Wilhelm Spies

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Wilhelm Spies
Born 26 August 1913
Rimpar
Died 27 January 1942(1942-01-27) (aged 28)
Suchinitschi, Russia
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer (1933-1935)
Luftwaffe (1935-1942)
Years of service 1933–1942
Rank Major (Posthumously)
Unit Zerstörergeschwader 26
Commands held 1./ZG 26
Battles/wars

Spanish Civil War
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Wilhelm Spies (26 August 1913 – 27 January 1942) was a German Luftwaffe ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves during World War II. Wilhelm Spies was shotdown on 27 January 1942 near Suchinitschi, Russia. He was posthumously promoted to Major and awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross on 5 April 1942. During his career he was credited with 20 aerial victories, 10 over the Western Front and 10 over the Eastern Front.

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Citations
  1. ^ a b Thomas 1998, p. 335.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 329.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 53.
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. 
  • 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. 
  • Thomas, Franz (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 2: L–Z] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2300-9. 

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