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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, Third 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.

Promotions:
?: Unteroffizier;
December 1939: Leutnant;
?: Oberleutnant;
?: Hauptmann.

Career:
1937: entered the Luftwaffe
September 9th, 1939: 2. Staffel (Jagd), Lehrgeschwader 2;
September 10th, 1939: POW;
April 1941: Adjutant, I. Gruppe (Jagd), Lehrgeschwader 2;
June 23rd, 1941: Stab, I. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 77;
April 24th, 1942: Staffelkapitän, 3. Staffel, Jagdgeschwader 77;
January 11th, 1943: Kommandeur, III. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 26.

Was credited with 642 combat missions and 102 aerial victories (including 75 on the Eastern front).

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer, I. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 77 "Herz As", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
August 30th, 1941
Awarded after 26 aerial victories.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer, I. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 77 "Herz As", 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 "Herz As", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
June 23rd, 1942
Awarded after 79 aerial victories.

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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