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Wohlfarth, Heinrich Wilhelm Herbert "Parzival"

    Date of birth:
    June 5th, 1915 (Kanagawa, Japan)
    Date of death:
    August 13th, 1982 (Villingen/Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

    Biography

    Herbert Wohlfahrt served as Wachoffizier op "U 16", Kommandant "U 14", Kommandant "U 137" and Kommandant "U 556". During 9 operational sails (137 days at sea) he sunk a total of 21 ships with 66.932BRT and damaged three ships with a total of 20.455BRT. He became a POW to the British when his ship "U 556" was sunk by the Royal Navy on June 27th, 1941.

    Career:
    ?: Wachoffizier "U 16";
    October 1939 - June 1940: Kommandant "U 14";
    June 1940 - December 1940: Kommandant "U 137";
    February 1941 - June 1941: Kommandant "U 566";
    June 27th, 1941 - July 14th, 1947: POW to the British.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    December 20th, 1939
    U-boot Kriegsabzeichen (ohne Brillianten)
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Käpitanleutnant (Lieutenant)
    Unit:
    Kommandant "U 556"
    Awarded on:
    May 15th, 1941
    Awarded the Knight's Cross during the middle of his first patrol in U-556 after he had sunk three ships and damaged one since the start of it. By this time he had sunk 18 ships (with 46,593 GRT) and damaged 3 (with 20,455 GRT).
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    November 1st, 1941
    Croce Al Valore di Guerra
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    October 1st, 1940
    Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    October 6th, 1939
    Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    March 31st, 1937
    Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht 4.Klasse, 4 Jahre
    Awarded on:
    December 20th, 1939
    Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    September 26th, 1940
    A small submarine under the command of First Lieutenant at Sea Wohlfarth has sunk out of a convoy four steamers of 25,000 GRT, including a tanker.
    Wehrmachtbericht
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    November 20th, 1940
    A small submarine under the command of Captain Lieutenant Wohlfarth, which on its last undertaking had sunk four enemy merchant ships of 23,880 GRT, so far destroyed a total of 61,500 GRT enemy merchant shipping.
    Wehrmachtbericht
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    May 23rd, 1941
    In attacks against the already mentioned enemy convoy distinguished themselves from the rest the submarines under the leadership of Captain Lieutenant Wohlfahrt (sic) and Captain Lieutenant Gysae.
    Wehrmachtbericht

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