The Wartime Memories Project - The Great War - Day by Day
16th May 1917On this day:
- Relocations Headquarters 236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery went out of action to Wagon Louex.
- U-Boat Index - WW1 SM U-97
Type U 93
Shipyard Germaniawerft, Kiel (Werk 261)
Ordered 15 Sep 1915
Laid down 25 Mar 1916
Launched 4 Apr 1917
Commissioned 16 May 1917
15 May 1917 - 13 Oct 1917 Hugo Schmidt
14 Oct 1917 - 12 Jan 1918 Otto Wünsche
13 Jan 1918 - 11 Nov 1918 Hans von Mohl
Career 5 patrols.
27 Aug 1917 - 11 Nov 1918 IV Flotilla
Successes 4 ships sunk with a total of 2,089 tons.
1 ship damaged with a total of 4,785 tons.
- 22 Nov 1917 U 97 Otto Wünsche Conovium 86 br
- 22 Nov 1917 U 97 Otto Wünsche Elsena 335 br
- 22 Nov 1917 U 97 Otto Wünsche Hartland (damaged) 4,785 br
- 11 Feb 1918 U 97 Hans von Mohl Westphalia 1,467 br
- 2 Jun 1918 U 97 Hans von Mohl Argus 201 da
Fate 21 Nov 1918 - Sank by accident in the North Sea in position 53Â°28'N, 03Â°28'E while on passage to surrender..
The wreck has been located and identified in recent years.
There was another U 97 in World War Two.
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 15 Aug 1940 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 28 Sep 1940.
- 16th May 1917 Routine
- 16th May 1917 Blight of War
- NEAR ECURIE G.4.a
The Battalion marched out of camp at 7.30pm and proceeded to the trenches GAVRELLE SECTOR when it relieved 12th EYR. All 4 companies in front line. 15th WYR and ½ Bn 18th WYR in close support. ½ Bn WYR and 16th WYR in reserve. 9th Bn DUKE OF WELLINGTONS is on right. 14th Y&L on left. Relief completed 4.30am. a very wet and dark night. 2Lt’s WELFORD and APPERLEY wounded on way in.
- 16th May 1917 On Leave
- 16th May 1917 Wounded
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