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Günter Kuhnke

German Admiral

Died when: 78 years 34 days (937 months)
Star Sign: Virgo

 

Günter Kuhnke

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).The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.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.On October 26 1940 he murdered the entire 71 man compliment of the British Merchant, SS Matina, carrying 14,000 tons of bananas.

My Grand-Father, Able Seaman Thomas Bruce Blackburn (46), left behind a wife and two children. 12 of the 71 crew were under 25 The youngest being 15 year old Deck Boy, Jack Leslie Takle.Fregattenkapitän Günter Kuhnke commanded the destroyer Z-2 (D171) (formerly USS Ringgold (DD-500)) from 14 July 1959 until November 1960.


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