Fregattenkapitän (Crew 30)
18 ships sunk, total tonnage 78,248 GRT
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 605 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 4,155 GRT
1 warship damaged, total tonnage 11,500 tons
|Born||9 Mar 1912||Berlin|
|Died||28 Sep 1969||(57)||Hamburg|
|U-21||1 Oct 1937||6 Jan 1940||5 patrols (70 days)|
|U-101||11 Mar 1940||18 Nov 1940||4 patrols (100 days)|
Kapitänleutnant Fritz Frauenheim
Fritz Frauenheim began his naval career in April 1930 and served on the line ship Schleswig Holstein and the light cruiser Karlsruhe. In January 1936 he transferred to the U-boat force and thus received a solid pre-war training.
After more than a year as a watch officer (WO) on U-25 he took over U-21 in October 1939. He served on this U-boat for several patrols at the beginning of the war and sank five ships, mostly in the North Sea. The British cruiser HMS Belfast was badly damaged by a mine laid by Frauenheim's U-boat in November 1939 (Rohwer, 1998).
In March 1940 he commissioned the type VIIC U-boat U-101 and in the course of the next four patrols he sank 12 ships. In December 1940 he left U-101 and became a teacher in the 2nd ULD. After holding various staff positions, in September 1941 Frauenheim took command of the 23rd (Med) flotilla, and in May 1942 of the 29th flotilla.
Starting in February 1944 he served on the staff of the Admiral der Kleinkampfverbände (Admiral of Midget Assault Units). After the surrender Frauenheim spent eight months in Allied captivity.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1997). Der U-Bootkrieg 1939-1945 (Band 2).
Rohwer, J. (1998). Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two.
Patrol info for Fritz Frauenheim
|1.||U-21||25 Aug 1939||Wilhelmshaven||5 Sep 1939||Wilhelmshaven||Patrol 1,||12 days|
|2.||U-21||9 Sep 1939||Wilhelmshaven||1 Oct 1939||Wilhelmshaven||Patrol 2,||23 days|
|3.||U-21||2 Oct 1939||Wilhelmshaven||3 Oct 1939||Kiel||2 days|
|4.||U-21||22 Oct 1939||Kiel||8 Nov 1939||Kiel||Patrol 3,||18 days|
|5.||U-21||27 Nov 1939||Kiel||5 Dec 1939||Kiel||Patrol 4,||9 days|
|6.||U-21||17 Dec 1939||Kiel||24 Dec 1939||Kiel||Patrol 5,||8 days|
|7.||U-101||29 Apr 1940||Kiel||3 May 1940||Trondheim||Patrol 6,||5 days|
|8.||U-101||5 May 1940||Trondheim||10 May 1940||Kiel||6 days|
|9.||U-101||21 May 1940||Kiel||25 Jun 1940||Kiel||Patrol 7,||36 days|
|10.||U-101||9 Aug 1940||Kiel||16 Sep 1940||Lorient||Patrol 8,||39 days|
|11.||U-101||5 Oct 1940||Lorient||24 Oct 1940||Lorient||Patrol 9,||20 days|
|9 patrols, 170 days at sea|
Ships hit by Fritz Frauenheim
|Date||U-boat||Commander||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|21 Nov 1939||U-21||Fritz Frauenheim||HMS Belfast (35) (d.) [Mine]||11,500||br|
|1 Dec 1939||U-21||Fritz Frauenheim||Mercator||4,260||fi|
|21 Dec 1939||U-21||Fritz Frauenheim||HMS Bayonet (Z 05) [Mine]||605||br|
|21 Dec 1939||U-21||Fritz Frauenheim||Mars||1,475||sw|
|21 Dec 1939||U-21||Fritz Frauenheim||Carl Henckel||1,352||sw|
|24 Feb 1940||U-21||Fritz Frauenheim||Royal Archer [Mine]||2,266||br||FN-100|
|30 May 1940||U-101||Fritz Frauenheim||Stanhall||4,831||br|
|31 May 1940||U-101||Fritz Frauenheim||Orangemoor||5,775||br||HG-31F|
|2 Jun 1940||U-101||Fritz Frauenheim||Polycarp||3,577||br|
|11 Jun 1940||U-101||Fritz Frauenheim||Mount Hymettus||5,820||gr|
|12 Jun 1940||U-101||Fritz Frauenheim||Earlspark||5,250||br|
|14 Jun 1940||U-101||Fritz Frauenheim||Antonis Georgandis||3,557||gr|
|16 Jun 1940||U-101||Fritz Frauenheim||Wellington Star||13,212||br|
|19 Aug 1940||U-101||Fritz Frauenheim||Ampleforth||4,576||br||OA-199|
|28 Aug 1940||U-101||Fritz Frauenheim||Elle||3,868||fi||SC-1|
|1 Sep 1940||U-101||Fritz Frauenheim||Efploia||3,867||gr||OB-205|
|12 Oct 1940||U-101||Fritz Frauenheim||Saint-Malô||5,779||ca||HX-77|
|18 Oct 1940||U-101||Fritz Frauenheim||Creekirk||3,917||br||SC-7|
|18 Oct 1940||U-101||Fritz Frauenheim||Blairspey (d.)||4,155||br||SC-7|
|19 Oct 1940||U-101||Fritz Frauenheim||Assyrian||2,962||br||SC-7|
|19 Oct 1940||U-101||Fritz Frauenheim||Soesterberg||1,904||nl||SC-7|
19 ships sunk (78,853 tons) and 2 ships damaged (15,655 tons).
About ranks and decorations
Ranks shown in italics are our database inserts based on the rank dates of his crew comrades. The officers of each crew would normally have progressed through the lower ranks at the same rate.