Lothar Keller

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Lothar Keller
Born 7 April 1914
Dresden
Died 26 June 1941(1941-06-26) (aged 27)
Wladimierz, Poland
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe
Years of service ?–1941
Rank Hauptmann
Unit Condor Legion
JG 3
Battles/wars

Spanish Civil War


World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Lothar Keller (7 April 1914 – 26 June 1941) was a German Luftwaffe 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. On 26 June 1941, Keller was killed after he collided in mid-air with a Fi 156. During his career he was credited with 23 victories, 16 on the Western Front, four on the Eastern Front and three during the Spanish Civil War. He was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross on 9 July 1941.

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Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 252.
  2. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 435.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Obermaier, Ernst (1989). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe Jagdflieger 1939 – 1945 [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Luftwaffe Fighter Force 1939 – 1945] (in German). Mainz, Germany: Verlag Dieter Hoffmann. ISBN 978-3-87341-065-7. 
  • 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 [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. 
  • Spick, Mike (1996). Luftwaffe Fighter Aces. New York: Ivy Books. ISBN 978-0-8041-1696-1. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Hauptmann Günther Lützow
Commander of I. Jagdgeschwader 3
24 August 1940 – 27 August 1940
Succeeded by
Hauptmann Hans von Hahn
Preceded by
Hauptmann Erich Woitke
Commander of II. Jagdgeschwader 3
24 November 1940 – 26 June 1941
Succeeded by
Hauptmann Gordon Gollob