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Klünder, Erich (5. Minensuchflottille)

Date of birth:
November 25th, 1909 (Kiel, Germany)
Date of death:
November 29th, 1992 (Quickborn, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

01.10.1937 : Leutnant zur See
01.04.1939 : Oberleutnant zur See
01.01.1941 : Kapitänleutnant
01.03.1943 : Korvettenkapitän

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Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1936
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht 4.Klasse, 4 Jahre
Period:
Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)
Awarded on:
June 6th, 1939
Spanienkreuz, Bronze
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 31st, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1940
Kriegsabzeichen für Minensuch-, U-Boots-, Jagd- und Sicherungsverbände
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 23rd, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Käpitanleutnant (Lieutenant)
Unit:
Flottillenchef, 1. Räumbootsflottille
Awarded on:
October 21st, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Korvettenkapitän (Lieutenant Commander)
Unit:
Chef, 5. Minensuchflottille
Awarded on:
August 12th, 1944
The following press article describes the Knight’s Cross justification for Erich Klünder…

“The Führer awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross to Korvettenkapitän Erich Klünder, commander of a Minensuchflottille, at the recommendation of the Supreme Commander of the Kriegsmarine, Großadmiral Dönitz. Since September 1943 he has served as a convoy leader and led numerous large convoys in the arctic ocean to their destinations despite heavy enemy air and submarine attacks.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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