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Availability date: 05/11/2018
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|Historical period||1942 - 1945|
|Attention||Do not include paint or glue ( sold separately )|
|Content||Plastic parts | Decals | Instructions|
The German submarine U-617 was a Type VIIC U-boat built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine for service during World War II. She was laid down on 31 May 1941 by Blohm & Voss in Hamburg as yard number 593, launched on 14 February 1942 and commissioned on 9 April under Kapitänleutnant Albrecht Brandi.
The boat's service began on 9 April 1942 with training as part of the 5th U-boat Flotilla. She was transferred to the 7th flotilla on 1 September 1942 and moved on to the 29th flotilla on 1 December 1942.
She ran aground on 12 September 1943 at position 35°38′N 03°27′WCoordinates: 35°38′N 03°27′W near Melilla after a sustained air attack by Leigh light-equipped RAF Wellington bombers from 179 Squadron.
All crew members were able to evacuate the stricken sub and subsequently interned by the Spanish authorities. They were later repatriated to Germany.
The abandoned submarine was then finished off with combined RAF Hudson and FAA Swordfish aircraft from Gibraltar and gunfire from HMS Hyacinth and HMAS Wollongong.
This is a 1/400 Mistercraft plastic kit, to buil the Das U-Boot VIIC "U-617".
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