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- Date of birth:
- January 1st, 1919 (Strelitz Alt, Germany)
- Date of death:
- February 3rd, 1943 (over the Netherlands)
- Buried on:
- German War Cemetery Ysselsteyn
Plot: M. Row: 4. Grave: 80.
- German (1933-1945, Third Reich)
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- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
- Staffelkapitän, 3. Staffel, I. Gruppe, Nachtjagdgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe
- Awarded on:
- February 7th, 1943
The following newspaper article (dated 08.02.1943) describes why Knacke received the Knight’s Cross…
“Oakleaves for a fallen night hunter — Hauptmann Knacke achieved 44 night victories:
… Hauptmann Knacke always demonstrated courage and aggressive spirit while serving as one of our most successful night fighter pilots. On the night of the 30./31.05.1942 he destroyed 3 enemy bombers, and on the 05.06.1942 he reported his 30th night victory. For this he was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross on the 01.07.1942. A few weeks later he once again succeeded in shooting down 3 British bombers within a half hour. During the last hours of the year 1942 he achieved his 40th night victory by shooting down a four-engined bomber over western Germany. During his last aerial battle he destroyed 2 British bombers and thereby brought his total of destroyed aircraft to 44.”
Awarded after 30 night victories.
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