Karl-Heinz Greisert

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Karl-Heinz Greisert
Nickname(s) Heino
Born (1908-02-02)2 February 1908
Died 22 July 1942(1942-07-22) (aged 34)
KIA - Russia
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe
Years of service 1936-1942
Rank Major
Unit Condor Legion, JG 2, JG 3
Commands held JG 2
Battles/wars

Spanish Civil War
World War II

Awards Spanish Cross in Gold with Swords
Deutsches Kreuz

Karl-Heinz Greisert (2 February 1908 – 22 July 1942) was World War II Luftwaffe ace and a Geschwaderkommodore of JG 2 and recipient of the German Cross in Gold on 5 June 1942.

During the Spanish Civil War Leutnant Greisert was assigned to 2. Staffel of J 88. He claimed his first and only victory during this conflict on 30 November 1937 when he shot down a Russian made Republican flown Polikarpov I-16 fighter.

After fighting on the Western Front for two years and accumulating 22 victories over the French and British, Greisert was transferred to JG 3 on the Eastern Front in the spring of 1942. Beginning in May 1942 he continued his aerial success with victories against the Soviet Air Force. In July 1942, while involved in a low level dogfight, Greisert was shot down and killed when he attempted to bail out of his aircraft and his parachute failed to open before he struck the ground.

Greisert was credited with 34 victories. He recorded 11 victories over the Eastern front, including six Il-2 Sturmoviks. Included in his total are eleven Spitfires.

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References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 147.
Bibliography
  • 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. 
  • Ringlstetter, Herbert. Helmut Wick, An Illustrated Biography Of The Luftwaffe Ace And Commander Of Jagdgeschwader 2 During The Battle Of Britain. Schiffer Publishing, Atglen, PA, 2005. ISBN 0-7643-2217-6.
  • Nauroth, Holger. Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen", A Photographic History. Schiffer Publishing, Atglen, PA, 2005. ISBN 0-7643-2094-7.
Military offices
Preceded by
Major Helmut Wick
Commander of Jagdgeschwader 2 Richthofen
28 November 1940 – 16 February 1941
Succeeded by
Hauptmann Wilhelm Balthasar