Nowotny, Walter

Date of birth:
December 7th, 1920 (Gmünd/Lower Austria, Austria)
Date of death:
November 8th, 1944 (Achmer/Lower Saxony, Germany)
Buried on:
Grave Walter Nowotny
Nationality:
Austrian (1918-1938, Republic)

Biography

Walter Nowotny was Kommandeur of the I. / Jagdgeschwader 54 from August 10th 1943 till February 4th 1944.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer
Awarded on:
July 14th, 1942
Details:
Published in the Ehrenliste der Deutschen Luftwaffe on 20th July 1942.
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant
Unit:
I. / Jagdgeschwader 54
Awarded on:
August 21st, 1942
Details:
Award 1/93.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 9. / Jagdgeschwader 54
Awarded on:
September 4th, 1942
Details:
547th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 2nd, 1943
Action:
Oberleutnant Nowotny, group leader of a fighter group, achieved ten aerial victories yesterday.
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Staffelkapitän 1. / Jagdgeschwader 54
Awarded on:
September 4th, 1943
Details:
293rd Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 9th, 1943
Action:
The German and Rumanian air force again supported the troops of the Army with numerous missions. Oberleutnant Nowotny, group leader of a fighter group, thereby achieving his 196th to 200th aerial victory.
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 16th, 1943
Action:
Oberleutnant Nowotny, group leader of a fighter group, shot down 12 enemy aircraft on the eastern front during the past two days and achieved his 215th aerial victory.
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur I. / Jagdgeschwader 54
Awarded on:
September 22nd, 1943
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Details:
37th Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 10th, 1943
Action:
Hauptmann Nowotny increased the number of aerial victories by eight to 231.
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 15th, 1943
Action:
Hauptmann Nowotny, group commander in a fighter wing, recorded yesterday his 250th aerial victory on the eastern front.
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur I. / Jagdgeschwader 54
Awarded on:
October 19th, 1943
Ritterkreuz, Eichenlaub, Schwertern und Brillanten
Action:
250 aerial victories.
Details:
8th Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 9th, 1944
Action:
Group commander Major Walter Nowotny, recipient of the highest German award for bravery, found a hero's death in aerial combat after he shot down his adversary. In him the German Luftwaffe loses one of their most successful fighter pilots, who had achieved 258 aerial victories.
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
With sorties number "400"
Frontflugspange für Jäger in Gold mit Anhänger und Einzatszahl

Sources

  • Photo 1: STIWOT
  • Photo: STIWOT
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