Erich Bloedorn

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Erich Bloedorn
Born 6 July 1902
Died 30 November 1975(1975-11-30) (aged 73)
Allegiance  Weimar Republic (to 1930)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Reichswehr (1924–1930)
Luftwaffe (1936–1945)
Years of service 1924–1930
Rank Oberst
Unit Kampfgeschwader 4
Kampfgeschwader 30
Commands held III./KG 4
KG 30

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Other work Military advisor to China
Military advisor to Turkey

Erich Bloedorn (6 July 1902 – 30 November 1975) was a German Luftwaffe bomber pilot and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.


Bloedorn studied at the University of Königsberg and became a member of the Corps Masovia in summer 1921.[1] In 1924 he gave up studying and joined the Reichswehr in Allenstein, Masuria. When he was lieutenant in the de:2. (Preußisches) Infanterie-Regiment (Reichswehr) in Lötzen he made a bet: to reach Istanbul via Munich within 10 days, alone by motorcycle. He did and the German embassy gave a function.

He retired major from the Reichswehr in 1930 to serve on the General Staff of former Generaloberst Hans von Seeckt, who served as a military advisor to Chiang Kai-shek in Nanking and Shanghai. In 1936 Bloedorn joined the Luftwaffe and served as Hauptmann in Berlin. In 1940 he became Geschwaderkommodore of the Adler-Geschwader which flew air raids in France, the Netherlands, England, Scapa Flow and Norway and sank the Convoy PQ 17.

Having fought in the North African Campaign Bloedorn was promoted Oberstleutnant and assigned to Albert Kesselring in 1943. In Bucharest he witnessed the breakdown of the pro-German Romanian army and the coup of Michael I of Romania. As Oberst he returned to Kesselring until the end of the war. After the war Bloedorn built up a civil existence in publishing of scientific literature. He was married to Dr. med. Ursula Bloedorn. Their daughter Gisa is living in Ansbach, their son Arne in Rheine.



  1. ^ Jürgen Herrlein, Amella Mai (ed.): Verzeichnis sämtlicher Mitglieder des Corps Masovia 1823 bis 2005. Potsdam 2006.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 115.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtsteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Kaiser, Jochen (2010). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kampfflieger—Band 1 [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Bomber Fliers—Volume 1] (in German and English). Bad Zwischenahn, Germany: Luftfahrtverlag-Start. ISBN 978-3-941437-07-4. 
  • 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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Military offices
Preceded by
Major Neudörffer
Commander of III. Kampfgeschwader 4
19 June 1940 – 3 February 1941
Succeeded by
Major Wolfgang Bühring
Preceded by
Oberst Herbert Rieckhoff
Commander of Kampfgeschwader 30
October 1940 – 18 May 1943
Succeeded by
Oberstleutnant Wilhelm Kern