Fischer, Siegfried

Date of birth:
November 27th, 1918 (Pommerndorf-Hohenelbe/Sudetenland, Czechoslowakia)
Date of death:
March 26th, 1998 (Rheinbach, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Siegfried Fischer saw action in Sicily from February 1941 with the 6. / Stukageschwader 1. He flew his first mission on 15th April 1941 from Trapani against British warships near Malta. From June 1941 he was transfeerd to Russia, flying in the 6.Staffel. He was shot down in a dogfight on 8th August 1941 near Veliki Luki about 5km behind enemy lines, managed to bale out and to reach German lines, despite serious wounds. Another time he was downed 30km behind enemy lines, but managed to return together with his radio operator, Anton Kraus, four days later. From July 1943 to April 1944 he was in the 5.Staffel, from May 1944 to February 1945 in the 8. / Schlagtgeschwader 1, and from March to April 1945 in the 9. / Schlagtgeschwader 1. He was shot down by Flak on 17th April 1945, bailed out, and was – seriously wounded – brought to a hospital, remaining as Soviet POW from 21st April 1945 to 18th September 1946.

He flew a total of 713 missions, including 123 with the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 and was shot down twelve times, had fifteen aerial victories, 80 tanks destroyed and participated in the sinking of a submarine near Malta.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier
Unit:
Flugzeugführer
Awarded on:
September 13th, 1942
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier
Unit:
II. Gruppe, Sturzkampfgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
October 17th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Flight Sergeant)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer, 8.Staffel, III. Gruppe, Schlachtgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
February 28th, 1945
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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