Helmuth Förster

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Helmuth Förster
Born (1889-04-19)19 April 1889
Died 7 April 1965(1965-04-07) (aged 75)
Allegiance  German Empire
 Weimar Republic
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Prussian Army
Years of service 1907–19
Rank General der Flieger
Commands held 1st Air Corps

World War I

World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Helmuth Förster (19 April 1889 – 7 April 1965) was a German general' in the Luftwaffe during World War II. A decorated World War I aviator, he returned to military service in 1934 as an Oberstleutnant in the Luftwaffe. Promoted to Oberst in 1936, he was appointed to command the 4th Bomber Wing. During the invasion of Poland, Förster commanded the Lehrdivision with significant success. He was then appointed as chief of staff of the 5th Air Fleet during the invasion of Norway. After serving on the German-French Peace Commission, he was appointed as military governor of the German-occupied territory of Serbia from April to June 1941, then commanded the 1st Air Corps during the invasion of the Soviet Union until October 1942. Whilst in command of the 1st Air Corps he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. He spent the remainder of the war as chief of administration at the Reich Ministry of Aviation. He was pensioned as an Oberstleutnant in 1952.[1]

Awards and decorations[edit]


  1. ^ Mitcham 2007, p. 131.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 154.


Military offices
Preceded by
Generaloberst Ulrich Grauert
Commander of 1st Air Corps
3 June 1941 – 23 August 1942
Succeeded by
General der Flieger Günther Korten