Walter Wolfrum

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Walter Wolfrum
Walter Wolfrum.jpg
Born (1923-05-23)23 May 1923
Died 26 August 2010(2010-08-26) (aged 87)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe
Rank Oberleutnant
Unit JG 52
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Walter Wolfrum (23 May 1923 – 26 August 2010) was a pilot in the Luftwaffe during World War II. He is credited with 137 aerial victories—that is, 137 aerial combat encounters resulting in the destruction of the enemy aircraft. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross of Nazi Germany.

On 1 June 1944, Wolfrum was credited with his 100th aerial victory. He was the 74th Luftwaffe pilot to achieve the century mark.[1] After the war he became a successful aerobatics pilot, winning the German Championship in 1962 and taking second place in 1961, 1963, 1964 and 1966.[2]

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Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Obermaier 1989, p. 244.
  2. ^ Carson 2012, p. 212.
  3. ^ Obermaier 1989, p. 227.
  4. ^ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 522.
  5. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 797.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Carson, Annette (1986). Flight fantastic: the illustrated history of aerobatics—A Foulis aviation book. Sparkford, Near Yeovil, Somerset, England : Newbury Park, Calif., USA : Haynes. ISBN 9780854294909.
  • 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.; 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. 
  • Weal, John (2004). Jagdgeschwader 52: The Experten (Aviation Elite Units). London, UK: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84176-786-4.