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Axthammer, Erich Michael

Date of birth:
December 3rd, 1920 (Pichlschloss/Steiermark, Austria)
Date of death:
December 21st, 2015 (Andernach/Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany)
Nationality:
Austrian (1919-1934, Republic)

Biography

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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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier
Unit:
Flugzeugführer
Awarded on:
October 11th, 1943
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier
Unit:
7.Staffel, III. Gruppe, Schlachtgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
November 14th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel (Sergeant)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer, Stab, Schlachtgeschwader 10, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
April 28th, 1945
Awarded after flying 505 ground attack sorties.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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