69. U-BOAT KNIGHTS CROSS WINNER Photo Grouping - Erich ZÜRN - U-48
76+ photos from U-Boat LI and RK winner Erich ZÜRN.He was one of the first engineers to be awarded the RK. Comes with a nice assortment of original photos from his service including a super wartime studio portrait with original signature, other portraits wearing RK and DKIG, several large format U-Boat photos, other portraits, other RK winners, a few copy photos and original post war correspondence from his daughter. He served 9 patrols on the U-48. He served as chief engineer (Leitender Ingenieur abbreviated LI) on nine patrols on one of the most successful U-boats of World War II. As flotilla engineer in the 29th U-boat Flotilla (1 June 1942 – 31 January 1944) in La Spezia and Toulon and later in the 5th U-boat Flotilla, Zürn introduced a number of improvements which helped the flotilla operate at peak efficiency. The U-48 recorded 51 ships sunk for a total of 306,875 GRT; one warship sunk for a total of 1,060 tons; three ships damaged for a total of 20,480 GRT.