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Fuhrhop, Helmut

Date of birth:
October 7th, 1912 (Rettmer/Hannover, Germany)
Date of death:
February 29th, 1944 (over Seboncourt, France)
Buried on:
German War Cemetery Lommel
Plot: 59. Grave: 448.
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
Staffelkapitän
Awarded on:
June 15th, 1942
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
I. Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 51 "Edelweiss", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
August 13th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major (Squadron Leader)
Unit:
Kommandeur, I. Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 6, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
November 22nd, 1943
Awarded after flying over 200 bomber sorties. Just after taking command of the 2./KG 51 he destroyed (among other things) 16 trains and 30 aircraft on the ground. He also damaged an important bridge near Remontnaya. Later he scored direct hits on 4 merchant ships (with 14500 GRT) as well as a heavy cruiser under construction in the port of Nikolayev. During operations in the Mediterranean during 1943 he added to his successes by sinking 2 freighters (each with 8000 GRT) off the coast of North Africa.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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