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Franz Kohlauf
Born (1910-12-03)3 December 1910
Died 26 April 1944(1944-04-26) (age 76)
Place of birth Klosterbeuren district of Memmingen
Place of death bay of Saint Malo
Allegiance Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Nazi Germany
Service/branch War Ensign of Germany (1938–1945).svg Kriegsmarine
Rank Fregattenkapitän
Commands held torpedo boat Seeadler
torpedo boat Jaguar
4. Torpedobootflottille
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Franz Kohlauf (3 December 1910 – 26 April 1944) was a Fregattenkapitän with the Kriegsmarine during World War II and a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German language:Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. He was killed in action when Torpedoboot T-29 sank.

He commanded the 4. Torpedo Boat Flotilla, consisting of large torpedo boats 1936 Class (Elbing), among others in a battle on 22/23 October 1943, in which the Germans sunk the British cruiser HMS Charybdis and escort destroyer HMS Limbourne, without losses.[1] After this action, he was awarded the Knight's Cross.

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Citations
  1. (Polish) Albert W. Dawidowicz, Feralny "Tunel" in: Morza, Statki i Okręty nr. 4/2004, p.36
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Dörr 1995, p. 354.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 267.
Bibliography
  • Dörr, Manfred (1995). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Überwasserstreitkräfte der Kriegsmarine—Band 1:A–K (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio Verlag. ISBN 3-7648-2453-0.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Range, Clemens (1974). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kriegsmarine. Stuttgart, Germany: Motorbuch Verlag. ISBN 3-87943-355-0.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). 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 (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.
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