Viktor Graf von Reventlow-Criminil

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  5 May 1916 Charlottenburg
Died  27 Jun 1992(76)

Kriegsmarine crew book photo


3 Apr 1936 Offiziersanwärter
10 Sep 1936 Seekadett
1 May 1937 Fähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1938 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1940 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Sep 1943 Kapitänleutnant


U-boat Commands

U-1017 13 Apr 1944 16 Jun 1944   No war patrols 

Viktor Graf von Reventlow-Criminil joined the Kriegsmarine in 1936, and was part of the Olympia Crew.

He commissioned the type VIIC/41 boat U-1017 on 13 April 1944 and began working-up exercises in the Baltic. After only two months he was assigned to the K-Verband (midget submarine group), where he commanded K-flotilla 415 from July to Sept 1944. Afterwards he served as a staff officer on Midget Subs Command North, amongst other duties, until the German surrender in May 1945. (Busch & Röll, 1999)

The Reventlows are members of the Danish aristocracy, and after the war Graf von Reventlow-Criminil became a farmer and local councillor representing Danish minority politics in Schleswig-Holstein. He emigrated to Canada in 1953.


Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II. (2013). Victor Graf von Reventlow-Criminil.

Patrol info for Viktor Graf von Reventlow-Criminil

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

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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