Kapitänleutnant (Crew 37a)
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 39 tons
|Born||14 Oct 1918||Peine, Hannover|
|Died||26 Apr 1945||(26)||Norwegian Sea|
|U-1054||25 Mar 1944||16 Sep 1944||No war patrols|
|U-637||1 Oct 1944||26 Apr 1945 (+)||3 patrols (63 days, * died during this patrol)|
Wolfgang Riekeberg joined the Kriegsmarine as part of crew 37a in April 1937. He served as gunnery officer on the merchant raider Stier from March to Dec 1942. Riekeberg then was assigned as gunnery officer to the proposed merchant raider Hansa, which was cancelled, and he joined the U-boat force in May 1943.
On 1 Oct 1944 he took over command of U-637.
On 26 April 1945 Riekeberg took his own life after suffering serious face wounds in a skirmish with two Norwegian motor torpedo boats off Utsira. Several of his crew died in action, and U-637 returned to base under the command of the Chief Engineer.
Busch, R & Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Patrol info for Wolfgang Riekeberg
|1.||U-637||13 Oct 1944||Kiel||16 Oct 1944||Danzig||4 days|
|2.||U-637||25 Nov 1944||Danzig||13 Jan 1945||Danzig||Patrol 1,||50 days|
|3.||U-637||5 Apr 1945||Kiel||13 Apr 1945||Stavanger||Patrol 2,||9 days|
|4.||U-637||23 Apr 1945||Stavanger||28 Apr 1945||Stavanger||Patrol 3,||4 days||*|
|3 patrols, 63 days at sea|
* Wolfgang Riekeberg died during this patrol on 26 Apr 1945
Ships hit by Wolfgang Riekeberg
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|24 Dec 1944||U-637||BMO-594 (No 90)||39||sj|
1 ship sunk (39 tons).
About ranks and decorations
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