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Brandenburg, Max

Date of birth:
September 6th, 1919 (Hademarschen/Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)
Date of death:
November 28th, 2014 (Obernzell/Bayern, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier
Awarded on:
June 15th, 1942
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier
Unit:
Flugzeugführer, I. Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 1 "Hindenburg", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
August 13th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel (Sergeant)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer, 5. Staffel, II. Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 101, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
June 11th, 1944
Awarded for distinguishing himself as a bomber pilot on the Eastern Front. By this time he had flown a total of 245 sorties. During the spring and summer of 1942 he saw action against Soviet shipping in the Black Sea. iIn this capacity he sank 5 merchant ships (9400 GRT), 3 troop transports (3800 GRT) and 1 tanker (7000 GRT), while also damaging another 5 merchant ships. When he was awarded the Knight’s Cross he had also knocked out/destroyed the following ground targets (among other things):

6 moving freight trains (damaged)
6 stationary trains at rail stations
8 locomotives destroyed from low level
9 tanks
50+ motorized vehicles
8 aircraft on the ground
6 anti-aircraft bunkers.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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