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Knacke, Reinhold

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.
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant
Unit:
2./Nachtjagd-Geschwader 1
Awarded on:
April 14th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
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.”

190th Award.
Awarded posthumously.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
3./NJG 1
Awarded on:
July 1st, 1942
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Awarded after 30 night victories.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 15th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse

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