Walter Loos

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Walter Loos
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Born (1923-04-11)11 April 1923
Oppenheim, Germany
Died 27 October 2004(2004-10-27) (aged 81)
Landsberg am Lech, Germany
Allegiance  Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe (Wehrmacht)
Luftwaffe (Bundeswehr)
Years of service 1939–1945, 1956–1976
Rank Oberfeldwebel (Wehrmacht)
Hauptmann (Bundeswehr)
Unit JG 3, JG 300, JG 301
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Walter Loos (11 April 1923 – 27 October 2004) was a former German Luftwaffe fighter 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.During his career he was credited with 38 aerial victories in 66 missions.

Career[edit]

After flying training he was sent to III./Jagdgeschwader 3 (JG 3) in January 1944. He reached his first victory in the aerial battle over Berlin on 6 March 1944, when shot down a United States Army Air Forces B-17 Flying Fortress. Later he was transferred to IV. Sturmgruppe/JG 3.In July 1944, Loos joined to Jagdgeschwader 300 (JG 300) Geschwaderstab. On 29 September was awarded the German Cross in Gold. In October 1944, was posted to undertake instructing duties with Ergänzungs-Jagdgruppe Ost. Loos returned to combat duty with JG 301. With this unit he flew the Focke-Wulf Ta 152 for the first time at Soltau-Hannover. Flying the Ta 152, Loos gained four victories over Russians around Berlin in the last days of the war. On 20 April 1945, Walter Loos was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross for 36 victories.

Walter Loos flew 66 combat missions and is credited 38 confirmed victories and 8 unconfirmed. 30 aircraft were claimed on the Western Front, including 22 four-engined bombers. He himself was shot down nine times.

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 284.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 295.
  3. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 513.
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.