Krauß, Walter (LW-Sturzkampfgeschwader 2)
- Date of birth:
- March 11th, 1917 (Erlangen/Bavaria, Germany)
- Date of death:
- July 17th, 1943 (Orel/Orel Oblast, Soviet Union)
- German (1933-1945, Third Reich)
Walter Krauß joined the Army in 1934 as a Infantry-man and was transferred to the Luftwaffe in 1937. As an observer in the 2.(H) 21 he provided valuable information even under heavy fire. Due to his success during the French campaign he became the very first observer being awarded the Knights Cross. After the campaign he was transferred to the Stuka. Firstly as a Staffelkapitän, he later was promoted as Commander of the III StukaG 2 "Immelmann". During a russian bomb raid on his airfield he was seriously wounded and died the same night.
1944: Major (posthuum).
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- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
- Flugzeugführer, 2.(H) Staffel, Aufklärungsgruppe 21, Luftwaffe
- Awarded on:
- July 29th, 1940
During the western campaign Leutnant Krauss flew a number of difficult special missions in which he gathered intelligence of great importance for the higher German commands. In recognition he would receive the Knight’s Cross as the first German reconnaissance pilot to be so decorated.
Written in Patzwall / Scherzer as Krauss.
- Photo 1: Stefan Kuess
- Photo: Stefan Kuess
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