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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

Achieved 301 victories during the Second World War in 1104 sorties.
Gerhard Barkhorn served with the Bundeswehr after the Second World War from 1955 until 30th June 1975 and ultimately reached the rank of Generalmajor. He died as the result of a car accident at Kölner Kreuz on 6th January 1983.

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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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