Werner Fresdorf

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 27)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  9 Nov 1908 Magdeburg
Died  9 Oct 1939(30)

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5 Apr 1927 Offiziersanwärter
11 Oct 1927 Seekadett
1 Apr 1929 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jun 1931 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1931 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1933 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Oct 1936 Kapitänleutnant


U-boat Commands

U-17 3 Dec 1935 1 Nov 1937   No war patrols 

Werner Fresdorf joined the Kriegsmarine in 1927. He went through U-boat training from July to Sept 1935. From Oct to Dec 1935 he served with the U-Flotilla Weddigen and went through an U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung) programme for the U-17 being constructed at Kiel (Busch & Röll, 1999).

On 3 Dec 1935 Werner Fresdorf commissioned the new U-17. He commanded the boat for almost 2 years, handing over command on 1 Nov 1937. During his command of the boat he also served as a torpedo adviser with the Weddigen flotilla from 22 Nov 1936 to 25 Sept 1937 (Busch & Röll, 1999).

He served at the Naval Academy at Kiel from Nov 1937 to Aug 1938 when he began serving on U-boat operations for Kriegsmarine High Command (OKM). He was still in this role when he died in an accident (Busch & Röll, 1999).

Kptlt. Werner Fresdorf was killed in an air crash near Munsterlager (Busch & Röll, 1999).


Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.

Patrol info for Werner Fresdorf

This commander did not go out on patrols with his boats.

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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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