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Kiel, Johannes

Date of birth:
April 14th, 1912 (Kiel/Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)
Date of death:
January 29th, 1944 (Kirchheimbolanden/Palatinate, Germany)
Buried on:
German War Graves Nordfriedhof
Plot: VII. Grave: 252.
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Johannes Kiel was shot down on 29th January 1944 near Kirchheimbolanden as Hauptmann and Kommandeur III. / Zerstörergeschwader 76.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
II. / Zerstörergeschwader 26
Awarded on:
September 23rd, 1941
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
II. / Zerstörergeschwader 26
Awarded on:
February 4th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant der Reserve (1st Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer I. / Zerstörergeschwader 26 "Horst Wessel"
Awarded on:
March 18th, 1942
By the time of his receiving the Knight’s Cross Kiel had achieved 20 aerial victories, and destroyed the following other targets…

- 62 aircraft
- 9 tanks
- 20 guns
- 1 submarine
- 3 MTB’s
- 1 transport ship
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

Sources

  • - OBERMAIER, E., Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe, Hoffmann, 1989.
    - 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

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