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Wilhelm Franken
Born (1914-09-11)11 September 1914
Died 13 January 1945(1945-01-13) (aged 30)
Place of birth Schildische, district of Bielefeld
Place of death Kiel
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1935–1945
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 language: 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 Daresalam.

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Citattions
  1. Busch and Röll 2003, p. 357.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Busch and Röll 2003, p. 358.
  3. Scherzer 2007, p. 316.
Bibliography
  • Busch, Rainer & Röll, Hans-Joachim (2003). Der U-Boot-Krieg 1939-1945 - Die Ritterkreuzträger der U-Boot-Waffe von September 1939 bis Mai 1945 (in German). Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn Germany: Verlag E.S. Mittler & Sohn. ISBN 3-8132-0515-0.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • 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 (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.

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