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Boerst, Alwin

Date of birth:
October 20th, 1910 (Osterode am Harz/Province of Hanover, Germany)
Date of death:
March 30th, 1944 (near Parliti/vicinity of Jassy/Moldavia, Romania)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
I. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"
Awarded on:
September 27th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
I. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"
Awarded on:
June 7th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
3. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"
Awarded on:
September 3rd, 1941
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer, 3. Staffel, I. Gruppe, Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
October 5th, 1941
Awarded after flying over 300 sorties. By this time he had accomplished a number of notable successes. During the fighting around Crete he destroyed 1 British destroyer (either the HMS Kelly or Kashmir) and damaged 1 other. In the later fighting on the eastern front he destroyed a vital bridge over the Lovat river and then another important bridge over the Dnieper, this latter success playing a major part in preventing Soviet troops from breaking out of the Smolensk pocket.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
3. Staffel, I. Gruppe, Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
June 5th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Staffelkapitän, 3. Staffel, I. Gruppe, Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
November 28th, 1942
Awarded after flying over 600 ground attack sorties.

149st Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
1. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"

On 29 January 1944 Alwin Boerst flew his 1000th (Einzatszahl "1000") combat sortie. Exact date awarded unknown.
Frontflugspange für Schlagtflieger in Gold mit Anhänger und Einzatszahl
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major (Squadron Leader)
Unit:
Kommandeur, I. Gruppe, Schlachtgeschwader 2 "Immelmann", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
April 6th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Awarded in recognition of his final total of 1050 ground attack sorties.

61st Award.
Posthumously awarded.

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