Starke, Heinrich "Heinz"

Date of birth:
January 8th, 1922 (Osnabrück/Hannover, Germany)
Date of death:
June 13th, 2001 (Bonn-Beuel/North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

During the Second World War, Heinrich Starke flew a total of 511 operational sorties (11 on Henschel Hs 129, 310 on Henschel Hs 123 and 190 on Focke-Wulf Fw 190). After the Second Worldwar, Heinrich Starke served with the Bundeswehr from 4th April 1956 until 31st March 1981 and finally reached the rank of Oberst im Generalstab.

Career:
October 28th, 1942: 4. Staffel / Schlachtgeschwader 1;
January 22nd, 1943: 7. Staffel / Schlachtgeschwader 1;
December 2nd, 1943: 4. Staffel / Schlachtgeschwader 2;
April 1st, 1944: 7. Staffel / Schlachtgeschwader 10;
August 20th, 1944: Staffelführer 6. Staffel / Schlachtgeschwader 10;
November 24th, 1944: Staffelkapitän 2. Staffel / Schlachtgeschwader 151.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel
Unit:
Flugzeugführer
Awarded on:
November 8th, 1943
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel
Unit:
II. / Schlachtgeschwader 2
Awarded on:
February 5th, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 6. / Schlachtgeschwader 10
Awarded on:
January 28th, 1945
Action:
Awarded following the completion of 479 sorties, during which he achieved 13 aerial victories.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

Sources

  • Photo 1: Mark C. Yerger
  • Photo: Mark C. Yerger archive
  • - OBERMAIER, ERNST, Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe, Verlag Dieter Hoffmann, Mainz, 1976.
    - Signed declaration by Heinrich Starke
    - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001, ISBN 3-931533-45-X
    - Patzwall K.D., Der Ehrenpokal für besondere Leistung im Luftkrieg, Studien zur Geschichte der Auszeichnungen, Band 6, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2008, ISBN 978-3-931533-08-3
    - Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945