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Kieslich, Franz

Date of birth:
March 17th, 1913 (Bochum/Western Phalia, Germany)
Date of death:
August 31st, 2012
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Duting 1078 sorties, Franz Kieslich and his crew sank a total of 10 ships with a tonnage of 23.000 brt, a destroyer and a submarine, while he himself was shot down 20 times.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier (Onderofficier)
Unit:
3.(Schüler) Kompanie / Fliegerschule Fürth
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1936
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht 4.Klasse, 4 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier (Onderofficier)
Unit:
3.(Schüler) Kompanie / Fliegerschule Fürth
Awarded on:
February 22nd, 1937
Flugzeugführerabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 1. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 168
Awarded on:
December 16th, 1938
Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. März 1938
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 1. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 77
Awarded on:
October 1st, 1939
Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 7. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 77
Awarded on:
May 5th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 7. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 77
Awarded on:
May 5th, 1941
Pilots Badge
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 7. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 77
Awarded on:
July 10th, 1941
Frontflugspange für Kampfflieger in Bronze
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 7. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 77
Awarded on:
August 10th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1e Luitenant vlieger)
Unit:
Staffelkapitän 7. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 77
Awarded on:
October 24th, 1941
Frontflugspange für Kampfflieger in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Staffelkapitän 7. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 77
Awarded on:
July 10th, 1942
Details:
Award 74/18.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Gruppen-Adjudant III. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 77
Awarded on:
August 13th, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Staffelführer 7. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 77
Awarded on:
October 13th, 1942
Frontflugspange für Kampfflieger in Gold mit anhänger
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Staffelkapitän 7. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 77
Awarded on:
January 5th, 1943
Details:
720th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann
Unit:
Staffelkapitän 7. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 77
Awarded on:
March 15th, 1943
Krimschild (Stiftungs ausführing)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann
Unit:
Staffelkapitän 7. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 77
Awarded on:
March 29th, 1943
Ordinul Virtutea Aeronautica - Knight
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur III. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 77
Awarded on:
May 18th, 1944
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann
Unit:
Kommandeur III. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 77
Awarded on:
October 10th, 1944
Details:
619th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

Sources

  • Photo 1: Wilco Vermeer
  • Photo: Wilco Vermeer collection, the Netherlands
  • - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
    - Dörr M., Major Franz Kieslich, Internationales Militaria Magazine, Nr 120, November/Dezember 2005, Zweibrücken, 2005
    - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Hayden M., German Military Ribbon Bars 1914-1957, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., Atglen, 2001
    - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001, ISBN 3-931533-45-X

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