Ernst Schacht

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Ernst Schacht
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Born April 14, 1904
Basel, Switzerland
Died February 23, 1942
Allegiance Soviet Union
Battles/wars Spanish Civil War

Ernst Schacht (b. Basel 1904 – d. 23 February 1942[citation needed]), a Swiss of German origin, emigrated to the Soviet Russia in 1922 when he was 18 years old. Enlisting in the Soviet air force, he headed the Soviet bomber squadron which, on 7 November 1936, bombed Nationalist forces during the siege of Madrid.[1]

Eventually becoming a general, he was awarded the rank of Hero of the Soviet Union for his performance in the Spanish Civil War.[2][3]

He was shot on the orders of Lavrenty Beria.[4]