Christian Reich

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)

1 ship sunk, total tonnage 6,625 GRT

Born  21 Nov 1915 Bremen
Died  8 Jan 1944(28)Bay of Biscay


3 Apr 1936 Offiziersanwärter
10 Sep 1936 Seekadett
1 May 1937 Fähnrich zur See
1 Sep 1943 Kapitänleutnant


U-boat Commands

U-416 4 Nov 1942 30 Mar 1943   No war patrols 
U-426 12 May 1943 8 Jan 1944  (+)  2 patrols (62 days) 

Crew of 1936

Christian Reich was one of the Kriegsmarine's famous Olympia Crew. This Crew chose the Olympic rings as their symbol (the 1936 Olympic games were held in Berlin). It was the largest Crew, and produced more U-boat commanders than any other – of the 164 who 'graduated', 140 took command during the war.

Patrol info for Christian Reich

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-426 14 Sep 1943  Kiel  17 Sep 1943  Bergen   4 days
2. U-426 5 Oct 1943  Bergen  29 Nov 1943  Brest  Patrol 1,56 days
3. U-426 3 Jan 1944  Brest  8 Jan 1944  Sunk  Patrol 2,6 days
2 patrols, 62 days at sea

Ships hit by Christian Reich

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
15 Oct 1943U-426 Essex Lance6,625brONS-20

1 ship sunk (6,625 tons).

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About ranks and decorations
Ranks shown in italics are our database inserts based on the rank dates of his crew comrades. The officers of each crew would normally have progressed through the lower ranks at the same rate.

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German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

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