- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
- Staffelkapitän 8./Stukageschwader 2 "Immelmann"
- Awarded on:
- June 24th, 1941
Awarded for his personal and leadership successes during the campaigns in Poland, France, Britain and the Balkans. He particularly distinguished himself in the latter campaign. In attacks on the British fleet near Piraeus and Crete on the 21-22.05.1942 he destroyed 12000 GRT of shipping and damaged another 28500 GRT. By the time of his award of the Knight's Cross he had flown about 150 sorties with the Ju 87.