Alwin Boerst

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Alwin Boerst
Alwin Boerst.jpg
Born (1910-10-20)20 October 1910
Osterode
Died 30 March 1944(1944-03-30) (aged 33)
near Iaşi
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer (1934–37)
Luftwaffe (1937–44)
Years of service 1934–44
Rank Major
Unit StG 2
Commands held I./StG 2
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords (posthumous)

Major Alwin Boerst (born 20 October 1910 in OsterodeKilled in action 30 March 1944 near Iaşi) was a German World War II Luftwaffe Stuka ace.[Notes 1] He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves and Swords was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Boerst participated in the Battle of Crete and assisted in the sinking of British destroyers Kelly and Kashmir.[1]

Together with his radio operator and gunner, Ernst Filius, he took off on 30 March 1944 for the first time flying a Ju 87G-1. They were shot down and killed during this mission north of Iaşi by ground fire. Oberfeldwebel Filius was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 19 May 1944. Boerst was posthumous honoured with the Swords to his Knight's Cross on 6 April 1944.[2] Boerst flew 1060 combat missions.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ For a list of Luftwaffe ground attack aces see List of German World War II Ground Attack aces

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ Berger 2006, p. 39
  2. ^ Brütting 1992, p. 103
  3. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 48.
  4. ^ a b Thomas 1997, p. 61.
  5. ^ a b c Scherzer 2007, p. 231.
Bibliography
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  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
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