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Künzel, Karl-Friedrich

Date of birth:
September 11th, 1918 (Magdeburg/Saxony-Anhalt, Germany)
Date of death:
December 25th, 1998 (Kiel/Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant zur See (Lieutenant)
Unit:
Gruppenführer, Kommandant "S 28" / 1.Schnellbootflottille
Awarded on:
December 12th, 1943
Awarded for the sum of his successes as an S-Boat captain. By February 1944 he had participated in a total of 203 sorties across a number of theatres including Norway, the English Channel, the Gulf of Finland and the Black Sea. In this time he participated in many torpedo and mining operations in the open sea. He also claimed a total of 12000 GRT worth of shipping sunk, all of these light motor craft and barges. As these kinds of ships were worth no more than 50-400 GRT each, this would have meant that Künzel sunk at least 30 ships of this type.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 1st, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 13th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 15th, 1940
Schnellboot-Kriegsabzeichen ohne Brillianten
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 4th, 1941
Vapaudenristin 4.luokka (VR 4)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 5th, 1943
Flotten-Kriegsabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 5th, 1943
Krimschild (Stiftungs ausführing)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 8th, 1944
Kubanschild

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