Lang, Friedrich (LW-Flieger)

Date of birth:
January 12th, 1915 (Mährisch Trübau/Sudetenland, Germany)
Date of death:
December 29th, 2003 (Hanover/Lower Saxony, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Friedrich Lang fought in Poland, France, Yugoslavia, Greece and Crete. He flew a total of 1008 operational sorties.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 1. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 “Immelmann”
Awarded on:
November 23rd, 1941
Action:
Awarded after flying about 300 sorties. His successes included sinking 1 British destroyer and damaging another east of Crete on the same day.
Details:
376th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
1. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 2
Awarded on:
April 24th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Details:
Award 1/48.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Staffelkapitän 1. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 “Immelmann”
Awarded on:
November 21st, 1942
Action:
Awarded after flying about 700 sorties.
Details:
148th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur III. / Schlachtgeschwader 1
Awarded on:
July 2nd, 1944
Action:
Awarded after flying 1007 sorties. Was also recognized for his command achievements.
Details:
74th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 30th, 1942
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg

Sources

  • Photo 1: Willi Schumacher Collection
  • Photo: Willi Schumacher Collection
  • - OBERMAIER, ERNST, Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe, Verlag Dieter Hoffmann, Mainz, 1976.
    - 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

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