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Friedrich Wunderlich

Friedrich Wunderlich

Recipient of the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross
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Occupations Korvettenkapitän
Countries Germany
Gender male
Birth August 13, 1891 (Bückeburg, Schaumburg, Lower Saxony, Germany)
Death March 27, 1977 (Munich, Upper Bavaria, Bavaria, Germany)
Friedrich Wunderlich
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Biography

Friedrich Wunderlich (13 August 1891 – 27 March 1977) was a Fregattenkapitän with the Kriegsmarine during World War II and 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.

Wunderlich joined the Kaiserliche Marine (Imperial German Navy) on 1 April 1910. As of August 1914, he served as an adjutant on SMS Berlin. Following this assignment, he transferred to the U-boat force. He served as a watch officer on SM U-16, SM U-69 and SM U-157. In 1917 he was appointed commander of SM UB-104. His last command at the end of World War I was commander of SM UC-94. Following World War I, he was released from active service on 16 January 1921 holding the rank of charakterisierter Kapitänleutnant (captain-lieutenant).

Wunderlich was reactivated for active service in the Kriegsmarine—the navy of Nazi Germany—on 22 August 1939 shortly before the outbreak of World War II.

Awards

  • Iron Cross (1914)
    • 2nd Class
    • 1st Class
  • Cross of Honor
  • Clasp to the Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class (27 April 1940)
    • 1st Class (21 May 1940)
  • Minesweeper War Badge (29 November 1940)
  • German Cross in Gold on 10 June 1944 as Korvettenkapitän zur Verwendung (for disposition) in the 22. U-Jagd-Flottille
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 3 December 1943 as Korvettenkapitän zur Verwendung (for disposition) and chief of the 14. U-Jagd-Flottille
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