- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
- Flugzeugführer, 3. Staffel, I. Gruppe, Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann", Luftwaffe
- Awarded on:
- May 14th, 1942
Awarded for his successes as a ground attack pilot over the course of 300+ sorties. During the fighting around Crete he was instrumental in sinking a cruiser and a destroyer. Later, during the fighting in Russia, he further distinguished himself by placing a direct hit on a Soviet cruiser in the Kronstadt harbour (September 1941).