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Thiel, Edwin

Date of birth:
June 19th, 1913 (Höcherbach/Saarland, Germany)
Date of death:
July 14th, 1944 (Volkovysk/Belarus, Soviet Union)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Edwin Thiel "was shot down on July 14th,1944 as Führer Stabstaffel, Jagdgeschwader 51 Mölders" and with the rank of Hauptmann.
KIA 14 July, 1944, shot down by Russian AA fire near Kobryn, east of Brest-Litovsk while strafing Soviet columns in his Fw 190A-8.
He managed to bail, but was killed when he was too low for his chute to deploy properly.
Achieved a total of 76 victories, all in the East.

1940- June 1941 : J.G.52
June 1941 - July 1943 : Staffelkapitän 2. /J.G.51 'Mölders'

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit:
I. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
September 9th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Staffelführer, 2. Staffel, I. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
April 16th, 1943
Awarded after 51 aerial victories.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Awarded on:
June 16th, 1942
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
JG 51
Frontflugspange für Jäger in Bronze
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
JG 51
Awarded on:
1942
Medaille

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