Krauß, Walter (LW-Sturzkampfgeschwader 2)

Date of birth:
March 11th, 1917 (Erlangen/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
July 17th, 1943 (Orel/Orel Oblast, Soviet Union)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Walter Krauß joined the Army in 1934 as a Infantry-man and was transferred to the Luftwaffe in 1937. As an observer in the 2.(H) 21 he provided valuable information even under heavy fire. Due to his success during the French campaign he became the very first observer being awarded the Knights Cross. After the campaign he was transferred to the Stuka. Firstly as a Staffelkapitän, he later was promoted as Commander of the III StukaG 2 "Immelmann". During a russian bomb raid on his airfield he was seriously wounded and died the same night.

Promotions:
1934: Schütze;
1938: Leutnant;
1940: Oberleutnant;
1943: Hauptmann;
1944: Major (posthuum).

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1938
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht 4.Klasse, 4 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer, 2.(H) Staffel, Aufklärungsgruppe 21, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
July 29th, 1940
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Stabstaffel, Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
April 24th, 1942
Details:
Written in Patzwall / Scherzer as Krauss.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 22nd, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur, III. Gruppe, Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
January 3rd, 1944
Details:
363rd Award.
Awarded posthumously.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

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