Events on this day

17 June

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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 (4) Laid down (3) Launched (4) Commissioned (4)
1937: U-56, U-57, U-58, U-591940: U-206
1944: U-2509, U-3503
1940: U-106
1942: U-527
1943: U-858
1944: U-779
1942: U-466U-664
1943: U-984
1944: U-828
These are commissioned boats. For more see our Shipyard pages.

Allied Ships hit on this date

 U-boatCommanderName of shipTonsCountryConvoy
 U-46EndrassElpis 3,651   gr
 U-43LüthCathrine 2,727   brSL-76
 U-129WittMillinocket 3,274   am
 U-158RostinMoira 1,560   nw
 U-158RostinSan Blas 3,601   pa
 U-701 [Mine]DegenSantore 7,117   amKS-511
 U-81KriegYoma 8,131   brGTX-2
* 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-338. The Obersteuermann died and three men were wounded in an attack by a British Fortress aircraft (206 Sqn RAF/F) that also damaged the boat. [Obersteuermann Paul Trefflich]


U-853. Two F-4F Wildcat fighters from the US escort carrier USS Croatan made repeated strafing attacks on U-853 about 30 miles (48km) south of the carrier. The boat dived and escaped before the carrier's Avenger bombers arrived, but had to return to base due to the many casualties: two dead and twelve wounded [Bootsmann Kurt Schweichler, Maschinengefreiter Karl-Heinz Löffler].

U-boats lost

1944: U-423 +

53 men died when this U-boat was lost. There were no survivors.
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


An accident took place on 17 June during U-1018's working up exercises in the Baltic in which one man died and two were wounded. [Obersteuermann Walter Nellsen]

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

Personnel Information

The following men were born on this day:
Dietrich Hoffmann (1912), Leonhard Klingspor (1917), Rudolf Müller (1917), Klaus-Dietrich Steffens (1918).

The following men died on this day:
Klaus Hackländer (1944), Herbert Kühn (1990), Albrecht Markert (1999).

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 June

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 entering base:
To Kiel, Germany: U-58 (22 days)


From Kiel, Germany: U-137, U-146, U-202, U-372, U-564

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-48 (27 days)
To Lorient, France: U-106 (112 days)


From Kiel, Germany: U-171 (lost 115 days later)
From Lorient, France: U-166 (lost 44 days later), U-214
From Narvik, Norway: U-88
From Trondheim, Norway: U-657

U-boats entering base:
To Lorient, France: U-214 (5 days)
To Salamis, Greece: U-77 (12 days)


From Bordeaux, France: U-462
From La Spezia, Italy: U-565
From Pola: U-596


From Brest, France: U-214
From Kiel, Germany: U-1225

U-boats entering base:
To Bergen, Norway: U-318 (6 days), U-804 (6 days), U-998 (6 days)
To Kiel, Germany: U-1061 (3 days)
To Lorient, France: U-270 (12 days), U-981 (12 days)
To Skjomenfjord U-716 (4 days)

U-boats at sea on 17 June

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


U-25, U-28, U-29, U-30, U-32, U-38, U-43, U-46, U-47, U-48, U-51, U-52, U-61, U-62, U-65, U-101, U-122 (+), UA.
18 boats at sea.


U-38, U-43, U-69, U-71, U-73, U-75, U-77, U-79, U-101, U-103, U-107, U-108, U-111, U-123, U-138 (+), U-141, U-143, U-146, U-201, U-202, U-203, U-204, U-371, U-552, U-553, U-557, U-558, U-559, U-561, U-564, U-651 (+), U-751, UA.
33 boats at sea.


U-67, U-68, U-69, U-71, U-81, U-83, U-84, U-87, U-88, U-89, U-94, U-96, U-97, U-103, U-106, U-107, U-124, U-126, U-128, U-129, U-132, U-134, U-135, U-153 (+), U-154, U-156, U-158 (+), U-159, U-161, U-166 (+), U-171 (+), U-172, U-173, U-202, U-203, U-205, U-213, U-214, U-215 (+), U-251, U-332, U-334, U-355, U-372, U-373, U-376, U-402, U-404, U-406, U-408, U-431, U-432, U-437, U-459, U-460, U-502 (+), U-504, U-505, U-552, U-553, U-558, U-559, U-561, U-566, U-569, U-571, U-575, U-576 (+), U-578, U-584, U-590, U-593, U-594, U-653, U-657, U-701 (+), U-753.
77 boats at sea.


U-18, U-19, U-24, U-66, U-67 (+), U-73, U-81, U-84 (+), U-92, U-119 (+), U-126 (+), U-134 (+), U-135 (+), U-154, U-159 (+), U-170, U-172, U-177, U-178, U-180, U-181, U-185 (+), U-190, U-193, U-194 (+), U-195, U-196, U-197 (+), U-198, U-199 (+), U-200 (+), U-211, U-212, U-214, U-221, U-228, U-232 (+), U-251, U-257, U-271, U-302, U-306, U-333, U-336, U-338, U-341, U-358, U-380, U-388 (+), U-415, U-420, U-431, U-435 (+), U-449 (+), U-450, U-455, U-460, U-462, U-487 (+), U-488, U-508, U-510, U-511, U-513 (+), U-515, U-527 (+), U-530, U-535 (+), U-536, U-558 (+), U-565, U-571, U-572 (+), U-586, U-590 (+), U-592, U-593, U-596, U-600, U-603, U-608, U-615 (+), U-618, U-622, U-634 (+), U-641, U-642, U-645, U-650, U-653, U-666, U-667, U-669, U-711, U-732, U-758, U-759 (+), U-951 (+), U-953.
99 boats at sea.


U-19, U-20, U-107, U-129, U-155, U-181, U-183, U-188, U-190, U-196, U-198 (+), U-214, U-218, U-233 (+), U-242, U-243 (+), U-247, U-275, U-276, U-294, U-307, U-313, U-315, U-344, U-363, U-394, U-397, U-441 (+), U-480, U-516, U-530, U-534, U-537, U-539, U-541, U-543 (+), U-546, U-547, U-548, U-586, U-621, U-668, U-671, U-673, U-677, U-678 (+), U-711, U-719 (+), U-745, U-763, U-764, U-767 (+), U-853, U-857, U-858, U-859 (+), U-861, U-862, U-952, U-953, U-958, U-971 (+), U-975, U-982, U-984, U-988 (+), U-997, U-999, U-1000, U-1001, U-1007, U-1165, U-1191 (+), U-1222 (+).
74 boats at sea.


U-530, U-977.
2 boats at sea.

General Events on 17 June


France declared an Armistice, bringing an end to the land war in western Europe in 1940.


U-737 set up an automatic weather station on Bear Island.


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