Franz Beyer (pilot)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Franz Beyer
Born 22 April 1918
Berlin
Died 11 February 1944(1944-02-11) (aged 25)
near Venlo, Holland
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1940–1944
Rank Major
Unit JG 3
Commands held IV./JG 3
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Franz Beyer (22 April 1918 – 11 February 1944) was a Luftwaffe fighter 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. Franz Beyer was killed on 11 February near Venlo, Holland after dog-fighting with British Spitfires. During his career he was credited with 81 aerial victories, 4 on the Western Front and 77 on the Eastern Front.

Awards

References

Citations
  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 112.
Bibliography
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Obermaier, Ernst (1989). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe Jagdflieger 1939–1945 (in German). Mainz, Germany: Verlag Dieter Hoffmann. ISBN 3-87341-065-6.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D. and Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941–1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II. Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 3-931533-45-X.
  • 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 (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.
  • Spick, Mike (1996). Luftwaffe Fighter Aces. New York: Ivy Books. ISBN 0-8041-1696-2.

External links

Military offices
Preceded by
None
Commander of IV. Jagdgeschwader 3
1 June 1943 – 11 February 1944
Succeeded by
Hauptmann Heinz Lang

Template:Knight's Cross recipients of JG 3

Template:Persondata