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Kuhnke, Günter

Date of birth:
September 7th, 1912 (Elbing, Germany)
Date of death:
October 11th, 1990 (Schortens, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Promotions:

- 1st of April 1931: Offiziersanwärter (officer candidate)
- 1st of April 1932: Seekadett (officer cadet)
- 1st of April 1933: Fähnrich zur See (midshipman)
- 1st of January 1935: Oberfähnrich zur See (senior midshipman)
- 1st of April 1935: Leutnant zur See (acting sub-lieutenant)

- 1st of January 1937: Oberleutnant zur See (sub-lieutenant)
- 1st of October 1939: Kapitänleutnant (lieutenant)
- 1st of March 1943: Korvettenkapitän (corvette captain/lieutenant-commander)

- 16th of June 1956: Fregattenkapitän (frigate captain/commander)
- 16th of October 1962: Kapitän zur See (captain)
- 28th of January 1965: Flottillenadmiral (flotilla admiral/commodore)
- 1st of April 1966: Konteradmiral (rear-admiral)
- 30th of September 1972: Retired

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Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1936
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht 4.Klasse, 4 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 29th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 1st, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Käpitanleutnant (Lieutenant)
Unit:
Commander U-28
Awarded on:
September 19th, 1940
Awarded for sinking 13 ships (with 56272 GRT) and damaging 1 more (with 4678 GRT) as commander of U-28.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 30th, 1944
Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2.Klasse mit Schwertern
Awarded on:
June 26th, 1969
Großes Verdienstkreuz des Verdienstordens der BRD
Awarded on:
September 30th, 1972
Großes Verdienstkreuz mit Stern des Verdienstordens der BRD

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