Kessel, Karl

Date of birth:
June 1st, 1912 (Mülheim, Germany)
Date of death:
August 24th, 1997 (Bonn, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Karl Kessel joined the Bundeswehr in 1956 and retired in 1970 as a Generalmajor.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
1./Kampf-Geschwader 2
Awarded on:
March 29th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Wing Commander)
Unit:
Kommodore Kampfgeschwader 2
Awarded on:
January 23rd, 1944
Action:
Awarded for his achievements as a bomber pilot, Staffel, Gruppe and Geschwader commander. He particularly distinguished himself during difficult operations against England in the years 1941-44. By the time of his award he had flown 269 sorties, including 156 (14 by day and 142 by night) against the UK.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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