The latest addition to my collection - a Wehrpass and some paperwork for Mechanikergefreiten (T) Alfonso Romahn who served aboard the Hilfskreuzer 'Pinguin' (Schiff 33 / HSK 5) from the 1st May 1940 until she was sunk by HMS Cornwall on 8th May 1941, with Romahn being initially reported as Missing as a result of this engagement. Paperwork to members of the Auxiliary Cruisers is scarce, especially to members of Pinguin so I am very happy to of obtained this set.
Romahn was born in Schoenebeck which is loacated on the Elbe River just south of Magdeburg and north of Bernburg.
The Auxiliary Cruiser Badge was awarded posthumously and was entered in to the Wehrpass at the Wehrbezirkskommando in Bernburg before it was forwarded onto the family. There is a chance the EK II entry on the awards page has been falsely added but if so I'm happy to overlook that for the sake of the overall group. The paperwork includes a newspaper entry for his death, the Sterbeurkunde reporting the details of his death in the Indian Ocean, a letter, two 1943 dated newspapers with features about the Pinguin, 2 photos and some misc papers.
In terms of numbers of ships sunk/captured (28) Pinguin was the most successful of all the Auxiliary Cruisers and in terms of tonnage sunk/captured (136,000 Tons) I believe she was only second behind 'Atlantis' by 5,000 or so tons. She was also the first to be sunk and out of a crew of 402 & 225 prisoners that she was carrying at the time only 60 & 22 survived respectively when a shell from HMS Cornwall hit Pinguin in the area where her mines were stored causing a massive explosion during the engagement in the Indian Ocean.