Ulrich Kessler

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Ulrich Otto Eduard Kessler
Yank, The Army Weekly, Cover showing German Lt. Gen. Ulrich Kessler.jpg
Yank, The Army Weekly, Cover showing German Lt. Gen. Ulrich Kessler following capture in 1945
Born 3 November 1894
Danzig-Langfuhr
Died 27 March 1983(1983-03-27) (aged 88)
Bad Urach
Allegiance  German Empire
 Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kaiserliche Marine
 Reichsmarine
Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe
Years of service 1914–45
Rank General der Flieger
Commands held Kampfgeschwader 1
Fliegerführer Atlantik
Battles/wars

World War I


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

Ulrich Otto Eduard Kessler (3 November 1894 – 27 March 1983) was a German general (General der Flieger) in the Luftwaffe during World War II. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, awarded by Nazi Germany to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

U-234 surrendering

Ulrich Kessler was captured on 15 May 1945 while on board U-234 by a 15-man boarding party from the destroyer USS Sutton . He was returning to active duty as Chief of the Luftwaffe-Liaison-Staff Tokyo and Air-Attache at the German Embassy in Tokyo.

Awards and decorations[edit]

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Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 279.

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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
Military offices
Preceded by
None
Commander of Kampfgeschwader 1
1 May 1939 – 17 December 1939
Succeeded by
Oberst Ernst Exss
Preceded by
Generalmajor Wilhelm Speidel
Chief of Staff of Luftflotte 1
19 December 1939 – 25 April 1940
Succeeded by
Oberst Heinz-Hellmuth von Wühlisch
Preceded by
Oberstleutnant Martin Harlinghausen
Chief of Staff of X. Fliegerkorps
25 April 1940 – 21 May 1940
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Günther Korten
Preceded by
Generalmajor Wolfgang von Wild
Commander of Fliegerführer Atlantik
5 January 1942 – 1 April 1944
Succeeded by
None