During WWII Erich Axthammer flew a total of 530 sorties as an assault pilot, a total which included 305 with the Hs 123. In this time he achieved 4 aerial victories and also destroyed a number of tanks. His final wartime rank was Oberfeldwebel . After the war he served with the Bundeswehr from October 1958 until 31st March 1973 and in this capacity he finally reached the rank of Stabsfeldwebel.
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