Erich Leie

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Erich Leie
Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1986-013-04, Helmut Wick.jpg
Leie (right) with Helmut Wick (center) on 22 October 1940
Born (1916-09-10)10 September 1916
Died 7 March 1945(1945-03-07) (aged 28)
near Drogomyśl[1]
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Rank Major
Commands held JG 77
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Erich Leie (10 September 1916 – 7 March 1945  ) was a German pilot during World War II. He was a recipient the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross of Nazi Germany. Leie was officially credited with 118 victories from over 500 combat missions. He claimed 76 victories over the Eastern Front and 42 claims recorded over the Western Front.

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Place of death
  2. ^ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 274.
  3. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 500.
  • MacLean, French L (2007). Luftwaffe Efficiency & Promotion Reports: For the Knight's Cross Winners. Atglen, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Military History. ISBN 978-0-7643-2657-8. 
  • 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 Militaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Major Siegfried Freytag
Commander of Jagdgeschwader 77
1 July 1943 – 7 March 1944
Succeeded by
Major Siegfried Freytag