Fregattenkapitän (Crew 35)
18 ships sunk, total tonnage 95,544 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 900 tons
4 ships damaged, total tonnage 28,907 GRT
|Born||16 Apr 1916||Langenschwalbach, Taunus|
|Died||25 Aug 1984||(68)||Halstenbek/ Hamburg, Germany|
|U-564||3 Apr 1941||1 Oct 1942||6 patrols (284 days)|
Reinhard Suhren's U-boat career commenced in March 1938 with the standard training. He then spent a year as I WO (1st Watch Officer) on the most successful U-boat, U-48, during which he was awarded the Knights Cross. In April 1941 he commissioned U-564, and in August 1941 he sank the British corvette HMS Zinnia (Rohwer, 1998).
In October 1942 he left U-564 to become an instructor with the 2nd ULD (U-boat Training Division). Later he served in the 27th (Training) Flotilla (as Chief of Staff) with Korvettenkapitän Erich Topp.
During the last year of the war Fregattenkapitän Suhren was the FdU Nordwegen (Commander in Chief of U-boats in Norwegian waters) and from September 1944, FdU Nordmeer (Northern waters between Norway and Greenland.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Rohwer, J. (1998). Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two.
Patrol info for Reinhard Suhren
|1.||U-564||17 Jun 1941||Kiel||27 Jul 1941||Brest||Patrol 1,||41 days|
|2.||U-564||16 Aug 1941||Brest||27 Aug 1941||Brest||Patrol 2,||12 days|
|3.||U-564||16 Sep 1941||Brest||1 Nov 1941||Lorient||Patrol 3,||47 days|
|4.||U-564||11 Jan 1942||Lorient||12 Jan 1942||La Pallice||2 days|
|5.||U-564||18 Jan 1942||La Pallice||6 Mar 1942||Brest||Patrol 4,||48 days|
|6.||U-564||4 Apr 1942||Brest||6 Jun 1942||Brest||Patrol 5,||64 days|
|7.||U-564||9 Jul 1942||Brest||18 Sep 1942||Brest||Patrol 6,||72 days|
|6 patrols, 284 days at sea|
Ships hit by Reinhard Suhren
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