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Kretschmer, front row, sitting in the middle.

 

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Kretschmer, front row, standing in the middle.

 

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Kretschmer, front row, sitting in the middle.

Hänert, second row, standing at the far right.

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Funkmaat Kurt Krüger of U-352.

 

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May.10.1942. USCGC Icarus at the Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina the day after sinking U-352 and rescuing 33 survivors, U-352's crew lines up in ranks.

 

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Interrogation of Funkmaat Kurt Krüger at the Navy Yard.

At his right, the British interrogation officer Lieutenant Ralph W. B. Izzard, R.N.V.R.

 

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Prisoner of War Camp Fort Bragg, North Carolina, USA, 17.9.1942.

Eines der Einzelzimmer der Kriegsgefangenen (Funkmaat Kurt Krüger).

 

 

 

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Von links nach rechts.

 

ObMasch.    Heinrich Hollmann, verlor linken Arm.

MtrGfr.         Erhard Pickel.

MtrGfr.         Edgar Herrschaft.

FunkGfr.      Gerhard Richter.

Funkmaat.   Kurt Krüger.

MtrGfr.         Gerhard Hering.

 

Gefangennahme am 9. Mai 1942 vor Cap Hatteras, U-352 Versenkt.

 

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PW = Prisoner of War = Kriegsgefangener.

 

 

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Back again at the Charleston Navy Yard, 6 September 1985.

Kurt Krüger at the right - civilian clothes and glasses.

 

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And in 1992 he was back again, 50 years after the sinking of U-352.

 

USCGC Icarus first left the scene, not picking up any survivers at all, but was later ordered by higher command to pick up survivors and went back to the sinking position.

 

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The eight German war veterans - survivors of U-352 who attended the 1992 reunion.

 

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Kapitänleutnant Ing. Hans-Helmut Fuchslocher served on Zerstörer "Georg Thiele", U-144, U-332, U-3007 and U-3008.

 

He ended up in POW Camp 18.

 

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Photos are taken in POW Camp 18 in Featherstone Park, England.

 

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No photos this time but paperwork.

Kurt Paulus served on U-672 and after the sinking of his Uboat he became a POW in Canada.

Seems to me that she was concerned about her son, as reply letters to her by her son's U-672 CO. and the Uboat's Flottille CO. do show......but she was also interested in her son's payment, during his active service and when he was in prison, seeing that he only writes "Dear Mother" in his letters, and Naval letters to his mother only mentions Mrs. Paulus, I do think that Kurt is the bread-winner, as there is no Mr. Paulus mentioned at all.

His mother did have labels printed for the POW post to her son.

Although the scans are bad ones, and I no longer have this grouping, I still think that this grouping provides an inside view.

I think number 12 is an interesting one.

 

Excuse me for the Font and Size difference in the information below, I did copy it from one of my files, but didn't get it right.

 

Masch.-Maat Kurt Paulus, U-672, POW.

Entitled to:
- Uboat War Badge
- Iron Cross 2nd Class

1 .) Letter, 15-09-1943, 2 page letter to his mother, written on board U-672, he hopes to sail out to sea this week.

2 .) Shore leave Permit, 22-10-1943, Fieldpostnumber M-51135 = U-672.

Signed by: Leutnant zur See Gerhard Ady, later Co. on U-704 and U-677, and Leutnant (Ing.) Georg Käseberg.

3 .) Letter from the Co. of the 6th. Uboot.Flottille, 26-11-1943, to Mrs. Paulus concerning messages send to crewmembers on Uboats active against the enemy. Printed signature Carl Emmermann.

4 .) Letter from the Co. of the 6th. Uboot.Flottille, 14-12-1943, to Mrs. Paulus concerning Uboats out at sea during Christmas, signed (original signature) by Carl Emmermann, Knightcross and Oakleaves.

5 .) Letter from the 5th. Uboot.Flottille, 14-12-1943, that Mrs. Paulus letter regarding her son's payment is send on to the 6th. Uboot Flottille.

6 .) Letter from the 6th. Uboot.Flottille, 23-12-1943, to Mrs. Paulus, concerning her son's payment.

7 .) Letter from Mrs. Paulus, 10-01-1944, to the Co. of the 6th. Uboot.Flottille Carl Emmermann, thanking him for the letter of 14-12-1943 with the information that all was well on her son's uboat. And she hopes the uboat will return safe home.

8 .) Letter from the Co. of U-672 Oberleutnant zur See Ulf Lawaetz,
written on board U-672, 15-5-1944. Original signature of Lawaetz.

He hopes that her son can give her a better answer than he can (= Lawaetz)

9 .) Letter to the 6th. Uboot.Flottille, 12-06-1944 concerning Kurt Paulus payment.

10.) Telegram, 20-08-1944, to Mrs. Paulus, "Masch.-Maat Kurt Paulus is a prisoner of war, no further information available".
After the message that her son's uboat is missing in action this is the best telegram a mother can get !.

11.) Letter from the Uboat Headquarters, 19-09-1944, signed by Oberleutnant zur See Werner Techand (ex Co. U-731) Staff member Dönitz. "...Your son and all his comrades are POW in England,...the boat was active in the invasion-area...cause of loss unknown etc.".

12.) Letter from the Uboat Headquarters, 30-09-1944, 2 page letter signed by Techand, that the personal belongings of her son are at an encircled and battled Uboatbase in western France, and that at the moment sending it to Germany is not possible. When his belongings are lost she will receive a compensation. Note: "there will be no compensation for the photo camera as it is forbidden to have one at the base or on the uboat"!

13.) Letter from Mrs. Paulus, 19-10-1944, 2 page letter to Oberletnant zur See Techand.

14.) Letter from the Uboat Headquarters, 26-10-1944, signed by Techand, that it pleases him that Mrs. Paulus received a message from her POW son.

15.) Accompaning letter from the Admiral of the Uboats, 1-1-1945, together with this letter the Uboat War Badge and the Iron Cross 2nd Class were sent to his mother with the question to forward the decorations to her son.

16.) Three Address-Labels with Kurt's POW Address in Canada, to be glued on a package send to him.

U-672 made 3 war-patrols. During the night of April the 24th 1944 the boat was attacked by a Leigh Light Liberator of 120 Squadron. Later the same day U-672 was attacked by a Sunderland of 423 RCAF Squadron, uboat and aircraft were badly damaged and both were able to return to base. The night 18/19-7-1944 U-672 was sunk by HMS Balfour, commander and 51 men were later picked up by air/sea rescue launches and made POW.

 

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Although shown in another thread before, I do think that these photos belong in this thread too.

 

I don't know in which POW camp they were taken.

 

They do show Kapitänleutnant Klaus Hänert, CO. of U-550.

 

The photos do also show Otto Kretschmer.

 

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All:

 

Pictured from my Kriegsmarine collection are POW photographs of Klaus Hänert, camp unidentified.

 

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John

 

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PS.

 

Sorry John,

 

Hänert didn't have a beard, and I have no idea who the guy in blue on your photos is.

 

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Eric-Jan

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Eric-Jan:

 

Here are more photos from the earlier post where you identified the POW as Klaus Hänert. The pictures show him with beard and without. His beard was probably shaved shortly after arriving at camp. After seeing the photographs again, do you believe the officer is or is not Hänert?

 

http://www.historicalwarmilitariaforum.com/topic/2608-km-collection-display/?p=24052

 

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John

 

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John,

 

I did reply to your thread because I did recognize the stone monument on your photos.

 

What I tried to say was, that the photos that I did show in my reply did show Kapitänleutnant Klaus Hänert.

 

While Hänert was a Kapitänleutnant since 1.2.1943, and that rank is shown on the photos that I did post, the photos of your man do show the rank of an Oberleutnant zur See, and as these photos do not show the German eagle on the jacket or Schirmmütze, they must have been taken between May 1945 and 31.12.1947 (date that Hänert was released as POW).

Although your photos without the beard do show a somehow familiar face as Hänert, but are in my humble opinion showing another guy.

 

Best regards

 

Eric-Jan

 

 

 

I don't want to high-jack your thread, but I thought that the stone monument in the back of photo 2 and 3 did somehow look familiar to me, so I checked my collection.

 

They do show Kapitänleutnant Klaus Hänert former CO of U 550 as a POW.

 

 

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John,

 

I did reply to your thread because I did recognize the stone monument on your photos.

 

What I tried to say was, that the photos that I did show in my reply did show Kapitänleutnant Klaus Hänert.

 

While Hänert was a Kapitänleutnant since 1.2.1943, and that rank is shown on the photos that I did post, the photos of your man do show the rank of an Oberleutnant zur See, and as these photos do not show the German eagle on the jacket or Schirmmütze, they must have been taken between May 1945 and 31.12.1947 (date that Hänert was released as POW).

Although your photos without the beard do show a somehow familiar face as Hänert, but are in my humble opinion showing another guy.

 

Best regards

 

Eric-Jan

 

Eric-Jan:

 

Hello! A misundestanding at my end reading enitial thread. I am claer that it is your opion the pictures I have are not of Klaus Hanert, thank you my friend.

 

Best regards,

John

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Pat,

 

Thank you for your comment, but I had to censore it, it was a bit too much for me.

 

Best regards

 

Eric-Jan

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Photo of POW FkOGfr Günter Christ.

 

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Crewmember of U-861.

 

Photo shows him wearing the UBootskriegsabzeichen and Spange.

 

In 1946 he was in POW Camp 60, Overdale Camp, Skipton - Yorkshire, England.

 

Today the location of the camp is the Overdale caravan site.

 

Photo is part of a larger photo grouping.

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Two photos of POW Masch.Ob.Gfr. Johann Steigerwald.

 

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Crewmember of U-861.

 

Photos are taken at the same location as the one of Günter Christ.

 

In his documents it says that he was awarded the UBootskriegsabzeichen, Spange i. Silber, and EK.II.

So he is wearing them all on his uniform.

 

Photos are part of a documents and photos grouping.

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