Ulrich Kessler

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Ulrich Otto Eduard Kessler
Born 3 November 1894
Danzig-Langfuhr
Died 27 March 1983(1983-03-27) (aged 88)
Bad Urach
Allegiance  German Empire
 Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kaiserliche Marine
 Reichsmarine
 Luftwaffe
Years of service 1914–45
Rank General der Flieger
Commands held Kampfgeschwader 1
Fliegerführer Atlantik
Battles/wars

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Kessler following capture in 1945

Ulrich Otto Eduard Kessler (3 November 1894 – 27 March 1983) was a highly decorated General der Flieger 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.

U-234 surrendering

Ulrich Kessler was captured on 15 May 1945 while on board U-234 by a 15 man boarding party from the destroyer USS Sutton. He was returning to active duty as Chief of the Luftwaffe-Liaison-Staff Tokyo and Air-Attache at the German Embassy in Tokyo.

Awards and decorations[edit]

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 279.
Bibliography
  • 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. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
None
Commander of Kampfgeschwader 1
1 May 1939 – 17 December 1939
Succeeded by
Oberst Ernst Exss
Preceded by
Generalmajor Wilhelm Speidel
Chief of Staff of Luftflotte 1
19 December 1939 – 25 April 1940
Succeeded by
Oberst Heinz-Hellmuth von Wühlisch
Preceded by
Oberstleutnant Martin Harlinghausen
Chief of Staff of X. Fliegerkorps
25 April 1940 – 21 May 1940
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Günther Korten
Preceded by
Generalmajor Wolfgang von Wild
Commander of Fliegerführer Atlantik
5 January 1942 – 1 April 1944
Succeeded by
None