Wilhelm Franken died in an accident on 13th January 1945 on board of the accommodation vessel Daresalam. At that moment he was Referent in the Stab Kommandierender Admiral der U-Boote with the rank of Korvettenkapitän.
April 5th, 1935: Offiziersanwärter;
July 1st, 1936: Fähnrich zur See;
January 1st, 1938: Oberfähnrich zur See;
April 1st, 1938: Leutnant zur See;
October 1st, 1939: Oberleutnant zur See;
April 1st, 1942: Kapitänleutnant;
January 1st, 1945: Korvettenkapitän.
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