Kapitänleutnant (Crew 27)
|Born||9 Nov 1908||Magdeburg|
|Died||9 Oct 1939||(30)|
|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.
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