Geiger, August

Date of birth:
May 6th, 1920 (Überlingen/Bodensee, Germany)
Date of death:
September 29th, 1943 (IJsselmeer, the Netherlands)
Buried on:
German War Cemetery Ysselsteyn
Plot: M. Row: 4. Grave: 83.
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

August Geiger shot down his first enemy plane in the night of July 8th/9th, 1941.
Died in his Messerschmitt Bf 109G-4 in a crash in the IJsselmeer after being shot down by Wing Commander Bob Braham, flying a Bristol Beaufighter IVF..
August Geiger was buried on the Ehrenfriedhof Zijpendaal in Schaarsbergen and was later reburied on Ysselstein.

1939: joined the Luftwaffe, after basic training, attended a Zerstörerfliegerschule and a Blindflugschule, then promoted to Leutnant
04.1941: 8./ NJG 1
19/20.06.1942: Lt - 9./ NJG 1
05.01.1943 - 29.09.1943: Leutnant and Staka 7./ NJG 1
01.03.1943: Lt., 2./ NJG 1
01.04.1943: promoted to Oberleutnant in NJG 1
26.06.1943: Oblt - 7./ NJG 1
01.07.1943: promoted to Hauptmann
29/30.09.1943: Hptm., 7./NJG 1 (and Kdr. III./NJG 1?) KIA when his Bf 110
G-4 Werknummer 5477 'G9+ER' was shot down by a RAF night fighter over the Zuider Zee 10km NW of Harderwijk in Holland and drowned after baling out.
02.03.1944: posthumously awarded the Eichenlaub.

Pilot credited with 328 combat missions and 54 night victories.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer
Awarded on:
October 19th, 1942
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Staffelkapitän, 7. Staffel, III. Gruppe, Nachtjagdgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
May 22nd, 1943
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
Stafflekapitän, 7. Staffel, III. Gruppe, Nachtjagdgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
August 31st, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
Kommandeur, III. Gruppe, Nachtjagdgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
March 2nd, 1944
Details:
416th Award.
Awarded posthumous.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit:
8./ NJG 1
Awarded on:
1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit:
7./ NJG 1
Awarded on:
1942
Action:
awarded after his 10th victory
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Fähnrich (Warrant Officer)
Awarded on:
1939
Flugzeugführerabzeichen

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