Gerhard Koall

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Gerhard "Knall" Koall
Nickname(s) "Knall"
Born 7 June 1912
Königsberg, East Prussia
Died 27 April 1945(1945-04-27) (aged 32)
Anklam
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service ?-1945
Rank Hauptmann
Unit JG 54
EJG 1
JG 101
JG 3
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Gerhard "Knall" Koall (7 June 1912 – 27 April 1945) was a German Luftwaffe ace 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. Gerhard Koall was killed on 27 April 1945 after being hit by Soviet anti-aircraft fire near Anklam. During his career he was credited with 37 victories, 35 on the Eastern Front and 2 during the Invasion of Yugoslavia.

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Citations
  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 216.
Bibliography
  • 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. 
  • Obermaier, Ernst (1989). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe Jagdflieger 1939 – 1945 [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Luftwaffe Fighter Force 1941 – 1945] (in German). Mainz, Germany: Verlag Dieter Hoffmann. ISBN 978-3-87341-065-7. 
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. 
  • 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. 
  • Spick, Mike (1996). Luftwaffe Fighter Aces. New York: Ivy Books. ISBN 978-0-8041-1696-1. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Hauptmann Siegfried Schnell
Acting Commander of IV. Jagdgeschwader 54
February 1944–1 May 1944
Succeeded by
Major Wolfgang Späte
Preceded by
Major Otto Bertram
Commander of I. Jagdgeschwader 101
1 May 1944–15 January 1945
Succeeded by
Hauptmann Ferdinand Vögl
Preceded by
Oberleutnant Oskar Romm
Commander of IV. Jagdgeschwader 3
25 April 1945–27 April 1945
Succeeded by
Hauptmann Günther Schack