Reinhart Reche

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Reinhart Reche
File:Reinhart Reche.jpg
Born 13 December 1915
Kreuzburg
Died 3 March 1993 (1993-03-04) (aged 77)
Bad Godesberg
Allegiance  Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
 German Navy
Years of service 1934–45
1956–74
Rank Kapitänleutnant (Kriegsmarine)
Kapitän zur See (Bundesmarine)
Unit SSS Gorch Fock
cruiser Emden
Schlesien
SSS Horst Wessel
U-751
Commands held U-255
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

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 a commander of U-255 Reche sank 9 commercial ships for 47,229 GRT, and damaged another commercial ship for a total loss of 7,191 GRT.[1]

Date[1] Ship[1] Nationality[1] Tonnage[1] Fate and location[1]
6 July 1942 John Witherspoon  United States 7,191 Sunk at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
7 July 1942 Alcoa Ranger  United States 5,116 Sunk at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
8 July 1942 Olopana  United States 6,069 Sunk at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
13 July 1942 Paulus Potter  Netherlands 7,168 Sunk at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
20 September 1942 Silver Sword  United States 4,937 Sunk at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
26 January 1943 Krasnyj Partizan  Soviet Union 2,418 Sunk at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
29 January 1943 Ufa  Soviet Union 1,892 Sunk at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
3 February 1943 Greylock  United States 7,460 Sunk at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
5 March 1943 Executive  United States 4,978 Sunk at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
10 March 1943 Richard Bland  United States 7,191 Total loss at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.

Awards

References

Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Helgason, Guðmundur. "WWII U-boat successes: Ships hit by U-255". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 1 April 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Busch & Röll 2003, p. 322.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Busch & Röll 2003, p. 323.
  4. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 351.
  5. Scherzer 2007, p. 615.

Bibliography

  • Busch, Rainer; Röll, Hans-Joachim (2003). Der U-Boot-Krieg 1939–1945 — Die Ritterkreuzträger der U-Boot-Waffe von September 1939 bis Mai 1945 (in German). Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn Germany: Verlag E.S. Mittler & Sohn. ISBN 978-3-8132-0515-2. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Kurowski, Franz (1995). Knight's Cross Holders of the U-Boat Service. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing. ISBN 978-0-88740-748-2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Range, Clemens (1974). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kriegsmarine. Stuttgart, Germany: Motorbuch Verlag. ISBN 978-3-87943-355-1. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

  • Helgason, Guðmundur. "Reinhart Reche". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 4 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>