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U-35 crew member Paul Fichte

Paul Fichte was born on 10 December 1916 in Ohlau, Schlesien.
Paul Fichte as a young enlisted sailor. He joined the Kriegsmarine on 01 July 1936, and became a crewmember of U-35 on 06 May 1938. [48]
 
Walter Roloff, Paul Fichte, Siegfried Bruse, Peter Schwarz, and Johann van der Pütten underway on U-35. [56]

U-35 on New Year's Day, 1939, in Spain (probably El Ferrol) during the Spanish Civil War. On the dock: Gottlob Wilhelm Fischer, unknown, Walter Arnaschus, Johannes Martin. On board U-35: Theodor Schütt, unknown, Ernst Wensorra, Peter Schwarz, Johann van der Pütten, Paul Fichte, Helmut Parthum, Erich Herrmann. [47]

U-35 in the Spanish port city of Cadiz during the Spanish Civil War. Johann van der Pütten, Karl Schnute, Peter Schwarz, Paul Fichte, Karl Sommerer, Siegfried Bruse. [47]
Karl Schnute, Karl Sommerer, Johannes Weigand, Paul Fichte and Willi Jacob in Spain. [47]
 
The crew of U-35, including Paul Fichte, in Spain. [44]
 
Admiral Karl Dönitz addressing the crew of U-35: Paul Fichte, Rockenfeller, Willi Jacob, Heinz Pfeifer, Richard Friedrich Lüneburg, Gustav Horstkötter [33,cover photo of 32]
 
The crew of U-35, including Paul Fichte, upon return from the first war patrol. [33, back cover photo of 32]
 
Another photograph taken of the U-35 crew, including Paul Fichte, upon return from the first war cruise. [35]
 
The crew of U-35 arriving at a Scottish port after being captured. Front row: Johannes Weigand, Siegfried Bruse, Martin Müller, Karl Sommerer, Theodor Schütt, Albert Schrader, Kurt Grosser, and Paul Fichte [33,38]
 
Another photo of the crew of U-35 after being captured. Karl Sommerer, Theodor Schütt, Albert Schrader, Kurt Grosser, and Paul Fichte.
 
Paul Fichte, lower right, departing HMS KASHMIR in Glasgow, Scotland.

Upon capture, Paul Fichte was assigned POW Number 37023.
U-35 crewmembers assembled at the Grande-Ligne POW camp in Quebec, Canada, 1944.
Back row, left to right: Gerhard Freier, Heinz Erchen, Hans-Joachim Roters, Gerhard Stamer, Paul Fichte
Front row (seated), left to right: Albert Schrader, Siegfried Kienast, Werner Lott, Peter Schwarz, Kurt Grosser [33]
 
Grande-Ligne. Left to right: Gerhard Freier, Siegfried Kienast, Dietrich Jahr (U-39),  Albert Schrader, Peter Schwarz, Paul Fichte. [48]
 
Another photo of U-35 crewmembers at Grande-Ligne. Left to right: Siegfried Kienast, Peter Schwarz, Albert Schrader, Gerhard Freier, Paul Fichte, Kurt Grosser. [48]
 
A photo of POWs at Grande-Ligne. Included in the picture from U-35: Paul Fichte, Kurt Grosser, Peter Schwarz, Siegfried Kienast, Albert Schrader, and Gerhard Freier.
 
Another photo of POWs at Grande-Ligne. Left to right: Paul Fichte, Fuchs, Kurt Grosser, Siegfried Kienast, Gilbert. [48]
 
Another photo of POWs at Grande-Ligne. Paul Fichte is on the left. [48]
 
Another photo of POWs at Grande-Ligne. Paul Fichte is on the right. [48]
 
A photo of POWs in Bowmanville. Paul Fichte is seated, on the right. Siegfried Bruse is standing, third from left. Kurt Grosser is seated, on the left. Peter Schwarz is standing, on the right. [48]
 
A photo of POWs at an unidentified location. Paul Fichte is seated, on the left. [48]
 
Another photo of POWs in Bowmanville. Standing, left to right: [not identified], [not identified], [not identified], Paul Fichte, [not identified], [not identified]. Seated, left to right: Siegfried Kienast, [not identified], Gerhard Marx, Theodor Schütt. [48]
 
Another photo of POWs in Bowmanville. Standing, left to right: [not identified], [not identified], Kurt Grosser, Theodor Schütt, Siegfried Bruse. Seated, left to right: Paul Fichte, Walter Konradt, [not identified], [not identified], Peter Schwarz. [48]

Upon repatriation, Paul Fichte found a job in Braunschweig in a sheet metal factory, and in 1948 married his wife Maria. In 1960, together with their daughter Edeltraud and son Harald, they moved to Düsseldorf, where a factory was searching for a sheet metal specialist. They found a new home in Hilden, which is near Düsseldorf. He later found a better job in Hilden, where he worked until his retirement in 1982. During his retirement he devoted his life to his family. [48]
Paul Fichte with his wife, daughter Edeltraud, and son-in-law Jürgen Bongard at their 50th anniversary in 1998. [48]
 
Paul Fichte with his wife (right) and sister (left) at the 50th anniversary in 1998. [48]
 
Paul Fichte. [48]

Paul Fichte passed away on 25 February 2000, at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife Maria, son Harald, daughter Edeltraud, and son-in-law Jürgen Bongard.

Mr. Fichte's son-in-law, Jürgen Bongard, is a major contributor to this website.
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