Johann Raithel

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Dipl.-Ing. Johann Raithel
Born (1897-03-11)11 March 1897
Munich
Died 29 January 1961(1961-01-29) (aged 63)
Hamburg
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Deutsches Heer (1914–1918)
Reichswehr (1918–1933)
Heer (1933–1935)
Luftwaffe (1935–1945)
Years of service 1914–1945
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held Jagdgeschwader 2
Kampfgeschwader 77
Battles/wars

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Dipl.-Ing. Johann Raithel[Notes 1] (11 March 1897 – 29 January 1961) was a highly decorated Generalleutnant in the Luftwaffe during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Johann Raithel was captured by Allied troops in May 1945 and was held until May 1947

Awards and decorations[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In German an engineer's degree is called Diplom-Ingenieur (abbreviated Dipl.-Ing.)

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 284.
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. 
  • 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
None
Commander of Jagdgeschwader 2
1 April 1936 – 8 June 1936
Succeeded by
Oberst Gerd von Massow
Preceded by
Generalmajor Heinz-Hellmuth von Wühlisch
Commander of Kampfgeschwader 77
1 August 1940 – 13 March 1942
Succeeded by
Major Arved Crüger