- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberstleutnant (Wing Commander)
- Kommodore Kampfgeschwader 4 "General Wever"
- Awarded on:
- June 9th, 1944
Awarded for his personal and command achievements while leading Kampfgeschwader units of the Luftwaffe, flying mostly on the Eastern front but also briefly in the Mediterranean. Flew a total of about 350 combat missions during the war, almost all of which were before his reception of the Knight’s Cross.