FAA) and finally destroyed by gunfire from the British corvette HMS Hyacinth and the Australian minesweeper HMAS Wollongong. 49 survivors (no casualties).
U-617 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Pfeil (12 Sep 1942 - 22 Sep 1942)
Blitz (22 Sep 1942 - 26 Sep 1942)
Tiger (26 Sep 1942 - 30 Sep 1942)
Delphin (4 Nov 1942 - 10 Nov 1942)
Wal (10 Nov 1942 - 15 Nov 1942)
Attacks on this boat and other events
12 Sep 1943
The sinking of U-617: At 0150hrs a British Wellington bomber (179 Sqn RAF/P, pilot S/L D.B. Hodgkinson, RCAF) dropped depth charges in a Leigh Light attack off the Moroccan coast. Another Wellington (179 Sqn RAF/J, pilot P/O W.H. Brunini) was homed in and dropped its depth charges in another Leigh Light attack at 35°17N/03°20W. The aircraft was hit by flak in several places, fatally wounding the rear gunner, but this remained undiscovered during the action. The Wellington crew saw flames in the conning tower of U-617 and circled the boat for 45 minutes until she beached herself near Melilla, Spanish Morocco.
The entire crew of 49 abandoned ship and were interned by Spain and later repatriated to Germany. U-617 was finished off by several air attacks of British aircraft from Gibraltar (Hudsons of 48 and 233 Sqdn RAF and two Swordfish of 833 and 886 Sqdn FAA) and the wreck was finally destroyed by gunfire from HMS Hyacinth and HMAS Wollongong.(Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)
1 recorded attack on this boat.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-617 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
The Wild Onager - U-338
Coat of Arms of Austria