Friedrich Braeucker

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 37a)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  13 Jul 1919 Munich
Died  5 Nov 2010(91)

Friedrich Braeucker after the surrender.


3 Apr 1937 Offiziersanwärter
21 Sep 1937 Seekadett
1 May 1938 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jul 1939 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Aug 1939 Leutnant zur See
1 Sep 1941 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Jul 1944 Kapitänleutnant


1940 Iron Cross 2nd Class
1941 Fast Boat War Badge
1943 Iron Cross 1st Class

U-boat Commands

U-889 4 Aug 1944 13 May 1945   1 patrol (39 days) 

Friedrich Braeucker joined the Kriegsmarine in 1937. He served in various positions, including with the 1st and 2nd Torpedo boat flotillas from from June 1940 to August 1943. From Aug 1943 to April 1944 he went through U-boat training. He then went though U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung) from April to Aug 1944 when he took command of the U-889 on the 4th.

On 5 April 1945 Kptlt. Braeucker left for his first patrol with the U-889, heading into Canadian waters. On 13 May 1945 he surrendered his boat to Canada at Shelburne, Nova Scotia. The next day his boat was taken to Halifax, Canada.

U-889 after the surrender in May 1945.

After the surrender he was detained, not released until Dec 1948, among the very last U-boat men to be set free.

After the war he joined the newly formed German Navy, Bundesmarine, and later retied as Kapitän zur See a.D.


Busch, R & Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.

Patrol info for Friedrich Braeucker

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-889 26 Mar 1945  Kiel  30 Mar 1945  Horten   5 days
2. U-889 2 Apr 1945  Horten  3 Apr 1945  Kristiansand   2 days
3. U-889 5 Apr 1945  Kristiansand  13 May 1945  Shelbourne, Canada  Patrol 1,39 days

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.

Media links

Another Place, Another Time

Hirschmann, Werner
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German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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