|Dr. Anton Benning|
|Nickname(s)||Toni, Fliegender Zahnarzt ("flying dentist")|
15 May 1918|
Hakenberg (near Lichtenau), Westphalia, German Empire
|Died||29 September 2013
|Years of service||1938–45|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross|
Anton Hermann Benning (15 May 1918 – 29 September 2013) 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.
Benning joined the Luftwaffe in 1938 and was initially posted as a flying instructor. As a transport pilot flying the Junkers Ju 52, he took part in supplying the Stalingrad pocket in early 1943, before retraining as a single engined fighter pilot with Jagdgeschwader 106 (JG 106). In June 1943 Oberfeldwebel Benning was transferred to 2./Jagdgeschwader 301 (JG 301) to operate as a "Wilde Sau" night fighter. He was transferred to 2./Jagdgeschwader 302 (JG 302) as a Leutnant, before becoming Staffelkapitän of 10./JG 301 in late 1944.
He received the Ritterkreuz on 13 April 1945.
Benning was credited with 28 victories (inc. 18 four engined bombers, of which 3 were RAF Lancasters), all on the Western Front.
He died 29 September 2013, aged 95 in Recklinghausen.
- Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class (1 September 1940)
- 1st Class (31 January 1942)
- German Cross in Gold on 1 January 1945 as Oberfeldwebel in the 2./Jagdgeschwader 302.
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 13 April 1945 as Leutnant and Staffelkapitän of the 1./Jagdgeschwader 301
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-45 - Anton Benning (German language) Archived January 5, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 5 October 2013
- Notice of Death Anton Benning. Retrieved 5 October 2013
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