Barkhorn, Gerhard

Date of birth:
March 20th, 1919 (Königsberg/East Prussia, Germany)
Date of death:
January 11th, 1983 (Frechen/North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
?: Oberst (Bundeswehr).

Career:
September 1st, 1957 - December 16th, 1962: Kommodore Jagdbombergeschwader 31 (Bundeswehr).

Achieved 301 victories during the Second World War in 1104 sorties.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 23rd, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 3rd, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Staffelkapitän 4. / Jagdgeschwader 52
Awarded on:
July 20th, 1942
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
4. Staffel, II. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 52, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
August 21st, 1942
Details:
Award 8/99.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Staffelkapitän, 4. Staffel, II. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 52, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
August 23rd, 1942
Details:
529th award.
After 59 Air Victory's.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Stafflekapitän, 4. Staffel, II. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 52, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
January 11th, 1943
Details:
175th Award after 120 Air Victory's.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Awarded on:
December 2nd, 1943
Action:
Original text:
"Hauptmann Barkhorn, Gruppenkommandeur in einem Jagdgeschwader, erzielte seinen 200. Luftsieg."
Tanslation:
"Hauptmann Barkhorn, Group commander in a fighter wing, achieved his 200th aerial victory."
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Gruppenkommandeur
Awarded on:
February 14th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Action:
Original text:
"Der Gruppenkommandeur eines Jagdgeschwaders Eichenlaubträger Hauptmann Barkhorn errang am 13. Februar 1944 an der Ostfront seinen 250. Luftsieg."
Translation:
"Group commander of a fighter wing, Oak Leaves wearer Hauptmann Barkhorn achieved his 250th aerial victory on the Eastern front."
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
Kommandeur, II. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 52, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
March 2nd, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Details:
52nd Award after 250 Air Victory's.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
With numers 1100
Frontflugspange für Jäger in Gold mit Anhänger und Einzatszahl

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