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|II-B||Deutsches Werft (Kiel)||14 Nov 1935|
|3 Dec 1935||M25322||2 May 1945|
|SUNK BY||LOCATION SUNK||POSITION SUNK|
No men lost
Commanders of U-17 include:
|LAST NAME||FIRST NAME||RANK||FROM||TO||OTHER BOATS||COMMENTS|
|Fresdorf||Kplt||3 Dec 1935|
|Behrens||Udo||KK||Nov 1939||June 1940||U-7, U-16 and U-24|
|Rigele||Hermann||FK||Training||U-10, U-31, UD-1 and UD-3|
|Stiebler||Wolf||KK||Training||U-8, U-21, U-61 and U-461|
|Wollschläger||Kplt||Training||UC-1, UC-2 and U-721|
|Schmidt||K. H.||Oblt zS||Training||U-37, U-1103 and U-3529|
U-17 was attached to the U-Bootflottille
Weddigen and had several Feindfahrten (war patrols) in the North Sea as well as
a mine laying operation off Dover on 5 September 1939. On 26 April 1940
U-17 rescued the crew of a downed German plane off Norway. In
May 1943 U-17 was transferred to the 22nd U-Bootflottille, a
training flotilla, and was a schulboot (school boat) for the rest of the war.
On 2 May 1945, she was scuttled by her own crew in Wilhelmshaven in Operation Regenbogen (Rainbow) against orders.
SHIPS SUNK BY U-17 (Behrens commanding)
|2 Mar 1940||RIJNSTROOM||Netherlands||Freighter||695 tons|
|5 Mar 1940||GRUTTO||Netherlands||Freighter||920 tons|
|SS RIJNSTROOM||SS GRUTTO|
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Many thanks to our friend and Sharkhunters Member since 1987 GEORG HÖGEL for all the conning tower emblems used in our monthly KTB Magazine and also here on the pages of our website. GEORG was radioman aboard U-30, the first boat into combat, the first to sink a ship (the liner ATHENIA) and the first into an occupied French port. When that Skipper (Lemp) took command of U-110, GEORG was one of the former crew to transfer to the new boat under Lemp. After the war, he was Professor of Art at a major German university.