Wilhelm Franken

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Wilhelm Franken
Born (1914-09-11)11 September 1914
Schildische, district of Bielefeld
Died 13 January 1945(1945-01-13) (aged 30)
Kiel
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1935–45
Rank Korvettenkapitän
Unit SSS Gorch Fock
cruiser Karlsruhe
destroyer Z6 Theodor Riedel
Commands held U-565
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Wilhelm Franken (11 September 1914 in Bielefeld-Schildesche – 13 January 1945 in Kiel) was a German U-boat commander in World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Franken was killed in a fire on board the accommodation ship Daresalam.

Summary of career[edit]

Ships attacked[edit]

As the commander of U-565 Franken is credited with the sinking of three ships with a total of 11,347 gross register tons (GRT), damaging two ships of 17,565 GRT and sinking one warship, the British destroyer HMS Partridge, of 1,540 long tons (1,560 tonnes).

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate[1]
23 April 1942 Kirkland  United Kingdom 1,361 Sunk
18 December 1942 HMS Partridge  Royal Navy 1,540 Sunk
24 February 1943 Nathanael Greene  United States 7,176 Damaged
27 February 1943 Seminole  United Kingdom 10,389 Damaged
20 April 1943 Michigan  United States 5,594 Sunk
20 April 1943 Sidi-Bel-Abbès  Free France 4,392 Sunk

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by U-565". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 357.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Busch & Röll 2003, p. 358.
  4. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 316.
  5. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 185.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Busch, Rainer; Röll, Hans-Joachim (2003). Der U-Boot-Krieg 1939–1945 — Die Ritterkreuzträger der U-Boot-Waffe von September 1939 bis Mai 1945 [The U-Boat War 1939–1945 — The Knight's Cross Bearers of the U-Boat Force from September 1939 to May 1945] (in German). Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn Germany: Verlag E.S. Mittler & Sohn. ISBN 978-3-8132-0515-2. 
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Militaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 

External links[edit]

  • Helgason, Guðmundur. "Wilhelm Franken". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 18 October 2013.