Thorwest, Friedrich-Wilhelm

Date of birth:
December 6th, 1898 (Könnern, Germany)
Date of death:
November 1st, 1944 (Adriatic Sea)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 23rd, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 11th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Korvettenkapitän der Reserve (Lieutenant-Commander of Reserves)
Unit:
2.Geleitflottille "Adria"
Awarded on:
November 5th, 1944
Action:
Here follows an excerpt from a contemporary newspaper article, detailing the German operation Wikinger following which Thorwest was decorated with the Knight's Cross.

"On the night of 23-24 October the (now sunk) submarine hunters west of the island of Maun sunk 6 British torpedo boats and damaged several more in a series of fierce engagements." Then came 01.11.1944: "The German units under the command of Korvettenkapitän Thorwest had the task of protecting an important area on the Adriatic coast against naval attacks. To avoid a repeat of the recent bad encounter the British this time decided to deploy two destroyers ('Wheatland' and 'Avondale'), several groups of torpedo boats and a sizeable number of aircraft. In the evening hours of 1. November a battle began near Trstenik, west of the island of Pag.

[To ensure the safety of the ships they were escorting] the German escort ships immediately attacked the allied vessels and caused some damage, in particular to the destroyer 'Avondale'. However following retaliation from both enemy ships and aircraft the torpedo boat under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Guhrke and the two submarine hunters, commanded by Oberleutnant zur See der Reserve Trautwein and Oberleutnant zur See der Reserve Wenke, were sunk. Their task however was fulfilled and the German convoy reached its destination port intact."

Thorwest was also killed during this battle, and so the award was given posthumously.

Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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