Franken, Wilhelm August

Date of birth:
September 11th, 1914 (Schildesche-Bielefeld/Westphalia, Germany)
Date of death:
January 13th, 1945 (Kiel/Schleswick-Holstein, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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.

Promotions:
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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Awarded on:
April 4th, 1939
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht 4.Klasse, 4 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 14th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 31st, 1940
Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 15th, 1941
U-boot Kriegsabzeichen (ohne Brillianten)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 28th, 1942
Flotten-Kriegsabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 28th, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 30th, 1942
Croce Al Valore di Guerra
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Käpitanleutnant (Lieutenant)
Unit:
Kommandant, U 565, 29. Unterseebootsflottille, Kriegsmarine
Awarded on:
April 30th, 1943
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Käpitanleutnant (Lieutenant)
Awarded on:
May 29th, 1943
Medaglia de bronzo al Valore

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