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Great to see a long split set reunited again and I have to say that I have never seen a KvK II & I awarded on the same day, not in a Soldbuch or Wehrpass entry and not evidenced by the citations themselves.

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Interesting group. Have also never seen both KVK being awarded at the same date. But unlike the KVK2 the KVK1 is not such a common medal anyway. I think it was generally not so easy to get it.

Do you have a theory what he got them for? Maybe it was linked to his wounding in Biserta. It might not have been an act of bravery but something very important - like he quickly took the necessary steps to prevent a damaged ship from sinking.

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Two award certificates to Walter Täuber who served aboard V1306 Otto-Krogmann.

V1306 served under 13 Vorpostenbootflottille.

Cheers,

Larry

 

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Nice citations. Do you know if he was still on V-1306 in 1944? On the 9th July MTB 434 of the Royal Navy was sunk in a battle with five Vorpostenbooten and V-1306 was one of them.

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Hi Kevin,

I own Täuber's photo album. All photos show life aboard V-1306 and also a large segment showing a burial ceremony. There are two photos

showing members of  13 V.P. Flottille KIA 1.7.43. Also a photo of a crewman with a severe head wound but no dates on the back of photos.

Also a couple of photos showing V-1306 which has run aground on a reef. I know V-1306 survived the war.

Cheers,

Larry

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Hi Kevin,

I forgot to add that there is a photo showing kills painted on the front of V-1306's bridge.

They include 4 aircraft and 1 MTB. Possibly MTB 434?

Cheers,

Larry

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Could well be the marking for MTB 434. I have looked in the book Hitler's Forgotten Flottillas and there is no mention of any actions for late June/early July 1943. I dare say it was one of the many nightly clashes between British coastal forces and the German coastal convoys, or possibly a strafing attack from an aircraft. The book does mention 13.VP-Flottille for mid-March 1943 when they were escorting two cargo ships from Rotterdam which were attacked and sunk by MTB's.

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NARA holds the KTB for both 1.Sicherungs-Division (although some parts are only available from BA-MA) and also nearly the complete KTB for 13.VP-Flottille. It does say in the write-up that KTB for individual VP-Booten (those that still exist) are incorporated in to the relevant Flottillen KTB so you might be able to unearth lots of details for V-1306, including why she was grounded. It looks like the KTB for 13.VP-Flot. is covered in 11 Rolls, and NARA charges $130 for each Roll regardless of whether there are 4 pages in it or 2,004.

These files are in the NARA T-1022 series.

 

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Hi Kevin,

Thank you very much for the information you posted. It looks like it could be a very

expensive exercise to research V-1306 unless NARA has specific information regarding V-1306 on one roll.

Cheers,

Larry

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