List of Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords or Diamonds recipients of the Luftwaffe fighter force

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The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes) and its variants were the highest award in the military of the Third Reich. Recipients are grouped by grades of the Knight's Cross. During World War II, 453 German day and bomber destroyer (Zerstörer) pilots, 85 night fighter pilots, including 14 crew members, were awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.[1] Among them, 130 pilots received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub), 34 the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern), and nine won the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves Swords and Diamonds (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub, Schwertern und Brillanten).

The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grades were based on four separate enactments. The first enactment Reichsgesetzblatt I S. 1573 of 1 September 1939 instituted the Iron Cross and the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.[2] As the war progressed, some of the recipients distinguished themselves further and a higher grade, the Oak Leaves to Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, was instituted. The Oak Leaves, as they were commonly referred to, were based on the enactment Reichsgesetzblatt I S. 849 of 3 June 1940.[3] In 1941, two higher grades of the Knight's Cross were instituted. The enactment Reichsgesetzblatt I S. 613 of 28 September 1941 introduced the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords and the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds.[4] At the end of 1944 the final grade, the Knight's Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit goldenem Eichenlaub, Schwertern und Brillanten), based on the enactment Reichsgesetzblatt 1945 I S. 11 of 29 December 1944, concluded the variants of the Knight's Cross.[5]

The Oberkommando der Wehrmacht kept separate Knight's Cross lists, one for each of the three military branches, Heer (Army), Kriegsmarine (Navy), Luftwaffe (Air force) and for the Waffen-SS. Within each of these lists a unique sequential number was assigned to each recipient. The same numbering paradigm was applied to the higher grades of the Knight's Cross, one list per grade.[6]

Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds[edit]

The Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds is based on the enactment Reichsgesetzblatt I S. 613 of 28 September 1941 to reward those servicemen who had already been awarded the Oak Leaves with Swords to the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. Ultimately, it would be awarded to twenty-seven German soldiers, sailors and airmen, ranging from young fighter pilots to field marshals. Nine recipients were fighter pilots.[7]

Number Name Rank Unit Date of award Notes Picture
1 Mölders, WernerWerner Mölders Oberst Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 51[8] 15 July 1941
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2 Galland, AdolfAdolf Galland Oberst Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 26 "Schlageter"[8] 28 January 1942
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3 Gollob, GordonGordon Gollob Major Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 77[8] 30 August 1942
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4 Marseille, Hans-JoachimHans-Joachim Marseille Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 3./Jagdgeschwader 27[8] 3 September 1942
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5 Graf, HermannHermann Graf Oberleutnant of the Reserves Staffelkapitän of the 9./Jagdgeschwader 52[8] 16 September 1942
8 Nowotny, WalterWalter Nowotny Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Jagdgeschwader 54[9] 19 October 1943
15 Lent, HelmutHelmut Lent Oberstleutnant Geschwaderkommodore of Nachtjagdgeschwader 3[9] 31 July 1944
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18 Hartmann, ErichErich Hartmann Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 9./Jagdgeschwader 52[9] 25 August 1944
21 Schnaufer, Heinz-WolfgangHeinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the IV./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1[10] 16 October 1944

Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords[edit]

The Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords is also based on the enactment (Reichsgesetzblatt I S. 613) of 28 September 1941 to reward those servicemen who had already been awarded the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The list is initially sorted by the chronological number assigned to the recipient.

Number Name Rank Unit Date of award Notes Picture
1 Galland, AdolfAdolf Galland Oberstleutnant Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 26 "Schlageter"[11] 21 June 1941 Awarded 2nd Diamonds 28 January 1942
2 Mölders, WernerWerner Mölders Major Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 51[11] 22 June 1941 Awarded 1st Diamonds 15 July 1941
3 Oesau, WalterWalter Oesau Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Jagdgeschwader 3[11] 15 July 1941[Notes 1]
4 Lützow, GüntherGünther Lützow Major Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 3[11] 11 October 1941
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7 Bar, HeinrichHeinrich Bär Hauptmann Staffelkapitän of the 1./Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders"[11] 16 February 1942
8 Philipp, HansHans Philipp Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Jagdgeschwader 54[11] 12 March 1942
9 Ihlefeld, HerbertHerbert Ihlefeld Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Jagdgeschwader 77[11] 24 April 1942
10 Ostermann, Max-HellmuthMax-Hellmuth Ostermann Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 7./Jagdgeschwader 54[11] 17 May 1942
11 Graf, HermannHermann Graf Leutnant of the Reserves Staffelkapitän of the 9./Jagdgeschwader 52[11] 19 May 1942[Notes 2] Awarded 5th Diamonds 16 September 1942
12 Marseille, Hans-JoachimHans-Joachim Marseille Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 3./Jagdgeschwader 27[11] 18 June 1942 Awarded 4th Diamonds 3 September 1942
13 Gollob, GordonGordon Gollob Hauptmann Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 77[14] 23 June 1942 Awarded 3rd Diamonds 30 August 1942
14 Steinbatz, LeopoldLeopold Steinbatz Oberfeldwebel pilot in the 9./Jagdgeschwader 52[14] 23 June 1942* Killed in action 15 June 1942[15]
19 Müncheberg, JoachimJoachim Müncheberg Hauptmann deputy Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 51[14] 9 September 1942
23 Wilcke, Wolf-DietrichWolf-Dietrich Wilcke Major Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 3 "Udet"[14] 23 December 1942
32 Lent, HelmutHelmut Lent Major Gruppenkommandeur of the IV./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1[16] 2 August 1943 Awarded 15th Diamonds 31 July 1944
34 Rall, GüntherGünther Rall Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Jagdgeschwader 52[16] 12 September 1943
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37 Nowotny, WalterWalter Nowotny Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Jagdgeschwader 54[16] 22 September 1943 Awarded 8th Diamonds 19 October 1943
43 Herrmann, HajoHajo Herrmann Oberst Inspekteur der deutschen Luftverteidigung[17] 23 January 1944
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44 Sayn-Wittgenstein, Heinrich Prinz zuHeinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein Major Geschwaderkommodore of Nachtjagdgeschwader 2[17] 23 January 1944* Killed in action 21 January 1944[18]
51 Mayer, EgonEgon Mayer Oberstleutnant Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen"[17] 2 March 1944* Killed in action 2 March 1944[19]
52 Barkhorn, GerhardGerhard Barkhorn Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Jagdgeschwader 52[17] 2 March 1944
54 Streib, WernerWerner Streib Major Geschwaderkommodore of Nachtjagdgeschwader 1[17] 11 March 1944
73 Priller, JosefJosef Priller Oberstleutnant Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 26 "Schlageter"[20] 2 July 1944
75 Hartmann, ErichErich Hartmann Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 9./Jagdgeschwader 52[20] 2 July 1944 Awarded 18th Diamonds 25 August 1944
78 Hackl, AntonAnton Hackl Major Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Jagdgeschwader 11[21] 9 July 1944[Notes 3]
82 Steinhoff, JohannesJohannes Steinhoff Oberstleutnant Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 77[21] 28 July 1944
84 Schnaufer, Heinz-WolfgangHeinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the IV./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1[21] 30 July 1944 Awarded 21st Diamonds 16 October 1944
88 Buehligen, KurtKurt Bühligen Major Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen"[21] 14 August 1944
108 Wurmheller, JosefJosef Wurmheller Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen"[23] 24 October 1944* Killed in action 22 June 1944[24]
113 Kittel, OttoOtto Kittel Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 2./Jagdgeschwader 54[23] 25 November 1944
126 Rudorffer, ErichErich Rudorffer Major Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Jagdgeschwader 54[25] 26 January 1945
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130 Reinert, Ernst-WilhelmErnst-Wilhelm Reinert Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 14./Jagdgeschwader 27[25] 1 February 1945
(144) Schröer, WernerWerner Schröer Major Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 3 "Udet"[26] 19 April 1945
(145) Batz, WilhelmWilhelm Batz Major Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Jagdgeschwader 52[26] 21 April 1945

Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves[edit]

The Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves was based on the enactment Reichsgesetzblatt I S. 849 of 3 June 1940. The last officially announced number for the Oak Leaves was 843.[27]

Number Name Rank Unit Date of award Notes Picture
2 Mölders, WernerWerner Mölders Major Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 51 21 September 1940 Awarded 2nd Swords 22 June 1941
1st Diamonds 15 July 1941
3 Galland, AdolfAdolf Galland Major Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 26 "Schlageter" 24 September 1940 Awarded 1st Swords 21 June 1941
2nd Diamonds 28 January 1942
4 Wick, HelmutHelmut Wick Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen" 6 October 1940
The head and shoulders of a young man. He wears a military uniform, an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his shirt collar and breast pocket.
9 Oesau, WalterWalter Oesau Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Jagdgeschwader 3 6 February 1941 Awarded 3rd Swords 15 July 1941
11 Joppien, Hermann-FriedrichHermann-Friedrich Joppien Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Jagdgeschwader 51 23 April 1941
12 Müncheberg, JoachimJoachim Müncheberg Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 7./Jagdgeschwader 26 "Sclageter" 7 May 1941 Awarded 19th Swords 9 September 1942
16 Ihlefeld, HerbertHerbert Ihlefeld Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Jagdgeschwader 77 27 June 1941 Awarded 9th Swords 24 April 1942
17 Balthasar, WilhelmWilhelm Balthasar Hauptmann Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen" 2 July 1941
18 Schnell, SiegfriedSiegfried Schnell Leutnant of the Reserves pilot in the 9./Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen" 9 July 1941
27 Lützow, GüntherGünther Lützow Major Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 3 20 July 1941 Awarded 4th Swords 11 October 1941
28 Priller, JosefJosef Priller Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 1./Jagdgeschwader 26 "Schlageter" 20 July 1941 Awarded 73rd Swords 2 July 1944
29 Maltzahn, Günther Freiherr vonGünther Freiherr von Maltzahn Major Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 53 24 July 1941
31 Bär, HeinrichHeinrich Bär Leutnant pilot in the 1./Jagdgeschwader 51 14 August 1941 Awarded 7th Swords 16 February 1942
32 Hahn, HansHans Hahn Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen" 14 August 1941
33 Philipp, HansHans Philipp Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 4./Jagdgeschwader 54 24 August 1941 Awarded 8th Swords 12 March 1942
35 Nordmann, Karl-GottfriedKarl-Gottfried Nordmann Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 12./Jagdgeschwader 51 16 September 1941
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36 Hoffman, HeinrichHeinrich Hoffman Oberfeldwebel pilot in the 12./Jagdgeschwader 51 19 October 1941* Killed in action 3 October 1941[8]
38 Gollob, GordonGordon Gollob Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Jagdgeschwader 3 26 October 1941 Awarded 13th Swords 23 June 1942
3rd Diamonds 30 August 1942
39 Kagenack, ErboErbo Graf von Kageneck Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 9./Jagdgeschwader 27 26 October 1941
70 Kaldrack, RolfRolf Kaldrack Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Schnellkampfgeschwader 210 February 9, 1942* Killed in action 3 February 1942[28]
79 Köppen, GerhardGerhard Köppen Feldwebel pilot in the 8./Jagdgeschwader 52 27 February 1942
80 Ubben, KurtKurt Ubben Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Jagdgeschwader 77 12 March 1942
81 Ostermann, Max-HellmuthMax-Hellmuth Ostermann Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 7./Jagdgeschwader 54 12 March 1942 Awarded 10th Swords 17 May 1942
82 Eckerle, FranzFranz Eckerle Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Jagdgeschwader 54 12 March 1942* Killed in action 14 February 1942[29]
83 Huy, Wolf-DietrichWolf-Dietrich Huy Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 7./Jagdgeschwader 77 17 March 1942
84 Strelow, HansHans Strelow Leutnant Staffelführer of the 5./Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders" 24 March 1942
85 Spies, WilhelmWilhelm Spies Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the 1./Zerstörergeschwader 26 5 April 1942*
90 Späte, WolfgangWolfgang Späte Oberleutnant of the Reserves Staffelkapitän of the 5./Jagdgeschwader 54 23 April 1942
93 Graf, HermannHermann Graf Leutnant of the Reserves Staffelführer of the 9./Jagdgeschwader 52 17 May 1942 Awarded 11th Swords 19 May 1942
5th Diamonds 16 September 1942
94 Dickfeld, AdolfAdolf Dickfeld Leutnant of the Reserves pilot in the 7./Jagdgeschwader 52 19 May 1942[Notes 4]
96 Steinbatz, LeopoldLeopold Steinbatz Oberfeldwebel pilot in the 9./Jagdgeschwader 52 2 June 1942 Awarded 14th Swords 23 June 1942
97 Marseille, Hans-JoachimHans-Joachim Marseille Oberleutnant pilot in the 3./Jagdgeschwader 27 6 June 1942 Awarded 12th Swords 18 June 1942
4th Diamonds 3 September 1942
98 Lent, HelmutHelmut Lent Major Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Nachtjagdgeschwader 2 6 June 1942 Awarded 32nd Swords 2 August 1943
15th Diamonds 31 July 1944
101 Geißhardt, FriedrichFriedrich Geißhardt Oberleutnant pilot and adjutant in the Stab of I./Jagdgeschwader 77 23 June 1942
102 Setz, HeinrichHeinrich Setz Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän 4./Jagdgeschwader 77 23 June 1942
106 Clausen, ErwinErwin Clausen Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 6./Jagdgeschwader 77 23 July 1942
107 Bauer, ViktorViktor Bauer Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 9./Jagdgeschwader 3 "Udet" 26 July 1942
108 Beerenbrock, Franz-JosefFranz-Josef Beerenbrock Oberfeldwebel pilot in the 10./Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders" 3 August 1942
109 Hackl, AntonAnton Hackl Hauptmann Staffelkapitän of the 5./Jagdgeschwader 77 7 August 1942 Awarded 78th Swords 9 July 1944
114 Brändle, KurtKurt Brändle Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Jagdgeschwader 3 "Udet" 27 August 1942
115 Steinhoff, JohannesJohannes Steinhoff Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Jagdgeschwader 52 2 September 1942 Awarded 82nd Swords 28 July 1944
122 Wilcke, Wolf-DietrichWolf-Dietrich Wilcke Hauptmann Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 3 "Udet" 9 September 1942 Awarded 23rd Swords 23 December 1942
124 Schmidt, HeinzHeinz Schmidt Leutnant pilot in the 4./Jagdgeschwader 52 16 September 1942
126 Muller, Friedrich-KarlFriedrich-Karl Müller Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 1./Jagdgeschwader 53[Notes 5] 23 September 1942
127 Crinius, WilhelmWilhelm Crinius Feldwebel pilot in the 3./Jagdgeschwader 53 23 September 1942
128 Tonne, WolfgangWolfgang Tonne Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 3./Jagdgeschwader 53 24 September 1942
130 Beißwenger, HansHans Beißwenger Leutnant of the Reserves pilot in the 6./Jagdgeschwader 54 3 October 1942
131 Reinert, Ernst-WilhelmErnst-Wilhelm Reinert Feldwebel pilot in the 4./Jagdgeschwader 77 7 October 1942 Awarded 130th Swords 1 February 1945
134 Rall, GüntherGünther Rall Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 8./Jagdgeschwader 52 26 October 1942 Awarded 34th Swords 12 September 1943
137 Stotz, MaxMax Stotz Oberfeldwebel pilot in the 5./Jagdgeschwader 54 30 October 1942
139 Schenck, WolfgangWolfgang Schenck Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Zerstörergeschwader 1 30 October 1942
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141 Zwernemann, JosefJosef Zwernemann Oberfeldwebel pilot in the 7./Jagdgeschwader 52 31 October 1942
146 Wurmheller, JosefJosef Wurmheller Leutnant pilot in the 7./Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthoffen" 13 November 1942 Awarded 108th Swords 24 October 1944
175 Barkhorn, GerhardGerhard Barkhorn Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 4./Jagdgeschwader 52 11 January 1943 Awarded 52nd Swords 2 March 1944
190 Knacke, ReinholdReinhold Knacke Hauptmann Staffelkapitän of the 1./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 7 February 1943* Killed in action 3 February 1943[34]
196 Gildner, PaulPaul Gildner Oberleutnant pilot in the 3./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 26 February 1943* Killed in action 24 February 1943[34]
197 Streib, WernerWerner Streib Major Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 26 February 1943 Awarded 54th Swords 11 March 1944
198 Becker, LudwigLudwig Becker Hauptmann of the Reserves Staffelkapitän of the 12./Nachtjagdgeschwader 2 26 February 1943* Killed in action 26 February 1943[34]
232 Mayer, EgonEgon Mayer Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen" 16 April 1943 Awarded 51st Swords 2 March 1944
255 Rödel, GustavGustav Rödel Major Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 27 20 June 1943
263 Lippe-Weißenfeld, Egmont Prinz zurEgmont Prinz zur Lippe-Weißenfeld Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Nachtjagdgeschwader 2 2 August 1943
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264 Meurer, ManfredManfred Meurer Hauptmann Staffelkapitän of the 3./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 2 August 1943
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265 Ehrler, HeinrichHeinrich Ehrler Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Jagdgeschwader 5 2 August 1943
266 Weissenberger, TheodorTheodor Weissenberger Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 7./Jagdgeschwader 5 2 August 1943
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267 Kirschner, JoachimJoachim Kirschner Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 5./Jagdgeschwader 3 "Udet" 2 August 1943
268 Schröer, WernerWerner Schröer Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Jagdgeschwader 27 2 August 1943 Awarded 144th Swords 19 April 1945
269 Herrmann, HajoHajo Herrmann Major Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 300 2 August 1943 Awarded 43rd Swords 23 January 1944
288 Grasser, HartmannHartmann Grasser Major Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders" 31 August 1943
289 Ettel, Wolf-UdoWolf-Udo Ettel Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 8./Jagdgeschwader 27 31 August 1943*
290 Sayn-Wittgenstein, Heinrich Prinz zuHeinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of IV./Nachtjagdgeschwader 5 31 August 1943 Awarded 44th Swords 23 January 1944
293 Nowotny, WalterWalter Nowotny Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 1./Jagdgeschwader 54 5 September 1943 Awarded 37th Swords 22 September 1943
8th Diamonds 20 October 1943
337 Hrabak, DietrichDietrich Hrabak Oberstleutnant Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 52 25 November 1943
338 Lemke, WilhelmWilhelm Lemke Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Jagdgeschwader 3 "Udet"[Notes 6] 25 November 1943
364 Hannig, HorstHorst Hannig Leutnant Staffelführer of the 2./Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen" 3 January 1944*
365 Stahlschmidt, Hans-ArnoldHans-Arnold Stahlschmidt Leutnant Staffelführer of the 2./Jagdgeschwader 27 3 January 1944*
413 BuehligenKurt Buehlingen Major Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen" 2 March 1944 Awarded 88th Swords 14 August 1944
414 Ademeit, HorstHorst Ademeit Hauptmann of the Reserves Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Jagdgeschwader 54 2 March 1944
415 Krupinski, WalterWalter Krupinski Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 7./Jagdgeschwader 52 2 March 1944
416 Geiger, AugustAugust Geiger Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 2 March 1944*
417 Frank, Hans-DieterHans-Dieter Frank Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 2 March 1944*
418 Wiese, JohannesJohannes Wiese Major Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Jagdgeschwader 52 2 March 1944
419 Seiler, ReinhardReinhard Seiler Major Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Jagdgeschwader 54 2 March 1944
420 Hartmann, ErichErich Hartmann Leutnant Staffelführer of the 9./Jagdgeschwader 52 2 March 1944 Awarded 75th Swords 2 July 1944
18th Diamonds 25 August 1944
430 Jabs, Hans-JoachimHans-Joachim Jabs Major Gruppenkommandeur of the IV./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 24 March 1944
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437 Tratt, EduardEduard Tratt Major Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Zerstörergeschwader 26 26 March 1944*
444 Radusch, GüntherGünther Radusch Oberstleutnant Geschwaderkommodore of Nachtjagdgeschwader 5 6 April 1944
446 Grislawski, AlfredAlfred Grislawski Hauptmann Staffelkapitän of the 1./Jagdgeschwader 1 11 April 1944
447 Rudorffer, ErichErich Rudorffer Major Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Jagdgeschwader 54 11 April 1944 Awarded 126th Swords 26 January 1945
448 Lang, EmilEmil Lang Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 9./Jagdgeschwader 54 11 April 1944 Killed in action 3 September 1944[36]
449 Kittel, OttoOtto Kittel Leutnant pilot in the 1./Jagdgeschwader 54 11 April 1944 Awarded 113th Swords 25 November 1944
450 Schoenert, RudolfRudolf Schoenert Major of the Reserves Gruppenkommandeur of Nachtjagdgruppe 10 11 April 1944
451 Herget, WilhelmWilhelm Herget Major Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Nachtjagdgeschwader 4 11 April 1944
452 Hafner, AntonAnton Hafner Leutnant pilot in the 6./Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders" 11 April 1944
460 Schack, GüntherGünther Schack Leutnant Staffelkapitän of the 9./Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders" 20 April 1944
464 Wolf, AlbinAlbin Wolf Leutnant pilot in the 6./Jagdgeschwader 54 27 April 1944* killed in action 2 April 1944[37]
465 Vinke, HeinzHeinz Vinke Oberfeldwebel pilot in the 11./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 25 April 1944*
Smiling man wearing life jacket and a military decoration in shape of an Iron Cross at his neck.
471 Münster, LeopoldLeopold Münster Leutnant Staffelkapitän of the 4./Jagdgeschwader 3 "Udet" 12 May 1944*
507 Schnaufer, Heinz-WolfgangHeinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the IV./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 24 June 1944 Awarded 84th Swords 30 July 1944
21st Diamonds 16 October 1944
508 Glunz, AdolfAdolf Glunz Leutnant pilot in the 6./Jagdgeschwader 26 "Schlageter" 24 June 1944
512 Huppertz, HerbertHerbert Huppertz Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen" 24 June 1944*
526 Batz, WilhelmWilhelm Batz Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Jagdgeschwader 52 20 July 1944 Awarded 145th Swords 21 April 1945
527 Kientsch, WillyWilly Kientsch Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 6./Jagdgeschwader 27 20 July 1944*
528 Strüning, HeinzHeinz Strüning Hauptmann Staffelkapitän of the 3./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 20 July 1944
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529 Weber, Karl-HeinzKarl-Heinz Weber Hauptmann Staffelkapitän of the 7./Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders" 20 July 1944*
530 Weßling, OttoOtto Weßling Hauptmann of the Reserves Staffelkapitän of the 11./Jagdgeschwader 3 "Udet" 20 July 1944*
531 Frank, RudolfRudolf Frank Oberfeldwebel pilot in the 2./Nachtjagdgeschwader 3 20 July 1944*
588 Zorner, PaulPaul Zorner Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Nachtjagdgeschwader 5 17 September 1944
616 Schuck, WalterWalter Schuck Leutnant pilot in the 9./Jagdgeschwader 5 30 September 1944
653 Mietusch, KlausKlaus Mietusch Major Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Jagdgeschwader 26 "Schlageter" 18 November 1944*
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663 Eder, Georg-PeterGeorg-Peter Eder Hauptmann Staffelkapitän of the 6./Jagdgeschwader 1 25 November 1944
667 Michalski, GerhardGerhard Michalski Major Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 4 25 November 1944
697 Brendel, JoachimJoachim Brendel Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders" 14 January 1945
713 Rollwage, HerbertHerbert Rollwage Leutnant Staffelkapitän of the 5./Jagdgeschwader 53 24 January 1945
724 Dahl, WaltherWalther Dahl Major Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 300 1 February 1945
727 Harder, JürgenJürgen Harder Major Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 11 1 February 1945
736 Schramm, HerbertHerbert Schramm Oberleutnant of the Reserves Staffelkapitän of the 5./Jagdgeschwader 27 11 February 1945*
748 Hermichen, RolfRolf Hermichen Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Jagdgeschwader 11 19 February 1945
769 Welter, KurtKurt Welter Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 10./Nachtjagdgeschwader 11 11 March 1945
781 Rökker, HeinzHeinz Rökker Hauptmann Staffelkapitän of the 2./Nachtjagdgeschwader 2 12 March 1945
782 Weiß, RobertRobert Weiß Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Jagdgeschwader 54 12 March 1945* killed in action 29 December 1944[38]
792 Becker, MartinMartin Becker Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the IV./Nachtjagdgeschwader 6 20 March 1945
810 Josten, GüntherGünther Josten Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 3./Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders" 28 March 1945
822 Thyben, GerhardGerhard Thyben Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän of the 7./Jagdgeschwader 54 8 April 1945
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-2007-1218-500, Gerhard Thyben.jpg
833 Raht, GerhardGerhard Raht Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Nachtjagdgeschwader 3 15 April 1945
836 Lütje, HerbertHerbert Lütje Major Geschwaderkommodore of Nachtjagdgeschwader 6 17 April 1945
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-2008-0505-501, Herbert Lütje.jpg
837 Lipfert, HelmutHelmut Lipfert Hauptmann of the Reserves Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Jagdgeschwader 53 17 April 1945
838 Kraft, JosefJosef Kraft Hauptmann Staffelkapitän of the 12./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 17 April 1945
839 Drewes, MartinMartin Drewes Major Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 17 April 1945
840 Greiner, HermannHermann Greiner Hauptmann Gruppenkommandeur of the IV./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 17 April 1945
841 Semrau, PaulPaul Semrau Major Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Nachtjagdgeschwader 2 17 April 1945* Killed in action 8 February 1945[27] Bundesarchiv Bild 146-2008-0024, Paul Semrau.jpg

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ According to Scherzer on 16 July 1941[12]
  2. ^ According to Scherzer on 18 May 1942.[13]
  3. ^ According to Scherzer on 12 July 1944.[22]
  4. ^ According to Scherzer on 18 May 1942 and not 19 May 1942 as stated by Fellgiebel[29][30]
  5. ^ Both Fellgiebel and Scherzer state that Friedrich-Karl Müller received the Oak Leaves while serving with 1./Jagdgeschwader 3 (JG 3) "Udet", while Prien states that he was serving with 1./Jagdgeschwader 53 (JG 53). 1./JG 53 seems to be correct based upon the chronicles of JG 53 which details the chain of events leading to the awarding of Oak Leaves just 4 days after the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.[31][32][33]
  6. ^ According to Scherzer as Staffelkapitän in the III./Jagdgeschwader 3 "Udet".[35]

References[edit]

Specific
  1. ^ Obermaier 1989, p. 14.
  2. ^ "Reichsgesetzblatt Teil I S. 1573; 1 September 1939" (PDF). ALEX Österreichische Nationalbibliothek. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  3. ^ "Reichsgesetzblatt Teil I S. 849; 3 June 1940" (PDF). ALEX Österreichische Nationalbibliothek. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  4. ^ "Reichsgesetzblatt Teil I S. 613; 28 September 1941" (PDF). ALEX Österreichische Nationalbibliothek. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  5. ^ "Reichsgesetzblatt 1945 I S. 11; 29 December 1944" (PDF). ALEX Österreichische Nationalbibliothek. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  6. ^ Fellgiebel, p.112.
  7. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 36–38.
  8. ^ a b c d e f Fellgiebel 2000, p. 36.
  9. ^ a b c Fellgiebel 2000, p. 37.
  10. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 38.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Fellgiebel 2000, p. 39.
  12. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 576.
  13. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 344.
  14. ^ a b c d Fellgiebel 2000, p. 40.
  15. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 720.
  16. ^ a b c Fellgiebel 2000, p. 41.
  17. ^ a b c d e Fellgiebel 2000, p. 42.
  18. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 652.
  19. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 531.
  20. ^ a b Fellgiebel 2000, p. 43
  21. ^ a b c d Fellgiebel 2000, p. 44.
  22. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 358.
  23. ^ a b Fellgiebel 2000, p. 46.
  24. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 800.
  25. ^ a b Fellgiebel 2000, p. 47.
  26. ^ a b Fellgiebel 2000, p. 48.
  27. ^ a b Fellgiebel 2000, p. 102.
  28. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 58.
  29. ^ a b Fellgiebel 2000, p. 59.
  30. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 271.
  31. ^ Prien 1998, p. 429.
  32. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 555.
  33. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 61.
  34. ^ a b c Fellgiebel 2000, p. 66.
  35. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 501.
  36. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 81.
  37. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 82.
  38. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 99.
General
  • 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. 
  • Kurowski, Franz (1995). Knights of the Wehrmacht Knight's Cross Holders of the Fallschirmjäger. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Military. ISBN 978-0-88740-749-9. 
  • 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. 
  • Prien, Jochen (1998). Jagdgeschwader 53 A History of the "Pik As" Geschwader May 1942 - January 1944. Atglen, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Military History. ISBN 0-7643-0292-2.
  • 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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