Thomsen, Rolf-Erich

Date of birth:
May 6th, 1915 (Berlin, Germany)
Date of death:
March 26th, 2003 (Berlin, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant zur See (Luitenant ter Zee 3e Klasse)
Unit:
1.Admiralstabsoffizier (op) beim Führer der Luft in Wilhelmshaven-Sengwarden
Awarded on:
November 25th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant zur See (Luitenant ter Zee 3e Klasse)
Unit:
1.Admiralstabsoffizier (op) beim Führer der Luft in Wilhelmshaven-Sengwarden
Awarded on:
May 17th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant zur See (Luitenant ter Zee 3e Klasse)
Details:
Received in 1940
Narvikschild in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant zur See (Luitenant ter Zee 3e Klasse)
Details:
Received in August 1940
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant zur See
Awarded on:
April 25th, 1941
Frontflugspange für Aufklärer in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant zur See
Awarded on:
March 26th, 1942
Frontflugspange für Aufklärer in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitänleutnant (Luitenant ter Zee 2e Klasse)
Unit:
Kommandant U-1004 / 11.Unterseeboots-Flotille
Awarded on:
October 14th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitänleutnant (Luitenant ter Zee 2e Klasse)
Unit:
Kommandant U-1202
Awarded on:
January 3rd, 1945
U-boot Kriegsabzeichen (ohne Brillianten)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitänleutnant (Luitenant ter Zee 2e Klasse)
Unit:
Kommandant U-1202
Awarded on:
January 4th, 1945
Action:
On his first war patrol Thomsen claimed to have sunk 4 merchant ships with 26176 GRT, and for this was decorated with the Knight's Cross. It should be noted however that of the claimed ships sunk only one of them (with 7176 GRT) was actually sent to the bottom.
Details:
287th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitänleutnant (Luitenant ter Zee 2e Klasse)
Unit:
Kommandant U-1202
Awarded on:
April 27th, 1945
U-Boots-Frontspange in Bronze
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitänleutnant (Luitenant ter Zee 2e Klasse)
Unit:
Kommandant U-1202
Awarded on:
April 29th, 1945
Action:
Over the course of his second war patrol Thomsen claimed to have sunk an escort carrier, a destroyer, three merchant ships and two corvettes. He was awarded the Oak Leaves in recognition of this. However none of the claimed victories actually took place in reality.
Details:
The last official number of the awarding of the Oakleaves by the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht was 843. Rolf Thomsen has never received an official award number for his Oakleaves. In some literature the unofficial number of 852, after the war given by the OdR is being used.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

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