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Günter Kuhnke

Günter Kuhnke

German world war II Navy officer and U-boat commander
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Quick Facts
Intro German world war II Navy officer and U-boat commander
Countries Germany
Occupations Submariner Soldier
A.K.A. Gunther Kuhnke, Guenther Kuhnke
Gender male
Birth September 7, 1912 (Elbląg)
Death October 11, 1990 (Schortens)
Günter Kuhnke
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Biography

Günter Kuhnke (7 September 1912 – 11 October 1990) was a Korvettenkapitän with the Kriegsmarine during World War II and later a Konteradmiral with the Bundesmarine. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes).

He commanded the U-28, U-125 and U-853, sinking eleven ships on nine patrols, for a total of 42,252 gross register tons (GRT) of Allied shipping plus the special service vessel HMS Prunella. He commanded 10th U-boat Flotilla from January 1942 until October 1944, then 33rd U-boat Flotilla until May 1945.

Fregattenkapitän Günter Kuhnke commanded the destroyer Z-2 (D171) (formerly USS Ringgold (DD-500)) from 14 July 1959 until 15 November 1960.

Summary of career

Ships attacked

Date Name of Ship Nationality Tonnage Fate
14 September 1939 Vancouver City  United Kingdom 4,955 Sunk
17 November 1939 Sliedrecht  Netherlands 5,133 Sunk
25 November 1939 Royston Grange  United Kingdom 5,144 Sunk
21 January 1940 Protesilaus  United Kingdom 9,577 Total loss (mine)
9 March 1940 P. Margoronis  Greece 4,979 Sunk
11 March 1940 Eulota  Netherlands 6,236 Sunk
18 June 1940 Samartia  Finland 2,417 Sunk
19 June 1940 Adamandios Georgandis  Greece 3,443 Sunk
21 June 1940 HMS Prunella  Royal Navy 4,443 Sunk
27 August 1940 Eva  Norway 1,599 Sunk
28 August 1940 Kyno  United Kingdom 3,946 Sunk
9 September 1940 Mardinian  United Kingdom 2,431 Sunk
9 September 1940 Harpenden  United Kingdom 4,678 Damaged
9 September 1940 Maas  Netherlands 1,966 Sunk
26 October 1940 Matina  United Kingdom 5,389 Damaged

Promotions

Reichsmarine (1931–35)

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

Kriegsmarine (1935–45)

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

Bundesmarine (1955–72)

  • Joined 16 November 1955
  • Fregattenkapitän (frigate captain/commander) - 16 June 1956
  • Kapitän zur See (captain) - 16 October 1962
  • Flottillenadmiral (flotilla admiral/commodore) - 28 January 1965
  • Konteradmiral (rear-admiral) - 1 April 1966
  • Retired 30 September 1972

Awards

  • Wehrmacht Long Service Award, 4th class (2 October 1936)
  • Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class (29 September 1939)
    • 1st Class (1 October 1939)
  • War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords (30 January 1944)
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 19 September 1940 as Kapitänleutnant and commander of U-28
  • Grand Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (26 June 1969)
  • Grand Merit Cross with Star of the Federal Republic of Germany (30 September 1972)
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