Rudolf Heinz Franke entered the Kriegsmarine in April 1936 and served on the Battleship Gneisenau when war broke out. He transferred to the U-Boot service in October 1940 and there served as Wachoffizier, Kommandant, Stab Befehlshaber der Unterseeboote, with a unit of midget-submarines and ended war service as U-Boot Kommandant. As a U-Boot Commander, Heinz Franke undertook five operationals sorties (222 days at see), in which he sunk four ships with a total tonnage of 13.935BRT.
After six months as POW he served with a minesweeper unit and entered the Bundesmarine in 1957. He retired as a Fregattenkapitän in March 1972. Heinz Franke died on April 5th, 2003 of the consequences of Alzheimer decease.
April 1936: Offiziersanwärter;
September 10th, 1936: Seekadett;
May 1st, 1937: Fähnrich zur See;
July 1st, 1938: Oberfähnrich zur See;
October 1st, 1938: Leutnant zur See;
October 1st, 1940: Oberleutnant zur See;
April 1st, 1943: Kapitänleutnant;
?: Fregattenkapitän (Bundesmarine).
April 1st, 1936: Kriegsmarine;
?: Schulschiff Georg Fock;
?: Kreuzer Emden;
1938: Schlachtschiff Gneisenau;
October 1940: U-Boot Waffe;
?: I. Wachoffizier U 84;
January 16th, 1942 - October 19th, 1942: Kommandant U 148;
October 26th, 1942 - January 25th, 1944: Kommandant U 262;
January 1944: Stab Befehlshaber der Unterseeboote (B.d.U.);
?: Marinegruppe West, Paris;
March 15th, 1945 - April 9th, 1945: Kommandant U 3509;
April 12th, 1945 - May 9th, 1945: Kommandant U 2502;
May 9th, 1945 - November 1945: Krijgsgevangene;
? - March 1972: Amt für Militärkunde, Bundesmarine.
November 18th, 1942: Corvette Monbretia (Convoy ONS-144, Noors);
November 26th, 1942: s.s. Ocean Crusader (Convoy HX-216, Brits);
February 6th, 1943: s.s. Zagloba (Convoy SC-118, Pools);
October 31st, 1943: s.s. Hallfried (Convoy SL-138, Noors).
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