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Köppen, Gerhard

Date of birth:
May 17th, 1918 (Holzendorf/Brandenburg, Germany)
Date of death:
May 5th, 1942 (over the lake of Asowschen, Soviet Union)
Nationality:
German

Biography

Gerhard Köppen achieved a total of 85 victories in over 380 operational sorties.

Gerhard Köppen was the brother to Eckhardt Köppen.

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Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel
Unit:
Flugzeugführer
Awarded on:
November 17th, 1941
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel
Unit:
8. / Jagdgeschwader 52
Awarded on:
December 15th, 1941
Details:
Award 2/10.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 7. / Jagdgeschwader 52
Awarded on:
December 18th, 1941
Details:
381st Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 25th, 1942
Action:
Feldwebel Koeppen, pilot in a fighter wing, shot down four opponents yesterday thus achieving his 72nd aerial victory.
Wehrmachtbericht
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 8. / Jagdgeschwader 52
Awarded on:
February 27th, 1942
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Details:
79th Award.
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 3rd, 1942
Action:
Yesterday on the Eastern Front, Leutnant Koeppen achieved his 80th to 84th, Leutnant Graf his 70th to 76th and Feldwebel Steinbatz his 44th to 49th aerial victory.
Wehrmachtbericht
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 6th, 1942
Action:
Leutnant Koeppen achieved his 85th aerial victory on the Eastern Front yesterday.
Wehrmachtbericht
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 9th, 1942
Action:
The pilot in a Fighter Wing Leutnant Koeppen, victor in 85 aerial battles and bearer of the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, failed to return from a mission against the enemy. With him the Luftwaffe loses one of its most daring and successful fighter pilots.
Wehrmachtbericht

Sources

  • Photo 1: Wilco Vermeer
  • - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
    - 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

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