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Reinhart Reche

German World War II U-boat commander
The basics
About
Occupation Korvettenkapitän Submariner
Date of birth Slavskoye, Russia
Date of death Mar 03, 1993 Bad Godesberg
The details
Biography

Reinhart Reche (13 December 1915 in Kreuzburg – 3 March 1993 in Bad Godesberg) was a German U-boat commander in World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Prior to taking command of U-255, Reche served as first watch officer on U-751 (31 January 1941 – 30 September 1941), at the time under the command of Gerhard Bigalk. He was credited with sinking four ships from convoy PQ 17.

Summary of career

Ships attacked

As commander of U-255 Reche sank nine commercial ships for 47,229 gross register tons (GRT), and damaged another commercial ship for a total loss of 7,191 GRT.

Date Ship Nationality Tonnage
GRT
Fate and location
6 July 1942 John Witherspoon  United States 7,191 Sunk at 72°05′N 40°30′E / 72.083°N 40.500°E / 72.083; 40.500 (John Witherspoon (ship))
7 July 1942 Alcoa Ranger  United States 5,116 Sunk at 71°38′N 49°35′E / 71.633°N 49.583°E / 71.633; 49.583 (Alcoa Ranger (ship))
8 July 1942 Olopana  United States 6,069 Sunk at 72°10′N 51°00′E / 72.167°N 51.000°E / 72.167; 51.000 (Olopana (ship))
13 July 1942 Paulus Potter  Netherlands 7,168 Sunk at 70°00′N 52°00′E / 70.000°N 52.000°E / 70.000; 52.000 (Paulus Potter (ship))
20 September 1942 Silver Sword  United States 4,937 Sunk at 75°52′N 00°20′W / 75.867°N 0.333°W / 75.867; -0.333 (Silver Sword(ship))
26 January 1943 Krasnyj Partizan  Soviet Union 2,418 Sunk at 73°45′N 17°30′E / 73.750°N 17.500°E / 73.750; 17.500 (Krasnyj Partizan (ship))
29 January 1943 Ufa  Soviet Union 1,892 Sunk at 73°40′N 24°30′E / 73.667°N 24.500°E / 73.667; 24.500 (Ufa (ship))
3 February 1943 Greylock  United States 7,460 Sunk at 70°52′N 00°21′W / 70.867°N 0.350°W / 70.867; -0.350 (Greylock (ship))
5 March 1943 Executive  United States 4,978 Sunk at 72°44′N 11°27′E / 72.733°N 11.450°E / 72.733; 11.450 (Executive (ship))
10 March 1943 Richard Bland  United States 7,191 Total loss at 66°53′N 14°10′W / 66.883°N 14.167°W / 66.883; -14.167 (Richard Bland (ship))

Awards

  • Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class (7 July 1941)
    • 1st Class (23 July 1942)
  • U-boat War Badge (1939) (9 September 1941)
  • U-boat Front Clasp (2 November 1944)
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 17 March 1943 as Kapitänleutnant and commander of U-255
  • Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (27 August 1973)
  • ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "WWII U-boat successes: Ships hit by U-255". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  • ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 322.
  • ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 323.
  • Fellgiebel 2000, p. 351.
  • Scherzer 2007, p. 615.
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