Paul-Heinrich Dähne

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Paul-Heinrich Dähne
Born 7 July 1921
Frankfurt (Oder)
Died 24 April 1945(1945-04-24) (aged 23)
Warnemünde
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1939–1945
Rank Hauptmann (Posthumously)
Unit JG 52
JG 11
JG 1
Commands held III./JG 11
II./JG 1
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Paul-Heinrich Dähne (7 July 1921 – 24 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. He was posthumously promoted to Hauptmann. During his career was credited with 99 aerial victories, 96 on the Eastern Front and 3 on the Western Front.

Paul-Heinrich Dähne was killed in a training flight accident of the Heinkel He 162 near Warnemünde, Germany. The aircraft canopy had failed to eject when he propelled himself out of the aircraft with the ejection seat.[1]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ According to Scherze on 8 April 1944 as Staffelkapitän of the 2./Jagdgeschwader 52.[4]

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ a b Obermaier 1989, p. 98.
  2. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 78.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 156.
  4. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 264.
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 Horst-Günther von Fassong
Commander of III. Jagdgeschwader 11
2 January 1945 – 23 February 1945
Succeeded by
Hauptmann Herbert Kutscha
Preceded by
Oberleutnant Fritz Wegner
Commander of II. Jagdgeschwader 1
March 1945 – 24 April 1945
Succeeded by
Hauptmann Rahe