Werner Techand

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 37b)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  21 Jan 1919 Danzig
Died  12 Aug 2003(84)Norderstedt, Germany


28 Jun 1938 Seekadett
1 May 1940 Leutnant zur See
1 Apr 1942 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Jan 1945 Kapitänleutnant


U-boat Commands

U-731 3 Oct 1942 30 Nov 1943   2 patrols (110 days) 

Johann Heinrich Werner Techand went through U-boat training in the first half of 1941 before joining U-135 as 1st Watch Officer (IWO) from August 1941 to July 1942. He then attended U-boat Commander School, and after U-boat construction familiarization (Baubelehrung) from Sept 1942, commissioned the new type VIIC U-boat U-731 on 3 Oct 1942.

Werner Techand was 24 years old when he took his boat out for its first patrol on 29 April 1943.

On Oct 4 1943 Techand and five of his crew were wounded in an attack by a Hudson bomber. Shortly afterwards Techand spotted convoy SC 143 and vectored in several other U-boats.

After completing two patrols Werner Techand left U-731 on 30 Nov 1943 to join the staff of the 1st Flotilla. He served in various positions there until the end of the war.

(His last name appears in many sources as Teschand (with an s), but the correct spelling is Techand.)

Almeida, Fernando. (2009). uboat.net forum
Blair, Clay. (1998). Hitler's U-boat War, vol 2
Busch, Röll. (1999). German U-boat Commanders of WWII

Patrol info for Werner Techand

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-731 29 Apr 1943  Kiel  12 Jun 1943  Brest  Patrol 1,45 days
2. U-731 29 Aug 1943  Brest  1 Nov 1943  Brest  Patrol 2,65 days
2 patrols, 110 days at sea

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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