Paul, Friedrich-Karl

Date of birth:
January 31st, 1909 (Dabie, Poland)
Date of death:
May 1st, 1998 (Kassel/Hesse, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Käpitanleutnant (Lieutenant)
Unit:
Kommandant Torpedoboot "T 23" / 4.Torpedobootsflottille
Awarded on:
October 30th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Korvettenkapitän (Lieutenant Commander)
Unit:
Chef 2.Torpedobootsflottille
Awarded on:
March 4th, 1945
Action:
Awarded the Knight’s Cross for his achievements as a torpedo boat commander throughout the war, the most important of which are described below…

1) Participating in the Channel Dash as captain of the Torpedo boat “Jaguar”, during which he shot down 3 enemy aircraft (10-12.02.1942).

2) Capturing the British ship “ML 306” on 28.03.1942, which later went into service as the German R-Boat “RA 9”.

3) Sinking the British cruiser “Charybdis” in the English Channel on 23.10.1943 as captain of the Torpedo boat “T 23”.

4) Escorting the vital German supply convoys in the Baltic during the time period August 1944 - March 1945 as commander of the 2. Torpedobootsflottille. His ships ensured the transport of over a million GRT of materiel without loss. He led 48 convoys himself, during which 7 enemy aircraft were shot down and a Soviet submarine was sunk. In this time a total of 8 ships that had been damaged through mines were also escorted safely to harbour.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 15th, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 23rd, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Awarded on:
April 8th, 1938
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht 4.Klasse, 4 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 26th, 1941
Zerstörer-Kriegsabzeichen

Sources

  • Photo 1: Willi Schumacher
  • Photo: Willi Schumacher collection
  • - DÖRR, MANFRED, Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Wehmacht 1939–1945, Biblio Verlag, Osnabrück, 1996.
    - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001, ISBN 3-931533-45-X

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