Lau, Kurt

Date of birth:
April 12th, 1916 (Danzig/Westernprussia, Germany)
Date of death:
April 30th, 1993 (Kaufbeuren/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Kurt Lau served after the war with the Bundeswehr from 1956 until 30th September 1972 and finally reached the rank of Oberstleutnant.

Flew a total of 897 ground attack sorties, during which he destroyed about 70-80 tanks and achieved 2 aerial victories.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer
Awarded on:
February 1st, 1943
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
1. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 2
Awarded on:
March 18th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Staffelkapitän 1. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"
Awarded on:
April 6th, 1944
Action:
Awarded after flying 725 ground attack sorties.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

Sources

  • Photo 1: Mark C. Yerger
  • Photo: Mark C. Yerger archive
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    - 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
    - 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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