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Kientsch, Willy

Date of birth:
May 12th, 1921 (Kißlegg/Württemberg, Germany)
Date of death:
January 29th, 1944 (Würrich-Hunsrück/Rhineprovince, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Crashed near Würrich/Hunsrück after a low level dogfight.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 9th, 1943
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Staffelführer 6. / Jagdgeschwader 27
Awarded on:
August 16th, 1943
Award 4/239.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Staffelführer 6. / Jagdgeschwader 27
Awarded on:
November 22nd, 1943
Awarded after 43 aerial victories.
950th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Lieutenant)
Unit:
Staffelkapitän 6. / Jagdgeschwader 27
Awarded on:
July 20th, 1944
Awarded for his final total of 52 aerial victories in the West, including 20 four-engined bombers.
Awarded posthumously.
527th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

Sources

  • Photo 1: Wilco Vermeer
  • Photo: Wilco Vermeer collection, the Netherlands
  • - OBERMAIER, E., Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe, Hoffmann, 1989.
    - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
    - 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

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