Bruno Meyer (pilot)

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Major Bruno Meyer (13 November 1914 – 16 November 1974) was a German pilot who served in the Luftwaffe between 1938 and 1945. A highly decorated pilot by the end of the war, Meyer was born in Haiti and joined the NSDAP in 1933.

He served in Lehrgeschwader 2 and participated in the Battle of Kursk and awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 21 August 1941 for his actions.

By the Battle of Kursk Meyer commanded the IV (tank-buster) Gruppe of Schlachtgeschwader 9 based near Mikoyanovka, equipped with the Henschel Hs-129 armoured ground-support aircraft.

Served as Kommandeur of IV./SG 9 in October 1944 flying the Henschel Hs 129B. His last command was I./SG 104, flying the Fw 190F & G and the Ju 87 D & G. Meyer flew at least 500 missions, and claimed about 50 tanks destroyed.

Following the end of the Second World War he continued flying helicopters.


  • 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.