Joachim Franze

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 37a)


Successes
1 ship sunk, total tonnage 7,177 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,810 tons

Born  19 Jan 1918 Leipzig
Died  19 Mar 1984(66)


Ranks

3 Apr 1937 Offiziersanwärter
21 Sep 1937 Seekadett
1 May 1938 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jul 1939 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Aug 1939 Leutnant zur See
1 Aug 1941 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Apr 1944 Kapitänleutnant

Decorations

29 Apr 1941 War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords
9 Aug 1942 Iron Cross 2nd Class
11 Nov 1942 U-boat War Badge 1939
  Iron Cross 1st Class
  U-boat Front Clasp
  U-boat Front Clasp in Silver
6 Feb 1945 German Cross in Gold

U-boat Commands

U-boatFromTo
U-278 16 Jan 1943 9 May 1945   7 patrols (245 days) 

Patrol info for Joachim Franze

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-278 30 Dec 1943  Kiel  5 Jan 1944  Bergen   7 days
2. U-278 8 Jan 1944  Bergen  28 Jan 1944  Hammerfest  Patrol 1,21 days
3. U-278 29 Jan 1944  Hammerfest  19 Feb 1944  Narvik  Patrol 2,22 days
4. U-278 4 Mar 1944  Narvik  4 Apr 1944  Hammerfest  Patrol 3,32 days
5. U-278 24 Apr 1944  Hammerfest  8 May 1944  Bergen  Patrol 4,15 days
6. U-278 5 Jul 1944  Bergen  9 Jul 1944  Ramsund   5 days
7. U-278 9 Jul 1944  Ramsund  10 Jul 1944  Narvik   2 days
8. U-278 23 Jul 1944  Narvik  24 Jul 1944  Hammerfest   2 days
9. U-278 2 Aug 1944  Hammerfest  3 Oct 1944  Narvik  Patrol 5,63 days
10. U-278 6 Oct 1944  Narvik  8 Oct 1944  Trondheim   3 days
11. U-278 12 Dec 1944  Trondheim  20 Dec 1944  Bergen  Patrol 6,9 days
12. U-278 23 Dec 1944  Bergen  13 Feb 1945  Narvik  Patrol 6,53 days
13. U-278 10 Apr 1945  Narvik  9 May 1945  Narvik  Patrol 7,30 days
14. U-278 12 May 1945  Narvik  12 May 1945  Skjomenfjord   1 days
15. U-278 15 May 1945  Skjomenfjord  19 May 1945  Loch Eriboll, UK   5 days
7 patrols, 245 days at sea

Ships hit by Joachim Franze

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
25 Jan 1944U-278 Penelope Barker7,177amJW-56A
30 Jan 1944U-278 HMS Hardy (R 08)1,810brJW-56B
 8,987

2 ships sunk (8,987 tons).

Legend
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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.

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

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