27 August 1898|
|Died||10 January 1981
|Allegiance|| German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany(to 1945)
West Germany (post-war)
|Years of service||1916-late 1960's|
|Rank||General der Flieger|
|Commands held||II./KG 253
|Battles/wars||World War I
World War II
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross|
Paul Deichmann (27 August 1898 – 10 January 1981) was a German World War II Luftwaffe general and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.
General der Flieger Paul Deichmann was born in Fulda on 27 August 1898. He entered the German Imperial Army as a Fähnrich in the 86th Regiment of Fusiliers on 29 March 1916, and was commissioned a Leutnant a week prior to his eighteenth birthday. In the following August he began service with flying units as an observer, and continued this duty to the end of World War I.
Towards the end of 1920 he transferred to the 3rd Prussian Infantry Regiment, and in April 1925 was promoted to Oberleutnant. He was temporarily released from the Army in 1928 and returned to active duty in 1931 with the 1st Infantry Regiment, and was promoted to Hauptmann in 1933. With the official establishment of the German Luftwaffe in 1934, he entered the Reich Air Ministry.
Paul Deichmann died on 10 January 1981 in Hamburg.
- Iron Cross (1914), 2nd and 1st Class
- Preußisches Flugzeugbeobachter-Abzeichen
- Hanseatic Cross Hamburg
- Wound Badge (1918) in Black
- Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918
- Wehrmacht Long Service Award, fourth to first class
- Clasp to the Iron Cross (1939), 2nd and 1st Class
- German Cross in Gold (20 April 1942)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 26 March 1944 as Generalleutnant and commanding general of the II. Fliegerkorps[Note 1]
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 159.
- Scherzer 2012, p. 268.
- Deichmann, Paul (1996). Spearhead for Blitzkrieg Luftwaffe Operations in Support of the Army, 1939 - 1945. New York: Ivy Book. ISBN 0-8041-1695-4.
- Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [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.
- 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.
Generalmajor Otto Zech
|Commander of 1. Flieger-Division
26 June 1943 – 7 November 1943
Generalmajor Robert Fuchs
|Commander of 18. Flieger-Division
4 April 1945 – 26 April 1945
Generalmajor Paul Weitkus
Generaloberst Otto Deßloch
|Commander of Luftwaffenkommando 4
28 April 1945 – 8 May 1945