Geißhardt, Friedrich "Fritz"

Date of birth:
January 22nd, 1919 (Sonnefeld/Coburg, Germany)
Date of death:
April 6th, 1943 (Gent/East-Flanders, Belgium)
Buried on:
German War Cemetery Bourdon
Plot: 32. Row: 8. Grave: 304.
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Fritz Geißhardt died of his wounds at Gent on April 6th, 1943. At that moment he served as Kommandeur III. / Jagdgeschwader 26 "Schlageter" with the rank of Hauptmann.

1937: entered the Luftwaffe
09.09.1939: Uffz - 2.(J)/ LG 2
10.09.1939: POW as Uffz in 2.(Jagd)/ LG 2 : in Poland when forced down behind the lines - escaped in the confusion of an air raid
12.1939: promoted to Leutnant
04.1941: Adjutant - I.(J)/ LG 2
23.06.1941: Stab I./ JG 77
06.01.1942: transferred to I./ JG 77 due to unit renaming
11.02.1942: Oblt - 1./JG 77 and Stab I./ JG 77
24.04.1942: Oblt - Staka 3./ JG 77
12.05.1942: Oblt. with 3./ JG 77 unhurt - his Bf 109 F-4 'Yellow 5' was force-landed ivo Fernheim/Crimea due to engine damage
19.05.1942 - 01.1943: Staka 3./ JG 77
11.01.1943 - 05.04.1943: Hptm and Kdr. III./ JG 26
05.04.1943: Hptm., Stab III./JG 26 severely WIA when his Fw 190 A-4 Werknummer 7051 belly-landed at Gontrode following combat with a bomber formation and rushed to a hospital in Ghent/Belgium where he died the next day of blood loss due to an abdominal wound and buried in Bourdon.
Pilot credited with 642 combat missions and 102 air victories

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer, I. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 77, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
August 30th, 1941
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer, I. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 77, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
April 24th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Adjutant, Stab, I. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 77, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
June 23rd, 1942
Details:
101st Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 10th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 17th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 13th, 1941
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 29th, 1941
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 21st, 1942
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 14th, 1942
Wehrmachtbericht

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