Werner Riecken

Oberleutnant zur See der Reserve

2 ships sunk, total tonnage 10,604 GRT

Born  8 Jun 1912 Neumünster
Died  29 Apr 1945(32)North Atlantic

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1 Jul 1943 Oberleutnant zur See der Reserve


  Iron Cross 2nd Class
  Iron Cross 1st Class
22 Mar 1945 German Cross in Gold

U-boat Commands

U-1017 17 Jun 1944 29 Apr 1945  (+)  2 patrols (81 days) 

Werner Riecken, possibly someone elevated from the enlisted ranks to officer status during the war, did not belong to Crew 34 as is often claimed. He may have been belatedly attached to the Crew for mere administrative purposes by the Navy’s personnel office, but he did not share the common training experience of the Crew’s regular members (Rust, 2009).


Rust, E. (2009) E-mail correspondence. Author of Naval Officers under Hitler.

Patrol info for Werner Riecken

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-1017 18 Dec 1944  Kiel  23 Dec 1944  Horten   6 days
2. U-1017 28 Dec 1944  Horten  2 Mar 1945  Trondheim  Patrol 1,65 days
3. U-1017 14 Apr 1945  Trondheim  29 Apr 1945  Sunk  Patrol 2,16 days
2 patrols, 81 days at sea

Ships hit by Werner Riecken

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
6 Feb 1945U-1017 Everleigh5,222brTBC-60
11 Feb 1945U-1017 Persier5,382beBTC-65

2 ships sunk (10,604 tons).

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Media links

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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