Bernhard Vechtel

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Bernhard Vechtel
Born (1920-07-31)31 July 1920
Died 21 August 1975(1975-08-21) (aged 55)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Rank Oberleutnant
Unit JG 51
Commands held 14./JG 51
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Bernhard Vechtel (31 July 1920 – 21 August 1975) was a fighter pilot in the Luftwaffe of Nazi Germany during World War II. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. Vechtel was credited with 108 aerial victories in a total of 860 combat missions, all on the Eastern Front.[1]

Vechtel flew in the Jagdgeschwader 51. He was awarded the Ehrenpokal on 3 January 1944, the German Cross in Gold on 28 January 1944, and later received the Knight's Cross on 27 July 1944.[2]

On 25 March 1945, Vechtel was credited with his 100th aerial victory. He was the 99th Luftwaffe pilot to have shot down 100 aircraft.[3]

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Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Spick 1996, p. 232.
  2. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 756.
  3. ^ Obermaier 1989, p. 244.
  4. ^ Obermaier 1989, p. 217.
  5. ^ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 485.
  6. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 756.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Obermaier, Ernst (1989). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe Jagdflieger 1939 – 1945 [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Luftwaffe Fighter Force 1939 – 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 [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Militaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
  • Spick, Mike (1996). Luftwaffe Fighter Aces. New York: Ivy Books. ISBN 978-0-8041-1696-1.