Events on this day

17 January

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U-boat Shipyard report

Ordered (0) Laid down (2) Launched (1) Commissioned (2)
No U-boat orders on this date1942: U-194, U-2321942: U-4421945: U-1308U-2534
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-25SchützeEnid 1,140   nw
 U-25SchützePolzella 4,751   br
 U-30 [Mine]LempCairnross 5,494   brOB-74
 U-106OestenZealandic 10,578   br
 U-96Lehmann-WillenbrockAlmeda Star 14,936   br
 U-133HesseHMS Gurkha (G 63) 1,920   brMW-8B
 U-203MützelburgOctavian 1,345   nw
 U-454HackländerHarmatris (d)5,395   brPQ-8
 U-454HackländerHMS Matabele (G 26) 1,870   brPQ-8
 U-454HackländerRT-68 Enisej 557   sj
 U-87BergerNyholt 8,087   nwON-52
 U-268HeydemannHMS LCT-2239 291   brHX-222
 U-268HeydemannHMS LCT-2267 291   brHX-222
 U-268HeydemannHMS LCT-2344 291   brHX-222
 U-268HeydemannVestfold 14,547   paHX-222
* 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-133. Depth charging by the British destroyer HMS Maori (Cdr R.E. Courage, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) caused minor damage.

U-133 had just torpedoed and sunk the British destroyer HMS Gurkha (Cdr. C.N. Lentaigne, DSO, RN) escorting convoy MW 8B.

U-552. U-552 was attacked by a "destroyer" after firing torpedoes at a freighter escorted by 2 "destroyers". The boat escaped undamaged. (Blair, vol 1, page 471)

U-boats lost

1944: U-377 +
1945: U-2530 , U-2515 , U-2523

52 men died when those 4 U-boats were lost on this date.
U-boats marked with + were lost with all hands.

- For more information on U-boat losses check out our Fates section.

U-boat Men Lost or Wounded

There were no men lost from U-boats on this date, 17 January.

- For more information on Men lost from U-boats check out this page.

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Karl-Heinz Nagel (1917), Hans-Erwin Reith (1920).

The following men died on this day:
Eberhard Findeisen (2007), Gerhard Kluth (1944), Günther Lorentz (1989), Hans Wengel (1987).

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 January

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.


From Kiel, Germany: U-14, U-51

U-boats entering base:
To Wilhelmshaven, Germany: U-30 (26 days)


From Kiel, Germany: U-404, U-753
From La Spezia, Italy: U-372, U-375, U-453

U-boats entering base:
To La Spezia, Italy: U-568 (45 days)


From Pola: U-407

U-boats entering base:
To Salamis, Greece: U-617 (28 days)


From Brest, France: U-764

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-312 (5 days)
To Kiel, Germany: U-703 (5 days)
To St. Nazaire, France: U-267 (3 days), U-270 (41 days)


U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-1276 (2 days)
To Kalundborg U-1022 (2 days), U-1064 (2 days)

U-boats at sea on 17 January

Boats entering port on this day are not counted, but boats departing for patrol are. (+) indicates the boat was lost during this patrol.


U-9, U-14, U-15, U-22, U-25, U-31, U-32, U-34, U-44, U-51, U-55 (+), U-57, U-59, U-60, U-61.
15 boats at sea.


U-38, U-93, U-94, U-96, U-105, U-106, U-123, U-124.
8 boats at sea.


U-43, U-66, U-71, U-73, U-82 (+), U-84, U-85, U-86, U-87, U-94, U-97, U-103, U-106, U-107, U-108, U-109, U-123, U-125, U-128, U-130, U-132, U-133, U-134, U-135, U-203, U-205, U-331, U-333, U-352, U-372, U-375, U-402, U-404, U-453, U-454, U-455, U-504, U-552, U-553, U-561, U-566, U-571, U-572, U-575, U-578, U-581 (+), U-582, U-585, U-586, U-587, U-588, U-591, U-654, U-656, U-701, U-751, U-753, U-754.
58 boats at sea.


U-43, U-66, U-69 (+), U-71, U-83, U-87 (+), U-96, U-105, U-109, U-117, U-123, U-124, U-125, U-134, U-156 (+), U-160, U-175, U-176, U-177, U-181, U-182 (+), U-186, U-187 (+), U-201 (+), U-202, U-205, U-214, U-217, U-218, U-223, U-226, U-257, U-258, U-260, U-262, U-264, U-266, U-267, U-268 (+), U-302, U-303, U-333, U-358, U-381, U-383, U-384, U-402, U-403, U-404, U-407, U-413, U-414, U-431, U-436, U-438, U-440, U-441, U-442 (+), U-444, U-453, U-455, U-456, U-459, U-463, U-465, U-466, U-506, U-509, U-510, U-511, U-514, U-516, U-518, U-521, U-522 (+), U-525, U-553 (+), U-558, U-571, U-572, U-575, U-584, U-594, U-598, U-606 (+), U-607, U-609 (+), U-613, U-614, U-618, U-620 (+), U-622, U-624 (+), U-625, U-629, U-631, U-632, U-662, U-704, U-706, U-707, U-752.
102 boats at sea.


U-19, U-20, U-24, U-66 (+), U-92, U-123, U-129, U-177 (+), U-178, U-188, U-193, U-212, U-257 (+), U-260, U-271 (+), U-278, U-281, U-283 (+), U-302, U-309, U-311, U-343, U-360, U-364 (+), U-380, U-382, U-386 (+), U-390, U-392, U-406 (+), U-425, U-453, U-455, U-471, U-510, U-516, U-530, U-532, U-539, U-543, U-545 (+), U-547, U-549, U-571 (+), U-592 (+), U-601, U-621, U-641 (+), U-642, U-650, U-666 (+), U-731, U-737, U-739, U-741, U-758, U-762 (+), U-763, U-764, U-845 (+), U-846, U-953, U-956, U-960, U-965, U-976, U-981, U-984, U-989, U-1062.
70 boats at sea.


U-242, U-244, U-245, U-275, U-278, U-285, U-286, U-290, U-293, U-295, U-313, U-325, U-348, U-370, U-427, U-480 (+), U-485, U-510, U-532, U-636, U-680, U-739, U-745 (+), U-764, U-806, U-825, U-843, U-861, U-862, U-869 (+), U-870, U-905, U-907, U-956, U-963, U-992, U-1001, U-1009, U-1017, U-1051 (+), U-1053, U-1055, U-1058, U-1172 (+), U-1199 (+), U-1203, U-1208 (+), U-1230, U-1231, U-1232, U-1233, UIT-24.
52 boats at sea.

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