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Gravenreuth, Freiherr von, Sigmund-Ulrich

Date of birth:
October 21st, 1909 (Munich/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
October 16th, 1944 (Breslau/Lower Silesia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Last achieved rank was Oberstleutnant. Died in a crash during a testflight over Breslau. Gravenreuth flew a total of 194 operational sorties (counted as 222 front flights) between September 18th 1939 and September 12th 1944.

Promotions:
1st July 1934: Fahnenjunker;
1st October 1934: Gefreiter;
1st December 1934: Unteroffizier;
1st June 1935: Fähnrich;
1st Otober 1935: Oberfähnrich;
1st April 1936: Leutnant;
1st December 1937: Oberleutnant;
1st December 1940: Hauptmann;
1st February 1943: Major;
1st April 1944: Oberstleutnant.

Career:
1st July 1934 - 30th September 1935: 3. / Infanterie Regiment 19, München;
1st Ocotber 1935 - 31st March 1936: Flieger Schule Neuruppin;
1st April 1936 - 15th March 1936: 3. / Kampfgeschwader 155, Giebelstadt;
16th March 1936 - 3rd May 1938: III. / Kampfgeschwader 355, Giebelstadt;
4th May 1938 - 14th January 1939: I. / Kampfgeschwader 255, Landsburg;
15th January 1939 - 9th November 1939: Luftkriegsschule 4, Fürstenfeldbruck;
8th September 1939 - 31st October 1939: 1. Flieger-Division;
10th November 1939 - 15th April 1940: R.L.M. Inspekteur des Erziehungs u. Bildungswesens der Luftwaffe (l.In.10);
16th April 1940 - 25th July 1941: I. / Kampfgeschwader 30;
26th July 1941 - 19th April 1943: II. / Kampfgeschwader 30;
20th April 1943 - 9th September 1943: Stab General der Kampfflieger;
10th September 1943 - 16th October 1944: Kommandeur Kampfgeschwader 30.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit:
III. / Kampfgeschwader 355
Awarded on:
December 14th, 1936
Flugzeugführerabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit:
III. / Kampfgeschwader 355
Awarded on:
December 14th, 1936
DRL Sportabzeichen in Bronze
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Luftkriegsschule 4, Fürstenfeldbruck
Awarded on:
June 5th, 1939
Spanienkreuz, Gold mit Schwertern
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Luftkriegsschule 4, Fürstenfeldbruck
Awarded on:
June 5th, 1939
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Luftkriegsschule 4, Fürstenfeldbruck
Awarded on:
June 5th, 1939
Medalla de la Campaña de España 1936-1939
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Luftkriegsschule 4, Fürstenfeldbruck
Awarded on:
July 1st, 1939
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht 4.Klasse, 4 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
1. Flieger-Division
Awarded on:
September 17th, 1939
Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
I. / Kampfgeschwader 30
Awarded on:
May 18th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
I. / Kampfgeschwader 30
Awarded on:
June 21st, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Staffelkapitän, 1. Staffel, I. Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 30 "Adler", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
November 24th, 1940
Awarded for his successes against enemy shipping. By this time he had sunk at least 50000 GRT, including the troop transport ‘President Harding’ (with 16000 GRT) on the 14.05.1940 in the Schelde estuary, another troop transport (with 6000 GRT) on the 18.05.1940 in the Zeebrugge, and a British destroyer. He had also damaged another 10000 GRT transport in the mouth of the Loire on the 17.06.1940.
163rd Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
I. / Kampfgeschwader 30
Awarded on:
April 5th, 1941
Frontflugspange für Kampfflieger in Bronze
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
I. / Kampfgeschwader 30
Awarded on:
May 20th, 1941
Frontflugspange für Kampfflieger in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
II. / Kampfgeschwader 30
Awarded on:
September 25th, 1941
Frontflugspange für Kampfflieger in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
II. / Kampfgeschwader 30
Awarded on:
November 14th, 1941
Ordine della Corona d'Italia - Cavaliere
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
II. / Kampfgeschwader 30
Awarded on:
December 24th, 1941
Vapaudenristin 4.luokka (VR 4)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
Gruppenkommandeur
Awarded on:
March 14th, 1942
Published in the Ehrenliste der Detuschen Luftwaffe on March 2nd, 1942.
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
II. Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 30 "Adler", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
March 31st, 1942
Award 5/32.
Entered in the Soldbuch with the date of April 11th, 1942.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
II. / Kampfgeschwader 30
Awarded on:
April 11th, 1942
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
II. / Kampfgeschwader 30
Awarded on:
August 1st, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Wing Commander)
Unit:
Kommandeur Kampfgeschwader 30
Awarded on:
July 22nd, 1944
Frontflugspange für Kampfflieger in Gold mit Anhänger
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Wing Commander)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Kampfgeschwader 30 "Adler", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
January 9th, 1945
Awarded in recognition of his 194 combat sorties (counted as 222 front flights) and their associated successes on all fronts.
692nd Award.
Awarded Posthumously.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

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