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Koch, Walter

Date of birth:
September 10th, 1910 (Bonn/Rhineprovince, Germany)
Date of death:
October 23rd, 1943 (Berlin/Brandenburg, Germany)
Buried on:
German War Graves Beuel
Grave: 8.
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Walter Koch finally reached the rank of Oberstleutnant. He died on 23rd October 1943 in a hospital in Berlin beceause of the wounds inflicted in a plane crash in Tunesia. His body was transferred to Bonn and there buried.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Abteilung “Koch”, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
May 10th, 1940
Awarded for:
Operation Fall Gelb
Action:
For merit and services in connection to the capture of Fort Eben-Emael.
Details:
Kommandeur
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Abteilung “Koch”, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
May 12th, 1940
Awarded for:
Operation Fall Gelb
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Abteilung “Koch”, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
May 12th, 1940
Awarded for:
Operation Fall Gelb
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
I. / Luftlande-Sturm-Regiment 1, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
March 31st, 1942
Details:
Kommandeur
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 9th, 1941
Action:
In the battles in Crete parachute units under the leadership of Major Koch, Hauptmann Altmann and Oberleutnant Genz distinguished themselves through boldness and courage.
Wehrmachtbericht

Sources

  • Photo 1: Willi Schumacher Collection
  • Photo: Willi Schumacher Collection
  • - 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
    - Ritterkreuz Archiv II/2009, Veit Scherzer, Ranis, Juni 2009, ISSN 1866-4709
    - Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945
    - Ritterkreuztraeger 1939 - 1945