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Kmitta, Lothar

Date of birth:
January 19th, 1921 (Glatz/Silesia, Germany)
Date of death:
May 13th, 2009 (Garmisch-Partenkirchen/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German

Biography

During the Second World War, Lothar Kmitta achieved a total of 398 opeartional sorties.
After the Second World War, Lothar Kmitta served with the Luftwaffe in the West German Bundeswehr.

Promotions:
1st October 1942: Feldwebel;
October 1942: Offizieranwärter und Fahnenjunker;
4th October 1943: Leutnant;
1956: Oberleutnant;
1956: Hauptmann;
?: Oberstleutnant;
?: Oberst.

Career:
15th November 1939: Entered service with the Luftwaffe Luftwaffenausbildungsregiment 31;
20th June 1941: Nahaufklärungsgruppe 5;
1956: Entered service in the Luftwaffe Bundeswehr;
1957: Staffelkapitän Waffenschule 30;
10th January 1961 - 30th September 1962: Kommandeur Fliegende Gruppe, Jagdbombergeschwader 33 Büchel;
22th August 1964 - 31st December 1969: Kommodore Jagdbombergeschwader 36 Hopsten;
1970-1972: AFCENT;
1976 - 1980: Heeresamt in Keulen;
31st March 1980: Retirement.

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Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
Luftwaffen-Ausbildungs-Regiment 31
Awarded on:
December 30th, 1940
Flugzeugführerabzeichen
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel
Unit:
Flugzeugführer
Awarded on:
November 30th, 1942
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel
Unit:
12.(H) / Aufklärungsgruppe 12
Awarded on:
August 16th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer Nahaufklärungsgruppe 5
Awarded on:
November 18th, 1944
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

Sources

  • Photo 1: Russ Nummer
  • Photo: Russ Nummer
  • - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - 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
    - 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
    - Patzwall K.D., Der Ehrenpokal für besondere Leistung im Luftkrieg, Studien zur Geschichte der Auszeichnungen, Band 6, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2008, ISBN 978-3-931533-08-3
    - Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945
    - Cactus Starfighter Staffel
    - Traditionsgemeinschaft Westfalengeschwader e.V.

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