Erhard Jähnert flew over 622 combat sorties with Stuka-Geschwader 3, achieving the following successes in addition to those achieved prior to receiving the Knight's Cross…
- Destroying 32 trucks at the Perekop isthmus during 2 ground attack sorties.
- Destroying a wreck off the coast of the Kuban bridgehead (25.09.1943), which was occupied by 40 Soviets. In doing this he helped secure the German withdrawal from the bridgehead.
- Participating in the destruction of 3 Soviet destroyers (‘Besposcadnyj’, ‘Kharkov’ and ‘Sposobnyj’) on the 06.10.1943 in the area southwest of the Crimea.
- Destroying/damaging at least 80 tanks, of which 25 were hit by rockets in the Latvian battle area.
He finally reached the rank of Major. According to his own words, he was awarded the Eichenlaub zum Ritterkreuz on April 30th, 1945. However no evidence has been found yet.
October 1st, 1936: Gefreiter;
January 1st, 1939: Unteroffizier;
August 1st, 1940: Feldwebel;
December 1st, 1940: Oberfeldwebel;
December 1st, 1942: Leutnant;
June 1st, 1943: Oberleutnant;
February 1st, 1944: Hauptmann;
May 1945: Major.
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